NextGen Know-How: Read this book to have an awesome year

Resolve to take quick actions toward success—before your feelings get the best of you.

by Laurie Maddalena, MBA, CPCC, PHR, CU Management

Before the new year began, my husband and I took a mini-vacation to a bed and breakfast in West Virginia to relax and unwind. With three young kids at home, it’s not often we get away together alone. One of our favorite things to do is read by the fire. On this trip, I read two books cover to cover, and one impacted me so much that I want to share it with you.

In studying success for over 25 years, I have discovered a common theme in high achievers—they have a bias for action. They have the same fears, doubts, anxieties and challenges as everyone, but they push through the negative mind chatter and get themselves to do things they may not feel like doing. Success and confidence are not innate qualities—they are the result of small actions that compound over time.

In all honesty, my default is laziness. If I didn’t consciously push myself through the barriers my mind creates, I would sit around every day watching Hallmark movies, eating Lindor truffles and drinking cappuccinos. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but compounded daily over time, they would not lead me toward my best self.


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