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Powerful Books That Grow Superheroes:

  • Your Brain is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons That Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-ups, Dr. Daniel G. Amen
    13 dragons from the past | 9 Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS) driving depression, hopelessness, irritability | 10 Bad habit dragons | 4 Tactics to overcome them. >>Take Dr. Amen’s free Know Your Dragons quiz to identify your dragons, and receive his tips on taming them.

  • How to Do The Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal From Your Past + Create Your Self, Dr. Nicole LePera
    Mind-body healing practices | The power of belief | Meet your inner child | Ego stories | Emotional maturity

  • Stillness Is the Key, Ryan Holiday
    Become present | Slow down, think deeply | Start journaling | Cultivate silence | Heal the inner child | Beware desire | Conquer your anger | Say no | Build a routine | Get rid of your stuff | Beware escapism | Act bravely

    ”Wrestle with big questions. Wrestle with big ideas. Treat your brain like the muscle that it is. Get stronger through resistance and exposure and training.” ~Ryan Holiday

  • Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It, Ethan Kross
    Why we talk to ourselves | When talking to ourselves backfires | Zooming out | The power and peril of other people | Mind magic

    In one experiment, researchers had a group of children pretend they were a Superhero as they performed a long, boring task. They found that the kids who did so persevered longer than kids who reflected on their experience using “I.” They held themselves to a higher version they had seen in action.

  • Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope, Mark Manson
    Thinking Brain vs. Feeling Brain | Why we need hope | Emotional regulation | Narcissism | Our identity | Our values change through experience | Avoiding pain makes us fragile | Suffering is a choice

    Every problem of self-control is not a problem of information or discipline or reason but, rather, of emotion. This sucks, because emotional problems are much harder to deal with than logical ones. Emotional problems can only have emotional solutions.~Mark Manson

  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Dan & Chip Heath
    Point to the destination | Build habits | Be a solution seeker, not a problem seeker | Celebrate your small wins | Shrink the change | Develop a Growth Mindset | Change isn’t an event, it’s a journey

    Small targets lead to small victories, and small victories often trigger a positive spiral of behavior. Big changes come from a succession of small changes. Don’t ask a couple to stop fighting; ask the husband to give his wife a simple good-morning kiss.

  • The Happiness Dare, Jennifer Dukes Lee
    Stalking happiness | The holy pursuit of happiness | Find your happiness style | The Principle of Small Daily Gains | The Principle of Good Enough | The Principle of Putting Up Your Dukes | The Principle of Head-to-Foot Alleluia >>>Take Jennifer’s short online Happiness quiz and get instant results.

    When it comes to happiness, Jennifer suggests it largely depends on our temperament: are we primarily The Doer, The Relater, The Experiencer, The Giver, or The Thinker? (Thinker is my primary; no surprise there!)

  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, James Clear
    The best way to start a new habit | Motivation is overrated | The secret to self-control | The law of least effort | The cardinal rule of behavior change | Find and fix the causes of your bad habits

    You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. A proven framework for getting 1% better every day. The power of compounding!

  • Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain’s Maximum Potential, Dr. Daniel G. Amen
    Are you wired for success or failure? | Natural ways to heal anxiety, depression, memory disorders, insomnia, and pain | Enhance your brain’s ability to change and adapt | Cultivate a resilient brain

    Dr. Amen shows how many of the traditional approaches to overcoming the mind-centered challenges that hold us back — try harder, work longer, find the sheer willpower — either don’t work or may make our problems worse. Life is so much easier with a healthy brain.

  • Boundaries, Dr. Henry Cloud & John Townsend
    When to say yes | How to say no to take control of your life. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Cloud’s online Boundaries video library (low $ monthly fee to access) to learn to identify safe/unsafe people, improve your communication skills, and a bunch of other important life skills.

    Dr. Cloud is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist with an engaging and encouraging speaking style. He WILL challenge you, but he does so kindly. I have learned much wisdom from his decades of coaching in the mental health arena.

  • The Bible, inspired writers
    Believing in God isn’t a requirement for appreciating the wisdom/life tips in this historical book. Try reading a Proverb a day and see if you don’t start thinking differently about your habits and actions. Boundaries | Relationships | Strength | Ethics | Emotional Maturity | Wise choices

    Each of us should actively choose a spiritual path; a belief system we wholeheartedly commit to because we are convinced of its truth. (Superheroes believe in a source greater than themselves.) The Bible is my chosen truth.

  • Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind, Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
    Why self-compassion | Be kind to ourselves | Emotional resilience | Opting out of the self-esteem game | Compassion for others | The butterfly emerges | Self-appreciation

    Self-kindness involves actively comforting ourselves, as we would a friend in need. We make a peace offering of warmth, gentleness, and sympathy from ourselves to ourselves so healing can occur. We must work on our internal model of self, our attachment style, and our default habits of self-acceptance and grace. WE GET TO DECIDE if we’ll respond to ourselves with kindness and care, or judgement and criticism.

  • Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, Nedra Glover Tawwab
    The cost of not having healthy boundaries | Trauma and boundaries | Six types of boundaries | Communicate your boundaries | Self-assessment quiz

    Techniques to help identify and express our needs clearly and without apology — and unravel a root problem behind co-dependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.

Powerful Ted Talk Articles/Videos:

Powerful Conversations Videos:

Brené Brown — Striving Versus Self-Acceptance, Saving Marriages, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show

Brené Brown — The Quest For True Belonging | Chase Jarvis

Hal Elrod — If You Can’t Change Your Emotions, Do This Instead | Impact Theory

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