Whether or not you buy into the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s still a great time to reflect a bit and set some personal and professional goals for 2010. As you wind things down this week, I’d like to share with you three books that have changed my life – and that can help you move towards your 2010 goals – fitness related or otherwise – a lot more effectively.
Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins
This book literally changed my life as I’m sure it has for thousands of others. It’s my #1 source of instant inspiration; Tony Robbin’s passion for life shines straight through in his writing. This book is really about taking control of your life – he talks about everything from belief systems to how to make fast change in any aspect of your life to the power of positive thought to taking a closer look at your life values. It’s simply fantastic. Much of the info about making positive change is perfectly suited towards to fitness – related goals, too.
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I also recommend following Tony on Twitter – you can do so here.
The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is a serial entrepreneur, world-famous author and Renaissance man. In the Four Hour Work Week, Tim talks about setting goals for yourself so that you’re getting what you truly want out of life, how to leverage your time, how to delegate tasks, how to travel the world and ‘fill the void’ once you’ve achieved your goals – it’s all here. Such a unique book and perspective, those of us with an entrepreneurial spirit can’t help but be a bit tantalized.
Even better, an expanded and updated version was just released a couple of weeks ago – it’s got case studies that have come about since the book first published in 2007, templates, how to suit ‘lifestyle design’ principles to unpredictable economic times, and the latest tips and tricks.
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You can also check out Tim Ferriss’s blog at fourhourblog.com.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
One of the first books I read years ago about positive change and how to be a more effective person and live a more fulfilling life. According to the book’s back cover, “Stephen Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity …”
This is another book that has profoundly influenced the way I live my day-to-day personal and professional life. He goes through habits like how to be proactive, how to set goals for your self and set up a personal mission statement, and how to prioritize the truly important things in your life. It’s a classic of personal development and a must-read if you’re serious about reaching goals you’ve set for yourself.
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I truly believe I wouldn’t be the same person that I am today if it weren’t reading these books. I highly encourage you to pick up one or all three – you really can’t afford not to!
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