19 Feb 2018

Getting Our Lives Back Together

I created this blog in order to motivate myself and maybe once in future it will make others motivated.

Let me explain the purpose of 'Project Headway'.

  • Project (noun) - an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim.
  • Headway (noun) -  forward movement or progress, especially when this is slow or difficult.
It's time to get my life back on track and yours, too! Join me with this crazy project of empowering each other, it's time to see some sunshine and happiness and eventually, success. . For the first week, since it's Monday, I challenge you to do the simplest thing in the world: read a book.
Yes, that wordy papery thing. It doesn't even have to be papery, you can read online. Pick anything, I believe the best choice would be perhaps a self-help on a current issue you have whether being a book about having better social skills or managing your anxiety or maybe how to flirt better.

Here are 20 suggestions I copied from this site that you can read online on PDF by clicking on each title:

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell uses real-world examples like Bill Gates and The Beatles to illustrate the journey from obscurity to mainstream success and how it is possible for anyone who executes the right strategies. His ability to break down some of the greatest success stories of modern pop culture into actionable steps for the regular reader makes Outliers a motivational read.

The 7-habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people has been helping people become more efficient for over 25 years. Originally published in 1989, Covey boils down the common habits of the most successful people into 7 easy to implement habits for the reader to incorporate into his or her everyday life.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture is a lengthened version of the Final lecture professor Randy Pausch gave before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. The book focuses on core principles for his children to embody as part of their everyday lives. It highlights the importance of a mentor, as well as paying it forward by being a mentor towards others.

The Purpose-Driven Life (What the Hell am I here for) by Rick Warren

The Purpose-Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into more languages than any other book except the Bible. Warren has called his book the “anti self-help book” because it focuses not on improving the self but instead focuses on discovering and following God’s plan for a fulfilled life.

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran 

With over 100 million copies sold in over 40 languages since its 1923 publication, The Prophet is one of the best selling personal development books of all time. The plot is structured around a prophet named Almustafa who has conversations with townspeople on a variety of topics while waiting to board a ship. The information is delivered in 26 separate prose poetry essays, blending the world of poetry and self-help.

The Power of Habit: Why do We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit gives the reader a road map to put the habit loop theory into practice and start consciously observing which routines are triggered by which cues, and the rewards for these routines. Establishing new habits is just a matter of consciously assigning a cue and reward to each routine you wish to establish.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now has been assisting readers on their journey to spiritual enlightenment since its publication in 1997. This book blends psychology and spirituality in a quest to teach the reader how to see through the illusions created by the false self.

The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama XIV (Tenzin Gyatso)

The Art of Happiness embodies the foundational concepts of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy towards life. The main focus is on the idea of happiness as a state of mind. Tibetan Buddhism teaches how to surrender the feeling of attachment towards ideas and objects.

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck

This book differs from most self-help books on the market in that it does not promote any “quick-fix” formula for growth. Instead, Peck promotes self-discipline as the foundation of sustainable personal and spiritual development.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational dives into the factors that make up our decision-making process. Ariely begins by defining rational thought and how what we think of as rational thoughts are often irrational. The first chapter sets up the rest of the theories by discussing how humans use relatively to make their decisions. The negative side of this thought process causes us to feel inferior because we constantly compare our lives to others.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Positive Thinking paved the way for the self-help book centered on the theory of positive thinking as the sole determining factor in what we get out of life. It set the groundwork for books such as “The Secret”, which deals with the Law of Attraction.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This 1984 self-help classic has sold over 35 million copies worldwide in over 30 languages. You Can Heal Your Life teaches readers how to re-think their view of disease. She teaches her readers that most physical disease is a manifestation of emotional and spiritual unwellness.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living has stood the test of time as one of the most popular self-help books on the market over 60 years after its first publication. Carnegie’s book defined how a generation of readers faced the worry controlling every aspect of their lives.

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

This book highlights the role storytelling plays in the development of the human psyche. It is a companion to the 1988, six-part documentary series on PBS, in which Campbell discusses the role of myth throughout human history.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big was first published in 1959 and its philosophies on setting goals still hold true. The book’s most important philosophy is thinking highly of oneself. It preaches the importance of setting lofty goals and embracing the power of positive thought to achieve these goals.

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

The Seat of the Soul provides a unique take on life that blends science, philosophy, and spirituality. The main message Zukav stresses is the idea of humans going through a psychological and spiritual evolution.

 The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

An interesting fact about The 48 Laws of Power is it is one of the most requested books among American prisoners. It is also a favorite of world leaders like Fidel Castro and hip-hop superstars such as 50 Cent. It has been dubbed by critics as a cult classic for its widespread success among America’s rich and famous.

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Taleb opens with 2 basic fallacies of our perception of randomness. The first is that we tend to over-estimate cause and effect. Our brains are wired to make connections between events to formulate a reaction. The second fallacy is we view the world as explainable when in reality there is no explanation for the succession of independent and random events that make up reality.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself is a personal development book on the topic of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the idea that the wiring of the brain that controls our habits and thought patterns are constantly changing.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

 Murphy uses scientific research to back his claims regarding the power of the subconscious. This scientific basis makes “The Power of Your Subconscious” a great choice for the rational skeptic. With these benefits it is no wonder Murphy’s book on the power of the Subconscious has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
You can choose any, it doesn't even need to be from this list! My choice: 

Last, but not the least; The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. To be honest, I am intrigued by half of these books, but for the week one of Project Headway I'm reading this one.

So, this blog is for the purpose of achieving goals. It is time to get our lives back together and what better way to start then with reading.

From now on, each week there will be a new challenge that we need to do together. And for the debut we are reading! You can choose whatever you want. If you feel that you don't need any help, go to fantasy section and read Tolkien or George R.R. Martin. It's all up to you. If you lack romance read some Shakespeare or more modern muses such as my namesake Nora Roberts.

To further detail, my name is Nora and I want to change my life and if you feel the same, you're anxious, you're sad, you're depressed or overweight or really at low point in any area of your life, join me in this online adventure. Leave a comment and read a book!

With luck,
Project Headway CEO (doesn't this sound cool and also why do all self-help books need to have a twenty word title?!)

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