'Maximum Achievement' - Brian Tracy
At my office, our team reads one book each month. The idea is that these books will help us both professionally and personally. This month our book was Brian Tracy's Maximum Achievement. I find that the books generally have some great positive message, meant to inspire the reader to think different, or act differently. This particular book has left an impression on me.
Tracy jumps straight to the point. Do you want to be successful? Happy? A difference maker? You do?...so do I! The book immediately begins talking solutions. With a mixture of positive thoughts, theories, and exercises, Tracy guides you to being able to take on big challenges; to reach maximum achievement. Often, I think these books are probably all the same. I say 'probably' because to be honest, I haven't read any of them. Generally I believe that life is what it is. Good and bad things happen, and I suppose I ignore the fact that my mood and my mentality, maybe even my circumstances, can be directly related to how I view the world and myself in it. What happens to me is a direct reflection of what is happening within me. Throughout the book I was mostly thinking about the swim!
All of this seems rather obvious, but as busy people in a world of go go go, we can easily forget these simple thoughts. I have been under a lot of stress lately. I have been drained, and dare I say it, negative. At the end of a long work day I find it hard to get to the pool. Now that's not to say I'm not excited once I am in the water...I am. It's the getting there that can be so tough. But...stressed, tired....these are excuses, says Tracy.
This book has reiterated those believes of 'be positive and positive things will happen'. Take steps to success to find success. My new goal, to help me achieve my on-going goal, is to have the discipline to remain positive. To only carry with me thoughts that will help me move forward and get what I want out of this life I have. It is so easy to dwell on things that have happened and allow them to change life. But wouldn't life just be more awesome if the happy things affected me more?