- Atomic habits
“Habits are like the atoms of our lives. Each one is a fundamental unit that contributes to your overall improvement.” James Clear.
James Clear the author of atomic habits believes that in order to build a new beneficial habit, try stacking it on things you do effortlessly like eating, drinking coffee or going to the washroom. This book provides you with a practical and proven framework, highlighting how tiny changes in behavior can result in the formation of new habits that will help you achieve big things.
You need this if:
- You want to adjust your habits in relation to modern life,
- You would like to understand why you behave in a certain way
- You are an achiever on a journey to success
- You want to form better habits and shake of bad ones.
The key message in this book is that you can move past self-destructive behaviors, addictions and bad habits by consciously making the effort to practice mindfulness. This book is written by Richard O’Connor, a psychotherapist who highlights how our brains are wired, explaining why we make mistakes and why we make them often.
In this book you will learn:
- One way to overcome addiction
- How to avoid wallowing in self-guilt and hate
- How flaws are strengths in disguise
3. Napoleon Hill’s Golden rules
A book by Napoleon Hill the original self-improvement guru who shows that you do not have to be born with natural talent to succeed in life. Napoleon highlights that all it takes is determination, hard work and you have the recipe to develop any skill you need to succeed in your field.
This book helps you realize how you create what you think. The author believes that by employing mindfulness a practice of introspection, you cultivate a strong foundation for change and positivity, transforming attitudes that hinder you from discovering your full potential. This is the book to grab if you’re on a journey of self-discovery and particularly if you would want to cope better in the workplace.
4. The 5-second rule
The rule states that in order to overcome procrastination employ the 5-second rule that involves counting down from 5 to 1. By the time, you reach one, the automatic mode that influences you to postpone your activities convincing you that you have time(I can do it later), will be distracted and you will have the focus needed to do what’s important. The author, Mel Robins highlights Procrastination as how we deal with stress and by using the 5-second rule, we reassert control hence getting the force we need to get started. Now this book does not address procrastination only, but goes ahead to highlight how this 5-second rule comes in handy when faced with anxiety, negativity, pressure and decisions that require immediate action.
It is also a roadmap to becoming who you want to be, especially if you are used to playing the stalling game in the name of waiting for the right time.
Who knew there was impact in 5 seconds?
This is where you find out.
5. What I know for sure
Dance as if no one is watching. This was my take and actionable advice that I use to date after going through Oprah Winfrey’s journey of self-doubt, insecurities and battling with self-esteem.
This book highlights very crucial aspects including how to overcome child trauma, boosting your self-esteem and how gratitude plays an important role in helping you appreciate the important things in life.
Why do I recommend this book? Apart from believing that he/she who controls the past controls the future, this book agrees that no matter your age, you should never let fear stop you from becoming the best version of yourself.
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