Are You Charged?
Let me start out by saying, I read a ton. Sometimes I read heavy stuff, sometimes I read mindless stuff, a lot of the time I read mysteries. It isn’t often, though, that I read personal development books. I’ve picked a few up here and there, but mostly I find that they just don’t “speak” to me. I feel like they aren’t reaching out to someone like me. So I was a bit skeptical when I was sent a copy of Brendon Burchard’s latest book The Charge.
I mean what’s this guy going to tell me, right? He doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know anything about my life up to this point, so how is it possible that he’s going to tell me how to live better? That’s probably one of the road blocks I’ve had when I browse personal development books.
I have this “who do you think you are?” mentality.
Well, this book was different for me. Brendon started his book out honestly, by saying that he hasn’t had a perfect life either. That even following his own advice, he’s seen some problems. He’s had ups and downs.
I can relate to that.
I can relate to someone being real with me. And telling me that – hey, life isn’t always peachy. And sometimes things get rough. You may find a time when you don’t feel Charged (as he calls it). And that’s ok. That’s reality. He isn’t making some kind of promise that if you follow these 10 easy steps you’ll have a perfect life from then on.
But he is giving you the tools to a.) have less of those bad times, and b.) work your way through and get back to feeling good again when the bad times strike.
Brendon’s book talks about the ten human drives that need to be satisfied in order to feel happy and alive. He names them all too, but I’m not going to give that much away. I will say, though, that some of the drives are simple and obvious, and maybe even easy to take care of. But, other drives are harder to identify and take a lot more work to activate. So, be prepared to do some work if you want to take this seriously.
Ultimately, this book gave me a lot to think about. At the end I was left wondering what I can do next to feel more alive in my day-to-day life. I also wondered if I needed to rearrange some of my priorities. There’s nothing wrong with taking the time to read a book that at least makes you take your personal inventory and reassess things! I can easily imagine reading through this book again and again in the future, and I can imagine I’ll get something different from it each time.
For now, my biggest takeaway from The Charge, is to activate my drive for challenge. I had actually already begun to do this before I even read the book, but didn’t realize that’s what I was doing! I knew I needed a change, and I knew I needed to challenge myself because I had gotten somewhat lazy and really bored in my day-to-day life. I had begun to make changes, but was a little fearful of what was going to happen. When I read Breandon’s words “Focus on the Journey and Don’t Fear Rejection”, it all clicked and I now have the mindset to move forward. This will stick with me the next time I am hesitant to reach out to that person, send that email, or make that important call, just because I’m afraid of what will happen.
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