Top 18 Books I Read in 2018 – Part 2

Hopefully you’ve been anticipating this second bundle of books, completing my Top 18 Books of 2018 list.

10. Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

 
What if you could change your biology by changing the way you think? 
What would your life be like if you learned that you are more powerful than you have ever been taught?
 
If you’re the kind of person that loves taking responsibility for your life, then this book is for you. Lipton is an international leader bridging science and spirit. He’s also a leading authority in epigenetics.
“Our beliefs control our bodies, our minds, and thus our lives…” 
 

11. The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol

 
Fun fact – I picked up a hardcover copy of this book for $1 at an estate sale we stumbled upon in the summer.  
We have both a conscious and a subconscious mind. Our habits get lodged in our subconscious mind and dictate our behaviour and results. It’s up to us to figure out how both the conscious and subconscious minds work and take control. Otherwise, we are going to get a lot more of the same in life.
 
If nothing else, pick this book up on your Kindle, for under $2, and check out chapter six – The Mirror Technique for Releasing the Subconscious.
 
“Ralph Waldo Emerson declared that the ancestor of every action is thought; when we understand that, we begin to comprehend that our world is governed by thought and that everything without had its counterpart originally within the mind.”

12. I Hope I Screw This Up by Kyle Cease

 
In all honesty, I am actually not quite done this one. I wanted to include it in this list though because of the impact Kyle’s work has had on me. I first came across this video and it led me to explore his work including his book which also comes with his 2-hour transformational comedy film “The Limitation Game”.
 
Watch the youtube video above and check out the book, he has a beautifully vulnerable approach to transformation. The first couple chapters of his book made me smile deeply and relate. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
 
 

13. Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power by Brendon Burchard

 
This is on my desk and I pick it up and read it often. It’s a MUST read, at least in my opinion. Section one starts out on human nature and includes Freedom, Fear and Motivation. 
 
Section two includes the 9 declarations: we shall meet life with full presence and power, we shall reclaim our agenda, we shall defeat our demons, we shall advance with abandon, we shall practice joy and gratitude, we shall not break integrity, we shall amplify love, we shall inspire greatness, we shall slow time.
“The Motivation Manifesto is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It’s a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life. I love this book.”
— Paulo Coelho, author of THE ALCHEMIST
Use this link to get your FREE copy (you just pay shipping). You’ll also get a free 12-week motivation course and access to the Facebook Group with Brendon for 12 weeks!

14. High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard

This is another great one to have near your desk. Brendon takes us through three personal habits, three social habits and sustaining success. If you’re into journalling, he gives us prompts in each section which is VERY valuable in doing our own inner work and discovery.
“High Performance Habits shows you what you need to do to achieve your highest potential. It is research-based, immensely practical, and will make a big difference in your life. Brendon Burchard is my high performance coach and I know he can help you.”
— Daniel G. Amen, MD

15. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss

 
This book is a buffet packed full of incredible content from world class performers organized into three sections: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. You could literally read this all year, and possibly, not even get through it. 
I suggest grabbing it and having it on your desk to read during those 10-minute inspiration breaks, or if you actually want to get better at something.
I just opened the book randomly and here’s what I got: Mind Training 101, Seth Godins favourite audiobooks and weed for creative work. It truly is a buffet!
 
 

16. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

 
The ONE problem that holds you back is your “Upper Limit Problem” according to Gay Hendricks. In his book, he reveals a comprehensive program for overcoming our one barrier to happiness and fulfillment, providing a clear path for achieving our true potential. 
 
Do you find yourself feeling great for a while, then BAM, you do something to screw it up? Take your diet for example, say you’re going along feeling great and then binge for a weekend on fast food and alcohol. What’s happening is you’re doing something that stops your positive forward momentum. Subconsciously, you’re keeping yourself bound within your limited tolerance.
 
“Gay Hendricks is a great role model for true success. He enjoys abundance and a deep connection with his own spiritual essence, and at the same time has lived for three decades in a thriving marriage. Now, he shows us how to do it for ourselves.” 
— Mark Victor Hansen 
 
 

17. Relationship Breakthrough: How to Create Outstanding Relationships in Every Area of Your Life by Cloé Medanes

 
Understanding our needs and the needs of another (lover, co-worker, friend etc) is critical if you want to have an extraordinary relationship. Our connections can bring us great joy or unbearable misery… so why not take a look at how to create rewarding and sustainable relationships.
 
Pop on over and take the quiz to find out your top three needs, then read the book to dive deeper. Lives can only improve with this kind of focus on relationships.
 
 

18. A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson

 
Marianne Williamson said one of my favourite quotes of all time:
 
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 
 
Love is a potent force and the way to create a more peaceful and fulfilling life is to do the inner work. Williamson reveals how we can all become a miracle worker by accepting god and by the expression of love in our daily lives.
 
“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” 
 
Fun fact – she’s running for US President next election!!
 

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Jade has been in the design and marketing industry for over 15 years with experience at a major daily newspaper, boutique design firm and running her own business. When she’s not designing you’ll find her sipping wine and enjoying conscious conversations.

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