3 books to up your game in 2017

A new year often brings about resolutions to make improvements in one’s life. Here are three books to up your game in 2017.

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A new year often brings about resolutions to make improvements in one’s life. From interpersonal relationships to career directions to getting what you want, there are some great books out there to help you along your way. Here are 3 books to up your game in 2017.

Improve your relationships

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)

I discovered this book after reading all about Buffer, the web app I use to schedule my social media posts. Buffer recommends that all their employees read this, so I decided to check it out. The book promises to give you the tools to:

  • Make people like you
  • Win people to your way of thinking
  • Change people without arousing resentment

Have you ever had a really good boss? One that made you feel empowered and supported, even when you made mistakes. Chances are, they employed some of the techniques from the book. When you read them, they sound almost like common sense, and you’ll wonder why it hadn’t occurred to you to use them yourself. It’s a must-read if you supervise people, have a sales job, or otherwise ever need to convince anyone to do things your way.

Choose a direction

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (2016)

I came across an article about this book soon after its release and immediately ordered it. The book teaches readers to take a design approach to building a happy life. It provides tools to focus in on what’s important to you, what you like to do with your time, and provides concrete small steps to take towards making changes in your career or life.

The book came about from the authors’ wildly popular college course of the same name at Stanford.  It’s most helpful for career changes, but would be useful for anyone feeling like their life isn’t going in the right direction.

Get what you want

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn (2000)

One of my favorite people passed this book along to me after she read it. The book’s subject is the Law of Attraction – the idea that “like attracts like.” This book suggests that in order to attract the things you want in your life – love, wealth, adventure – you must first get yourself into the feeling place of that experience. In other words, find a way to emotionally experience what it’s like to have that thing, and you’ll be able to attract it into existence.

The book spends a lot of time teaching readers to first focus on feeling gratitude, and then to generate good feelings around the things you really want in life. Even if it sounds a little hokey, it’s hard to argue with the idea that having a positive attitude is more likely to bring positive outcomes. If you’re finding yourself struggling with your mood, or are fearful about finding a job or having enough money, this book is a good read for finding ways to get yourself feeling okay again.

I’ve taken useful information from all three of these books, and I’m working my way back through Designing Your Life as I look for a full-time job this year. I’m designing myself an awesome life!

What are you doing to up your game in 2017? What books have changed your life? Tell me in the comments!

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