I am listening to Brendon Burchard's High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way on Audible at the moment, taking a break (but coming back to) Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win.
And yes, people make fun of me.
But let's not allow that to stop us from pondering something here. Because, I feel that books (any book really) like these are 'worth it' if only they change one tiny bit of perspective or offer just one single nugget of advice, wisdom, etc.
Sometimes we have to hear the same thing, said in a more compelling or recognizable way, to allow the lesson or truth to really sink in. There are moments in our lives when we're more open to certain ideas, when a theory will make sense and when we're 'ready' to try something new.
The alternative is reading really bad modern fiction, and I think we all know how I feel about that.
So, in High Performance Habits, Burchard discusses the idea of energy. Obviously, this isn't new. We all know there is good energy and bad energy, positive and negative.
We've all been sapped by someone with really negative energy, perhaps at a cocktail party when we are cornered by someone with social anxiety.
We've also been around people with positive energy, people who make us want to do better, be better or at least live for a moment or two in the shadow of their own light.
We've also, at one point or another, had both kinds of energy ourselves.
In the book, Burchard asks what kind of energy (or feeling) we want to have in the future.
Basically, close your eyes and picture your future self.
Don't picture what you have or what you're doing; picture your energy. How do you feel?
I did this myself and came up with three adjectives (three is the number Burchard recommends, I believe). So, it's enough to flesh it out a little but not too much that we start a running tally.
I asked a few other people and was surprised to hear the answers.
Happy came up a lot.
So, I'm curious now if any of you have thought of this question or, if you haven't, if you think of it now....what would your answer be?
So far, I'd give the book 3.5 stars out of 5. I'm half-way through, and it's interesting enough to hold my attention but not earth-shattering. However, I got at least one little gem from it so far, and I do love a gem.
How do we want to feel and what do we need to get there?
I know self-help/development books are easy to mock. I've done it myself. In my twenties, I could really go on a rampage, particularly if the book was endorsed by Oprah.
But now that I'm a little older, I'll take any trick or tip to make life better, even if it's slight or a sliver. Those things add up, and for someone who wants to feel peaceful, engaged and balanced, if a book of any sort might offer some insight, I'm in.
I'm going to listen more while I whip this house into shape. The day has already included an orthodontist appointment, grocery shopping (ugh) and a hot bath with a good book. I am not complaining. Also, the sun just emerged from behind a dark cloud cover.
Readers: this is good energy.