Ringing in the New Year with resolutions for self improvement is a time-honored tradition. A lot of us face each January with an out with the old, in with the new attitude. Naysayers may scoff -- it has been said that "many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits." I say use whatever motivation works. If, in the time it took you to get used to writing out 2011 instead of 2010, you began to achieve a personal goal, kudos to you! Making life better takes work, so you have to start somewhere. But these days, trying to improve yourself can feel like just another entry on an endless to-do list. While there may not be a short cut to a better you, there are ways to work smarter to get what you want. Multi-task: use your commute time. At the library we've got short, single CD audiobooks designed to motivate you -- in about an hour. Here are some of the inspirational titles available:
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan J. Jeffers. Overcome anxiety with situational exercises and positive thinking models that unravel the complexities and reverse the effects of fear.
The Present: The Gift That Makes You Happy and Successful at Work and in Life by Spencer Johnson. This simple story provides inspiration and practical guidance for work and personal life, by a co-author of The One Minute Manager.
What Now? by Ann Patchett. Drawing on personal experiences, best-selling novelist Ann Patchett answers the question that most of us ask ourselves at a crossroads in life: "What now?"
Being Perfect And, A Short Guide to A Happy Life by Anna Quindlen. In Being Perfect, Pulitzer Prize-winner Anna Quindlen talks about how to shape a life that is uniquely yours. In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, she reflects on what it takes to live deeply every day.
Stress Reduction and Creative Meditations by Mark Allen. Using soothing words, music, meditation exercises and visualizations, this audiobook guides listeners toward a more fulfilling, less harried life at work.
Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul: Inspirational Stories of Overcoming Life's Challenges by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. A collection of stories about rising above life's obstacles and pain, this book emphasizes triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.
Just Who Will You Be? by Maria Shriver. From the First Lady of California comes inspiring advice on how to live a full life when faced with the challenge of figuring out just who you will become.
It's Not Easy Being Green and Other Things to Consider by Jim Henson. Enjoy a collection of quotes, stories, songs, and ideas from the creator of the Muppets, performed by John Lithgow, Whoopi Goldberg, and Muppet performer Jerry Nelson.
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"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." ~Benjamin Franklin