3 Books Written to Get us to Stop and ReThink

My favorite books are those books that really make you stop, think, and rethink. These books may be small and a quick read, however once I finished them, I find I am still thinking about something the author wrote.  It is my desire that in time I too will leave people thinking beyond our connection.  Good thoughts that is. LOL

QBQ The Question Behind the Question  by John Miller

I read QBQ the first time September 13, 2010 on a flight from DFW to Salt Lake City.  It had created such a shift in my thinking that I wrote myself this note on the inside back cover.

            “After reading this I realized I had jumped across the street.  I had gone from a NO excuses, make it happen person to a person asking lousy questions in my own situation.  I’ve excelled helping clients by asking great questions, however the light has now been shined on where I need to change NOW.  Thank you for this message and helping me be a better me.”   Chris Parker

Change I did immediately.  I find the minute I am tempted to ask why don’t they, I catch myself and ask what do I need to do differently so they will.

Leadership on all levels starts by leading yourself. This is a must read for anyone wanting to put personal accountability into daily action.

What is your favorite QBQ?

How Do You Kill 11 Million People?  by Andy Andrews

I am great fan of Andy Andrews and was first introduced to him in 2003 on my flight from DFW to Grand Cayman through his fabulous book The Traveler’s Gift.  After reading a couple more of his books,  The Noticer and The Noticer Returns, I found myself thirsty for more.

“Thank God he is not a one hit wonder” I thought as I discovered How Do You Kill 11 Million People? .   Andy shares in the author note three questions that he asked himself  several years ago:

“Where do we begin to find common ground in regard to what we want (or don’t want) for the future of America? Is it possible to write something that doesn’t use the words Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, yet conveys a message with which everyone could agree? Can it be written in a concise fashion allowing anyone to read it, clearly understand the message, and be empowered in less than fifteen minutes?”

The book is his answer to those questions and ever since I read the final word I find myself asking myself and others, ‘What is truth?’.

How have your own personal experiences, beliefs, and feelings evolved truth without your awareness?

What shapes your truth?

The War of Art  by Steven Pressfield

When I first heard the recommendation from a friend to read this book I took familiarity and confused this title with The Art of War.  Two very different books, both great I might add.   The topic of The War of Art, Winning the Inner Creative Battle  is one I worked with on a daily, hourly basis, both with my clients and myself.

I started reading and chuckled from the first two sentences.  I was hooked and finished this wonderfully short book in one sitting.  No resistance there, even though the entire book is about resistance.

Steven writes that most of us have two lives.  “The life we live, and the unlived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance.”  I haven’t meant a single person anywhere in the world that could resist this truth.

The power of Steven’s words are likely to hit you between the eyes and sooner or later they will stir a mix of emotions deep within, unless of course your dead !!! For me, it was a match of passions.  My heart aches when I see people settle for less than God’s best, when I hear “I’m too old” and they are only 50.

  “Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than…..”   Get the book, READ it and rethink your life. Overcome the resistance.

 When are you going to start living the life within you?