Books of The Month: January 2018

The arrival of the new year brings new hopes and promises. Some of us may have experienced the best moments and look forward to a greater year, while others may have trudged from one challenge to another and they see the new year like a chapter in the book of their lives, wishing for better stories!

So, if you are amongst the people who feel determined to improve the existing relations, lifestyle or simply enrich your knowledge, then you should probably read one of the following books to assist you through your journey in 2018:

  1. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks For Big Success In Relationships

We are social creatures and most of our success is defined by our communication skills as well as the quality of the relationships we build.

The author and coach life Leil Lowndes offers informative guidance, interestingly wrapped in 92 secrets on how to build successful connections in business and how to effectively communicate your thoughts to the people in your inner circle.

2. Summary and Analysis of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life: Based on the Book by Mark Manson (Smart Summaries)

Was 2017 a rough year for you? Do you feel emotionally or mentally exhausted? Well, it may be that you need to redefine your priorities and discover what really matters to you.

As the title indicates, the book is a summary of a masterpiece written by Mark Manson (The Subtle Way of Not Giving a F*uck!) who offers us a practical guide to choosing what truly matters to us, what to give up on and what to keep. Without offering fairytales, Mark Manson is “brutally” honest about the reality we live in, debating fears, success, and self-help.

Although author’s honesty may be considered by some painful and negative, it is worth appreciating the fact that Mark Manson tries to highlight our real struggles and that certain wounds may not be healed as easily as self-help gurus make us believe.

I highly recommend it if you aim to make drastic life changes in 2018

3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Life can be like a trip on a roller coaster and because of that, remaining focused on our goals can be an enormous challenge. Sometimes the luck is not smiling at us, while other times we simply lose our energy and motivation.

If you wish 2018 to be the year of your success, then Stephen R. Covey will offer you a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach in attaining your personal and professional targets.

4. Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent

We must admit that sometimes, the impediment to success or the cause of failed relations is nobody else but ourselves.

Philosophers and counseling professionals have long time debated the negative influence of the ego in your personal or professional life. Ambitions, resilience, and obsessions can lead to irrational thinking, refusal of learning, limited cultivation of talents and ultimately faulty decision-making skills.

Since we live in a society that highly promotes the development of the ego, it is worth taking a moment and reflect on our choices or plans: are they determined by genuine causes or by the dark forces of the ego?

5. The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage

No pain, no gain. But sometimes it feels as if certain obstacles are a sign that we should stop. Definitely, having such perception is the key to failure.

Ryan Holiday reminds us of great personalities who took advantage of obstacles and turned them to be their platforms for success. The author also illustrates that sometimes success is not defined by the IQ level, management skills or luck, but by the power and strategies that help you overcome difficult moments.

If you have big plans for 2018, reconsider your steps and discover the true force of will.

6.  Trust me, I’m lying: 26 Ways to Catch a Liar

We tend to believe that we hold the right skills to identify lies, but you would be surprised to find out that there are many ways in which we can be manipulated even when we are 100% that what we are seeing/hearing is the truth.

7. Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex and the Science of Attraction

The strong desire of understanding emotions and the drives behind our behaviour is still a big interest for psychologists. As a result, Dr. Larry Young and Brian Alexander have combined their scientific expertise in love matters and offered us a “grand unified definition of love” in their book “Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction”.

Drawing on real human stories and research from labs around the world, the authors explain the stages of love, attraction, the influence of childhood on our relationships, why certain individuals cannot resist the temptation and so much more. What makes the book more interesting is that the authors place their revelations into historical, political, and social contexts, offering us a broader insight into emotions.

8. Getting the Best of Your Anger, Before It Gets the Best of You

We often hear how to manage our negative feelings and are encouraged to focus on the positive ones if we wish to lead a balanced emotional life. Nevertheless, it is essential to acknowledge the fact that anger is a normal emotion and repressing it is not a solution.

Although we should not allow anger to lead our behaviours, Dr. Les Carter helps us identify the roots of our anger and offers us a realistic strategy for handling and expressing the emotion through constructive ways.

9. How to Feel Confident: Simple Tools for Instant Success

Self-confidence is not equal to euphoria, arrogance and it should not be determined by external factors, such as social status, salary or friends.

“It means to trust your ability to think, learn, choose, make decisions, adapt to change … And it means to know you deserve happiness. Having this basic trust is a matter of survival.”

Whether it is mingling at parties, impressing at interviews or going on a hot date, Leil will turn your shyness and dread into confidence and enjoyment.

Written with insight, humor and empathy, the book explores the psychology behind meeting people, the tricks people use to seem self-assured, as well as little tips and techniques to practice every day.

10. Self-Empowerment and Your Subconscious Mind: Your Unlimited Resource for Health, Success, Long Life & Spiritual Attainment

Tap into the infinite potential of your subconscious and experience tremendous growth and self-discovery. Grounded in scientific research, this practical step-by-step guide introduces easy, yet highly effective, techniques for harnessing the unlimited power of your subconscious mind. Develop the right skills to access this vast storehouse of knowledge and resources to unleash powerful abilities-through dreamwork, creative visualization, positive inner dialogue, past-life regression, meditations, interaction with nature, chakra awareness, and more.

Once you begin to train your mind, there is no end to the ways in which you can bring new meaning and enrichment to your life:

—Overcome growth blockages
—Resolve conflicts
—Enhance creativity
—Improve mental and physical health
—Achieve personal goals
—Strengthen your relationships
—Advance in your career
—Develop psychic skills
—Evolve into your highest self

This unique guide also explores the different types of natural psychic abilities and provides guidance for helping you to turn them into powerful life-changing skills.

So, this book offers you the entire kit for 2018!

I hope that at least one of the recommended books will be a great support for you in achieving your goals in 2018! Remember that the power is within you!


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