As the year comes to a close one can’t avoid the constant reminders that the New Year brings new opportunities. These reminders of new opportunities are mainly focused on methods to improve the old you. We are bombarded with ideas for self-improvement. It’s a New Year, a new you, right? – New body, new face, new interests, new friends, new everything. If only it were true. Sadly, most of us are stuck with the same old body, face, interests and friends. Not that we can’t change; not that we don’t want to change. It’s just so hard to break away from that comfort zone we all inhabit – no matter how resolute we are.
We make our New Year’s resolutions with good intentions and great sincerity, but it’s easy to lose enthusiasm as daily life chugs on. Resolutions begin to fade quietly away within a few weeks. However, if you are determined to hold fast to your resolutions, make the commitment and push through to ultimate success, the library can help. Publishers know that the New Year brings an itch for change and release a multitude of books to motivate, inspire and transform us into our ideal selves. If you are determined to turn over a new leaf in 2020 – lose those pounds, exercise more, be kinder to your family and work colleagues, be more confident, spend less, save more, be happier, get organized – there’s a book for that, and you can find it at the library. There are hundreds of self-help books in our collection to guide, support and motivate you toward whatever personal transformation you hope to achieve.
Want to shed weight, improve your looks and increase your self-esteem? Choose from an array of diet and exercise books. You’ll find advice on how to shed pounds, have sustained weight loss and feel great all year long. Want to unlock your brain’s healing potential to overcome negativity, anxiety, anger, stress and trauma? Dr. Daniel Amen tells you how in his book, Feel Better Fast and Make it Last. Looking for ways to simplify your life, reduce stress and rid yourself of the clutter? A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Tidy Mind, by Shoukei Matsumoto, offers advice on organizing your home and simplifying your life. For the ultimate guide to discovering your life’s direction and purpose check out Oprah Winfrey’s book, The Path Made Clear. In it she shares what she sees as a guide for activating the deepest vision of you, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance.
No matter what your resolutions for the New Year, January is the ideal time for a fresh start and a time to embrace change. You need only a library card to begin the journey to a new you. Don’t have a library card? That’s the resolution that should be at the top of your list. And it’s the one you’ll be most likely to keep.