Want to know one of my personal favorite ways to stay committed? I can’t say I’ve been 100% on this habit, but when I am, my motivation and enthusiasm are MUCH higher… and I don’t know about you, but I can always use more motivation and enthusiasm.
It’s making time to READ (almost) every single day– something that helps me stay on track, learn something new, or give me a fresh perspective.
And sometimes “reading” is LISTENING to audiobooks. Because yes, they count too. Plus, you can listen while you go for a walk.
Even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes a day, this habit helps keep me moving forward.
If you don’t already read (or listen to) books/podcasts on a regular basis … it’s definitely worth a try to see if it helps you stay inspired and on track with your goals.
Not only that, I find reading a great thing to do when I want some downtime or something to look forward to (instead of the chocolate chips in the pantry).
Here are 3 of my top self-development books to get you started:
1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This is a timeless classic because it focuses on the basic steps you can take to create success in pretty much every area of your life.
This one strips it all back to creating strong values and beliefs that will give you a clear path and strong foundation toward all your goals.
The habit that most impacted my life was “begin with the end in mind”. It paved the way for me to ditch obsessing about food and dieting and instead shift my focus to LIVING life.
2. Atomic Habits by James Clear
This one has been on the bestseller list since it came out because it’s packed with practical (and smart!) tips to finally get your healthy habits to stick.
He uses stories and anecdotes to explain exactly how and why you can build a daily routine that works for YOU and your lifestyle.
Many of my clients have read this one, and L-O-V-E it.
3. Soundtracks by Jon Acuff
Not only is this book full of nuggets of wisdom to overcome pesky little habits like procrastination, negative self-talk and self-sabotage, but it’s hilarious. I read this one on audible and found myself laughing out loud. Yes, that funny!
He gives small things you can do daily to pay attention and retire your broken soundtracks (unhelpful thoughts) and write new ones.
The bottom line in all these books is that it’s the little things you do every day that add up to BIG success.
Pay attention to the little things, and the big things take care of themselves 🙂
If you want more book ideas, listen to Episode #214 and Episode #262 of the Fit + Vibrant You Podcast.
And if you have a book that has changed your life, please let me know! I’m almost done ‘Greenlights’ and am looking for my next read.