Now, here is something a little different. Rip It Up by Richard Wiseman is subtitled 'The radically new approach to changing your life', and it's a self-help book based on the theory developed by philosopher and psychologist William James (brother of Henry), namely "If you want a quality, act as if you already have it".
If you go to the book's website you can see a series of short videos which will give you the gist of the "as if" principle, one that is, apparently, widely applicable, so if you're looking to eat more healthily, stick to an exercise regime, stop procrastinating, be more productive, develop your confidence even, this could be for you.
While other books in this field encourage you to think differently, this one looks to positive action to get results, and by means of a series of exercises which subtly modify your behaviour, it sets you on the road to change. One of the first things the book asks its readers to do is what it describes as "a small act of radical change", one which to people like me - and I dare say many of you - is indeed radical, that is, to rip out a given page and tear it up! "Hopefully that wasn't too painful ...," says Richard Wiseman, "because throughout the book I'm going to ask you to alter many other aspects of your behaviour and each time, experience much more significant and important shifts in your thoughts and feelings."
If you are intrigued, as I was when I heard about this, and keen to find out more, the publishers have kindly offered me a copy of Rip It Up to give away. The draw is open to UK readers only, I'm afraid, but to enter simply leave a comment on this post telling us what you'd change - about yourself, your home, the world, anything ... if you had a magic wand or a genie to grant your wishes. As this is meant to be a bit of fun I'm looking forward to reading your answers, and I'll pull a winning name from the hat in a few days' time.