• Nathira Salim

Top books to read

Welcome back to my blog peeps.

I have been reading or say listening to some audio books for the past couple of weeks now especially at night, because I have learnt that I can fall asleep faster when someone is talking. I tried listening to podcasts, but there's way too many ads in it and it spoils the fun listening to one. So I turned to audio books and have stumbled onto some good reads.

I have found three good books that I have read and enjoyed it tremendously and for good reasons.

The Motivation Myth - by Jeff Haden.

In my opinion - this is a gem. This book is so good, I listen to it during my morning walks - and I don't listen to audio books when I walk - I only listen to music. The advises given are true gold and this is a good book for budding entrepreneurs, company owners, parents, single parents, people try to lose weight - or for people looking to start business or be motivated - generally everyone.

His message is to set a very high goal, plan out the process in detail and then forget about the goal and follow the process and work on it consistently. According to him - "Motivation is not the spark to get yourself to work. Motivation is the result. It is the fire that starts burning after you manually, painfully coax it into existence and it feeds on the satisfaction of seeing yourself make progress. Problem of waiting for motivation to strike is that it does not appear with enough voltage to get you started."

This is a no bullshit book - I loved it and I highly recommend.

This book is in the library and I borrowed the audio version in it from Libby.

Tiny Habits - by BJ Fogg

This book was recommended by Mike Mutzel who runs the YouTube and podcast High Intensity Health and the author of the book " The Belly Fat Effect".

It's a simple logical book really. If you want to do something - do it in small steps and create habits that you look forward to instead of something you loathe. I started a new habit just two weeks ago -to walk.

My old habits in the morning was to wake up, shower( at times not), and sit in the couch and apply my skin care products. I love doing that and in fact its a habit I cemented since September. But after listening to this audio book - I have added one more step. Now - before I touch my skincare - I step out of the house and go for a walk. I started small actually - I would walk half a block one day and then increase the intensity. Now two weeks later - I am walking 3 km every morning. So my new habit now - wake up, walk, shower, apply skincare.

I recommend this book - if you have issues with learning a new language or losing weight or managing a family, business or anything. The author is a Behaviour Scientist in Stanford University and has personally coached 60,000 people according to his website.

Ikigai - by Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles

Basically - ikigai is what makes you want to get out of bed - the reason you live for. The reasons for depression are that people have no sense of their ikigai, hence they find no reason to move on, get up from bed or even live on.

The advises given are: Follow those things that you enjoy, get away from or change those you dislike, keep busy by doing things that fill you with meaning and happiness. One of the advises given that I like:

"Follow your ikigai. There is a passion inside you, a unique talent that gives meaning to your days and drives you to share the best of yourself until the very end. If you don't know what your ikigai is yet, as Victor Frankl says, your mission is to discover it."

These three books are very simple and easy to read and they can be borrowed online in Libby as soft copy and as an audio book. They are available in Amazon and the links are as per their titles.

I am following each of the advises set out in three of these books and am seeing some form of improvement in my life such as setting out goals and detailed processes and consistently working towards it by focusing on my blog, creating new habits that I can do without fail such as walking and finding out my purpose in life. I suggest checking out these books - who knows? Either one will spark something in you.

I will come up with the top three fiction books I not only read but enjoyed thoroughly soon.

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