Chris's Reading List
Beliefs drive behaviour.
Behaviour drives action.
Repeated actions become habits.
These books COULD help you cultivate a mindset fit to ACHIEVE and sustain youR goalS
The inner game of tennis - TIMOTHY GALLWEY
Instead of concentrating on how to improve your technique, it starts from the understanding that 'every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game'. The former is played against opponents on the court, but the latter is a battle within ourselves as we try and overcome self-doubt and anxiety. It is often won or lost before a ball has been hit.
THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY - RYAN HOLIDAY
We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The Stoic philosophy - that what is in the way, is the way - can be applied to any problem: it's a formula invented more than 2,000 years ago, whose effectiveness has been proven in battles and board rooms ever since.
TURNING PRO - Steven Pressfield
The follow-up to his bestseller The War of Art, Turning Pro navigates the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice. "You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind."
WHO MOVED MY CHEESE - SPENCER JOHNSON
A parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice, non-analytical and non-judgmental; they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Two humans are in there too and the story unfolds
1% RULE - TOMMY BAKER
How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams is a guide to making progress each day and achieving what you are capable of
incognito - DAVID eAGLEMAN
In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synaesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions, INCOGNITO is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.
MINDSET - CAROL DWECK
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset.
SWITCH - CHIP HEATH & DAN HEATH
We all know that change is hard. It's unsettling, it's time-consuming, and all too often we give up at the first sign of a setback. But why do we insist on seeing the obstacles rather than the goal? This is the question that bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful new book.
HAPPINNESS - MATTHIEU RICARD
A passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves as least as much energy as any other in our lives. Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience
CHIMP PARADOX - STEVE PETERS
Dr Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life
HAPPINESS BY DESIGN - PAUL DOLAN
As a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, Dolan conducts original research into the measurement of happiness and its causes and consequences, including the effects of our behaviour. Happiness by Design shows that being happier requires us to actively re-design our immediate environment.
START WITH WHY - SIMON SINEK
Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why.
ENERGY IS EVERYTHING - MIKE MACDONALD
Energy Is Everything: Mindset, Nutrition & Exercise for the best version of you is a book aimed to help you look, feel and perform at your best. Rather than the tired old health messages you’ve heard a million times before, Mike MacDonald blends his own experience, lessons from working with real clients, and the latest scientific research to outline a path to your best self.
flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? His studies reveal that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of a perfect state of happiness.
Thinking fAST AND SLOW
The central thesis is a dichotomy between two modes of thought: "System 1" is fast, instinctive and emotional; "System 2" is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The book delineates cognitive biases associated with each type of thinking
If you would like to talk about anything you've learnt while reading these books, want to share your opinion or success then get in touch. We'd love to hear from you