Welcome back! The holidays are all behind us – no carols, eggnog, or fireworks. However, do you just love that New Year smell? 2016 is all fresh and clean, just waiting for us to put our mark on it. The beginning of the year is the time when we start new goals, new projects, and dare I say new resolutions. However, what if you just cannot get your rumpus in gear? I have just the ticket, three motivational reads to light a fire in you to get ish done! These books are all very different in their topics and approach, but each one will definitely help you get clear on moving forward in 2016. Now I did not read all three, I love Audible and actually listened to two of them via Audible! Nevertheless, the lessons learned were pretty darn good, take a read…
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Maria Kondo
1 – The things – all the stuff we have is tied to our emotions. We keep things not because we use them or even plan to use them, but because they elicit an emotion. So keep only those things that elicit THE emotion – joy! If that thing does not make you feel massive amounts of joy, toss it or donate it!
2 – Do it all at once. So if you desire to get your clothes tidy, pull all the clothes from all the drawers and closets. When you do this, you can see everything and get it all done in one fell swoop!
3 – If you use the rolling up method to store clothes in your drawers, stop it now. Rolling clothes up in the drawer takes up a whole lot more space. The laundry folder is a life changer. It will free up so much space in your drawers.
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be: The world’s best-selling book by Paul Arden
1 – Keep your word – do whatever it is you committed to do. Undersell when possible so that when things work out, you are the (s)hero.
2 – Understand and accept it is okay to make mistakes. Do not go through life trying to be right all the time, this type of thinking will impede your growth. To grow, you must fail sometimes and that is perfectly fine.
3 – Share your knowledge and expertise freely and watch how others share their knowledge and expertise with you. Do not covet what you know, share, and share often.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
1 – Say “Yes” to doing things that scare you. Saying “No” to scary stuff keeps you in the dreaded comfort zone. Get uncomfortable as often as possible. Try it for a week or a month and see how much easier it becomes to say Yes!
2- Do more, dream less. Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having dreams, we all dream. However turning a dream into a reality is the goal. Take some affirmative action towards your dream – even a small step is better than no step at all.
3- Badassery is a thing – toot your own horn. Celebrate your talent, your successes; do not dim your light for other people. My Mom has always said, “It’s a sad dog that doesn’t wag his own tail.” Wag your tail!!!
I really enjoy reading self-help, motivational type books – adding more to my library. I just loved all three of these and they have motivated me in some way to set and take actionable steps to achieve some important goals for 2016. I loved them so much, I am giving away all of them to a lovely reader. Just enter using the Rafflecopter below!
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