With the advent of the New Year, I start thinking, how will I continue to motivate myself to take on the tasks ahead. The next statement is always, what are the tasks?
My friend, The Growth Coach, John Stahl, told me not to let work get in the way.
Interesting thought. Work that really doesn’t make a difference?
I find that having a yearly plan helps me stay focused and show results. If you don’t do some soul searching, life will just drag you along, and you’ll become part of someone else’s success plan.
At the start of 2013, “we can all use a little prodding” to get us to success and more out of life. And who doesn’t want more out of life? Here’s my list of what I call “the read and re-read.” I’m also addicted to pod casts, listening to them every night before I go to sleep. Of course, I fall asleep in the middle but maybe my subconscious is getting it.
A. Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, by Lynn Grabhorn. She calls her life journey “the physics of thought.” The book is easy to read and gives us another link on how to get more out of life. Her theory is that we get what we want through feelings, not necessarily because of planning and sweating. The book helps you understand how your feelings can help or hurt you. Personally, I think it’s worth owning, underlining and reading it again.
B.The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Miguel Ruiz This is an old book, but it too is super—easy read and it makes you want to call Miguel up and have a conversation. His best advice, “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” How many times a day do we take things personally? You can sign up for his Academy of Awareness which is very cool.
C.Are you Ready to Succeed, by Srikumar S. Rao. This is another personal favorite. The book has readings, , exercises and lessons to help you reconstruct and improve your professional world. This has lots of ideas on “getting unstuck.”
D.212, The Extra Degree, by Sam Parker. The premise: at 211 degrees water is just hot. At 212 degrees, it becomes steam and is powerful enough to move a locomotive. Who can argue with this? The tiny book will keep you captivated and wanting to read it over again. Tapes are also available. Read it out loud to anyone who will listen.
E.Outliers,” by Malcolm Gladwell. This has to be one of the best books I’ve read. Based on the premise of when you were born, where you were born and what was going on in society had a huge effect on you. It made me look deeper into my own life and how lucky I was to miss attending the first grade by one year! You’ll love this. If you can’t get enough of Malcolm, I can’t, start listening to Malcolm’s pod casts. Freakonomics.
F.The Myth of the Entrepreneur, by Michael Gerber. This is a quick with great insight. If you haven’t read it and own a business, go get it. This is definitely a reread.
G.The Great Wing, by Dr.Louis Tartaglia. I just ordered 21 of these for a customer service class I’ve been teaching; it’s the kind of book you can’t’ put down. Gomer is a baby goose in the midst of learning how to survive the great yearly migration. Somewhere in our lives, all of us have “bellied up to the bar” and done something we haven’t wanted to do. Fellow trainers Lou, Sam and I created a workshop for the board of directors at the Toledo Opera Company. It was a blast with everyone yelling, “flock yes.” A great parable and you will feel for Gomer’s struggle.
H.Build from Scratch, How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion, by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. A true life story about never giving up and those that believed. Will there ever be another story like this?
I.The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk. Who will win the customers? Not the rich guy but the guy who can show the customer how much he’s loved. A little longer read but really good.
J. What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekends: A Short Guild to Making the Most of Your Days, by Laura Vanderkam. No, they’re probably not watching television but they’re staying away from their inbox and have a plan. Check this out.
K.Abundance, by Peter Diamandis. The world is better than it looks and has plenty of opportunities. Get to this book fast.
What are you reading? Let us know your ‘good reads.’ Happy New Year.
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