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7 Self Help Books to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

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Self Help Books to Help You Stick To Your Resolution Sure, you made a resolution – now are you sticking to it? When we last talked New Year’s resolutions, we were surprised (yet totally not) to find out that only 8% of people achieve their goal, and 25% of people don’t make it past the first week. (Don’t blame the messenger, that’s according to Journal of Clinical Psychology). So, what can you do to avoid becoming part of that 92% failure rate? Perhaps one of these self help books can help you stick to your goal.

Why-Didnt-Teach-Me-School-99-Personal-Money-Management-Principles-Cary-Siegel SAVE MORE MONEY
Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By by Cary Siegel
Before you can save money, you have to understand money. And in terms of personal finance, that usually means setting a budget and spending less. Siegel covers all that in a breezy, conversational style and breaks his financial philosophy down into bite-size chunks – lessons, he calls them – from credit cards to 401Ks to “negotiate everything” to renting and mortgages.

Miracle-of-Mindfulness-Thich-Nhat-Hanh-Self-Help-Books STRESS LESS
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
This resolution takes many forms – take on less stress, be happy, be more mindful, think positive – and just like any other wellness goal, it takes effort. As a Zen master, Hanh’s meditation and mindfulness techniques will help you stay in the moment (the moment right before you reach for your phone to play Candy Crush).

Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Up-Maria-Kondo-Organization-Books GET ORGANIZED
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Maria Kondo
How many coffee mugs do you own? Do you really need that old notebook? And when was the last time you went through your sock drawer? These are all questions we ask ourselves when we attempt to declutter our life but you may never have asked yourself, how does this dress make me feel? Kondo suggests looking at your things in an anthropomorphic way and asking does it “spark joy?” (Say yes to the dress and no to the old holey socks.)

Joy-Of-Missing-Out-Christina-Crook-Self-Help-Books BEGIN A DIGITAL DETOX
The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World by Christina Crook
Less screen time is a noble goal – checking Facebook every 8 minutes, mindlessly scrolling through your Twitter feed. Digital addiction is a real thing and a really hard habit to break. According to a study by Dscout, the average person (not even what they would call a “heavy user”) checks their phone 76 times a day. For less pixels and more IRL, check out Crook’s book on how to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with yourself and the world around you.

New-Rules-Lifting-for-Life-Lou-Schuler-Alwyn-Cosgrove GET FIT
New Rules of Lifting for Life by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove
Don’t let the totally ripped guy on the cover deter you. That might not be your goal, or even possible to achieve without being at the gym for the next 22 years straight, but Schuler and Cosgrove write some of the best books for learning how and why to build lean muscle mass. (Hint: muscle helps you burn up to 3 times more calories a day than fat does.) For the ladies, they have an XX-geared edition.

2-Hour-Job-Search-Steve-Dalton-Job-Hunting-Book LAND A NEW JOB
The 2-Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton
From keeping organized with Excel spreadsheets to his templated 5-point email, Dalton provides a modern take on job hunting. His key advice is targeted networking and efficiency. Take advantage of college alumni lists and, of course, LinkedIn and instead of asking for a job, ask for advice. The more contacts you make, the more likely you are to have your name at the top of the referral list when something does come up.

living-language-book-portuguese LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Beginner Series by Living Language
Taking up Italian? Dusting up on your French? If learning a new language is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, Living Language’s series eschews laundry lists of nouns and conjugated verbs and takes an organic, conversational approach to making the language stick. You’ll be saying, Amo mis libros de texto in no time.