By Soji James, CPT, CSCS
Books are like portable magic. They can take us to faraway lands and possess the ability to transform the way that we view the world around us. If you are looking to uncover the answer to some of life’s most difficult questions or are simply on a quest to become the best version of yourself, then look no further. You can easily discover some transformative information if you know to look in the right places. Leveling up your health in 2020 will involve going much deeper than just the physical. The wellness wheel highlights 7 important factors that combine to make up your individual wellness. Instead of sending you on a wild chase for all of the answers, I want to highlight 7 wellness books that have changed my life on multiple levels in the hopes that they may help you live your best decade yet.
No matter where you are in life, your career, or your health it’s important to remember that you don’t need to go it alone. Finding a mentor can be one of the best moves you make this year. This life-changing relationship has the ability to accelerate your learning, diminish the mistakes you make and offer encouragement to keep you on the path toward success in your chosen field.
Even if you can’t lock down one in person, it’s important to understand that mentors come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes in the form of a book. In this amazing read, Tim Ferris interviews a wide variety of individuals who are widely considered to be leaders in their respective fields (I.e Brené Brown, Jimmy Fallon, & Maria Sharapova). He asks a trove of insightful questions to deep dive into the secrets to their success. I can almost guarantee you will find a handful of tips that can help propel you to the top of whatever mountain you choose.
Today’s world is filled with constant distractions and nonstop movement. When was the last time that you just stopped, ditched all of your notifications, and were fully present? It can be difficult to do, but in this book, Ryan Holiday makes the point that stillness has been the secret weapon of the world’s movers and shakers for hundreds of years.
Stillness isn’t about inactivity but about discovering powerful moments of clarity that can help to put a rapidly moving world into focus. Whether you are an athlete, busy professional, or entrepreneur (anyone!), this book will open the door to a life with less anxiety, enhanced productivity, and more fulfillment.
Chances are you probably entered this year looking to get in better shape, eat healthier, and improve the quality of your life in some way. If you are searching for effective weight loss strategies or simply want to have your best year yet, it starts with changing how you tackle each day. If you string together enough good and great days consistently, then you will find yourself in a completely different place 365 days from now.
Aubrey Marcus, the CEO of the optimal human performance company Onnit is huge on diving into wellness trends, hacking his life, and optimizing his body for maximal production. He shares a lot of his tips and tricks here to help you get more out of your workouts, boost your energy levels, enhance your sleep quality, and have more sex. Your daily performance and habits dictate who you will become. This book helps you to choose your focus wisely.
If you want to be great, emulate what the greats do. When it comes to your finances, it’s probably a great idea to imitate those who have built wealth, maintained it, and have been able to pass it on to their next generation. Don’t play it small this year, and don’t go broke trying to impress the people who truly don’t matter in the long run. This book highlights seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have built expansive bank accounts. I love its message that if these people can do it, so can you. Even if you benefit from even one of these traits, then the read was worth it.
What is happiness, and how can we bring more of it into our lives? That’s the question that Gretchen Rubin asked when she found herself in a little dilemma. She had checked off the boxes on what many others would have deemed an amazing life, yet she found herself constantly feeling unhappy and unfulfilled.
Set a happiness goal for the new year. This book is the culmination of her year-long journey living by various techniques, theories, and monthly themes to maximize her enjoyment. Happiness has many facets, and this book serves as a practical example of how to take small steps to secure more of it in our own lives.
The only thing holding you back from realizing your full potential will always be and has always been one person: you. Fear and self-doubt are emotions that creep into all of our minds. If you let these thoughts sit and fester, chances are that you won’t make the changes or go through the discomfort necessary to grow.
I try and read this book at least once a month. It’s a quick read that helps you identify and conquer the negative forces that keep you from realizing your dreams. If you feel that you were meant to do something great, but find that you are constantly getting in your own way, this may be the key. Leave this “resistance” in the rearview mirror for good.
No matter the language, two of the most powerful words that you can ever communicate are “I’m sorry.” A sincere apology can heal deep wounds, while the absence of this acknowledgment can bring an end to relationships. As people, we thrive on the bonds that we build with others. Sometimes on this journey of connection, things go left and people end up hurt. This book taught me that not all “sorrys” are created equal. Accepting blame and owning up to your mistakes can be difficult. It can be equally as hard to be on the receiving end of one of these vulnerable gestures. Just how long should you wait to forgive? What actions are unforgivable? While this art isn’t an exact science, this book does a great job of breaking down the phenomenon from both sides.
Let’s be honest, you’re going to mess up this year. You are going to make a mistake that may hurt someone else, or you may be on the receiving end of the stick. We aren’t perfect, neither are any of the other humans who occupy our lives. If you’ve been holding grudges and want help in understanding how to live, let go, and take ownership of your mistakes, this enlightening read can make your year and your relationships a little bit easier.