Hi folks and welcome to IMPACTfull Life. My name is Rob and this blog is all about helping you make an IMPACT, so you can lead a Full Life. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this week’s book review.
Let me ask you a question: have you ever searched for the answer to the question "Who am I?" It's a daunting question, to say the least. Most people never slow down to ponder who they are, and even those who do struggle to come up with any satisfying answers. So don't worry if you haven't. Hopefully, this week's book will help you.
The title of this week's book is "Find Who You Were Born to Be" by Zoe McKey. If you follow this blog, you may recognize the author's name because we've reviewed 2 of her other books, "Daily Routine Makeover" and "Find What You Were Born For."
The author mentions several online resources where you can learn more about your personality so that you can start to understand yourself better and try to get a grasp on what's really holding you back.
I've never been a huge fan of personality tests myself, but as I get older and start asking myself more of these big picture type of questions, I'm finding that some of them have real value. Anything that helps you learn more about yourself will help you move forward. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses can go a long way toward explaining you own behavior, and learing about different personality types will help you be more effective with others.
As the author points out, humans are all basically the same in terms of our biological needs. We all need food, sleep, and shelter. We all age over time and we all eventually die. What makes us unique is our personalities. And the more you can discover about your own, the easier it will be to figure out who you were born to be.
My 2 biggest take-aways from this book are: first, instead of trying to find the answers to questions like "What is my purpose?" or "Who am I?" or "Why am I here?" the author suggests a question that is much easier to answer. That question is "What are the most important things for me to spend my time on?"
This question is much less intimidating and easier to answer. The interesting thing, according to the author, is that by focusing on the most important things you need to be spending your time on, you'll actually start to answer some of the bigger questions along the way.
My second take-away is the author's explanation of procrastination, something we talk about a lot on this blog. I have shared with you my personal struggles with procrastination and how I'm always working to get better.
According to Ms. McKey, there is no magic formula for defeating procrastination. Whatever we are putting off doing is simply not important enough at that moment. She points out that as soon as the pressure on you grows to such a level that avoiding the task will result in worse consequences than just doing it — that’s when you’ll take action.
One strategy she recommends is to create motivation by doing something. Anything. No matter how small, just do something. You'll be amazed at how overcoming the initial fear and getting started with one small step will create the momentum to keep you going.
I can attest to this. On the days when I know I should be doing something and I just don't feel like it, I'll force myself to do a little and more times than not I end up doing even more. Exercise and writing are 2 perfect examples.
Let me wrap-up by saying this book is not going to give you the answers to life's big questions. But it is going to make you think a little differently about what you're asking. I love books that make me stop and think while I'm reading them, and that's probably why I keep buying Ms. McKey's books.
Please let me know what you thought about this book if you've read it and please feel free to let us know what other books have made an impact on you. We're always looking for suggestions for future reviews.
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