6 Books that will transform your fitness and mindset
Over the past 18 months or so, I have been on a quest to really focus on personal development and fulfill my potential.
This has primarily been in the form of learning and investing in my education.
The reason for this is because I know that I possess certain characteristics that push me towards certain things.
- I like challenges and problem solving
- I am an 'analytical-type' (data driven -- I like numbers)
- I have OCD
- I have a huge attention to detail
- I want to understand, or learn more about what I don't know
My daily ritual has now seen me spend more time reading books. At least 10 minutes every day, in fact!
With this habit, I have ended up reading more physical books than ever before. And I'm not a fast reader.
Initially, the books I read were all 'fitness' based. Now, I have expanded my horizons into things like psychology, mindset, productivity and business.
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you 6 very powerful books that could truly make a significant impact to your life and everything that you care about.
1) Mindset, by Carol Dweck
This book will open your eyes on how you perceive challenging times, tasks and how to go about reaching ANY goal that you have.
If you struggle with being positive, or just learning how to stay on track when things get tough, you need this book!
2) Mind Gym, by Gary Mack
This book was a gift that I received from my best friend when I was 17. Just before I left to go and live in France for 9 months, to pursue my football (soccer) career.
It served as a way for me to develop mental strength and learn motivational strategies, such as 'positive self-talk' and the power of 'visualisation'. I learnt many tips and this is another great book for the mental side of life and lifting.
3) Start With Why, by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" was recommended to me via a podcast and laid the foundation for why I do what I do with my business, Fulla Strength and Conditioning.
I take the utmost pride in my work and this book helped me figure out WHY I need to operate a certain way.
If you aren't clear on your purpose, or goal, this book will help bring that vision to the front of your mind. Very good read!!
4) The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
- Do you struggle with getting to the gym each week?
- Do you eat well Monday to Friday, but struggle to stick to the plan on weekends?
- Do you want to improve your work habits and create a more fulfilling life for yourself and family?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, this book will teach you all about how to create good habits and how to recognise the 'habit loop' when things could potentially go wrong.
5) Deep Work, by Cal Newport
I completed reading this book yesterday morning and it was very insightful. As someone who struggles to 'stay on task' and remain efficient from start to finish of the day, this book showed me how to get more done, in less time.
If you 'don't have enough time', or are constantly playing catch-up at work, this is the book for you!
6) The Power Of Less, by Leo Babauta
This book is one that I was actually halfway through, but decided to start again. At the time, I was reading 3 books. So, I wanted to focus solely on the messages inside.
Now, I haven't finished it. But, from what I read and have looked at in the table of contents, it will be a game-changer.
Getting rid of all the clutter and mundane tasks in your life will see you streamline the rubble and enable you to create a life of the 'essential' things which you actually value! Instead of all the 'non-essential', time-sucking tasks.
Now, none of these books are inherently designed as 'fitness' or 'nutrition' books. But, what they will do, is change everything in your life that will carry-over to radically improve your health and fitness.
The biggest reason people attribute not getting results is, not having 'enough time'. Now, I've said it before and will continue saying this until the day that I die.
"We all have the same 24 hours to do what we please".
What you decide to do in that time is completely up to you.
The books I outlined earlier will help open up your eyes!
They will help you CLEARLY identify;
- What is important to you.
- How to go about reclaiming your time and maximising your day.
- Why each one of those 'excuses' you have used in the past -- about not going to the gym, or eating the wrong thing -- are completely irrational and actually illogical.
You will end up stripping back all the non-essential things in your life that hold minimal, to, no importance in your work or personal life.
This leaves you with tremendous amounts of time to dedicate your focus on actually achieving the health and fitness goals you have wanted to achieve for the last 3 years!
If you truly want to make a change, pick the books which you feel will aid you the most and put them in your cart. Get them in your life ASAP!
In fact, if you do end up buying some, I'd love to know what you decide on so I can hear your experience, both pre and post-reading. Let me know HERE.
Until next time,
Go and fulfill your potential.
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