2021 was and is still a marathon! Once we got to February, the year has breezed through as if it has somewhere else to be. This can either mean two things, you can’t imagine the things you’ve accomplished or you are wondering what you spent most of the year doing. For me, it’s a bit of both. I’ve accomplished several milestones this year but I still feel there’s room for improvement. Self-discipline is a constant battle but reading books always seems to get me back on track. The difference between success and failure is good habits repeated over time. Consistency is key! We just have to be self-disciplined.
Why I’m reading self-discipline books
In July this year, I followed a strict daily routine. Wake up by 6 am, meditate for 10-20mins, work out for 30mins, Journal for another 30 then off to the shower to start my day. It was the most disciplined I’ve been in 30days straight this year. I managed to stick to it although it was tough. At the end of the month, I had quite a lot to celebrate. However, I fell off track and some of the things fell too. So I’m working my way back to maintaining the routine that worked like magic by reading. I enjoy getting lost in a book that questions my thinking and teaches me something new word by word. You don’t have to read, you can listen to audiobooks or summary videos on youtube.
Here are 3 books that will supercharge the last stretch of the year;
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the Way has 3 parts; Perception, Action and Will. Ryan breaks down the characters and behaviours of various people who accomplished greatness by learning from their mistakes. Within this first part, you get to learn and understand how perception has a great influence on everything you do. My favourite part was where Ryan examines the character of Steve Jobs, how he thought and how that led to his success. The next part is Action, which takes you through how to make an obstacle or a failure a learning point. My favourite part was what we can learn from the defeat of German soldiers during World War II. The last part is about battling the will to do something. It opens up with Abraham Lincoln’s secret battle with depression.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy analyzes the results of how compounding affects our life without our realization. The book is about how our daily habits slowly compound our future. Darren is also the publisher of SUCCESS magazine in which he interviews successful people and shares their stories. In this book, he shares six strategies that he guarantees will launch anyone’s success when followed step by step. Each chapter covers a strategy. He begins the book by narrating his childhood and how he developed discipline as a habit. Darren uses logic and real-life stories to convince us that compound effect affects nearly all aspects of our lives. Additionally, every chapter has a summary with exercises that can help you change.
5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
The 5-Second Rule talks about why people make decisions and what the consequences of those decisions are. The main idea of the book is to introduce the 5 Second Rule. This is a technique Mel Robbins invented that states if you think of doing something, you should start doing it within 5 seconds. Otherwise, you will make up excuses why you should not do it. In the book, she talks about how we should make decisions quickly and not wait to make them – especially when we know what we want to do. Furthermore, Robbins talks about what goes on in our brain when we’re faced with a decision and why people end up holding themselves back. Watch this short TED talk by Mel Robbins on Youtube.
Books pass down wisdom. If you don’t read, I challenge you to start a page a day. All you need is about 5 mins, depending on your speed. Let us soak up this wisdom that our ancestors or past life versions of ourselves thought best we need to know. Read 8 books to read in your 20’s or 13 self-discipline quotes.
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