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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 February 18, 2019

      Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

      Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

      The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

      If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

      The Need for Change

      Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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      We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

      Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

      This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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        Signs It’s Time to Redefine

        “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

        So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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        In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

        “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

        The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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        When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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          Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

          And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

          Featured photo credit: BK via flickr.com

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