A Short List for the New You

Chris Schluep on January 08, 2018
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The first few weeks of January are a good time to start thinking about ourselves in a new light. But the most common mistake people make is to tackle too much change at once. If you're going to take positive steps, and sustain them, you need to think in terms of baby steps: get one skill mastered, then move on to the next one. It's a good way to avoid back slipping.

With that in mind, here's a short list of ideas, and books, to start off 2018 simply and surely:


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Learn to Sit -Find your center this year with this meditation guidebook "for people who know they should but don't." The co-founders of The Well Daily lay it out for you simply, helpfully, and with charm. There's even an eight-week plan to introduce meditation into your life.

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Learn to Bake Bread -I personally discovered Jim Lahey's no-knead bread last year, and I am now a fully-committed baker. It all started with one basic loaf of bread--just flour, water, yeast, and salt. That simple little recipe has been transformational.

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Learn to Make Your Bed -This helpful little book almost almost falls into the oldie-but-goodie category, and it was only published last April. Retired Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin back in 2014, the video went viral, and the book followed. If you make your bed in the morning, and do it well, you will at least have done one thing well that day. 

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Tidy  Up -This book does officially fall into the oldie-but-goodie category. First published in 2014, Marie Kondo has started a movement. Of tidying up. A life-changing movement of tidying up.


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Find a Mentor - Or in this case, find a tribe of them. If you were looking for one mentor, Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week and Tools of the Titans, would be a great person to follow. But in Tribe of Mentors he has compiled the "tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world's top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life's most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life."


There it is: your key to tidying up, making your bed, baking your bread, finding your center, and binding to a mentor. What could be simpler?



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