This week, we hand the book club over to David to share one of his favourite reads from 2018!
I’ve long been a fan of Michael Neill and reading his seminal text: The Inside-Out Revolution, really changed the way I think about both my business and personal life. I would highly recommend the text to anyone who asked, but I must stress that the book is an exploration of the way we experience the world and therefore is perhaps best read when one is in the mood for thinking deeply.
And so, in the spirit of a Sufi saying shared in Neill’s latest book ‘Don’t cut the person to fit the cloth’(1), this week I decided to share Super Coach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life. As the title suggests, it is an all-encompassing book that not only contains Neill’s enlightened ideas on the way we experience life, but practical ‘supercoaching tips’ that should apply to any entrepreneur.
My Favourite Part
One of the things I loved most about this book, was that it recognises our individual uniqueness. In his introduction, Neill shares his awareness that each reader will take something different from the book. The text is divided into 10 chapters, much like weekly coaching sessions. They all start with a story which Neill leaves up to the reader to interpret.
There are plenty of powerful sections, but my favourite was ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ not least for its melancholic musical name! This chapter explores a key concept: ‘Your day doesn’t create your mood; your mood creates your day’(2). As entrepreneurs, it is vital we recognise this. From correcting the misconception that we can simply ‘think positively’ to offering tips on how to notice thoughts, this chapter has the potential to help any entrepreneur with not just their business, but the way they experience the world.
My Key Takeaway from the Book
‘We are not our thoughts, we are just the thinker’(3), Is probably the concept that moved me the most. Our thinking directly impacts our reality and if our reality contains relationships, business transactions and strategic planning (which it most likely does!), it is vital we understand the way our minds work. That being said, there are so many takeaways from this book that it is impossible to narrow it down to just one! From reframing decision-making, to advice on getting stuff done, this book is an incredibly practical guide to so much that we experience in life.
With chapter titles like ‘How to Ask for Anything from Anyone’ and ‘A Whole New Way of Thinking about Goals’ this book is truly a treasure trove of information and wonder, and I would recommend it to any entrepreneur.
(1) Sufi saying taken from Neill (2018) Super Coach, 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life, London: Hay House p.15
(2) ibid p.102
(3) ibid p.18