BUILD BETTER HABITS WITH THESE BOOKS
I am a self professed "Self Help" book junkie. I'm not sure what that says about me, but I like to think that I am in perpetual pursuit of growth, and evolving, and living my best life. I'm sure Oprah would be so proud. But really, who couldn't use a little help in that department?
A few books I've found helpful in setting goals and building better habits for life:
JENN SINCERO'S YOU ARE A BAD ASS, STOP DOUBTING YOUR GREATNESS AND AND START LIVING AN AWESOME LIFE Authentic and entertaining, I have to read this book at least twice per year. Its like a swift kick in the patooty from your best girlfriend who knows you are doubting yourself (again) and takes the time to remind you that you are an amazing and talented human being and you should not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance (direct quote). With exercises and sage advice, this book is a shot of inspiration and affirms that you already have what you need (to conquer your fears and your dreams) right inside you.
GRETCHEN RUBIN'S BETTER THAN BEFORE After reading this book, I realized that I am the type of person who needs outside accountability to keep the promises I make to myself. Additionally, that it is helpful (for me) to attach new habits that I want to form to some habits that I already have (ex. Upon waking I dress in active wear and then work out after I drop the kids at school). I have to take the kids to school everyday, so I work out at the gym that is around the corner right after drop off - done and done. Bit by bit this book helps you break down your attributes and tendencies and then create a plan to help break old habits and create new and better ones.
TWILA THARP'STHE CREATIVE HABIT: LEARN IT AND USE IT FOR LIFE. I purchased this book via Audible first. And for me personally, I much preferred the hard copy of the book. Something about hearing her voice... it was not as soothing as I needed it to be. The message however was clear: with preparation and effort, anyone is able to make creativity (in business and beyond) a part of your life. The author uses her 35+ years of experience as a world renowned professional dancer to provide practical exercises, real life stories and examples and food for thought that will aid you in laying the foundation of daily (creative) habits.
LAURA VANDERKAM'S WHAT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO BEFORE BREAKFAST This is a super quick and easy read with the main point of giving your morning routine a hearty makeover. Wake up as early as your body will allow (without tears) and swallow the frog first thing (get the hardest and most important thing out of the way first). And although some of her personal advice (i.e. if you don't like cleaning your home or "wasting time" with errands, hire someone else to do it) made me furrow my brow, I say overall there are some useful nuggets and practical suggestions worth considering.
Please send links to any other "self helpy" book suggestions my way. And lets build better habits and kick some butt together.