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What I’m Reading Lately

It seems that every time the season changes, I’m in need some new books. I have an ever growing list of books to read. I used to be the person who has 3-6 books on the go …then I went to university and all I read was textbooks and journal articles, *sigh*.  Over the past two years or so, I have finally fallen back into leisure reading. Improve you mind, improve your life!

Back in December, I crossed some books off my list:

 

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

3. The 4-Hour Work-Week by Timothy Ferriss

4. The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday

5. How Champions Think by Dr. Bob Rotella

But you may be asking, how is this relevant to nutrition?! None of these books are even about nutrition. True. But to achieve your goals (whether or not they are nutrition focused) developing your mindset is one of the keys to unlocking success.

People tend to become what they think about themselves. The thoughts inside our heads can rule our actions, behaviours and ultimately, are at play with whether or not we achieve our goals. Becoming aware of and understanding the “story” we tell ourselves and how this impacts our outlook and how we develop our habits are the theme in all 5 of these books.

While being positive goes a long way, life sometimes hands us lemons. But as Bob Rotella says in How Champions Think, “what’s important is not avoiding adversity, but how an individual responds to it”.

Let’s take the example of someone with a weight loss goal. They have been doing well with making healthy meals and snacks and have been exercising 3-4 times per week for the last month. Things are going well! Then something outside of your plan hits – it’s a long-weekend vacation, a birthday party, your kids are sick… you name it! And the plan of healthy eating and exercise goes out the window.

But by building a positive & strong mindset, you control how you react to these events and create strategies of how you will be successful despite things not going according to plan. When developing goals with clients, we talk about a plan to achieve their goals and the steps to get there. But equally important is the discussion around finding resources and habits to help you stick to your goal when the going gets tough

Building this confidence in yourself is a chain reaction – once you overcome one obstacle,  you are that much more prepared for the next one and the next one (because you know they are coming 🙂 )

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any book recommendations? Let me know!