If you’ve been following along, the goal of 2 books per month is well in sight to be reached and surpassed for 2017.
I’ve explained before that I’ve been guilty of judging my progress against others I’ve seen with a reading plan for themselves. Going into July, I started questioning why I hadn’t been more aggressive to maintain the level of progress I started with at the turn of the new year.
Looking at the first 3 months of 2017, I was knocking out three books a month and then slowed down to two per month.
I started thinking that I was still ahead of my goal, and got a little complacent with my pace. I stopped reading because I was wanting to grow and started reading to report that I’ve made it through another book or two.
I admit I was feeling pretty guilty this month and when I discovered the book Captivate, I was actually in the middle of another book (the second one in the list this month).
I plowed through that book quickly and realized how true those feelings were that I just confessed. In fact, after I made it through that one, I got through the next two as quickly as possible.
Even though I know I shouldn’t compare myself to others, I still found myself guilty of the exact approach I warn others of.
Regardless, I righted the ship and reignited the passion I started with in the first place and that revolves around growing myself, becoming a better person all around, and learning to give back.
Without further delay, here are this month’s books.
This has got to be one of the best books I’ve read this year! Over the last year or so, the science of human behavior has really intrigued me.
This book deep dives into so many of the aspects of what we consider everyday behavior and unpacks how to identify the way we function socially while giving us the tools to include the necessary behavioral changes we need in our interactions.
If you enjoy learning about the science of human behavior, this is a must read!Captivate - Vanessa Van Edwards
Sometimes when we see personal development/self-help books that involve “thinking” we can misjudge them to indicate we can be successful by just thinking positively.
This book is far from that. Breaking down our thinking into categories such as Big Picture, Focused, Creative, Strategic, etc., Maxwell unpacks how we can change the way our brains approach thinking.
I highly recommend this read for anyone needing a boost to their thinking, especially in leadership. “Life consists of what a man is thinking about all day.” – Ralph Waldo EmersonHow Successful People Think - John Maxwell
I owe a large part of the inspiration for this website to Jeff Goins. It was about 2 years ago that in reading this book, I stumbled across the theme of “No More What If” from a story he tells in Chapter 7.
I’ve enjoyed this book so much that in the past I did some Periscope videos about it, have referred it to many other people, and even have it on my Kindle, audible, and in paperback.
Discovering your calling is the central theme and if you need some guidance on where to even look for your calling or purpose, give this book a try today.The Art of Work - Jeff Goins
Another thing I’ve focused on over the past several years is growing my library of books on my Kindle app. Ever since I started with Audible, I almost all but abandoned this option of reading.
This month, I’m going to see how well I do at reading those I’ve gathered in my app and picking up a physical book also.
Because I can put my headphones in and let someone else read to me while I am working out, driving, or at work, it’s easier for me to consume books that way. But let’s see how I can manage my intended goal while going this route.
What have you been reading lately? Are you choosing things to help you grow and move you closer to leaving the “what if” behind?
**DISCLAIMER – I am not claiming to be a professional “book reviewer” and these opinions are just that, my opinions taken from my perspective on life. Please feel free to disagree, by all means, just keep it civil.
Did the reviews give a peek into a book you’ve heard about before but not read or introduce you to anything you might find interesting?
Comment below and let me know what you think or what you’ve been reading!