This compelling title found me in an airport bookshop. Where else does one peruse books more eagerly than when biding time waiting for boarding? I find most of my favourite titles here.
Can I review a book I haven’t read? No, I guess that wouldn’t be fair.
But this new title is next on my list.
It’s got my attention because the back cover details the thirteen things mentally strong people don’t do. Its byline reads: Take back your power, embrace change, face your fears, and train your brain for happiness and success.
Based on the list of thirteen things on the back cover page, I feel that I could have written this book.
They are thing I’ve learned, or am learning, in my life.
Mentally strong people don’t do the following…
1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
2. They don’t give away their power.
3. They don’t shy away from change.
4. They don’t focus on things they can’t control.
5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone.
6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks.
7. They don’t dwell on the past.
8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over.
9. They don’t resent other people’s success.
10. They don’t give up after their first failure.
11. They don’t fear alone time.
12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything.
13. They don’t expect immediate results.
This book makes me think…
Everyone has a story of ‘why me’. Anyone can turn it into a victim story; a story demanding special attention from those they meet. If you’re young and can’t find one, don’t worry, life will hand you one. If you’re more mature and you haven’t got one, it’s because you’ve chosen not to see yourself through that grid. Past schmast. Everyone has a past. Everyone has that story. The one that would make a jaw dropping post, but would terrify you to share in a crowd of thirty. You can’t change it. You’ve chosen to get on with the living part of your life.
We were created as social beings and designed to care what other people think. But when we listen to the voices too closely, we are distracted from our bigger purpose. We’re wasting time acting out the dramas in our minds, but curiously rarely need to play out our greatest fears in actual life.
Until ten years ago, I would have thought that owning my power was poppycock, nonsense, even incomprehensible. What is personal power? Power is from God, right? There is no personal power. Yet, the creation has been endowed with intrinsic power to heal and to grow, to revolutionize and to act, to create and to change. We’re to harness that power, use it for good and build upon it, not offer it sacrificially to whoever demands it from us.
Perhaps I’m familiar with the rudiments of the author’s philosophy. Maybe I could write it. Or maybe it’ll encourage me on to more fully capture my charmed life.