I’m a work in progress. In fact, just yesterday I had some serious insight into how inflexible I can be as a dad (content for another post). Reading great content is one way that I’ve made major shifts to my perspective. Second only to the impact people & life experiences have had on me.
Ultimately, there are 2 major perspective shifts I hope sink in for me each day. Reminders I need. Two perspective shifts I hope for all my clients, friends, & my family. The emotionally healthiest people I know live their lives accordingly.
Two Perspective Shifts
#1: Be Flexible: You have options, you’re not trapped, and you GET to make choices. A rigid perspective is the root cause of fear. Flexibility creates balance and freedom from anxiety. An open heart and mind prepares you for the BEST, rather than expecting the worst. Flexible people accept other people where they’re at, resisting the temptation to control and manipulate. Flexible people take action based on truth, rather than feelings.
#2: Be Yourself: Being honest with yourself is courageous work and a path few dare to take. Honesty leads to self awareness. Gain the insight to truly KNOW YOURSELF, how valuable you are, and courageously live this out regardless REGARDLESS of the temptation to hide. You’ll start taking risks, living with confidence, relating in ways that help relationships thrive, and not settling. It’s NEVER too late to find yourself.
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People change their perspective, long term, by inviting healthy inputs into their life (people, books, podcasts, community) consistently, and minimizing the unhealthy ones. You’ll become the average of what you engage. I’ve gained insight and self awareness myself through reading great content. Below are 4 books that have changed my life for the better.
4 Books I Hope All Decide Your Legacy Clients Read
- “The Untethered Soul” The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
FEAR is your problem, and mine. Get out of your head and into LIVING LIFE abundantly. Learn about the “psych”, how it formed, and why your mind lies often in an effort to keep you safe. Identify fear when it crops up, face it, and let it go. Not exactly light reading, and you may want to read some chapters multiple times, but well worth your effort.
- “The Compound Effect“ Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy
Life is all about choices, and this book helps this concept sink in. Understand how you can intentionally create a positive future step-by-step, decision by decision. Eventually you’ll have a breakthrough as you stay the course. You’ll find clarity about yourself and gain excitement about your potential.
- “The War of Art“ Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
A clear view on the process of creativity and the battle within that’s holding you back. Understand how resistance (evil, darkness) and self-sabotage (fear, anxiety, your past) holds you back and how to stop it. Inspiration to face your fears and live fully. Steven Pressfield has a unique perspective, is sometimes abrasive, AND speaks the truth.
- “Attached” The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine M.D. & Rachel S.F. Heller, M.A.
Understanding your attachment style can greatly help if you desire thriving long term connections, both personally & professionally. Learn about healthy relationships dynamics, why you might sabotage healthy connections, and practical steps to changing how you function relationally.
All 4 of the books above are also available and excellent in the audible version. Read or listen to one over the next week. You won’t regret it!
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