Zig Ziglar used the phrase “GIGO”: garbage in, garbage out. It’s so true. I have an inner circle that is extremely positive these days. Why? At first I didn’t get it until a friend of mind pointed it out: I attracted it. I started using natural laws in my life, they’re real. He showed me how they were working in my life. They can work for you as well, if you’re willing to take them seriously. I love to read, and these books will really get you going.
Here’s a book list of that can take you to the next high energy level. It’s an extremely short list, but a good start.
- First Steps to Wealth, by Dani Johnson. It’s free, just pay shipping and handling http://www.danijohnson.com
- The Law of Success, by Napoleon Hill. It takes “Think and Grow Rich” to the next level.
- The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J Schwartz.
- The Prosperity Bible, by various authors.
- Mindset, by Carol Dweck
- The Power of the Subconscious Mind, by Joseph Murphy
- Presence, by Amy Cuddy
- Grit, by Angela Duckworth
- No More Excuses, by Brian Tracy
- The 12 Week Year, by Brian P Moran
- Afformations, by Noah St. John
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
- See You At The Top, By Zig Ziglar
- Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins
- Any book written by Jim Rohn
The list of books on this subject is endless, and once you get started? You really start to feel a sense of empowerment. If you actively use what you learn, it will improve every area of your life. I even have my kids reading them, and others to help them have a great start in life. I’ve seen improvements in them as well.
These are just a few books that can help you to raise your positive energy “vibrational frequency”. You get what you attract. When your mindset is a growth one, you don’t get stuck. Often people get stuck when they wallow in the past, and can’t let go of things that aren’t good for them. Low energy is just as contagious as high energy. The difference: low energy attracts more: misery, negativity and suffering; high energy attracts more: joy, positivity, peace and success (thank you Mark for your support on this one).
Of all the books on the list, I think that “Mindset”, by Carol Dweck was the one that helped me the most. A growth mindset is so important, not only to your relationships, but also for your health as well. Many authors agree: what you focus on expands. If you focus on what you don’t want? You get more of it exponentially. The same with what you do want. Focusing on more of what you want is the key.
It’s better to be empowered over feeling defeated and weak any day. Besides, you really do have the choice in life: grow or stay stuck. Growing helps you to improve your life and any situation you have be faced with. Staying stuck does the exact opposite. You can lose years not facing the reality of being stuck, and worse? Miss out on all that a new and different life can offer. You really do have the choice to make your life the one you want. You just have to be honest enough with yourself to see if things aren’t working, and be willing to do something positive about it.
Here is the best poem I’ve ever read about personal growth and personal responsibility:
The Fable of the Bridge
The fable begins with a man wrestling with his own thoughts about his future and what choices he wants to make about his life.
After much contemplation, he achieves great clarity and is excited about the vision he can see for his life. He starts off on the journey to his future.
He must travel to another town where an amazing opportunity has presented itself but he must get there by the next morning or the opportunity will pass.
He travels many hours, each step getting more excited about the life he is creating. As the full moon rises, he is alone in his thoughts as he starts crossing a bridge.
The man sees out of the corner of his eye a stranger coming towards him. He thinks the man approaching is putting his hand out to greet him. However, the stranger has the end of a rope in his hand with the other end wound around his waist.
The stranger asks the man to hold the end of the rope. Although perplexed, the man complies.
The stranger asks the man to hold on tight with two hands and then promptly jumps off the bridge toward the swift running deep river below. “Hold on!” the stranger cries.
The free-falling body hurtled the distance of the rope’s length, and from the bridge the man abruptly felt the pull. He held tight despite being almost pulled over the side of the bridge.
Peering down at the stranger who was close to oblivion, the man yelled, “What are you trying to do?”
“Just hold tight,” said the other.
The man tried to haul the stranger in but he could not. He could not get enough leverage. His strength was almost perfectly counterbalanced by the other man’s weight.
“Why did you do this?” the man called out. “Remember,” said the other, “if you let go, I will be lost.”
“But I cannot pull you up,” the man cried. “Just hold on. I need you,” the stranger yells.
The man looked around for help, but no one was near. The man holds on for a while, and then calls, “Please, I cannot hold you. Please climb up.”
“I am your responsibility,” said the other. “Well, I did not ask for it,” the man said. The stranger cried, “If you let go, I am lost.”
The man tried to invent solutions, like tying the rope to the bridge, but could not find any that would work.
Fearing that his arms could not hold out much longer, he tied the rope around his waist.
He thought if he just waited long enough, someone was bound to come and help pull the stranger up. He waited many hours, but no one came.
“Why did you do this?” he asked again. “Don’t you see what you have done? What possible purpose could you have had in mind?”
“Just remember,” said the other, “my life is in your hands.”
Time passed and a decision needed to be made. The man could not hold on much longer.
A thought occurred to him. If the stranger hauled himself up and he kept the end steady and pulled a bit, together they could get the stranger back to safety.
But the other wasn’t interested.
“You mean you won’t help? But I told you I cannot pull you up myself, and I don’t think I can hang on much longer either.” “You must try,” the other shouted back in tears. “If you fail, I die.”
More time passed and finally, the point of decision arrived. The man said to the other, “Listen to me. I will not accept the position of choice for your life, only for my own; the position of choice for your own life, I hereby give back to you.”
“What do you mean?” the other asked, afraid.
“I mean, simply, it’s up to you. You decide which way this ends. I will help you if you help yourself.”
“You cannot mean what you say,” the other shrieked. “You would not be so selfish. I am your responsibility. What could be so important that you would let someone die? Do not do this to me.”
The man stated again, “I will not stand here and hold this rope. If you want to live, you must start moving now, and I will help you. Please, start now.”
He waited a few minutes, but there was no change in the tension of the rope. “I accept your choice,” the man said, at last, and freed his hands.
By the late Rabbi Edwin Friedman