Before you can make a change outside, you need to make a change inside. That’s the secret to making your dream home a reality. 

Remodeling is one of the most rewarding things we can do. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of taking a vision from your imagination and making it happen in real life. But, many of us only dream about our perfect homes without ever making them happen. 

Here are five books to improve your way of life to stop dreaming and start doing.

1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

“If you believe you can change – if you make it a habit – the change becomes real.”

The Power of Habit is a book about a lesser-known part of our minds. It’s about the part of our minds that ties our shoes without thinking about it or bites our nails before realizing it’s happening. Imagine what you can do with the knowledge on how to change habits and create new ones.

When you read this book, you’ll also learn a lot about how our environments shape our habits. Your home environment is one of the strongest influences on how you behave, and you most likely already have a vision of the changes you need to make.

Remember, habits aren’t just about what you do. They are also about what you are in the habit of not doing.

2. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“The power to everything you want is inside you.”

The Secret is the book and documentary that brought the Law of Attraction into the mainstream. It describes the power of positive thinking and the belief that you can achieve anything you can imagine.

No matter what you believe about the Law of Attraction or how it works, there is no doubt that we can achieve so much more with persistent effort and positive thinking. But The Secret isn’t just about getting what you want; it’s also about keeping the things you don’t want away.

When it comes to your dream home, the belief that you can never make it happen or focusing on the negative aspects of the challenges you’ll face will prevent you from ever going through with your dream projects.

3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

Meditations are one of those books you don’t need to read from front to back. It doesn’t matter what page you start on or randomly flip to because it can be read any way you want. Each passage is full of wisdom and strength, inspiring its readers to do anything they set their minds to. 

When Marcus Aurelius wrote this book, he never thought it would be published. It was only meant for his eyes. That’s what makes it more astonishing. This was his mental state as he was fighting an unknown illness, defending Rome against invaders, and struggling to keep the thousand-year-old empire together.

The most important thing you’ll learn from reading this book is that we get in our own way more than anything else. This is especially true when it comes to going through home improvement projects.

4. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

“The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself.”

You might have heard of David Goggins from any of his astounding achievements. He held the world record for pull-ups, completing 4,030 in less than 24 hours. As if that wasn’t enough, he has also completed 60 ultra-marathons, triathlons, and ultra-triathlons. The list goes on.

Goggins wasn’t always this way. Can’t Hurt Me outlines his inner and outer journey from a struggling overweight exterminator to becoming one of the most motivating figures today. This book is really about how it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. We all have the strength to push past our limits.

No matter how big or small, any remodeling project will seem easy after you read this book. David Goggins is an excellent example of how inner change can lead to drastic outer change.

5. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

“There’s no point in being unhappy about things you can’t change, and no point being unhappy about things you can.”

This is a book about the power of meditation. Dan Harris suffered a panic attack on live television during a news broadcast. He attributes what he describes as the most humiliating moment of his life to having a chaotic mind.

Tame the voice in your head with 10% Happier, improving your focus and ability to envision what you really want. Dan Harris teaches us that meditation isn’t hard to do, and anyone anywhere can do it.

Sometimes it’s not about not doing enough; it’s about doing too much. If your mind is overworked and lacks focus, it will make any home improvement project exponentially more difficult.

It’s Time to Start Doing. 

You probably heard the saying, “Before you can change the world, you must clean your room.” It means that you have to start with yourself before making changes or taking on big projects.

Thought always comes before action. These books will help you get out of your own way and start thinking the thoughts that lead to action. This applies to any goals we set for ourselves, not just the goals we have for our homes.

Start Your Remodeling Project Today.

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