Books to read RIGHT NOW:
1.) Thrive – By Arianna Huffington – This woman is amazing! I devoured this book. She brings to light that the term “success” is so muchmore than money and power but that true success is also about your overall well-being. So good!
Favorite quote from the book:“Countless things in our daily lives can awaken the almost constant state of wonder we knew as children. But sometimes to see them we must look through a different set of eyes.”
2.) The Practicing Mind – by Thomas M. Sterner – this book offers a different perspective on how you view your life. Everything you do is some form of practice. Either you’re practicing doing – or you’re practicing inaction – but everything you do you are in fact practicing. He also gives us readers relief from the fear of “perfectionism” and simply loving where you’re at in the process learning.
Favorite quote from the book: “At what point in a flower’s life, from seed to full bloom, does it reach perfection?…
It is ALWAYS perfect. It is perfect at being wherever it is and at whatever stage of growth it is in at that moment.
It is perfect at being a seed when it is placed in the ground. At that moment in time, it is exactly what it is supposed to be: a seed. Just because it does not have brightly colored blooms doesn’t mean it is not a good flower seed. When it first sprouts through the ground, it is not imperfect because it displays only the color green. At each stage of growth, from seed to full bloom and beyond, it is perfect at being a flower that particular stage of a flower’s life. A flower must start as a seed , and it will not budge one millimeter toward it full potential grandeur of full bloom without the nourishment of water, soil, sun, and also time. It takes time for al these elements to work together to produce the flower.”
3.) Mindset– By Carol S. Dweck, PH.D – Okay, wow…I have just about highlighted something on EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. Seriously, it’s an incredibly insightful read! She is the mastermind and creator of the now famous “Growth mindset/Fixed mindset”. In this book she speaks about the power of our thoughts and our mindset and how it plays a MAJOR role in the outcomes of our lives. – EVERYONE should read this book. It’s empowering, motivating, and just amazing!
Favorite quote(s) from this book: (there were too many to choose from so you get a few)
- “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your
self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
- “Many growth-minded people didn’t even plan to go to the top. They got there as a result of doing what they love. It’s ironic: The top is where the fixed-mindset people hunger to be, but it’s where many growth-minded people arrive as a by-product of their enthusiasm for what they do.”
- “Success is about being your best self, not about being better than others; failure is an opportunity, not a condemnation; effort is the key to success.”
4.) The Big Leap – By Gay Hendricks PH.D – This book will transform your views of what is possible for your life. The entire book helps you recognize and overcome “limiting beliefs” that are holding you back from your “zone of genius”. Let go of your fears and jump into the world of possibility!
Favorite quote from the book:
“In my life I’ve discovered that if I cling to the notion that something’s not possible, I’m arguing in favor of limitation. And if I argue for my limitations, I get to keep them.”
5.) Walking on Water by S. Michael Wilcox – This is quite possibly one of my most beloved books ever. S. Michael Wilcox is by far my most favorite LDS author and speaker. This book is actually a compilation of some of his most famous addresses – which I love because it’s easier to go back through, take notes in the pages for reference, and remind myself of some of the lessons taught. He speaks directly to my soul. He has a way of taking a scriptural passage and making it come alive and relevant to everyday life. This book is incredible – you’ll want to read it – or even better – snag the audio CD’s and listen to them – over and over and over again. You won’t be sorry!
Favorite Quote from the book
Sometimes we don’t get answers because there is no place for God to put the answer… Now sometimes the reason the Lord doesn’t answer is because He has a wonderful answer, a comforting answer, a rejoicing answer, and He says, “Where do I put it? There is no place yet in your heart, in your mind for me to put the answer. But life will create a holding place for the answer. So be patient; in time it will come. I have recorded your prayers. I know your needs. I will answer it when the holding place has been created.”
6.) The Mind Made Prison – Mateo Tabatabai – This one is a little heavier to read but full of AMAZING stuff. Wow. This book will help you rethink all those limiting beliefs you’ve held onto over the years and start “seeing” yourself in a whole new light!
Favorite Quote from the book:
“We have such high levels of automation and we still wonder why we are suffering. We walk around in our robotic states and we don’t understand why we don’t feel the passion, gratitude and bliss we have always desired. Your brain is the most powerful piece of machinery here on earth. It can be your greatest helper or your greatest enemy. Whether it is the first or the latter depends on the meanings you have created and are creating at any given point in time. Most people are running completely outdated and negative beliefs on a machine that was built to innovate, create and explore.”
7.) As a Man Thinketh – James Allen – this is a super short book – more like a pamphlet really. Written in 1903 it is crammed to the brim with incredible, deeply profound truths. You won’t regret reading this one!
Favorite Quote (s)- because one just isn’t enough:
“A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses.”
“He who has conquered weakness, and has put away all selfish thoughts, belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed. He is free.”
8.) Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl – Wow…I hardly have the words to describe this book to you. I will warn you, this a tough read because of the circumstances from which Frankl writes from. He is a Holocaust survivor and a famous psychiatrist. He writes his account in finding purpose, identifying human nature and how our thoughts can push our physical bodies further than what is seemingly even possible. I think everyone needs to read this at least once. There’s so many profound truths, so much beauty, love, and gratitude even in a place as dark as Auschwitz.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.”
“Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.”
9.) My Stroke of Insight – Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor – a neuroanatomist from Harvard and on her way to the top in her field suffered a stroke and was able to share and write her account of what happened, how she changed, and how we can change too. If you ever have a chance to hear her live or any of her Ted talks – she’s pretty amazing! So full of life and energy, check her out!
Something happens in the external world and chemicals are flushed through your body which puts it on full alert. For those chemicals to totally flush out of the body it takes less than 90 seconds.
This means that for 90 seconds you can watch the process happening, you can feel it happening, and then you can watch it go away.
After that, if you continue to feel fear, anger, and so on, you need to look at the thoughts that you’re thinking that are re-stimulating the circuitry that is resulting in you having this physiological response over and over again.”
MANY MORE BOOKS TO COME!!! Don’t worry – I have a Looooong list to give you!
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