This year I read a record amount of books, and for the first time, I recorded most of them. This is great for you because now I can share my top 18! These are in no particular order and cover topics such as spirituality, movement, inner work, business success, marketing and high performance. I trust you’ll find something of interest.
1. The Untethered Soul: Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
If you’re interested in exploring your limiting beliefs, inner peace and serenity, then this book is for you. Transform the world around you with ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation.
I really enjoy this quote from the book. What it means to me is that the question is more important than the answer. If you are open, the answers will come to you.
“There is no reason to constantly attempt to figure everything out.”
2. Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by Dr. David Hawkins
I’ve added this one to my short but sweet list of BOOKS TO STUDY. It’s a keeper, so I suggest that you buy the physical copy and grab your highlighter!
You’ll learn how to free yourself from negativity from a doctor of clinical psychiatry. Dr. David Hawkins teaches a practical method of removing inner blocks to happiness, love, joy, health and success.
I see this quote from the book as pretty powerful, especially related to business. In my research of successful people over the past 6 years, we MUST engage in our inner work if we expect success in any area of life.
“The world can only see us as we see ourselves.”
3. Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating A Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay for Your Advice by Russell Brunson
This is the books description on Amazon, I couldn’t have said it better.
“Your message has the ability to change someone’s life. The impact that the right message can have on someone at the right time in their life is immeasurable. It could help to save marriages, repair families, change someone’s health, grow a company or more… But only if you know how to get it into the hands of the people whose lives you have been called to change. Expert Secrets will put your message into the hands of people who need it.”
Seriously, pick this one up and plow through it. You’ll need to go back and revisit sections, but everyone in business needs to read this book.
4. Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease by Dr. Thomas Cowan
My biggest takeaway is that what you’ve been taught isn’t always the truth.
Essentially, this book challenges what the heart actually is and it’s true role in the human body. Your paradigm may be changed forever.
Dr. Thomas Cowan presents a new way of understanding the body’s most central organ. He offers a new look at what it means to be human and how we can best care for ourselves—and one another.
“Tom was haunted by [Rudolf] Steiner’s statement that in order for mankind to make spiritual progress in the physical world, he must realize that the heart is not a pump. What a strange statement! Everyone knows that the heart is a pump! And why would it make such a difference to the spiritual evolution of mankind if the heart were not a pump?”
~ Quote from Nourishingtraditions.com
5. Wealth Warrior by Steve Chandler
This book was assigned to me from my weekly wine group where we take on all sorts of topics and sip wine. I read this in a day and loved it. I rarely chug through a book in a single day (ok, basically I never do).
“A life based on giving becomes a life that produces wealth. A life based on getting is a life of anxiety and money problems.”
Here’s the amazon description:
Steve Chandler boldly takes on the entitled victim mindset with a series of warrior principles and stories to fire up even the most cynical soul. With heartbreaking biographical honesty, Chandler tells his own story of underachievement, alcoholism, bankruptcy and shame. Then, in the encouraging spirit of “If I can do this anybody can,” he gives us all the turnaround inspirations that converted him from wealth worrier to wealth warrior.
6. Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthough Program to End Negative Behavior…and Feel Great Again by Jeffery E. Young Ph. D. and Janet S. Klosko, Ph.D.
Hold on to your seat, this book is a serious ride through your “Life Traps”.
Learn how to end the self-destructive behaviours that stop you from living your best life.
“Do you put the needs of others before your own?
Are you drawn into relationships with people who are self-centered, cold to you, misunderstand you, or use you?
Do you feel inadequate compared to people around you?”
These are some of the questions answered in the book that help people stop cycles of self-destruction. Start out with a self-analysis quiz to find out what your core life trap then read engaging discussions and case studies.
7. The MD Emperor Has No Clothes: Everybody Is Sick and I Know Why by Dr. Peter Glidden BS, ND
No matter your beliefs when it comes to health and medicine, I am of the opinion that it’s worth exploring what’s out there.
“Chronic illness is not caused by a bad gene, or a Gypsy curse, nor is it a function of aging. Chronic disease is caused by chronic nutrient deficiencies.”
Health and wellness is a personal and sensitive topic, so I will leave it at that. Explore further if you choose to.
8. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
Ok, so here is another one on my BOOK TO STUDY list.
It’s really about the resistance that we all face as we grow towards what we want in life. It talks about the difference between being an amateur and being a pro and is delivered in a simple, easy to digest manner.
This is my #1 most recommended book of 2018.
Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.
“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
9. Change Your Body, Change Your Thoughts by Frank Forencich
I never enjoyed going to the gym or exercise until I reframed it and looked at it from a new perspective that I could align with. The first time that I read this book was about 4 years ago when I was working with a personal trainer. I revisited it this year and highly recommend it especially if you’ve made any resolutions about this year being healthier and more productive!
“Treadmills are boredom machines”
From a business perspective, people are starting to understand the importance of movement and walking meetings are becoming more and more common, especially in more progressive cities. Frank teaches that the more we walk, the smarter we get.
“Healthier people tend to create healthier organizations. They are less depressed, less hostile and make better decisions. They are more ambiguity-tolerant and stress-resistant.”
Tune in Monday for part 2, and hopefully one or more of these 18 life altering books will tickle your fancy!
Post your favourite read of 2018 below with a quote or a takeaway and help us build our reading lists for 2019.