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“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going,” quipped Olympic medalist Jim Ryun.
Whether you’re looking to change your thinking habits, overcome procrastination through the science of habits, or discover what habits you can implement to make yourself more effective, Thomas staff across departments has recommended reads to help you transform the way you work.
Ken Richardson, email operations specialist, said Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was the first book I read in college, and I still use some of its tips today.”
He’s not the only one who read it in an academic setting: “We had to read that for my MBA Leadership course!” chimed in Tracy Devlin, a digital marketing specialist. She said she’d “highly recommend” it.
Thomas President and CEO Tony Uphoff said he’d recommend The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People “for sure.”
It’s not only the staff at Thomas that’s been reading this book, though. While he was serving as president, Bill Clinton read the book twice and said, “I want to integrate this into my presidency.” Author Covey went to Camp David to counsel the president. 
Today, more than 40 million copies have been sold, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has spent time on the New York Times bestseller list. Suited for people who are seeking to grow both professionally and personally, this classic speaks to the heart of the individual who feels a bit stuck. It underscores personal responsibility through such habits as being proactive and prioritizing projects or desires as well as teaching strategies such as how to create synergy. It shows that it’s possible to succeed while still being honest and exhibiting integrity. 
Excuses Begone! along with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People changed my life,” said Monica Wade, the director of billing. She said it’s “an easy read as well as eye-opening.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits is a #1 New York Times bestseller for a reason. This book is credited with transforming lives. 
We all have a running dialogue in our heads and tell ourselves certain stories about who we are and what others expect of us. If you’ve ever struggled with thoughts like “I don’t have time,” “It’s too difficult to change at this age,” or “What would people think if I …,” this is the self-help book you need to overcome destructive thought patterns.
Dyer provides insight into the conscious as well as subconscious justifications most of us come up with, reminding us that even if it may appear true, it’s an excuse. He asks readers to do the difficult work of auditing our beliefs. However, he also provides practical steps to challenging your old thinking habits so that you can finally chase after your dream life.  
Patrick Carroll, a digital marketing strategist, recommended Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, explaining that it’s about “prioritizing your day by doing the hard items first.” He pointed out, “It’s a very quick read too.”
Breaking the bad habit of procrastinating will help you achieve greater success in virtually every other habit you want to build and every other goal you set out to pursue. “Eating the frog” is a metaphor for doing the most unsavory task first so that it doesn’t drag down the rest of your day, allowing you to then move on to more enjoyable tasks. This leads to greater efficiency. 
Tracy’s book has proved so popular that it’s been updated to include new chapters. These chapters instruct you in how technology can help optimize your day and how to retain focus in a world of constant distraction. 
“I’d also add Atomic Habits by James Clear,” said Uphoff.
Atomic Habits by James Clear gave me the tools to say good-bye to some bad habits — of course replaced with good ones!” chimed in Reggie Rios Miller, the executive director of customer success. 
“To this day, this book is a lifesaver and a ‘go to’ resource every time I need a reset,” said Renee Joseph, a senior bill operations analyst. 
James Clear’s Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones is a #1 New York Times bestseller filled with easy-to-apply, practical tips that will help you finally achieve your habit goals. Clear deconstructs the notion that you have to use willpower alone to build new habits and break the old. Instead, he shows you small things you can do to set yourself up for success when starting and maintaining goals.
“The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins coupled with Atomic Habits by James Clear, and — boom! — there’s nothing stopping you!” said Joseph.
Previously Audible’s #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year and Amazon’s 6th most-read book of the year, Mel Robbins’ The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage teaches one rule that will jumpstart all your other habits. If Tracy’s Eat That Frog! Isn’t working for you because you’re having trouble even getting started, let alone prioritizing, then Robbins’ The 5 Second Rule will help.
The premise is simple but life-altering: when you have the instinct to do something, do it within five seconds — before your brain lets you come up with a rationale not to do it. Robbins got the idea when one day, struggling to get out of bed, she began counting down from five and then launched herself out of bed like a rocket. 
Told through engaging stories, The 5 Second Rule is based on the science of habits.
 
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