2020 has been exhausting. If you want to be better, you can’t afford to do what everyone is doing. You can’t maintain a “keep up” mindset.
The demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue, burnout and depression are few effects of aiming for change without deliberate purpose. Pursuing self-improvement at all cost will make you worse.
Many people want to be better — they want to be able to exercise, feed their curiosity, read more books, maintain a healthy lifestyle, embrace meditation and wake up at the crack of dawn in the name of getting an early start. …
Humans have been putting things off for centuries. The problem with procrastination is that it’s been around since the beginning of time.
Hesiod, a Greek poet who lived in the 8th century B.C., once said:
“Do not put off your work until tomorrow and the day after. For the sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor the one who puts off his work; industry aids work, but the man who puts off work always wrestles with disaster.”
Humans are awesome at making plans, setting deadlines, and creating goals but terrible at following through on them.
Our most persistent distractions always seem justified to us — so we keep resisting until the last minute or someone demands results from us. …
Whether you are currently living your life on purpose, know what you want in life or you are still discovering your life’s work, this list will help you find clarity and build your ideal future.
These are some of the books I truly believe can help improve and change your future. Each in their own way brings across a powerful message that has the potential to change how you re-design your life.
Want to feel more satisfied with life in 2021? Spend more time on yourself by reading these life-changing books.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave…
Reading is one of the best ways to enrich the mind.
There is nothing more satisfying than reading a great book that’s not only enjoyable, but that also imparts lasting knowledge. If you’re looking for a way to boost your knowledge, invest time and energy in reading thought-provoking books.
According to Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist, there is not one measure of intelligence, but nine. That means if you value intelligence and your goal is to broaden your knowledge about the world and our place in it, you have to feed every aspect of your intellect.
The thought-provoking books below can broaden your knowledge and enhance your level of intelligence. They are perfect for anyone with a curious mind and a passion for learning. I’ve added one or two of my favourite quotes from each book. …
I love reading — there’s so much to learn from the wisest and smartest people in human history.
Reading upgrades my mental models and informs my ideas as a writer. ― Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Reading is one of the best ways to learn what others have already figured out. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one,” says George R.R. Martin
I am currently reading dozens of books at the same time — but I am not aiming to read over 100 books by the end of the year. …
Today, I want to do something I haven’t done on Medium yet.
I want to tell you about a book I am still reading.
It’s not just any book — it’s Morgan Housel’s new book, The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness.
The reason I want to tell you about this book is because of this quote I read in it that I’m still pondering. It’s thought-provoking.
As I write this Warren Buffett’s net worth is $80 billion. …
I am a huge fan of starting your day on purpose.
You can use the same principle to end your day.
Every day, before you end your workday, save a few minutes to process the day. Look at your to-do list and compare what you should have done versus what actually happened. Could you have done better than you did? Did you complete all your high-value tasks?
If you make it a habit to spend a little time every day planning your day and wrapping up your day on purpose, you will continue to have an amazing day every week.
How you finish the workday today can impact your behaviour outside work, your overall well-being, how well you sleep at night, and ultimately your mood tomorrow morning. …
Radical change is hard. Really hard.
Improving your life doesn’t have to be about making huge changes or taking one massive leap. Those kinds of changes don’t last.
What works is something you can consistently do that can easily become a habit — small changes or tiny actions that still have a huge impact on all areas of your life.
Below are some simple but powerful actions that can be applied in your life in a few minutes every day or week. …
In a rapidly changing world, the ability to change your mind or adapt is an indispensable skill. If you don’t give yourself permission to change your mind, you cannot change anything in your life.
Stephen Hawking famously said, ‘Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.’
Intelligence is the desire to learn and do more of what works better and faster. — Intelligence is always work in progress. Adaptability is one of the keys measures of intelligence.
Life is a series of changes, with or without your consent — you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
If you want things to turn out the way you want, you have to deliberately make that change happen. …
If you’re not becoming a better version of yourself, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you’re not becoming smarter, or a better human.
Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
How much have you changed in the past 12 months? What new challenges have you embraced in the last 6 months? What books have you read that have completely upgraded your mental models? What actions are you taking today to become smarter than you were this time last year?
No matter how much you develop the necessary skills to improve any given aspect of your life, you can always improve and get better. …