In my part of the world, spring break starts today. Students go back to school on Monday April 21st and are thrilled to begin a 10 day relaxation and travel period. This time tends to represent a slightly more laid back schedule for parents and families as well — not quite as many practices, sporting events, early mornings, or late nights, and maybe a vacation in there too.
So I thought a spring break reading list would be just the thing! I’m going to share a few books that I’ve read recently (in no particular order), and I’d love for you to share what you’re reading too. Can we create a “little things, big difference” reading list? Let’s try!
1. Thrive by Arianna Huffington: I’m reading this now and it’s a great book for really taking a look at what we value in life. Do you get enough sleep? Do you work wonder into your life? Do you value down-time or just try to be the busiest one of all your friends, in a contest that really has no winner? She asks us to think about what’s really valuable and important in life. The importance of 7-8 hours of sleep has struck me so much that I’m reworking my habits as I write this.
2. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield: Remember Chicken Soup for the Soul? One of the co-authors of that series has produced the most comprehensive list of ways to create success that I’ve seen. Pick a chapter, any chapter, and check it out! My favorite is the very first one. Do each of us take 100% responsibility for what happens in our lives? Don’t just say yes quickly. Do you really take responsibility for every situation? Do you evaluate how you can learn from it and what you can do differently next time? I’d bet most of us tend to whine and complain more often than we realize.
3. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: Possibly the most direct link to my thought behind Little Things, Big Difference, this book really does make the reader think about the choices we all make every day. If you blow off that deadline or workout or have that ice cream, does it make a big difference? Today, no, but down the road these consistent small decisions create a tremendous change — either positively or negatively – in our lives.
4. Lean in by Sheryl Sandburg: I’ve written about this book on this very blog in the past. Sandburg does an excellent job of presenting this issues that women face when we try to decide what in the world we’re going to do with our lives — and when we pull back and let others go right by.
5. See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar: Yet another book filled with fabulous vignettes and success principles! Pick even a few of his ideas and try them (as I am doing) and I believe you will see a difference.
6. Train Your Brain by Dana Wilde: This is an all-time favorite and I’ve referred back to it so many times the pagest are starting to get very worn. Feeling down a little too often? Want to grow your business or get a promotion or create some other kind of success in your life? Our brains filter reality and show us only what matches with our deeply held beliefs. That means that if we believe we are not successful and not well-off, we won’t be. That’s what we’ll see. But it can work the other way too! Believe you can have success and success is on its way. Check out her book and even take a look at her free training here.
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey: I had to add a little humor to this list! I read this while traveling and sat in the airport and airplane laughing out loud. If you’ve ever, even once, felt a little less than ideal or a little less than the best, she will make you feel better and make you laugh at the same time.
What are you reading that will help us create small changes that make a big difference? Share in the comments below!