What Books I Cannot Live Without

I was chatting with a fan of the Good Thoughts About Life Page about some books that I tend to always carry around with me to help promote a better mindset and keep me on track with work, business and life. I either carry all or at least one of these items around with me….actually when I don’t have one of these things it feels like I’m missing something really important (like dreaming of being in school without underwear).

Book 1 – Appreciation

This was inspired from Abraham Hicks “The Book Of Positive Aspects” process and Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret Gratitude Book. It’s good to write in it when things are going good (easy to list and can read back on) and also good to write in when things are going bad (forces you to change perspective to a positive one). It’s not always easy when things are going bad but by forcing the change in perspective, it can help you see a solution to some challenges in your life (seeing the whole doughnut, not just “the hole”).

You can write about anything your grateful for, big or small. If it’s difficult to get in the gratitude mood then starting small may be a good place to begin.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Book  2 – Thoughts

Have you ever had a moment when you had an inspired idea from something that just happened to you? or just had a thought about something and you think you will come back to it later? (I know I have) Then when it comes to later on, you’ve already forgotten about it or got distracted by something else so that idea was totally wasted.

By carrying a small notebook with you at all times you can just jot down ideas and thoughts is good for you to refer to later, expand on and put into action.

“Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.” – Albert Einstein

Book 3 – Day-to-Day Planner

Seems obvious but this is actually a very powerful tool for starting your day off on track to your desired goals.

Waking up without any sort of idea or plan of what you would like to achieve is similar to getting into a taxi without a destination….you just end up going around but not actually getting anywhere (although you may have some interesting adventures). Also if you do have an idea about what you want to do the night before or in the morning, you might forget if you have nothing to refer to.

By writing what you want to get done the day before (i.e. plan your day in advance), it gives you more direction at the beginning of your day and you will have something to refer back to throughout the day if you feel “off course”.

“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” – Lee Iacocca.


What 3 books can you not live without? Leave your comments below 🙂

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