Improve Yourself This Summer: 5 Must-Read Books

If you find yourself on a plane, at the beach, or just lounging around the pool this summer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some great books that will inspire you to improve yourself. Personal growth is key in attaining (and maintaining) success in your personal and professional life. Whether you’re a networker, an entrepreneur, or a business owner, you should be reading at least 10 pages of a good book daily. If this isn’t your habit yet, summer is a great time to begin. Here’s my list of 5 “must read” success books to help get you started.

The 4-Hour Work Week1. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work Week became an overnight success when it was first introduced because of the unconventional “mobile lifestyle” it recommended. The four sections—define, eliminate, automate, and liberate—show you how to streamline your life and your business. Now expanded and updated, it’s full of information on how to think like a true lifestyle entrepreneur.

Think and Grow Rich2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was called upon by billionaire Andrew Carnegie to interview the most successful businessmen of their time and find out how they achieved great success. Hill discovered 13 common keys to success, all of which can be learned. (Good news for us!) Think and Grow Rich is one of the best-selling books of all time.

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Changing Habits to Improve Yourself by Tracy Sitchen

Posted on May 27, 2011 by Tracy Sitchen

Whether it’s about giving up smoking or learning to be more patient with others, most of us have habits we want to change. The actual process of changing habits, well, that’s another story. Entire books have been written on the subject and hit the bestseller list. When boiled down, however, all of these self-help volumes come down to three basic tenets:

Think baby steps

Believe you can fly all you want, but actually changing a dozen hard-hitting habits overnight is a feat few have accomplished. Change is gradual; violent change can have destructive consequences. An example, by cutting out sweets and carbs entirely out of one’s diet at once is a recipe for a later binge or even an eating disorder.

Instead of vowing to wake up three hours earlier every day, start with half an hour or even ten minutes every week. Decide to change just one habit at a time; by the time you have made or unmade a new habit, you’ll know that it’s possible and be ready to take on your next challenge.

How long does it take to form a habit? Thirty days? Twenty-eight? The truth is that no psychologist knows for sure or are willing to tell you. Changing habits takes a different amount of time for everyone under different circumstances. There is no magic number. All you can do is read the rest of this post and strive to change one habit at a time, over time. Continue reading “Changing Habits to Improve Yourself by Tracy Sitchen”

Using the Power of Thought to Improve Yourself – Week 26

If you believe you can, you can.

Sounds simple, right?

The problem for most people is that it works just as simple in the reverse. If you don’t believe you can, you won’t do the activities you need to do to be successful, or do them consistently enough. Like it says in Proverbs 23:7 . . . as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

What you think about yourself is very important. Your thoughts are powerful. They are actually containers that carry either good things or bad things. Discard all thoughts and self-talk that aren’t productive towards your success. Feed your heart and mind with things that will make a positive change in your life.

Your belief shows up in your actions

If you find yourself stuck, making excuses or otherwise procrastinating, your belief in yourself to succeed is very small. Your belief always shows up in your actions, or inaction. You have the mindset of an amateur and little faith in yourself, if you’re not doing the activities you know you need to do to be successful. Work on believing in yourself and learn to develop the habits of a professional. Personal growth development should be ongoing in your journey towards success. Continue reading “Using the Power of Thought to Improve Yourself — Week 26”

Improve Yourself, Improve Your Life – Week 20

Not many of us would say there aren’t things in ourselves or our lives that we’d change if we could. The great news is that change is absolutely possible. Change is a process, so expect to exercise a little patience as you go. We’ll talk about a few things you can do right away to empower and improve yourself, but having a focus and a clarity of purpose is vital. You can begin today to take some steps to improve yourself and thereby improve your life. It’s really about getting the slight edge to work for you. The slight edge is simple disciplines repeated over time working for you or against you. Are your daily actions or disciplines moving you towards your goal, or moving you away from it? Continue reading “Improve Yourself, Improve Your Life — Week 20”