6 Life Tips We Blatantly Stole from Self-Help Books
We read ’em so you don’t have to
Self-help books are divisive—people tend to either love them or ignore them. We used to fall in the latter category until we discovered that some actually have really helpful tips that are easy to incorporate into our day to day. Here, tips from six of our favorite books.
Do You Need to Get More Done?
Read: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
And Learn: You are in complete control of your own life, and you’re in charge of the priorities you set. Focus your time equally on urgent tasks (like attending to your crying baby) and important tasks that aren’t necessarily urgent (like going to the gym) to get the most done, both in the short and long term.
Do you Need to Get Better at Networking?
Read: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
And Learn: When you’re talking to someone, say the person’s name several times throughout the conversation and really listen. You'll make her feel important and appreciated, which is half the battle.
Do You Always Think Ten Steps Ahead?
Read: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
And Learn: Worrying about the future is pointless, people—once you're in the moment, you'll know exactly what to do. Living in the present and staying focused on the “now” is the key to inner peace.
Do You Hold Onto Every Bad Thing That Happens?
Read: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
And Learn: Your new mantra is "Everything will be OK when you learn to be OK with everything." Surrender your need to control life and you'll feel more centered and less stressed.
Do You Usually Scoff at Self-Help Books?
Read: The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman
And Learn: Closure is overrated. Instead of working out a solution to every one of your problems, get comfortable with leaving things open and unresolved. Learn to embrace imperfections and don't kill yourself trying to tie up every issue with a neat bow.
Do You Let Every Little Thing Get to You?
Read: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
And Learn: Instead of getting angry or annoyed at an irritating person, think of your interaction with them as a lesson. Every person you meet should teach you something (whether or not they know it). View unpleasant interactions as teachable moments and turn bad experiences into your own personal growth.