What do you do when times get rough? Tony Robbins, a self-improvement guru, recommends that people do three things when life gets you down: read, journal and give. Reading gives you an opportunity to learn from others. Journaling gives you an opportunity to let it all out. And giving to others who are less fortunate gives you the opportunity to gain perspective. No time is better than the present moment to start climbing out of the hole that life has dug for you.
Today, I would like to share with you two books that are worth reading during those rough times. Both books supply words for thought and words to live by.
The most recent book that I read is called “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. This book is short, but readers are meant to slowly savor it in order for the words to sink in and penetrate your layers. Deepak takes the reader through a series of laws starting with The Law of Pure Potentiality and ending with The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life. At the end of each chapter, the reader is told how to apply each law into everyday life. For example, in his chapter about The Law of Least Effort he says, “All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing.”
In order to apply the law, he instructs: “Having accepted things as they are, (I will) take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events (I see) as problems.” Ultimately, feelings of anger, frustration and blame are wasted efforts indeed. At first this book seemed a little too heavy, but after I read it the first time, I decided to read it again because it is just that good.
Another book that I read a few years back, but it still has a ripple effect in my life is titled, “Learned Optimism” by Dr. Martin Seligman, PhD. In this book, I was particularly fond of the self-improvement exercises provided by Dr. Seligman. His book is based on his research that studies mental health. He makes a point to study mental health, not mental illness. He studies people who are mentally healthy and have survived horrific situations. While unlocking the reasons why some people experience Post Traumatic Growth, not Post Traumatic Stress, “Learned Optimism” is a book that can help you grow too.
Although I could go on to list a few more books that you might want to read when times get rough, I will stop with these two recommend books. I would prefer to hear from you now. Please share any books that you have found helpful during your rough times. We would all like the opportunity to learn from what you have read.