Just finished this book in three days – which is saying a lot because I a.) never read for fun and b.) Never have I ate up a book this quickly and highlighted so much!
This book is honestly going to be my Bible. What initially drew me to this book was a PDF that that focused on Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz’s work with athletes and the different between the legends (Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, etc.) and the rest of the pack.
This is because these days I want to connect more with my inner athlete. But I digress…
This is an easy read; at 206 pages the contents is and style of writing is what you’d normally find in most magazines. The flow is smooth yet informative. A tad bit on the boring side, but that’s to be expected of most books coming out of academics.
I have on the front page all of the points that I have deemed important, many of which I will be incorporating into my life.
I highly, highly recommend this book if you are seeking a way out of any rut that you’re currently experiencing in life (like me) or if you need a little inspiration on how to improve your life energy wise. The strategies and stories that are included in this book are geared towards the every day professional. In turn these strategies have been taken from, as mentioned earlier in this post, the authors’ work with elite athletes.
I’ll go ahead a share a few pieces of gold from the book. Unfortunately I won’t be able to share all that I thought was gold, because that’ll take up a few posts by themselves!
Too much energy expenditure without sufficient recovery eventually leads to bur out and breakdown. (Overuse it and lose it.) Too much recovery without sufficient stress leads to atrophy and weakness. (Use it or lose it.) [pg.29]
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. in a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. ~ Viktor Frankl [pg. 134]
The bigger the storm, the more inclined we are to revert to our survival habits, and the more important positive rituals become. [pg.167]
Fundamentally, spiritual energy is a unique force for action in all dimensions of our lives. It is the most powerful source of our motivation, perseverance and direction. We define “spiritual” not int he religious sense, but rather in more simple and elemental terms: the connection to a deeply held set of values and to a purpose beyond our self-interest. [pg. 110]
Quickly! Grab this book and enjoy the awesomeness that is in this book.