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Don’t you love getting lost in the pages of a good book? Summer can be an especially great time to read, reflect, and make some changes. I love books that make me question the way I do things and offer solutions for better ways to live. Those solutions could be small, like a new way to organize my inbox. But they could also be large, like changing my routine and, in the process, the way I view my work and my life. One book that I cannot recommend enough is Hal Elrod’s “The Miracle Morning.” Of all the books I’ve read in the past year, that one had a huge impact on my daily routine. I start with meditation, move to RUSSELL’S SUMMER READING LIST
positive affirmation, and then visualize what I want. Then, I exercise, read a little bit, and journal a little bit. This has made me a happier and more productive person, and I can’t tell you how important “The Miracle Morning” is if you want to do the same. Here’s a little bit more about meditation, which should be a part of your daily routine if it isn’t already. A lot of people think that meditation is fancy or exotic; in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Meditation just means sitting alone in a quiet room with your eyes closed,
“OF ALL THE BOOKS I’VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR, THAT ONE HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON MY DAILY ROUTINE.”
Of course, those aren’t the only books I’ve read lately. Ralph Cipriano’s “Courtroom Cowboy” is about famous Philadelphia trial lawyer Jim Beasley, and it puts a fun spin on the law and on Mr. Beasley in particular.
focusing on your breath going in and out of your body, instead of the thoughts swirling around your mind. It only takes five minutes a day, and it will have a positive effect on you. I promise. If you want to know more, check out “10% Happier” by Dan Harris. That’s a book I really enjoyed, and it dispels a lot of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding what is, at heart, a very simple practice that really works. I started that book in an airport and read it all the way through. I even read it while I walked! Then I bought it for all my friends and family, especially the ones who’d never tried meditation. After reading that book, meditation became an essential part of a productive day for many of them.
And “The Marine Corps Way” is an awesome book on leadership that started as an article in the Harvard Business Review. Last but not least, if you haven’t checked out “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, you’re missing out on some life-changing business and productivity advice.
What’s on your reading list this summer?
- Russell Button
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