Best Self Development Books

The above definition of self-development is the topic of this article. Here we will explore the top self development books that I’ve come across. In the definition of self-development, we have to understand that developing “character or abilities” sounds a lot like becoming we you want to be. Here have my top books that have helped me become who I want to be.

Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell gives us an explanation to what success is. Outliers is great for self development because it gives us a more realistic outlook on success – or the point where you feel as if you’ve achieved your goals. For example, part one of the of the book is named ‘Opportunity‘. ‘Opportunity’ holds a chapter where we get to learn how Bill Gates came to be. The title of this chapter is 10,000 Hours. Gladwell explains that Gates needed both an opportunity to practice computer programming and enough time to spend about 10,000 hours practicing it. Basically, it’s a bit of luck/meant to be.

Had any one aspect of his life occurred differently – say he was born in a place where computers were NOT prominent – Gates would not be who he is today. For self development to work you have to have a goal, the endpoint. The outlier is the endpoint, they are ‘titans’ of their work. They are experts of their crafts who recognize they have a opportunity and seize it by putting in the time to develop themselves.

Speaking of Titans – The Next Book is ‘Tools of Titans‘ by Tim Ferriss

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This book holds many lessons.

Here is a great Tony Robbins quote:

“Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results.” 

Robbins is one of our generation’s most inspirational self development speaker and from the quote, it almost seems like Ferriss wrote a book on all of the things that successful people do to ensure that they produce outstanding results. The book holds tons of lessons that you can use. You don’t to use every single thing in the book, and that is the beauty of it.

 

Lastly, John C. Maxwell – How Successful People Think

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Like our previous book, this one holds many valuable lessons. It is as small as a pocketbook and I found myself pulling it out of my back pocket to get a quick read while on the go. By using it this way I was able to start practicing what I learned as soon as I read it – making the material easier to stick. I suggest doing it at work that way you have plenty of time to practice.

This book is an excellent choice for self development because the way you think is the foundation of how you act. Our actions correspond to how we feel. And how we feel is in direct reflection to our overall mood. If we start believing we can lose weight, we will produce desirable actions to lose weight. How we feel will continue to get better once we continue doing these actions and then all of a sudden our mood changes and we start to become more happy. It is that easy, trust me. Therefore, start with changing your thinking and see what awaits.

(Here is a good tip: if you want to be more happy just physically smile, feel a bit more happy?)

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What Does Trust the Process Mean?

Trusting the process means taking small steps to get to your destination.

But how long does it take to achieve what they’re trying to get? How much dedication and work is really considered hard work? How do you know if you’re going in the right direction?

If you’ve ever been on a long walk its easy to trust the process because you can trust that your destination hasn’t moved. It is physically located on the globe where it will always be and we can go there whenever we want. The only problem we think is how far away it is and how long it takes to get there cause your feet are hurting. But continue walking, we have confidence that we are getting closer, but you’re sweaty and tired – and, not to mention, facing the thoughts of giving up.

I would like for you to watch a valuable video in my opinion. This is an important key to success and the meaning of trusting the process from Will Smith, a popular African-American actor and musician:

https://youtu.be/M1W71fI1wCM?t=4m4s

Perfectly lay down that brick or take another step. Carry on till its done.

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The Growth Mindset

I’ve recently found out about a phenomenon called ‘the growth mindset‘. I would like to explain it because I’ve been through it and it is a wonderful thing.

When I hear people say to follow your passions, I can understand it. Because when you find something you’re passionate about you tend to stay focused and continue to do the things required to improving.

There are many things that we all want to be good at. Think of something you wanted to be good at and you were so passionate about it that you actually got what you wanted. It was all growth. You don’t start off being good at something; just like you don’t start off at your destination when you’re taking a long walk. We mentally calculate how long the ride will? And what will it take? Then, all of a sudden, we just start taking those steps.

Thats when motivation is gifted. Avoidance of procrastination and doing what it takes to get better always comes along the ride to help reinforce your steps. It becomes easier to do what you intended to do. But battling through all the doubt and rejections is where we come across opportunities to make us stronger. Knowing that with each step we take our destination gets closer. The only difference between let’s say making it to the top of the mountain versus becoming wealthy that is you can’t physically see your financial destination. This is the opposite of instant gratification, it does not come instantly, and like any other form of growth it takes little steps at a time.

Losing Weight – 3 Easy Ways to Do it Without Working Out

We all tend to think that working out is essential to losing weight. While yes, it is, however, it barely helps us.

Don’t believe me?

Take it from Andy Bellatti, a registered dietitian and the cofounder of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, who says, “There’s a persistent myth that you can exercise your calories away.”

That is funny right? We’ve been taught since young that exercising is a necessity for losing weight instead of monitoring what we eat.

The first and most powerful way to lose weight is

*drum rolls*

1. Monitoring What You Eat

This is TOUGH.

However, here is the easiest way to combat this problem.

  • Meal Prep

Meal prepping is basically having a cooked meal on you, where ever you go and at all times. I found this extremely easy once I made it a habit (only takes about 60 days). It eliminates the need to run to a fast food restaurant or find some unhealthy snack and saves you money in the long run.

All meal prepping consists of is making your meal (I usually have brown rice, grilled chicken and some sort of vegetables), and dividing them out evenly in Glad containers.

Here is a helpful video on meal prepping that have helped me:

With this method you fan accelerate you progress in weight loss. It takes away the needs, you begin to feel healthier and it does not taste as bad as you think it does. Eating better does not mean taste bad. This is a hurdle I had to get over because I’ve always had an opinion that I did not have to eat well, only workout and sweat my ass off till by body was physical exhausted.

Not at all, if you master self-discipline and start your journey TODAY, I promise you within the week you will see improvements in how you look and how you feel.

2. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Before and After Bed

I’ve been knowing of this method for years now, however, I’ve been skeptical this whole time.

Ever since drinking apple cider vinegar, I’ve been able to lose some fat from that annoying pelvic area of your abdominals, where it is extremely hard to flatten.

Outside of burning fat, another important benefit of sipping on water with apple cider in it, is that it cured things like bloat for me. There is evidence that chemical reactions occur within your body when the vinegar hits the acid in your stomach. It balances the pH levels (acidity), in which some times the release of gas is the result.

After your stomach is cleaned of the terrible bacteria and the discomfort is gone, you begin to feel invincible again and even more healthy.

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3. Intermittent Fasting

This has the be the second hardest thing to do under watching what you eat.

To keep things simply, you want to go about 14-16 hours without eating – you can drink whatever you want. If you plan to fast, it is really not as hard as you think. First of all, the human body can go about 3 weeks without food, so you should not worry too much about starvation. Also, hungry is only a feeling (THIS IS IMPORTANT). If you are really considered about how hungry you are going to be during the 14-16 hours, you can drink black coffee when you wake up, and IT WILL SUPPRESS YOUR APPETITE.

Intermittent fasting workings by putting your body in caloric deficient. I like to call this the the burning fat point because that is essentially what your body is doing. When your body is not getting energy from foods with eat, it has to get energy from parts of our body such as adipose (fat) tissue and glucose storages.

I fast every single day since I’ve seen its power. When you complete the hours you will notice that you were extremely hungry but may not be able to eat much. This is important because this is your actual stopping point. Your stomach is full, so don’t let your mind trick you into eating more.

This is by far my favorite method because it starts working immediately from day one depending on your body mass index.