From the Beacon: Resources to help with resolutions

"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve." Benjamin Franklin

Ah, resolutions! A new year approaches, and it's time to wipe the slate clean and create a whole new you. What better way to do that than with some helpful books from the Beaufort County Public Libraries?

For those of you who learned how to be truly effective with Stephen Covey's famous "7 Habits," you can now move beyond "mere effectiveness" with his book "The Eighth Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness."

Of course, it is entirely possible to be really great at what you do and still not be satisfied. If your resolution this year is to find your niche in the world, then Brian Souza's book, "Become Who You Were Born to Be" is for you. Packed with motivational stories and insights on what it takes to be a fulfilled person and overcome the fear of change, this book is recommended for anyone who has ever experienced an identity crisis.

Or maybe you just want to be a happier person? Then check out Eric Weiner's "The Geography of Bliss." From North Carolina to Qatar and from India to Iceland, this book is not only a wonderfully humorous travelogue but a unique mix of psychology and science that tries to unravel just what it takes to be truly "happy."

Perhaps you are more interested in exploring and developing your spiritual side? Then you need to read "Tapping the Power Within" by Iyanla Vanzant. This book will teach the principles of self-empowerment by giving you examples on how to make a change for the better. Even the simple act of deep-breathing might help you unleash the power within.

Maybe your resolutions are geared more toward raising your children? Sometimes it's hard to know what the "right" way to help your child is, especially if there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. Well, psychologist Donna Genett offers her expert advice in "Help Your Kids Get it Done Right at Home and School: Building Responsibility and Self-Esteem in Children." Told in parable format, readers will learn six techniques for helping their children with everything, such as planning or communication.

If you're a parent who is looking for more specific help, the library has something for you, too. For example, what if you have a child with dyslexia?Then perhaps you would enjoy "Helping Your Dyslexic Child: A Guide to Improving Your Child's Reading, Writing, Spelling, Comprehension and Self-Esteem" by Eileen Cronin. This book covers everything from initial evaluations to teaching your child coping mechanisms, both in school and beyond.

But never forget when making resolutions that sometimes you are just fine the way you are. Take the children's book "Seeing Things My Way" by Alden Carter: The main character, Amanda, had a tumor in her head when she was younger and now must live with blind spots in her vision. Amanda's story illustrates being "differently-abled" doesn't make you different at all.