Imagine becoming a hero in your mind.
Imagine becoming the person you always wanted to become, rising above your self-limiting beliefs and conquering every obstacle in your way.
This picture of yourself was probably someone that you currently aren’t. But that is the power of an alter ego, where the person you think about is also the person you are working to become.
An alter ego doesn’t have to be someone beyond your physical reach, it could be someone that you are striving to become everyday.
Consistent daily effort is the key to becoming. Hold steady the picture of who you want to become and work relentlessly until that person is you.
The hero you want to become is on the other side of deliberate effort.
♦ The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman. This book was all about creating an alter ego that is powerful, capable, and willing to do things that you cannot. This ideal person is created to put your frame of mind in a position of power, a state that lets you do remarkable things. Herman uses well-known examples to illustrate how powerful an alter ego can be, such as Bo Jackson, who used Jason from Friday the 13th movies as his alter ego, transforming from a hothead to a cold, disciplined destroyer on the football field. The power of this effect is that it can instantly put you in a productive state to get work done or to keep working at whatever it is you want to accomplish. You simply have to become your alter ego, which is essentially becoming what you want to be.
When you find yourself bored, anxious, angry, jealous, resistant, overwhelmed, or fearful, you can’t reason yourself out of it. It’s like a mouse trying to direct a herd of rampaging elephants. You can’t logic you way out of an unconscious problem. If your gut is telling you to avoid it, you’ll avoid it. But you can use that same unconscious power, tap into the mysteries of your imagination, and, with a little practice, change whose gut you’re checking.
♦ Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss. I have been reading chapters (each a different mentor) for months now and I still get something useful every time. I already posted about my favorite, Terry Crews, but it’s amazing how I keep rediscovering something useful every time I open this book. The questions that Ferriss uses to que each mentor really gets them to put forth answers not already mainstream or well-known; the small insights that have made them into masters at what they do.
♦ Leaders: Myth and Reality by General (R) Stanley McChrystal. Heavily influenced by Plutarch’s Lives, the classic text on comparing leaders in their element, McChrystal attempts the same with modern day influencers. They contrast leaders by type, such as the reformers Martin Luther and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the abrasive creatives Coco Chanel and Walt Disney, and my favorite to read about, the zealots Maximilien Robespierre and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi of Al Qaeda. I found to book to be confusing to a degree, since it wasn’t a very straightforward answer to what leadership is and isn’t. It almost compares the lives of these leaders without any emotional connection, as if McChrystal is uninterested in leadership as the book’s namesake. Still, the profiles of each was worth the read — as long as you draw your own conclusions.
♦ Getting Things Done by David Allen. Perhaps the most important book on productivity, Allen works through the practical and emotional aspects of time management, to-do lists, and overall productivity. If you have ever made a to-do list in your life, this is a must-read. If you are businessperson perpetually juggling task-to-meeting-to-call-to-task, you have wasted years upon years and need to read this before even another single juggle.
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Not only will you organize the endless lists of life, you will calm your mind and achieve unheard of results in all that you do. – Chief
♦ The 40 Laws of the Alpha Male by Sean Lysaght. This book was a quick listen, and a very honest proclamation against the man-child that society has produced. Today, no one blinks an eye when a grown man plays video games for hours upon hours. Men no longer have to do manly things because of how soft everything and everyone has become. This book was a sort of rally cry against what men are becoming, not a manual to become an alpha male, but more like principles to live by to become a better man. The first 20 laws are what men are not, such as “he is not a boy” and “he is not a whiner,” the second half of the book contains 20 laws of what men are, such as “he is authentic” and “he is unapologetic.” Taken out of context, this book may seem problematic, but with a keen eye for an honest truth, this book has a ton of merit.