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10 Must-Reads to Tap Into Your True Potential

10 Must-Reads to Tap Into Your True Potential

    Often, a fancy university degree means jack squat when compared to the titillating knowledge that you can learn from great non-fiction authors. I mean, degrees are sweet and all, but lifelong learning is where it’s at!

    Each one of these books has had a profound impact on my life : on the way I view the world, work in the world, and even eat in the world. It’s a pleasure to share these, my secret weapons to unlock your true potential!

    (Note: Every book title is a non-affiliate link to the Amazon store)

    1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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    So, you think you have control over your own actions? Think again. Well, actually, you can have control over your actions if you accept that most of them are triggered by that dirty little insect called habit.

    2. Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

    This lovely read taught me that blue is optimal for creative genius. So are showers and big cities. Sold! I’ll buy my plane ticket to NYC once I make soul-filling money after reading the next book on this list…

    3. The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte

    Holy smokes. Danielle LaPorte’s sermons have become my spiritual Bible. I’ve read it once, and I now read a little passage every night before going to bed. Praise the gods and goddesses above that this book exists!

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    4. Crazy, Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean it! by Kris Carr

    A gal pal of Danielle LaPorte’s, Kris Karr has spent a decade researching the healthiest lifestyle choices. She became motivated to do so after a more-than-scary cancer diagnosis in 2003. This one-time sick chick has stopped her cancer in it’s tracks and wants to help you not only prevent chronic disease, but use your diet to feel truly ALIVE.

    5. Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment, by Dr. Wayne Dyer

    Dr. Dyer has written at least a bajillion books. They’re all amazing, I’m sure. But, I happened to find this one in my mom’s basement one day and read it cover to cover in one sitting. Forget 60 days – you’ll feel enlightened upon opening the front cover! Genius. Genius. Genius.

    6. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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    You might have a good life: a job, a nice family, opportunities to travel. But are you really enjoying this one-time-opportunity that they call life? For Gretchen, the answer was “not enough”. If you haven’t heard of this adorable book, you’re probably living under a rock somewhere.

    7. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

    Life Changing. Mind-blowing. Phenomenal. I mean, unless you want to live like a zombie, this book is required reading for LIFE 101. Stop whatever you’re doing and get on it to reach your true potential.

    8. My Reality Check Bounced by Jason Ryan Dorsey

    For all of you twenty somethings out there, Mr. Dorsey is your man! I stumbled on this book in the library and thought, “funny title!” That was two years ago and I can now say that this book helped me to define the direction of my life.

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    9. A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson, PhD

    Dr. Chris Peterson is one of the Messiahs of the growing field of positive psychology. I mean, he wrote the book on it, for crying out loud. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Peterson in his office, and he is truly as delightful of a person as a positive psychologist should be!

    10. Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano

    Author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano crafted-up this book (her third masterpiece) to inspire women to become classy little vixens in the workplace. She should know, after all. Madame Mireille was C.E.O. of the world-famous champagne company, Veuve Cliquot.

    Are books not your thing? Or do you simply want more? You should certainly check out this list of 11 Bloggers to Follow for Lifestyle and Productivity Tips.

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      Last Updated on August 16, 2018

      10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

      10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

      The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

      In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

      Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

      1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

      What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

      Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

      2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

      Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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      How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

      Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

      Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

      3. Get comfortable with discomfort

      One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

      Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

      4. See failure as a teacher

      Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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      Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

      Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

      10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

      5. Take baby steps

      Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

      Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

      Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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      The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

      6. Hang out with risk takers

      There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

      Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

      7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

      Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

      Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

      8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

      What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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      9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

      Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

      If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

      10. Focus on the fun

      Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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