I read this book, 'Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience' by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, about a month ago. It completely changed the way I lived my life.
for about two weeks.
I've always loved reading books in this category--
'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle, 'Predictably Irrational' by Dan Ariely, each time I vacation in the self-help category I have a revelation of sorts, a kind of mini epiphany about how to live my life.
But what I noticed is that as much as I connected to the messages within these books, and changed my actions and behaviors afterwards, I'd begin to gravitate towards the "old me"-- the "me" I've lived the majority of my life as prior to reading each book shortly afterwards as the quotes and words began to naturally fade away as most short term memories do.
So I adopted a new practice. I realized there was no way I'd have enough time to read each book again and again week after week to realize the changes I needed to make. Instead, I'd write down, highlight, and take pictures of passages that stirred motivation within me the first time I read it. What's interesting is-- each time I read these again days later, the motivation that I felt was stronger each time.
I think I understand now why some people bring Bibles with them and reread passages each Sunday. I've never been religious, but I do believe in creating and trying to live by principles-- so why not make my own reference "book" to look to each time and remind myself each week which principles I want to live by?
Change can only come from within, but it's not an overnight process as people always say. However, it gets easier if you constantly remind yourself that it's "Progress, not perfection," that is key.
After all. Our lives are simply works in progress.