I don’t know about you, but I feel best about beginning a new project or resolution when I have a plan. Having a foundational guide to help get me going makes all the difference in the world.
If you have an idea for your New Year’s Resolutions, but you’re not sure where to start, you may find what you’re looking for on this list.
100 Days of Weight Loss
Spangle’s 100 Days of Weight Loss is designed to help readers achieve and maintain weight loss over a 100-day period. The book focuses on changing habits, attitudes, and behaviors related to food and exercise to create lasting, healthy lifestyle changes. Spangle provides daily tasks, reflections, and challenges to foster mindfulness and self-awareness about eating and exercise habits. 100 Days of Weight Loss also explores the psychological and emotional triggers around weight loss, helping readers explore the underlying reasons behind their eating patterns.
By breaking the process into manageable daily tasks, readers are encouraged to take small, consistent steps toward their goals. Spangle promotes a balanced approach to nutrition, emphasizing the importance of enjoying food in a mindful manner.
7 Weeks to Getting Ripped
If your goal for the new year is to gain muscle, Stewart's 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped is an excellent place to start. Stewart gives the reader a holistic, realistic, and practical approach to reaching their fitness goals. The program not only provides exercises and variations for readers at different levels of progress, but includes warm-ups and nutrition tips to achieve their goals.
A Little Bit of Yoga
Offering an approachable method for beginners, A Little Bit of Yoga is perfect for readers that are looking to add a little more movement into their lives in the new year. Stevenson’s book lays out the foundations of using the practice of yoga to improve various aspects of life, including strength, calmness, and lucidity.
A Better Brain for Better Aging
If you’re like me, every once in a while, you find yourself looking for your phone…while it’s in your hand. There are multiple ways that we can improve our mental strength, and A Better Brain for Better Aging is a comprehensive guide that offers several options. The book lists practical strategies and lifestyle changes to enhance brain health and cognitive function, regardless of where the reader is in life. The book explores the science behind neuroplasticity, emphasizing the brain's ability to adapt and develop throughout a person's lifetime.
From nutrition and exercise to stress management and mental exercises, A Better Brain for Better Aging offers a holistic approach to nurturing brain health. Kornblatt addresses the negative impact of stress on cognitive function and offers mindfulness and relaxation techniques as tools to combat its effects. Kornblatt also explores the role of nutrition and regular physical activity to promote both cardiovascular health and brain function.
Becoming a Leader of Character
General Anderson’s leadership guide combines military wisdom with principles of character development, giving readers a framework to use as they grow into more effective leaders. Drawing on his extensive military experience, General Anderson explores the crucial role of character in leadership and emphasizes its significance in building trust, fostering resilience, and achieving sustainable success.
Becoming a Leader of Character outlines the key traits that define such leaders. General Anderson identifies six essential qualities: discipline, respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, and loyalty. He also shares personal anecdotes and insights from his military career, illustrating how these character traits played a key role in both his personal and professional lives. Along with these anecdotes, the book offers a roadmap for personal and professional growth, offering self-assessment exercises to better understand how you approach leadership.
I Should Be Writing
We’ve all been there—you have a bit of free time, and you’re scrolling through your phone, or rewatching your favorite show for the tenth time, and the thought bubbles up in your brain: I should be writing. Lafferty’s book is a motivational and practical guide and journal tailored toward aspiring writers, helping them to navigate the hurdles of the creative process. Mur Lafferty, an accomplished podcaster and writer, draws on her own experiences to provide encouragement and advice for those who dream of becoming successful authors.
The book addresses the common struggles that writers face—things like self-doubt, procrastination, and the fear of failure. Lafferty empathetically acknowledges these challenges and offers reassurance, assuring aspiring writers that they are not alone in their journey.
She dismantles the myth of the "perfect" writer and emphasizes the importance of persistence, discipline, and dedication to the craft.
Hiding in the Bathroom
If you’re looking to push yourself out of your comfort zone in the new year, Hiding in the Bathroom is a great place to start—and I mean a book with that title, not actually going and hiding in the bathroom. This book challenges traditional ideas of success and provides a roadmap for finding fulfillment and balance in both your professional and personal life. Aarons-Mele draws on her own experiences with these principles, as well as those of other individuals who have found ways to thrive by embracing their introverted tendencies and unique work styles.
Aarons-Mele encourages readers to embrace their introversion instead of viewing it as a hindrance to success. She suggests that finding a personal path to success involves leveraging one's strengths, whether introverted or extroverted.
The Pocket Stoic
If you want to move into 2024 with a better handle on your philosophy of life, start with The Pocket Stoic. Divided into easily digestible sections, this book covers a wide range of topics, including facing adversity, managing emotions, and fostering gratitude. Sellars guides the reader through a philosophy of Stoicism, providing practical insights and wisdom for navigating life's challenges. The Pocket Stoic distills key philosophical principles into bite-sized portions suitable for daily reflection.
Sellars gives the reader an overview of Stoicism, introducing its fundamental ideas. Sellars also translates ancient wisdom into modern and actionable advice, encouraging readers to apply Stoic principles in their daily lives.
The Going Green Handbook
If your goal is to live a more sustainable lifestyle, start with The Going Green Handbook. It offers a comprehensive and practical guide that empowers individuals to adopt a more sustainable and eco-friendlier lifestyle. Alvarez provides over fifty methods for reducing environmental impact, making well-informed and conscious choices as a consumer, and actively contributing to a healthier planet.
The book covers a wide range of topics related to sustainable living, offering tips and advice on reducing waste, conserving energy, and making environmentally friendly choices in various aspects of daily life. She emphasizes the importance of consistently making small, incremental changes that collectively make a significant impact on the environment.
The Quick & Easy Home DIY Manual
Have you got a kitchen that you’ve been meaning to remodel? Maybe you’re looking for ways to spruce up your bathroom, or your guest bathroom? Maybe you don’t have a lot of time to give to each area that you’d like to update. Matt Weber’s user-friendly guide empowers homeowners with practical knowledge and step-by-step instructions for a wide range of DIY projects around the house. Whether you're a novice or an experienced DIY enthusiast, The Quick & Easy Home DIY Manual helps to simplify home improvement tasks and boost confidence when tackling various projects.
Weber walks the reader through creating a well-equipped DIY toolbox. He emphasizes the importance of safety, providing essential tips for home maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. From fixing leaky faucets and repairing drywall to installing light fixtures and upgrading appliances, Weber's instructions are clear and concise, and includes illustrations for those of us that learn better visually.