The Scribblaire was reflecting on the question of personality, confidence and generally embracing life – which after all is what this blog is about. It made me think of what makes some people do ‘stuff’ and others not. Of course, there are circumstances which mean that not everyone has the same opportunities, but in many cases it’s about choices. There are obviously lots of people who want to make the most of their lives, hence the huge industry in ‘self help’ books.
There are millions of these books out there in the market; some are good, others not so. The Scribblaire recommends only three:
- ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’, Susan Jeffers. 20 years old and still relevant. I found this book really accessible, albeit a bit ‘new agey’ in the use of language. Don’t let that put you off.
- ‘Change Your Life in Seven Days’, Paul McKenna. Practical and straightfoward with a relaxing audio. Based on a number of approaches, particularly Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is a very effective technique. I find Paul McKenna a bit irritating generally, but actually like his books/CDs!
- ‘The Artists Way’, Julia Cameron. This book was written about ‘writer’s block’, but can be applied to life generally.
I’m interested in what motivates people and how we find a way towards being fulfilled (ah! Nirvana…). The Scribblaire is definitely of the view that, in the end, we need to take responsibility for our own destiny! With that in mind, I am about to download ‘How to Get a Grip’ by Matthew Kimberley for some pragmatic guidance!
(Note: I’ve linked to Amazon for the book descriptions only because that’s where I generally buy my Kindle books. These are really well-known books and can be bought from any bookshop!)
The Scribblaire April 2012