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Saturday, 21 December 2019

99 Habit Success Stories - Michal Stawicki and Jeannie Ingraham

99 Habit Success Stories
Michal Stawicki
Jeannie Ingraham
ISBN 9781675495414
ASIN B082VLZP4Y


I have greatly appreciated the books by Michal Stawicki since I discovered them back in 2015. I just check and with reading this title I have read most of his books for a total of 18 times, and have gone back and read a second and even third time. I also really enjoyed the first collaboration by Stawicki and Ingraham 99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life and really looked forward to this volume once I hear that it was being released. 

What I love most about this volume is that the examples are real. Starting with Michal’s own transformation of his life. Some of the stories are of famous people and some will be people you would never have heard of. The great thing about this book is you can pick any of the stories and find motivation and encouragement. I had an art teacher in high school that told us a story about Picasso, he was asked in an interview once ‘how his painting were so good?’ and his reply was that for every one he put on canvas he did 1000 in his head. You will capture some of that essence in this volume, not all the stories will speak to you, and when you include Michal’s story you have a hundred different examples of success born out of habit. 

Some of these stories are modern, Mark Zuckerberg, Frank McKinley, and Serena Williams. Other are standards you would expect in such a book Zig Ziglar, Stephen Covey, Bill Gates. Some are ancient and some are just emerging now. And I would include Tim Ferriss, Dave Asprey, and Stawicki himself in that contemporary category. 

You can read this book from cover to cover, or randomly go through reading stories here and there. But you must read the first section about Michal’s journey, and the final chapter on ‘Connecting the Dots’. And the book serves as a great introduction to his though and jumping off point for many of his other books.

This book is an excellent volume and I am recommending it to friends and family. And I know you would benefit from reading it. So pick it up and see some of these examples of habit leading to success and start on your own journey.

Books by Michal Stawicki:
The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success
A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness
Trickle Down Mindset: The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Slicing the Hype
99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life
Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
99 Habit Success Stories
...

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5


Author Profile and Interview with Michal Stawicki




Thursday, 29 November 2018

Power Up Your Self-Talk - Michal Stawicki - 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life

Power Up Your Self-Talk: 
6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
Michal Stawicki
AISN B07KT58VV1
ISBN 9781790130917


Over the last three years I have read many books by Michal Stawicki, it started with a recommendation from amazon, and I have been hooked since. I have even read books on topics that do not specifically apply to me, Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day!, just because he has written them. In fact checking my reading list I have read his books a total of 23 times across the 13 books that I have read. And this is one of the best. In fact, going forward this will be the book of his I recommend first, because the advice in this one, will make applying the wisdom in any of the other easier. The book I would most closely relate this one to would be Matthew Kelly's Resisting Happiness, except this volume is written for a general audience, and not aimed specifically at Christians or Catholics. 

I have read through this volume twice now. The advice was very timely. With Michal's books there is not often a lot of new advice. But it is an excellent distillation of wisdom and are presented from Michal's personal experience. One of the things I love best about his books that they are less how to, and more a blueprint of what works. In fact, he often states what worked for him might not work for you, but he gives a few options, so you can discern your own path forward. I have loved most of the books by Stawicki I have read, and yet with that being said, this is his best book yet. And to be honest one I really needed to read. I really like the themes of the chapters all being the power of … I admit the opening really took me by surprise. It was a shock but that was the intent.

The book begins with these words:

"Hey, you worthless piece of shit! Yes, I'm talking to you! 
Are you mad at me? 
What kind of self-help book is this, if an author starts it that way? 
Maybe you are outraged. How dare I say such heinous things about you? How dare I judge you so harshly and obscenely? 

"The way you talk to yourself is worse, certainly, than the way anyone else talks to you." - Seth Godin"

I was completely shocked by these words even the second time I read the book. But it was a shock I needed. For years I have been working toward finding balance between mind, body, and spiritual disciplines. And I realized I had developed a lot of negative self talk in one of these three areas. 

The sections in this book are:

Chapter 1: The Powerful Problem 
It Won't Be Easy 
But It Will Be Simple 
Chapter 2: The Power of My Story 
Progress Not Perfection 
Chapter 3: The Power of Joy 
Leverage the Power of Habit 
For the Sake of Mood 
Action Plan 
Chapter 4: The Power of Focus 
Don't Try; Do 
You Have a Problem 
Action Plan 
Chapter 5: The Power of Silence 
The Mind-Tongue Motorway 
Spiritual and Tangible Benefits 
Steer the Traffic of Your Words 
Action Plan 
Chapter 6: The Power of Gratitude 
You Aren't Realistic, You Are Negative 
Google in Your Head 
Gratitude Equals Results 
Action Plan
Chapter 7: The Power of Journaling 
The Subject Matter: You 
Self-Talk on Paper 
Action Plan 
Chapter 8: The Power of Your Words 
Track Your Words 
Govern Your Tongue 
Action Plan 
Chapter 9: The Power of Planning 
Rule Number One: Never Give Up 
Rule Number Two: Create Your Plan of Action 
Chapter 10: The Power Is Yours 
Take Over the Steering Wheel 
Change Your Interpretation 

Links 
Connect with Michal 
More Books by Michal Stawicki

The Action plan sections at the ends of the chapters are pure gold. I wish I had read something like this years ago. But I will take advantage and apply its wisdom where I am at. The book is worth far more than the price just for those exercises. If you are going to read only one book for personal development in the next year. Start here! It will make any future endeavours easier. This is an excellent read by and author I have come to trust, respect, and greatly appreciate. You owe it to yourself to read this book. 

Books by Michal Stawicki:
The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success
A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness
Trickle Down Mindset: The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Slicing the Hype
99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life
Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
99 Habit Success Stories
...

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5


Author Profile and Interview with Michal Stawicki

Monday, 16 April 2018

Directed by Purpose - Michael Stawicki - Six Simple Steps to Success Book 5

Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul 
Six Simple Steps to Success Book 5
Michal Stawicki
AISN B01LRN7KA6
ISBN 9781537708157


I purchased this book a few years back when it first came out. But I did not get around to reading it or writing a review. This is book 5 in a series that started with Simplify Your Pursuit of Success, that served as an introduction and overview to the series, and then there was to be a book on each of the 6 key lessons expanding upon that book. The series has been placed on hold and only 4 of the 6 planned books have been released to date. I guess I was just so disappointed the series was on hold I stopped reviewing them. I was waiting for the series to resume. I picked this book up finally and read it and am very thankful I did.

Michal begins the book with these words:
"It's a Zombie World!  
As I write these words, I'm on a crowded train, commuting from work to home. In the compartment, there are about 100 people. Half of them are playing with their mobiles. Some of them are napping. Some are staring blankly outside. Several are chatting with the strangers they've found themselves sitting beside today. The man next to me might well be immersed in deep prayer or contemplation. But I wouldn't bet money on that. He is looking out the window, trailing his eyes across the view without registering anything."

And a few paragraphs later:
"Look around you. How many people are in this exact moment fulfilling their life purpose? How many of them are 100% focused on the job at hand because they believe the task is a necessary part of their life's journey? How many are pursuing-at this very moment-their vision for life?  
(If you are alone, do this exercise by recalling a moment when you were last in a group.)  
It's likely that few are pursuing any kind of purpose or vision. You may be idealistic and give many of these people the benefit of the doubt, but if you had to stake all your savings on the answer, what percentage would you assume?  
As I write these words, I am pursuing my vision in this train compartment right now. I doubt there are more than three other people who could say the same about themselves."
And to be honest that is the focus of this book and the series. Do you want to just exist, or do you really want to live? For if you do not have a guiding purpose you are just existing. You are one of the Zombies on that train, that we encounter everyday at work. That are our friends and family members we interact with mist. Stawicki declares:
"Face it: we live in a zombie world. Zombie Apocalypse has already happened. Millions-or billions-of people wander around without any deeper sense of mission than to get through the current day. They stare emptily into televisions and tablets or tap gossipy texts into their mobiles. They anesthetize themselves with alcohol, drugs, video games, and other physical or mental substances to avoid thinking at all. Mindless consumption is the new overpowering imperative."
I know so many people that come home grab a bear and are in front of the tv or a game console until the go to bed and then repeat the pattern again tomorrow. They work just to pay the bills, have an occasional vacation, and are putting in time until they retire and eventually die. But we were created for more than that. We were created for more than achievements in a beer tracking app or online game. Michal states:
"To find fulfillment, we must find our own reasons for being, and then act accordingly. I'm not saying that you have to become a monk in a contemplative order, although that's definitely an alternative worth considering. It isn't for me; I decided to get married many years ago and that path is now closed. Your current choices are affected by your past choices."
But he also shows us that were we are at today does not need to be where we are in a few months, few years or few decades. Michael teaches from his own experience, from being a zombie on that train to transforming his life and that of his family. He emphasizes this point dramatically:
"Consider this simple principle: either you are focused on your goals and dreams and spend your time pursuing them, or you are not. Success won't materialize out of the blue one day and land on your doorstep. You must work to achieve it."
This book was another excellent read by Stawicki, and if we are lucky he will finishing the series in the near future.

Books by Michal Stawicki:
The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success
A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness
Trickle Down Mindset: The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Slicing the Hype
99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life
Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
99 Habit Success Stories
...

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5


Author Profile and Interview with Michal Stawicki

Monday, 9 April 2018

Trickled Down Mindset - Michal Stawicki - The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Trickled Down Mindset: 
The Missing Element In Your Personal Success
Michal Stawicki
AISN B00S39OFZ6
ISBN 9781507690222


Michael Stawicki has written or coauthors a total of 16 books in English. I have read 12 of them since early in 2015; and have read many of them more than once. In fact, when I check my list of books read I have read his books a total of 21 times now. This was a book I purchased but somehow lost track of and have only just read it. It is my loss that I did not read this book earlier! In the chapter Elusive Success chapter Stawicki states:
"You will achieve the best results if you mingle philosophy with personal development. However, you can see just by looking around, that personal development doesn't seem to be the answer for most folks. Every year there are millions of new personal development books sold and podcasts downloaded. Hundreds and thousands of people attend personal development seminars, and the circulation of Success magazine is half a million. But the success stories that we hear of are numbered in the hundreds or thousands at most.   
There is a missing element in this puzzle. The method that has brought fame and fortune to some seems to be completely useless or of limited functionality to others. I grasped this dissonance almost as soon as I returned to personal development study following a sixteen-year hiatus."
But after that break Michal has not only worked tirelessly at personal development, he has written books that digest all that he has read and learned from personal experience and packages that knowledge in clear concise easy to apply books like this one. 

The chapters in this book are:
Elusive Success
Tamed Success
The Philosopher's Stone
Philosophy Defined
It's Personal
A Deeper Look
Question Your Beliefs
Choose Your Story
The Law of Nature
The Law's Implications
Develop Good Habits
The Ten-Minute Philosophy
Three-Dimensional Philosophy
Time for an Upgrade
Changing Course
Analyze Your Data Sources
Analyze Yourself
The Company You Keep
Learn from Others
Choosing New Beliefs
Philosopher's Stepping Stones
Apply Your New Philosophy
Believe in Yourself
Bonus Section: 20 Activities to Get You Started

Michal states: 
"It's not relevant where are you in your life right now, whether you have a lot of money, are fit or obese, young or old. You have your internal compass that guides you through your existence. In addition, you are equipped with a free will and a conscious mind. You can form and mold your personal philosophy. You can change. It's in your power."
And his book truly does do that. It is a tool that will help you develop the mindset that will lead to success in any area of your life where you need change. He also declares:
"You don't need to have a Rolls Royce, a fat bank account, fame, or a lot of friends to consider yourself successful. You define your purpose and you are fulfilled by achieving that purpose. The right personal philosophy allows you to reach it no matter what you will come up with as your life's core."
I was asked by a co-worker what I thought was my greatest success. He expected me to name one of the projects I was technical lead on, or that I managed at work. But I answered that it was 15 years of marriage, including going through a very hard time of being off work injured almost 3 years. Of having three kids that did a reading challenge to improve their skills. That I have always been surrounded by great friends and support network. 

Michal in this book will help you determine what you value most and reorient your life towards that goal. Michal in this book reduces down the knowledge and wisdom of many others and packs it in a tightly written volume. He provides many quotes from business leaders and people of faith to support his points. Michael declares:
"I consider that personal philosophy's system to consist of your past experiences and their interpretation in your mind, plus your input sources and an internal interpretation of them.  
These are the only things in the universe you need to work on to change your future. The only things you really have the power over. Change your input sources, change the interpretation you give to the incoming data, and it will change you."
And later he states:
"Your personal philosophy is your life attitude formed by your all past experiences and the meanings you gave them. And it can be systematically investigated and developed using the reasoning faculties of your mind."
This book will defiantly help you do that.it will help you examine where you have come from, what matters most to you, and how to shift your thoughts to work towards that being the priority. And each chapter ends with Knowledge Items, a few points to help hammer home the lesson of that chapter. Michal quotes Jim Rohn:
"Failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day. Success is a few simple disciplines practiced every day." 
This book gives you the tools to develop the wisdom to know what to eliminate and what to establish in your life. And I cannot help but wonder if in 50 years Michal Stawicki will be the Jim Rohn to a new generation! Based on this book and others I have read I would be surprised if it does not come to pass. This book is an excellent read and I believe that anyone who reads it will benefit from the wisdom and practical knowledge that it contains. 

Books by Michal Stawicki:
The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success
A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness
Trickle Down Mindset: The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Slicing the Hype
99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life
Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
99 Habit Success Stories
...

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5


Author Profile and Interview with Michal Stawicki

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day - Michael Stawicki - Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling with Work-Life Balance

Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling with Work-Life Balance
Michal Stawicki
AISN B00NH18Z8S
ISBN 9781500187736



I have read this book three times over the last 4 years. That fact would surprise many coworkers and fellow students from my university days. I have a dual form of dyslexia and because of that have always needed to be very organized in order to be successful academically, and later professionally. And to be honest this is one of the best books for organizing your time I have come across.  In a previous review I stated that "I would compare Michal to Robin Sharma, Stephen R. Covey, Dan Millman and John C. Maxwell. It is a mix of some incredible insight, terrific tips, practice advice, and some good steps to get you there." And with each new book I have read of his I believe that more and more. This book and the others in the 10 Minutes a Day Series, are easy to read and even easier to apply. And the greatest strength of this book and the whole series is that Michal teaches from what he knows. Michael reads numerous books on a topic and synthesis the material down into a clear concise guidebook. His books are practical because they are born from experience, from personal trial and error, and because they have worked for him and his coaching clients.

The sections in this book are:
#1 Introduction
Action Items
#2 The 10 Minute Philosophy
Action Items
#3 Motivation
Action Items
#4 The Ultimate Time Management Tool
Action Items
#5 Work on What's Important, Not What's Urgent
Action Items
#6 Don't Kill Your Time
Action Items
#7 Work Every Day
Action Items
#8 Break it Down
Action Items
#9 Use a To Do List
Action Items
#10 Block Your Time
Action Items
#11 Eat that Frog
Action Items
#12 The Sand Grains Method
Action Items
#13 Multi-Tasking
Action Items
Conclusion

Each chapter has a few action items, they will help you not only learn about the concepts intellectually but will guide you through applying them. These action items will take less than the 10 minutes a day, and once you start applying them you will be amazed at how much impact a few small actions can make. For example, from the introduction:

Action Items 

-Read the introduction and make four lists (actually write these down): 
          - Daily Obligations 
          - Weekly Obligations
          - Monthly and Irregular Obligations           
          - Goals 

-Compare our lists and see if your time constraints and aspirations look similar to mine. 
-If you feel you stand to benefit by reading my methods to time management, read on!

This first item alone has helped me become better at time management. I review each of these lists every 2 or 3 months. It is a great tool for remaining focused. I now have a list of each of these 4 categories, and from that list have an action plan. I have items in each category for mind, body and spiritual development, and this method has helped me improve a lot over the last 4 years. I can state that because of this book and others by Stawicki I have much better work life balance than I did before I started reading his books.

Other than using the four lists the two chapters that had the most impact on me were Block Your Time and Eat the Frog. Both offer great insights. And I have used a technique from Chapter 12, The Sand Grains Method to create a Project Management Light Methodology, I have used it to successfully run 3 major projects at work. It has been so successful that it has been adopted by senior management, and it all came about from ideas found in this book.

Michal begins the conclusion of this book with these words: 
"Now you know the basics, go and implement them. The techniques I have shared with you are not rocket science, but they do require sustained effort."
This book in an excellent resource. No matter where you are at, if you are completely unorganized or considered to be a master of your time, I am sure there are some tips in this book that will help you improve in this area, and through improvement in time management you will see gains in so many other areas of your life.

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your
Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5

Monday, 20 June 2016

A Personal Mission Statement - Michal Stawicki - Your Road Map to Happiness


A Personal Mission Statement: 
Your Road Map to Happiness
Michal Stawicki
AISN B00D0DNP5Q
ISBN 9781508505969

I have read this book 4 times over the last year. My initial reaction was to state that "I would compare Michal to Robin Sharma, Stephen R. Covey, Dan Millman and John C. Maxwell. It is a mix of some incredible insight, great tips, practice advice and some good steps to get you there." The reason I read through it 4 times was to really work on the material and craft my own personal mission statement. A few years ago I had a co-worker ask me what I was my greatest achievements, he through I would say degrees, certifications, projects at work. I surprised him when I said, being a good husband, being a good father, brother friend. This book helped take some of those areas of life and more and focus them. It was a process, and took months for me to hone and craft it into something not vague, that was succinct and meaningful. And Michal provided guidance along the whole journey. 

Michal starts, as always by teaching from his own experience. He states "I share with you what my personal mission statement creation process looked like. In that example, I show you which points I consider vital in the creation of a mission statement in general." He also draws often from the late Jim Rohn. Stawicki leaping off from Rohn declares: "Jim Rohn said that the natural order of things is to chisel your character first and the success comes from your character. To chisel your inner self, you first need to know yourself. I think a personal mission statement is the best road map to build your character and consequently your success, however you define it. 
A personal mission statement is your philosophy, your creed. "It focuses on what you want to be (character) and what you want to do (contributions and achievements), and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based." It is supposed to allow you to state your own constitution based on your deepest values, so you can lead life premised on them." And that is where our journey begins, with finding our purpose: "A personal mission statement is about your life's purpose. This purpose determines the quality and quantity of your life. Literally."

Speaking about that purpose Michal quotes Victor Frankal and expands upon Frankal's though: "Victor Frankl was convinced that every human being has his/ her unique life's purpose. Maybe you even agree with that statement. But it's not enough to know it exists. To have the vague feeling of your mission. What you need is a concrete purpose. You need to know by heart the exact words which will guide you through everyday decisions. Thus, you need a personal mission statement." Unfortunately many in life get stuck believe they have a purpose but never put in the time and effort to really figure out what it is.

Michal like us a just a regular Joe, a guy who has learned by trial and error and his had some great successes. He says "Most of us are just common folks who struggle with our fears, doubts, anxieties, past. We don't dream of being a hero, rescuing the world. We dream about a few sources of income to be able to support our families and look to the future with hope. To heal our relationships. To break up our addictions. To reduce the pile of our problems." And the purpose of a personal mission statement is to help narrow that list down and to really go to work on it. 

Michal wonders "Maybe in following your personal mission statement, you will grow beyond your wildest dreams.", or maybe we will just be happier, more content and more focused. Either way it is a win if we find ourselves living with renewed passion and purpose. But he is adamant in warning us that "Your personal mission statement is not a certificate of accomplishment to be put into the drawer. It is supposed to be your lens, starting point, the source of focus. Use it." And some of the ways he encourages us to use it are:

a) Read it every day. Or even better - read it several times a day.
b) Meditate upon it. It's the same story as with reading - make it a ritual and compose it into your schedule.
c) Listen to it. Record your personal mission statement and listen to it any time and any place you want
d) Visualize it. This is especially important if you included some future aspirations or desired changes in the mission statement.
e) Create a vision board. Find pictures and photos corresponding with your mission statement. Stick them to the board.
f) Make a mind movie. Its function is similar to a vision board - a mind movie is meant to fire up your imagination.

So go for it get the book, but in the work and let's see the places you will go. 

Books by Michal Stawicki:
The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success
A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness
Trickle Down Mindset: The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Slicing the Hype
99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life
Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
99 Habit Success Stories
...

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5


Author Profile and Interview with Michal Stawicki

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Making Business Connections That Count - Michal Stwaicki - Six Simple Steps to Success Book 4



Making Business Connections That Count: 
The Gimmick-free Guide to Authentic Online 
Relationships with Influencers and Followers
Six Simple Steps to Success Book 4
Michal Stawicki
AISN B01F9O3L84

I read an early draft of this book, and have just finished reading the final version. I loved the draft copy and this is in many ways even better. This is also the 12th book by Michal I have read in under a year, well actually the 9th book but I have read a few of them twice because they were so good. Many of Michal's other books are a synthesis of compilation of thoughts on different topics for self-improvement, but this one is almost completely original thought, and as much as I like his other books this alone makes this book that much more powerful. Michal always writes from his own experience, and in this book again he shares tips from what he has learned.  

So let's take a quick look at some of the quotes I copied from this amazing little book and hear from Michal in his own words:

In the beginning Michael states: "I was a little frustrated about my life. Everything was OK- my health, my spiritual life, my finances, my career and family- but none of it was great. I had no vision for my life; I was just getting by each day. However, I was in the right mindset to try new things." The form and shape of those new things was to be writing he says: "At the beginning of April 2013 I started writing my first book. In the next two and a half years I published twelve books and sold over 17,000 copies. I attribute my successes, in the most part, to my networking skills. Many successful businessmen say that the core of a business is connections and interactions with people, rather than any business- specific skills or market acumen. I tend to agree with them." And Michal has grown his network and now mentors, motivates and coaches, not only through his writings but also through other avenues.

He is very upfront that there is not 6 quick steps, or 5 easy secrets he declares: "You probably wonder if I have a secret. Good news for you: there is no secret. There rarely is a "secret sauce" in any business realm. It's quite easy to learn the "hows" of any business; it's the personal implementation that gets tricky. But if you ask me the core of my networking success, I would say simply authenticity and tenacity. I didn't have to do anything fancy to connect with other people. It was enough to just be me. I consistently followed some people over long periods of time and provided value to them. Those two traits are behind my successes, and anyone can apply them." It will take work but Michal shares his successes and some of his failures, and by learning from him we can seek our own success. But he emphasises that knowing that alone is not enough, "Accepting truth and acknowledging possibilities is just a tiny step forward. Then comes the toughest obstacle: "can I do it?"" And we must come to the conclusion that we can, or we will continue to remain frustrated and unfulfilled. 

One of the biggest points that Michal reinforces again and again through this book is authenticity! "You see, everybody has this deep desire to live an authentic life, but very few do. There are a multitude of reasons for that, but they all come down to different ways of avoiding pain. The human brain's default option is avoiding pain (remember the tiger?), so the majority goes along this path (and regrets it on their deathbed)." Along with that we need integrity "How does integrity make anyone effective? Simply put: people trust individuals with integrity. Trust eliminates the friction from the cooperation process." With that trust almost anything is possible. 

Jumping to a new topic he then talks  about self branding. He quotes "Jeff Goins in his book "You Are a Writer" said that in the end you are your brand. Either you stand behind what you say and your deeds are compatible with your words, or your brand is a shambles, unlikely to produce any meaningful results." And by your brank you will be known, you do not have a questionnaire about a brand you interact with it, and the same with people "You don't send someone a survey about their values. You interact with them to determine if they are the right candidate for a long-term friendship.."  And we all have something to bring to the table, Michal states "How does one provide value? What if you have nothing to say? In my view, you are never without the potential to add to the conversation. If you don't have new facts or knowledge to bring, you can always bring gratitude, appreciation, encouragement, and a positive attitude. This world is a desert when it comes to such qualities. We can never have too much of these things."

A common theme that runs through most of Michal's writings is that or habit, either big H habit or tiny habits. It is habits that have helped him progress to where he is today and habits that will help him achieve his stretch goals of today. He uses habit tracking to make it all happen, from physical changes, establishing connection. He says: "For my commenting habit, I use the Coach.me app for all of the above. My trigger is going through my habit list in the application. When I see I haven't commented yet, it ignites me to find and read an appropriate blog post. After commenting I mark the habit off on the Coach.me list and the sense of accomplishment connected with this activity is my reward. Coach.me also serves as a tracking tool." And based on his advice in earlier books I can personally attest to the effectiveness or habits and specifically tracing them. 

He reminds us a few times about the power of encouragement, he states: "Encouragement is much rarer and more precious than money." And that combined with work ethic is worth a lot, "Whenever you present yourself as a doer, you shine among the throng of talkers.". 

To be honest considering the length of this book there is an amazing amount of good advice. Michal states that "Vulnerability and authenticity are the bridges to friendship. It's hard to build a relationship without some level of openness. Be yourself." But he also reminds us to use caution in both who and what we put our energy and time into he says "Armed with that knowledge, be mindful about those you allow into your social circle. Consciously seek relationships with people you want to emulate. Consider who you want to become, and what character qualities you want to possess. Then associate with people who already have these." But then it all comes back again to hard work, it is going to take work, time and effort to make this happen: "Get rid of your instant gratification mindset. It's an illusion. Nothing is instant in this world (except maybe instant coffee; but is that stuff really coffee?). The most valuable things are built with time: muscles, relationships, children, enterprises." 

So now it comes down to you. Are you willing to spend the time reading the book? Are you willing to listen to his lessons and work at applying them in your life? Are you willing to work to eliminate bad habits and gain new habits that will help you achieve your dreams? Because those are the challenges that this book will present to you.

This was another great read by Michal, maybe his best. If you are already a fan you will love it. If you have not read any of his books give it a try it will likely not be the last of his you read. Michal writes in a very simple and engaging style, he writes from experience and that will draw you in and keep you reading and maybe spark some new dreams in your life!

Books by Michal Stawicki:
The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success
A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness
Trickle Down Mindset: The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Slicing the Hype
99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life
Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
99 Habit Success Stories
...

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5


Author Profile and Interview with Michal Stawicki


Friday, 1 January 2016

Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2015

Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2015

This year was a real surprise in how many books I got through. I managed to read 177 books. Many of them were non-fiction, some for a leadership course at work, some for personal or spiritual development. I discouvered some amazing authors this year both in my fiction and non- fiction reading. You can also read my book lists. You can see the list of all books read here, and favourite books here. There is even a favourite list of authors each year here.

Top Ten Religious Non-Fiction Books 2015

1. The Manual For Spiritual Warfare - Paul Thigpen
2. To Be A Father - Stephen Gabriel
3. Recovering Faith: Stories of Catholics Who Came Home - Lorene Hanley Duquin
4. Overcoming Sinful Anger - Rev. T.G. Morrow
5. Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families - Sarah A. Reinhard
6. Rediscover Advent - Matthew Kelly        
7. Prepare Him Room: Advent Family Devotions - Amy Welborn 
8. God Rides a Yamaha - Kathie Shaidle
9. A Catholic Alphabet: The Faith from A to Z - Kathy Shaidle
10. The Magnificat Lenten Companion 2015 - Magnificat

Top Ten General Non-Fiction Books 2015 

1. 99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life - Michal Stawicki
2. The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success - Michal Stawicki
3. Reboot with Joe Fully Charged:7 Keys to Losing Weight, Staying Healthy and Thriving - Joe Cross
4. Beyond Engagement - Brady G. Wilson
5. Simplify Your Pursuit of Success: Six Simple Steps to Success Book 1 - Michal Stawicki
6. Redatcted
7. Hidden Strengths: Unleasing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have - Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell
8. Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It:  - Michal Stawicki - Six Simple Steps to Success Book 2
9. The Motivation Code - Anthony Smits
10. The Miracles of Rebound Exercise - Albert E. Carter     

Well with that list of 20 best picks from 2015 there should be something for almost every reader, and when you combine it with my Top Ten Fiction Books 2015 there are some wonderful books. So go read!


Relates Posts: 
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2010
Top 10 Reading Goals for 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2010

Top 10 Fiction Books 4th Quarter 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2010 - Recap

Top 10 Fiction Books 2010
Top 10 Picture Books of 2010
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2011
 

Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2011 Update
 
Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2011 
Top Ten Fictions Books 4th Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals 2011 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2012

Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books  4th Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2013
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2013

Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2013
Top 10 Books Second Half 2013
Top Ten Fiction Books 2013
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2013 
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2014
Top Ten Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2015
Top Ten Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2016 

All Top Ten Lists on Book Reviews and More

Statistics Books Read By Year:

177 - 2015 
130 - 2014 
88 -  2013
176 - 2012 
163 - 2011
302 - 2010
142 - 2009
98 - 2008
83 - 2007
191 - 2006
151 - 2005
60 - 2004
52 - 2003
97 - 2002
50 - 2001
41 - 2000
71 - 1999
73 - 1998
131 - 1997
101 - 1996