Read this if you need to be kicked under the butt
Ever feel like there’s more to life? Ever thought “I will work on this business idea tomorrow”, “I will start working out after the holidays”, but then tomorrow becomes another tomorrow and suddenly a year has passed? Stop finding excuses and Just Do It, like the greatest sportswear company in the world would say. Because everyone needs to be reminded of their purpose every once in a while, or for the first time, I’ve collected three books that have helped me to get started in several parts of my life. Here, are three books that can give you just that kick under the butt and to start making things happen. For the multitasking career lions: these books are also make great gifts to gift during the holiday season, or to put on your wish list either way.
The creative kick under the butt
"The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying."
The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
Like the subtitle says: “Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles”. Creatives often work at night as that is the time that their creativity flows. And however there is some truth to this, as there are less disturbances at night time, I often find myself – and others for that matter – using this as an excuse to not immediately take action. Researchers found that creativity is influenced by factors that are at job or individual level. With this is meant that there are two types of factors that influence creativity, one that is created in social environments at your job and one that come from yourself. The war of art is aimed to motivate the reader to do something with the latter. In his book, Pressfield describes how your gift (as in, the readers) and creativity cannot be withheld from the world anymore and takes away any excuse. If you’re already starting to make the excuse that reading long chapters is not your thing, do not fear. Pressfield smartly wrote short chapters, so even the worst procrastinators among us officially run out of excuses.
The ambitious kick under the butt
"Three decisions that we all control each moment of our lives: what to focus on, what things mean, and what to do in spite of the challenges that may appear to limit us"
Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
I read this book during the first year of my Master’s. At the time, I was passively doing the pre-set courses, working in sales for a mobile provider company, and complaining about it. We’re all dreamers, dreaming about creating something fun, meaningful, or beautiful. This is both a blessing and a curse as dreams don’t mean anything unless they are put into action. Reading Awaken the giant within helped me to set my inner spark to doing something more. From that moment on, I was definitely kicked under the butt and immediately took action to take control of my life. In this specific case, I tried to imagine the job I would like to have after I finished University and backwards engineered the steps on how to get there. Robbins breaks down the act of life mastery into five chunks which are: physical mastery, financial mastery, emotional mastery, relationship mastery, and mastery of time. He explains that one’s happiness is dependent on these five types of mastery.
The bigger thinking kick under the butt
"The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have."
The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
Sometimes we are our own biggest enemy or obstacle when achieving our goals. In The Magic of Thinking Big, Schwartz gives many examples in how thinking big can actually expand your mind and increase your potential. The principles in this book help one to not only set goals, but to challenge these goals and think bigger and wider than one thought was possible. It redefines the meaning of the word realistic. I like to challenge my goals and deliver better performance every time. I often listen to the audio book version of The Magic of Thinking Big right before having an important meeting, exam or presentation. This helps reminding me to think big and shoot for the stars, or as I often say to my friends: shoot for Saturn as the stars are not far enough.
We are sure we’re not the only ones that need the occasional reminder to be disciplined or motivated again. What are your recommendations to get motivated? What book has the ability to kick your butt and even leave a great impact or even a bruise?