If You Can Read it, You Can Achieve it!

How are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions?  Are you persisting and persevering? Do you even remember your promise to…

   Drop those extra 10 pounds – pronto!

   Firm up or fill out in all the right places.

   Pursue additional educational credentials in nursing.

   Finally clear out the clutter in your closets or garage.

   Organize for hyper-productivity at work and at home.

   Be more spontaneous -- without calendar control tools.

Those are bold goals, for sure, but the odds are against you whenever you changing behaviors. The first 90 days are especially crucial. Why? Research shows that by the end of this month, more than half of us have already fallen off the self-improvement wagon. Six months later, only 44% are still hanging in there and fighting the good fight.

That’s according to the book Changeology, by author John Norcross, a psychologist at the University of Scranton. It’s a fascinating read for those of us who want to morph into better versions of ourselves.

But that’s not the only book worth reading on your way to your dreams in 2014. You’re bound to find some information, advice, and support in the self-help aisles at your favorite (preferably) independent bookstore.

These are the titles flying off the shelves at my local bookstore this season:

   -Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed, for advice-seekers who enjoyed her best-selling hiking memoir

   -Wreck This Book, by Keri Smith, for those who want advice on being more creative

   -An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Col. Chris Hadfield, for nurses with their heads is in the clouds

   -Daring Greatly, the Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown, for the spiritually inclined

   -Self-help classics, such as Women Who Love Too Much, by Robin Norwood

And in other sections, such as wellness and cooking, there are even more opportunities to get advice. If you can read, you’ve got access to the wisdom of the most intriguing people in the world.

Wow! That’s the power of literacy.

What books are you reading and how are they helping you achieve your dreams? Please share with us.


Jebra Turner is a freelance business and health writer in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.jebra.com.

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