What I’m reading
As you can see, I’ve been away from blogging. In addition to taking care of our regular clients and working on an exciting new project, I’ve taken an actual vacation – one that didn’t involve firing up my laptop to do “just one thing.” Just some rest and relaxation at our favorite cottage in North Carolina, complete with pure white sand, my beach chair, and a fully-loaded Kindle.
So what have I been reading? As I look at the list, it’s a bit of a mix. I’ve finished one of these books , and I’m still reading the others (yes, I read multiple books at a time). But I’ve read enough to know that I highly recommend all of these:
The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable – Hal Elrod really nails goal-setting in his latest book, especially the power of focusing on one goal at a time. I especially like his perspective on how we may not accomplish the actual goal, but, in the process, we become the kind of person that focuses on and achieves goals. Hal does a much better job of explaining this, so – if you’d like to refine your goal-setting process or have lots of goals and don’t know where to start – check this one out.
How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind – I’m a beginner at meditation, and I love my Headspace app, but this book by Pema Chödrön takes things to a different level. I keep re-reading different sections, and I learn something new each time. Written clearly and simply, it’s useful for anyone wishing to know more about the why and how of meditation or add something different to their practice.
The Theory & Principles of Creating Effective Training Courses: What To Do Before Creating Your Course – With a background in education and adult learning, I’ve always looked for ways to incorporate speaking and training into my business. In this book, Sarah Cordiner provides a nice refresher on adult learning theory and adds lots of useful tips for putting theory into practice. Recommended if you’re interested in improving your presentations or creating effective online courses.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – I first resisted this book, because I wan’t interested in another Holocaust story (it’s not). Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, I gave it a try, and I’m so glad I did. Daniel James Brown weaves a beautiful story that blends history, biography, the art and science of rowing, and lots of inspiration. It didn’t take long to get into this book, and now I can’t put it down.
What’s on your reading list?