BOOK REVIEWS

WHAT ARE YOU READING? I’d love to hear what you’re reading and what you think about it. Do you recommend it? Why? What did you get out of the book? Please leave a comment.


EXCUSES BEGONE by Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer’s new book: Excuses Begone gives readers 18 affirmations to antidote 18 of the most common excuses and gives a 6 part exercise to do on the excuses that you use.

Here are some snippets:

Don’t underestimate your ability to change.

Fulfill your passion and your purpose by eliminating all excuses.  Simply accept no excuses from yourself.

You can change your DNA by changing your perception.

Passion within you is god speaking.

The effectiveness of The Placebo Effect is due to the power of belief and due to thoughts becoming things.

Never let money keep you from living your dharma or your purpose.

Don’t let rules stop you.  Practice civil disobedience.

“With god, all things are possible”- this means EVERYTHING; nothing is excluded!

All excuses are the result of misalignment.

Can you imagine God/Source saying “I’m too tired” or “I don’t have enough time”?

If your thoughts match Source/God, you have the same power as Source, you set into motion the creative forces in the Universe, and you attract Divine Mind.

Make your #1 relationship your relationship with the divine.

Allow the divine to work it’s magic.

Suspend all blame, take full responsibility, surrender to what’s bigger than you, be willing to transform, shed EVERYTHING you’ve been unwilling to do.

It’s never too late.  many people have created highly successful careers and businesses after midlife.

Carl Jung said: “Our greatest problems are not to be solved but to be outgrown”.

See the hidden blessings in the challenges you have.

Feelings are your manifesters!

 


THE 8TH HABIT BY STEPHEN COVEY
For years, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”has become a bible for individuals and executives who seek to improve their lives and their careers.
According to author Stephen Covey, effectiveness is the tool for survival in today’s fast-paced environment. However, in order to truly become excellent and succeed in the new Knowledge Worker Age, you must build on and move beyond effectiveness and into greatness. You must find your own voice and inspire others to find their own voices as well.
Finding your voice requires a shift in thinking. To succeed in your journey towards greatness, you need a new mindset, a new skill-set and a new habit. Stephen M. R. Covey ’s “The 8 th Habit” will guide you as you take the necessary change into greatness.

 


BEING REAL AND VELVETEEN PRINCIPLES/Velveteen Rabbit

The book by Toni Raiten-D’Antonio, Velveteen Principles
, is a lovely adult book for those who loved the Margery Williams’ book The Velveteen Rabbit as a child or have wanted to become Real as an adult. For those who somehow missed out on the Velveteen Rabbit, it’s a classic parable that inspires reflection and reminds us of our heartfelt longings to grow beautiful and valuable and be loved for who we are, our Real selves. It promotes the value of love, empathy and compassion and encourages us to struggle against what is artificial or superficial. It urges you to see the many ways we are pressured to abandon what is Real, the price you may pay if you do, and the merits of reclaiming everything that makes you a unique and Real individual.

While the Dalai Lama says that our job is to be happy, I contend that we must be real in order to truly be happy. Undoubtedly, HHR, the Dalai Lama would agree.

So, what does it mean to be Real? To paraphrase the skinhorse in the Velveteen Rabbit, Real is what happens when you are your true self and are loved despite, or perhaps because of, your imperfections.

Velveteen Principles by Toni Raiten-D’Antonio points to a safe and steady course towards peace, self-acceptance, and true love. In my experience, self-acceptance is a gateway to happiness and peace and is also a prerequisite for a healthy happy love relationship.

 

 

THE NOW HABIT  by Neil Fiore

Bill Baren interviewed Dr. Fiore for his Time Experts Telesummit which I attended and gained much from attending and by applying the learnings. I was so impressed with the content of the interview that I immediately bought both the audio (to listen to in the car) and the book to reference as needed.

I have yet to finish the audio and already I am so impressed that I wanted to post this right away for anyone who is challenged to move forward on projects or decisions of any kind. I have been endeavoring for decades to understand myself and why it’s so difficult for me to execute projects that I set for myself and actually want to do. I have discovered much over the years and have improved, but it continues to be challenging. Had I known of this book and actually used it, I might have shaved off a decade and gotten busy doing all those projects that sit on my To Do List- this is why I wanted to post this asap!

Dr. Fiore takes what is actually quite complex and presents it in an easy to understand way, without judgment, and with the intention to lead us beyond understanding and into action.

I recommend this book without hesitation.

 

 

Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

I read this in a virtual study group: 50 people across the country reading and discussing this book over 50 days to see how happy we can get by the founder’s 50th birthday.  EXCELLENT, ACCESSIBLE, GOOD EXERCISES; you have my recommendation!

 

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr

We live in digital time. Our pace is rushed, rapid fire and relentless. Facing crushing workloads, we try to cram as much as possible into every day. We’re wired up, but we’re melting down. Time management is no longer a viable solution. In this bestseller, co-author and Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of the Institute, Jim Loehr, Ed.D., demonstrates in this groundbreaking book, managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness and life balance.

By full engagement we mean physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned. Full engagement requires each of these four sources of energy. All of them are necessary, none is sufficient by itself and each influences the others.

The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. This fundamental insight has the power to revolutionize the way you live your life. The Power of Full Engagement is a highly practical, scientifically based approach to managing your energy more skillfully, both on and off the job.

Loehr makes the connection between knowing one’s purpose and having full engagement. He says Purpose is a unique source of energy and power. Purpose fuels focus, direction, passion and perseverance. It’s using one’s life as a vehicle through which one expresses one’s deepest values. He says we focus on what’s meaningful and what moves us. In such circumstances, life and work become so much easier and more pleasant and, at times, downright exciting!

Visit the website http://www.fullengagement.com to try the Free Profile (or buy the book). It will give you an initial sense of your engagement in each of the four dimensions. I found it pretty accurate.

 

 

How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People–Their Secrets, Their Stories by Foster and Hicks
Foster and Hicks conduct workshops internationally in the development of interpersonal skills. For this book, they interviewed happy people from all walks of life, from the United States to Eastern Europe. The resulting personal stories, writing exercises, and quotes together inform and instruct the reader in the nine principles discovered by the authors in their travels. Foster and Hicks use their nine choices to teach leadership development in the corporate world and also as a diagnostic tool for medical doctors. These choices include the active intention to be happy, accountability, identifying needs and desires, and centralizing goals by creating a dream list. These are followed by recasting (looking at experiences in positive ways), exploring options, appreciating every day, the art of giving, and, finally, exploring truthfulness. Similar to Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance (Warner, 1995) and the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

If you want to know why the towers of American capitalism are crumbling, I recommend reading The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. It’s not an easy book to find, but once you start reading it’s hard to put down. In fact, in many ways it’s a murder mystery about the financial “murder” of the middle class.

A very important lesson in the book is how political leaders use financial spin to deceive the public. The very, very rich use the system to legally steal from the rest of us by appealing to our sense of patriotism. When our leaders say, “We’re bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because we want to protect the American people,” they really mean “We’re saving our rich friends.”

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