Morning and night routines are often said to be the determinants of a successful (or unsuccessful) day. And while there is tons to be said about the importance of what we eat for breakfast, I think that what we feed our minds with first thing in the morning is equally important - and that it shouldn't be a social media feed! I'd noticed that I'd gotten into the habit of checking my phone and emails as soon as I had reached over to stop my alarm and that the books that I'd wanted to read for a while weren't getting read! So, I took small steps to change my routine and one of them was keeping a couple of books on my nightstand. I specifically chose motivational books, because I've noticed that if I go to sleep motivated and clear about what I want to do the next day, I'm far more likely to achieve it (and vice versa!). While I may not routinely read these books every day and night, simply setting the intention of reading them and making it easier to do that, has definitely made a difference. So here they are!
1) Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth/The Power of Now Whenever I feel stuck in a rut, all I have to do is pick up anything that Eckhart Tolle has written! A New Earth speaks about consciousness, the ego, awakened doing and works as a general reminder that our experience is based on our perspective. There's definitely a reason why over 6 million copies of this book have sold! The Power of Now focuses on the importance of being and how to silence the noise that - if gone unchecked - can take over our mind and hinder our success. The conversational layout of the text also makes it a light and concise read.
2) Brendon Burchard, The Motivation Manifesto:Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Burchard walks through ways of recognising and overcoming the dangers of doubt and how to work on abandoning your fears and self-sabotaging habits in favour of reclaiming your agenda and reaching your goals. My favourite section of the book is the declaration of gratitude, a list of all the things that we can all be thankful for.
3) Rhonda Byrne,The Secret: I've always believed in the power of visualisation and manifestation. I remember being 14 and glued to a podcast called Exam Magic, which was meant to help us visualise our best possible results for our GCSEs. After that had worked (yay!) I was set on the path of finding out more and bought The Secret, after hearing a lot about it. I'm working through it now and I love that it resonates with a lot of the other books, in emphasising that we truly have control over our experience.
6) Michel de Montaigne, On Solitude (Penguin Great Ideas edition) : I've come across quite a bit of Montaigne's work during my time as an undergraduate, but this text is by far my favourite. Most of all, it's interesting to see a Renaissance take on ideas that are so very relevant today e.g. our conscience, fear, the importance of sleep and the power of our imagination.
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