Personal Development Books that Ring in Powerful Changes
Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. ―Morihei Ueshiba
A New Decade, Full of New Opportunity
We are now leaving the last ten years, and entering a new decade of positive growth.
But, positive growth in what and for who?
Your personal growth should come first. Then you can be effective in helping others. So, what are you going to do about it?
The Internet and You
The internet allows us to gather information at a rate never known in the history of the human race.
We often feel overwhelmed by the sheer avalanche of what should be useful personal development information, but can turn out to feel like a heavy weight of negative vibes thrown at us from every angle.
Be Careful where You Look, and What you Look at
It’s the “every angle” thing that gets me. Sometimes we don’t realise that we are reading an advert, or an article that turned out to be a sales letter.
One article leads to another and before we know what’s happening we have been influenced by the wrong people. We are looking down the wrong roads and wasting our time.
Plan to follow Your own Mind this Decade.
Make sure that you don’t go down too many rabbit holes, get lost while having fun, and discover that you’ve wasted the first year of a new decade on mooching around in the dark.
So, how do you do this?
I know that a lot of people on this platform write about, and are fully focused on personal development. I think that’s a good thing, personal development can be used as a vehicle to establish a better life, success on your chosen level, and a way to self explore and find out what you really want out of the next ten years.
Angles and Rabbit Holes
You wouldn’t be wrong if you said that Personal development with all its avenues and angles offering a path to what you want, can easily develop into the mother of all rabbit holes.
Go to the Source to find what you Seek
After years of reading and exploring the world of personal development, I always go back to just a couple of sources for solid information. Two books written by honest people come to mind.
“Think and Grow Rich”, written decades ago by a smart and intelligent man named, Napoleon Hill.
It’s a damned good book, don’t let any neg-filled, better knowing, eye blinkered smart ass tell you differently. Get it and read it if you sincerely want to change things in your new decade of 2020s.
Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover
The title is a put off for some people, and I don’t blame them. It seems like a title that holds a big promise that can’t be delivered.
The truth is that the book can’t deliver that promise, but maybe you can.
More importantly, it’s not really a book about money, it’s about people like you and me. It hits the nail right on the head and wakes you up to the reality of what “doing better” in life is all about.
Desert Islands and Ignorance
I was once listening to a well known BBC program called, “Desert Island Discs”, it’s great to listen to, a fun 45 minutes or so listening to a famous person talking about the book that they’d take with them to a desert island.
Normally, the personality tells the presenter they would take “War and Peace” with them, that way they sound like an intelligent and highly intellectual TV personality.
Famous meets Priggish
While I was listening, I heard a famous personality mention that the book they’d take with her would be “Think and Grow Rich”. Cool, I thought, but the reaction from the BBC presenter was “oh, hum, haw, well then…”. The presenter acted like a typical literary know it all. A prig. ‘Such books are for people who don’t know how to live a life’, type reaction.
The presenter didn’t ask what the book was about. What it contained. That’s why she’ll never know how really helpful a book it is.
“Think and Grow Rich”, if you haven’t got it, and read it yet, will help you get your thoughts together about what you want and how to get it. That’s its basic use.
Your Starting Point
It will also act as the basis for developing your own manifesto for your personal development in the first year of 2020. It’ll be a catalyst for change and a continual motivator for ongoing activity.
It’s not for Everybody, but it Probably is for You
If you want to make money, it’ll be a good book for you to read. If you are writer and you need that extra focus and push from within to get your act together, it’s a book for you.
Work it, Use it, and Reap the Reward
You, the reader, have to glean the information and turn it into a practical plan of action. Nobody can take action for you. It’s always up to you to get your butt up off the seat and start doing something.
Create Your Own Changes
Unlike the BBC radio presenter who displayed her narrow mindedness, you have to open up to yourself and let the ideas and words seep into your mind. That’s how we begin to understand, to assimilate ideas, and create an attitude of change in our lives.
I find that re-reading the book helps a lot. I turn to parts of the book that tie in with my present thinking and problems about how to get over myself on any particular day.
Fill an Empty Book with Your Words
I also write a journal. I really recommend that you seriously do something about your journalling habits. Write everyday. It creates a strong train of thought in your mind about the things you know you need to think about each day.
A journal creates concentration of thought. A Concentrated mind is your main power tool.
Benefit from Your Friends, but at Arm’s Length
Remember, the internet is your friend, and your enemy. It can be a source of great inspiration, and knowledge if you know where to look, and when to stop looking. It can also lead you down the useless rabbit holes where everything becomes confusing and dark. I’m sure it’s not your plan to do that in 2020.
Two Books, Two Options
If you find the written language of “think and Grow Rich” to be difficult, or irritating in its mid-twentieth century style of writing, then there’s another book. “Maximum Achievement”, by Brian Tracey.
Brian Tracey is the ace of spades in the world of personal development.
His books and advice are spot on when it comes to reality checks and solid ideas about making fast progress with yourself.
I have both books, and I think of “Maximum Achievement” as a companion book to “Think and Grow Rich”, they are from the same wood, the same attitude of breaking things down in life, understanding self, your relationship to the World, family, and work and wealth.
These books are simply the main stays of personal development material. They are sustenance from the stacks and edifying from start to finish.
They are both the source material for most good personal development books.
If you don’t own one of them, at least, then go seek and buy, borrow, beg or ask for it as a present.
They are both keepers.