I read three books during my break; two for self improvement, and one for leisure. Reading the self-help books was great, but it occurred to me that no matter who the writer is, there are consistent themes. Here are the top 7 that appeared throughout both:
1. Try your best to get 8 hours of sleep every night.
2. Make sure that you take care of yourself physically. This means taking the time to exercise or do some sort of physical activity daily.
3. Take care of yourself mentally, and take your vacation time. You need it to recharge your batteries. Take this time to get a different perspective on life, to really see things as they are, and gain clarity on where you want to go – as well as how to get there. Downtime is important because it stimulates the creative side. I realized that I had forgotten how important just relaxing is.
4. There is nothing more powerful than writing your goals down. There are even statistics that show that people who write their goals down have a 65% better chance of achieving their goals than someone who does not.
5. Don't make your goals more complicated than they need to be. Instead determine where you want to go, and find the one thing that will get you there.
6. In order to be successful and achieve your goals, you have to be consistent. That means that the action you have to take to achieve your goals have to become a habit. For example, if you want to lose weight, identify the one thing that you need to do to lose weight. If that thing is exercise, then block that time out of your day and commit to it. Studies show that on average it takes approximately 66 days to establish a habit (although that time can range from 30 days to 234 days, depending on the person).
7. Last but not least, HAVE FUN! SMILE! LAUGH!