Inspiring Reads That Will Make You Want to Live Your Best Life

Inspiring Reads That Will Make You Want to Live Your Best Life

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People living life out loud are among the most passionate to be around. They are those who seem to have a steady supply of enthusiasm and drive to do meaningful work. And they exhibit a knack for bouncing back from failures that paralyze others into inaction. These great traits, however, are not something that only a few people are exclusively born with. Anyone can develop the enthusiasm, grit, and tenacity to live life out loud. For some inspiring and thought-provoking ideas, here are some of the best books that will inspire you to live your best life.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant

“This I know: the mind, left to itself, repeats the same stories, the same loops. Mostly ones that don’t serve us. So what’s practical, what’s transformative, is to consciously choose a thought. Then practice it again and again. With emotion, with feeling, with acceptance.”

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

“Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody and something other than the person he is in body and mind.”

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

“Failing is often the best way to learn, and because of that, early failure is a kind of necessary investment.”

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And In Business by Charles Duhigg

“Habits are powerful, but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness, or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission, but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realize—they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.”

7 Daily Habits for Better Work-Life Balance

7 Daily Habits for Better Work-Life Balance

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Balancing life and work may seem easier said than done, especially for anyone who has to deal with so much work every day. It may not be as simple to achieve as many would like it to be. But it should not be a reason to stop trying. Here are some of the daily habits for better work-life balance.

Schedule personal time
Set aside some time for yourself when you plan your day. Schedule it on your calendar or write it down on your to-do list. Your personal time should be non-negotiable. It is not something you can use for work. You may use it any way you want as long it is not related to your job.

Set boundaries
Saying no is not easy. But it is something you need to practice if you want to have a semblance of balance between your work and life. Be realistic about what you set out to do and stop piling up more work you can always say no to.

Know when to delegate or let go
Sometimes, just because you can do a lot does not mean you have to do them all by yourself. Delegate if you can and let go of the least important tasks if you have to. Know your priorities and stay focused on things that impact your short term or stretch goals.

Protect meal times
Keep breakfast, lunch, and dinner time free from work or anything unrelated to the simple pleasure of savoring your meal. If you have an hour for lunch, use the remaining time to rest or recharge your mind and body before get back on the grind.

Do something you enjoy
Make time for fun every day. Do something you enjoy. It could be a hobby or a personal growth project like learning a foreign language.

Make time for family and friends
Take time to communicate, face-to-face if you can, with family or friends. Share a meal with family or invite some friends for coffee or dinner out. Or you can call or send them a message.

5 TED Talks That Will Inspire You To Make Every Day Count

Every day brings fresh opportunities and plenty of chances to start anew and keep improving. But it all depends on how you choose to make use of your day. Here are some TED Talks you should be watching that will inspire you to make every day count.

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Angela Lee Duckworth left a consulting job to work as a public school math teacher for seventh graders. Here she shares some interesting insights on what separates students who succeed and those who don’t. If you think it’s all about IQ, think again!

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress evokes unpleasant physical reactions or symptoms. And if left unchecked, it may even lead to some negative emotions that affect health and wellbeing. But stress does not have to be all negative. As psychologist Kelly McGonigal puts it in this talk, putting a positive spin on stress may actually be helpful in reducing stress in life.

Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time

Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and in this TED Talk she shares insights into how busy people use their time. She then shares some strategies on how to find the time to do the things that matter most.

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

If you want work-life balance, you have to take the reins in making it happen. It is something that you should be up to your boss or employer as Australian marketing guru Nigel Marsh puts it. Here he talks about what work-life balance every day may look like and provides encouraging ideas on how to achieve it.

Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

Whether it is for self-leadership or leading a team, this talk by Roselinde Torres provides thought-provoking insights on how you can be a great leader at work. She shares three simple but very important questions that everyone who wants to be an excellent leader should ask to succeed.