Hey, everybody! Welcome to my blog, and happy 2019! 🙂
Do you want to make this year the best you have ever had? I certainly am! And I’ll be posting an article every week about my personal development journey.
Hopefully, this will motivate you to stick to your goals this year, and maybe inspire you to try out something new. Also, this will keep me accountable to keep going and not to get too lazy. 😉
So here we go… What have I done this week?
I find reading books very important and interesting. There is always something new to learn, and reading books is a great way to keep your mind sharp.
Unfortunately, reading regular books always makes me sleepy, so I find audiobooks an amazing alternative since I can also listen to them while commuting and working out.
Here is a list of audiobooks I listened to this week.
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
This one was my favorite book I listened to this week. Can’t Hurt Me is a story about David Goggins, the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller. The audiobook tells how through self-discipline, mental toughness and hard work he transformed himself from an overweight and depressed guy into a true inspiration and one of the world’s top endurance athletes.
Also, the audiobook comes with extra content where David Goggins and the narrator discuss the story and David tells the listener more stories and insights.
I found this audiobook very motivating, and it made me think about my life and how I can do more to move towards my goals. I’d say it is definitely a must-read to set yourself in the right mindset for personal growth in 2019.
My rating: 5/5
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
This was an interesting book about leadership, and how leadership principles used by US Navy SEAL officers can be used when running your business. It describes how a good leader should act and what his mindset should be.
One of the lessons that stuck to me is that a leader should always take responsibility when someone in his team makes a mistake. It will portray you like a stronger leader and show the team members that it’s ok to own up to their mistakes instead of blaming others.
My rating: 4/5
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
This book by 12 Rules for Life covers a wide array of topics including psychology, philosophy, and religion. The author gives 12 rules on how to improve your life and numerous examples that support them.
A few of the rules described are:
- Stand up straight and keep your shoulders back.
- Choose your friends carefully.
- Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
- Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
- Assume that every person you are listening to might know something you don’t.
I did find this book to be too lengthy (almost 16 hours) and too complicated for my taste. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book and the rules described are very valuable. I just have a feeling it could have been much shorter and easier to listen to.
My rating: 3/5
Waking up Early
After seeing Instagram posts by Robin Sharma, he has inspired me to wake up every day at 5 a.m. I started doing it this week, and after the initial difficulties to get out of the bed, it feels great. I find my mornings to be way more productive than evenings, and by the time others wake up, I have already done tons of activities like meditating, cleaning up my apartment etc.
I’ll certainly keep getting up early, and I’ll keep you updated in subsequent posts.
Going to Gym
This week I also started going to the gym for the first time in my life, and it feels great! My goal is to lose a few kilos and build bigger arms by the beginning of the summer. 🙂
I find the time spent in the gym quite relaxing since I can listen to the audiobooks and think about my goals while working out.
Yes, I’m also playing piano for at least 10 minutes every day. At the moment I’m learning to play Ignite by K-391 & Alan Walker. Stay tuned because I’ll make sure to post some recordings when I have them.
When I have some spare time, I watch YouTube videos related to personal development. A few channels I enjoyed watching this week were TopThink and Charisma on Command. Make sure to check them out to learn more about psychology and charisma.
This was what my week was like. Next week my studies are resuming, so I’m hoping to find enough time to keep everything going.
What are your personal development goals? What are your self-growth plans for 2019? Let me know in the comment below!
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