The following are books I've Enjoyed WHILE developing material. you might find them interesting*
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
By don Miguel Ruiz. I found this to be a fascinating short book about how we think, especially with regard to our interactions with others. In particular, naming the "Voice of the World" was inspirational for me, as it gave a name and character to the way the world asks us to do many things, and often we comply, even though we did not agree to do so and might not agree if we really thought about it.
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
Why We Think The Way We Do And How To Change It
By Thomas Garvey and Helen Kogan. A nice view of how our thoughts actually come about, how they link together, and how past events influence future thoughts. If nothing else, this will help you to become aware of how your thoughts work, which by itself will help you to see how you make decisions as you journey toward better health.
Do you know what you're thinking? It's easy to assume you do. However, the truth can be far less comforting. The mind has visible functions and less visible functions. The mind's visible functions are its visible thinking. This helps us navigate through life; to recognise bus numbers, consider dishes on a menu and notice our friend's mood, etc. The unseen workings of the mind are everything else; this is our invisible thinking... all our thoughts, feelings, experiences, memories, everything! This amounts to all our conditioning and life experiences and it is constantly making decisions which affect the course our lives. Our visible mind then actuates these unseen, already-made decisions using points of reference we don't see, likely don't know exist, and therefore have no opportunity to understand, let alone change. Why We Think The Way We Do And How To Change It reveals the thoughts that are directing the course of your life, and helps you change the ones which have been taking you to places you don't want to go. Now are you ready to find out what you're really thinking? Thomas Garvey and Dr Helen Kogan untangle the roots of human thinking in a uniquely straight-talking, no holds barred approach. They provide the reader with user-friendly terms, tools, exercises and multiple real life examples, which taken altogether, could entirely change your life.
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
By Daniel Goleman. This provides a very detailed description of emotional intelligence, how our brains work, and implications for the choices we make.
Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds"—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny.
Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.
The best news is that "emotional literacy" is not fixed early in life. Every parent, every teacher, every business leader, and everyone interested in a more civil society, has a stake in this compelling vision of human possibility.
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits - to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
By Gretchen Rubin. For someone looking to change their habits, this may be the most helpful book on the list. It does not describe a process per se, but rather it offers tons of insights into why and how habits form, and strategies you might use to shape them. This book will help you to "know yourself" better and thereby gain skill to make progress in your desire to change.
The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change?
Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?
Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.
Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:
• Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?
• Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why?
• How quickly can I change a habit?
• What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
• How can I help someone else change a habit?
• Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?
Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business
By Charles Duhigg. A fairly rigorous but useful look at what habits are and how they are formed. He defines of "The Habit Loop" and provides a nice description of a process to examine and change your own habits.
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
Principles: Life and Work
By Ray Dialo. This might be my favorite book from 2017, and really taught me to realize I should be saying, "I've made certain assumptions about the world. How do I know if I'm right?" Mr. Dialo explains his system for trying to understand truth by continually examining his world and adapting his models as needed to be successful. Principles are discussed in separate sections relating to "Life" and to "Work." Reading this was like having a conversation with a grandfather who was passing on great advice.
Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.
*In the spirit of full disclosure, I receive a small credit if you purchase a book through the Amazon Associate links above. However, I only recommend resources I believe will be interesting and valuable to you.