Me Time: How To Improve Your Personal Development
I am a voracious reader. If you came to my home, there are rows of bookcases from floor to ceiling and packed boxes of books in my unfinished second floor. My love of books started when I was a very young girl. My family would travel to Kentucky (from Ohio), where I would visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My very favorite place to go was my Aunt Helen’s. She was my dad’s brother’s wife. Aunt Helen didn’t have a nook or cranny without a book in it. I felt like I could visit and hide for days with her books. I traveled everywhere in my mind. I experienced grand adventures in my imagination.
I guess I now could be the Aunt Helen to many. My husband is also a collector of books. The new reading products like a Nook or Kindle are fantastic when traveling. You can store thousands of books on one device, but there is nothing to me like the smell and feel of the paper and the pages and curling up on a couch that says “comfort.” My only limitation is if I don’t desire to grow.
How To Make Time to Improve Your Personal Development
Let’s talk about taking time for your mental self. This would include reading, journaling, learning new concepts, and exploring your personal development. Getting in a place where you “wake up” to your fabulous self and knowing just how awesome you are as a woman is the best gift you can give yourself. Always keep some sort of personal development book with you, along with a pen and a pad of paper to write down reflections. You can upload most books on portable devices now, like the Nook or Kindle, and carry them in your purse and really utilize those 15 minutes as you wait for the kids to get out of school, or in appointments that are running late.
Top 10 Personal Development Books
Here is a list of some of my top favorite personal development books:
- Walking On the Ceiling, 2006, Heather Madder. She has new material out, but this book is great and give you an introduction into yourself.
- The 4 Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris. I love this book! Talk about Time Management!
- One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, Robert Mauer. This is great for overcoming obstacles in your live! One step at a time!
- Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill. One of my very favorites!
- How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie.
- The Power Of Intention, Wayne Dyer
- The Bible, (for Christian faith based), I love the Proverbs.
- The Power Of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale
- Chicken Soup For The Mother’s Soul, Jack Canfield
- Being Fulfilled, Jeff St. Laurent
You have 24 hours in the day. Everyone does. No more, no less. Self-responsibility and love is the first dimension in the Wellness Inventory program. Love yourself enough to schedule the simple pleasure of reading and growing yourself. In addition to reading “on the run”, make yourself a priority and schedule reading time before the family gets up, while the kids are napping, or after the kids go to bed. Set your intention to create this pleasurable habit. Your mind will be glad you did.
What are ways to work on your personal development? What simple steps can you take to improve your personal development?
Joyce Harrell is a Mom, Wife, Nana, Nurse, Health & Wellness Coach, Low Glycemic Mind-Body Transformation Coach, Author, Certified Vision Board Coach, and Aromatherapist. Her unique talent is to empower self-acceptance and purposeful living utilizing wellness principles, low glycemic education, vision boards, and essential oils. Joyce emphasizes simple principles for individuals who desire to feel better about whom they are as they are empowered to bring positive changes to their emotional and physical selves. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, Joyce has also received training as a wellness coach through Wellcoaches, and The Wellness Inventory coaching programs. She has co-authored the soon to be released book Heart of Success.
In addition to her Health/Wellness coaching business, she has founded the organization Nurses On The Edge, for nurses who are stressed, eat on the run, or are on the edge of burnout in their nursing careers. Her wellness programs can be utilized by individuals, groups, or the workplace. You may contact Joyce at [email protected], or get on her mailing list at http://www.nursecoachonline.com. Receive your free copy of CPR for the Kitchen Pantry when you opt in for her newsletter.
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