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Self-improvement never stops – attend a seminar, talk, workshop or read a book to improve your daily outlook.
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Living with Purpose
Source: Forbes, "Do You Know Your 'Why?' 4 Questions To Find Your Purpose"
Need a good book to read? Self-Improvement books can be great to lift your spirit, for self-reflection, or goal-setting. They are usually easy to read and written with practical knowledge that you can apply to your own life. Here are ten books that have become best sellers over past years that you should consider reading.
- The 4 Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss. For living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.
- Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E Frankl. This book is at once a memoir, a self-help book, and a psychology manual that tells the story of a psychologist (the author) imprisoned at Auschwitz during the Second World War.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen. It is a complete system for using your time most efficiently and especially where it matters most for you.
- The Art of Happiness, by The Dalai Lama. It focuses on worldly factors like wealth and satisfaction as well as spiritual parts.
- The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck. Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, the book continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Advice offered includes: six ways to make people like you, twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. This book aims to help you build positive habits that really improve your life.
- The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. This is one of those life-changing books that can turn your world upside down.
- Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, by Brian Tracy. For people who are overwhelmed by tasks of all sizes, this book provides methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more.
- Who Moved my Cheese? By Spencer Johnson. This is a motivational book about change management written in the style of a parable or business fable.
Sources: Entrepreneur Magazine, "Top 10 Self Help Books of All Time"
Leadership is a Service, Not a Destination
What is a leader? A famous movie star, a pro-athlete,
millionaires, business people, elected officials, parents? You
could say yes and no to all. Part of the challenge for leaders is
that they are all human. And as humans, we are all flawed. That
being said, what is effective leadership? Is it a title? Is it
achieving goals? Is it inspiring others? Is it seeing a unique
vision? Leadership is a combination of practical skills and
personal values that, when used together, create an atmosphere in
which people feel valued and motivated to pursue a clear
vision. What is it about an effective leader that captivates
Leadership is not always what you do but how you do it. Leaders who embrace humility, graciousness, and attend to their people, will not only achieve more but have more support along the way.
Effective leaders know their limitations. Most leaders have specific gifts and skills. They can't be good at everything. An effective leader recognizes limitations and attracts other people to compliment his/her skills.
Great leaders have a sense of humor. A leader who has a sense of humor, especially about themselves, appears more confident and attracts confidence from others.
Leaders do what needs to be done. An effective leader is willing to do what needs to be done to move the organization forward. Whether this requires having difficult conversations with a staff member, covering for a colleague who is ill, or making the right decision rather than the easy decision, a leader who does what needs to be done is a leader worth following.
Leadership is a service and not a destination. Sometimes people seek a position of leadership for the position itself. They may desire the power or the acclaim that goes with the position. However, a leader that seeks to serve rather than to be served will always be more effective.
Great power, great responsibility. This reinforces the idea that leaders must own their responsibility during the good times and the bad times. Leaders who relinquish responsibility to avoid taking blame usually dig a much deeper hole for themselves. Leaders who step up to their responsibility generate more trust and respect.
Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Tips for Effective Leadership"
What is Your ‘Why?’
Knowing your ‘why’ is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living. When you know your ‘why’ you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated when the chips are down, and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging, and more rewarding trajectory.
Here’s an exercise for you to do… homework, if you will, for the New Year. Write down your answers and put them in a place you will remember. Ask yourself these four questions:
What makes you come alive?
Think BIG. What are you passionate about? What makes you feel bigger than you are? What puts a fire in your belly?
What are your innate strengths?
What have you always been good at? What comes easy to you?
Where do you add the greatest value?
Ask yourself what problems you really enjoy solving, and what problems you feel passionate about trying to solve.
How will you measure your life?
What purposes or ideologies do you align yourself with?
Source: Forbes, "Know Your Why 4 Questions To Tap the Power of Purpose"
Get Info for the 50+ Crowd at the Park Authority’s 50+ Web Portal
The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a website specifically for residents age 50 or older. The 50+ Engage-Connect-Play portal provides one-stop shopping for information on Fitness & Wellness, Arts & Learning, Gardening & Adventure, Giving Back, and more that’s geared toward Baby Boomers and active seniors.
Staying active and staying connected are key to good health and happiness at any age, and the Park Authority is making it easier for older residents to find new ways to engage as family and work demands change. In Fairfax County, 23.2 percent of households include adults who are 65+, and this group represents 11.5 percent of the county’s total population.
Go to Fairfax County Park Authority - Fifty Plus to see which of the thousands of Park Authority classes are most popular among Baby Boomers and the 70+ crowd. Find out about concerts, fairs, festivals and other park events that appeal to older residents. Book a tee time at a golf course, register for an art or gardening program, or find activities to entertain the grandchildren. Visitors to the site can also explore ways to give back to their community through paid and volunteer opportunities in the parks.
This initiative is part of the larger, countywide effort aimed at addressing the needs of a rapidly aging population in Fairfax County. U.S. Census figures show that there is a net in-migration to Fairfax County of persons age 85+. Among Fairfax County residents age 80 or older, 47.5 percent have one or more of the following: serious difficulty with walking and/or climbing stairs, difficulty dressing and/or bathing, or a cognitive disability.
The Take 12 program is free and anyone can participate at any time. This program is designed to:
- Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration.
- Give you access to information - free workshops are available each month on different healthy topics and bulletin boards loaded with information are posted at all the RECenters.
- Provide an opportunity for you to experience fitness and wellness programs offered across Fairfax County.
- Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!
- Plus, sign-up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, packed with recipes and healthy tips, upcoming events, and opportunities to achieve your Take 12 goals!