Highlights from How to Live a Good Life Book

The Top 10 Quotes From The How to Live a Good Life Book

I’ve been a big fan of Jonathan Fields, the founder of Good Life Project, for a while. We have a similar outlook on life, and yet I always learn something when I experience his work. He’s not only written a few great books, he has one of the few podcasts that I’ve kept in my playlist for multiple years and still listen to every episode.

Jonathan’s latest book is called How to Live a Good Life. It’s part how-to manual, part memoir, and all good advice. If you’ve followed my work for any length of time, I know this book will resonate with you, too.

My Top 10 Highlights from Ordinary Superpowers

My Top 10 Highlights From Ordinary Superpowers

Every so often, I write a book review. Not your traditional 500 word, hope-I-get-an-A book review we all did in junior high, but MY kind of book review — the top 10 quotes I lit up with my super florescent yellow highlighter.

I just finished The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I read half of it on New Year’s Eve 2016 and the other half on New Year’s Day 2017. It’s funny that such a short book should take me two years to read, ha ha!

The Four Agreements Quotes - My Top 10

My Favorite The Four Agreements Quotes

Every so often, I write a book review. Not your traditional 500 word, hope-I-get-an-A book review we all did in junior high, but MY kind of book review — the top 10 quotes I lit up with my super florescent yellow highlighter.

I just finished The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I read half of it on New Year’s Eve 2016 and the other half on New Year’s Day 2017. It’s funny that such a short book should take me two years to read, ha ha!

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes From Wellth by Jason Wachob

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes From Wellth by Jason Wachob

About every 6 weeks I post a book review.  Not your traditional 500 word, hope-I-get-an-A book review we all did in junior high, but MY kind of book review — the top 10 quotes I lit up with my super florescent yellow highlighter.

This time I’m featuring Wellth by Jason Wachob, founder of the wildly popular health & wellness website,  MindBodyGreen.com

 

To be truly wellthy is to find your personal prescription — to discover what works for you, what feels good, what you love. That process of discovery never ends. There are certain diets and types of exercise that are right for you in certain periods of your life but not others. Not only do we have to find the approach that works for us; we need to learn how to adapt that approach, or change it entirely, throughout our lives.

 

I realized that when you force things — a career, a relationship — life will be forceful back. If you want your life to be easy, you need to practice easy.

 

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE WORKING SIXTEEN hours a day doesn’t mean you’re being efficient with your time.

 

When I’m focusing on things that I’m good at, I tend to produce good work, and I do so very quickly. When I work on things that I’m not good at, I tend to work much slower and produce results that are just okay. At times you have to focus on stuff that doesn’t play to your strengths, but whenever possible, try to delegate that type of assignment to someone else on your team who is better suited for it.

 

Getting healthy requires us to actually see our selves as healthy (or fit or slimmer or sleeping better, or fill-in-the-blank) before we even get there.

 

You know the sensation when you walk into a spa or resort and immediately you feel relaxed or Zen-like? That is no accident; in fact, that impression was created intentionally. I’m a huge believer in making your space work for you. Whether it’s your home or office, you need the optimal setup for work, play, or relaxation.

 

When you hang around people who think big, follow their passion, and are doing amazing things, it can’t help but rub off.

 

You can try to ignore you instincts, but you won’t have much success. the wave or gut reaction is part of something much bigger than you are, and in the end, it will always win. If you try to go up against your intuition, you’ll likely end up getting hurt.

 

Gratitude is the only thing that will ever make you happy.

 

“If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.” – Raylan Givens

 

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BONUS QUOTES

(They didn’t make my top 10, but they’re still worth reading):

In reality, what is good for me may be awful for you.

Sometimes we all need a doughnut. It’s probably not a great idea to eat one every day, but the occasional treat isn’t going to kill you. Life should be fun. Being obsessive about diet can be stressful and can bring on orthorexia — an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. So aim to be balanced in your eating, as well as in your life.

“Stick to things that God made and not that man made.” — Dr. Mark Hyman

One size doesn’t fit all, when it comes to diet. each person is an individual with different nutritional needs. What works as an eating plan for your best friend may not work for you.

Be mindful of every bite you put into your mouth. Eat slowly and enjoy the flavor of your foods. The more slowly you eat, the more full you feel, and the more you’ll enjoy your food.

Don’t beat yourself up when you slip and eat something that isn’t very healthy. Enjoy it, and then remember that your total lifestyle is what counts.

When in doubt, eat vegetables!

“Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.” — Tony Robbins

Every person who is succeeding by means of brute force and speed isn’t doing it correctly. Sure, we can get things done this way, but we’re making life a lot more difficult than it needs to be.

“Turning work into play and essentially serving others, while reducing suffering (for others), is the highest compensation one can seek.” — Scott Macinlay Hahn

When awful things occur, there are no answers to be found. Looking for the silver lining, looking to connect the dots, just leads to more pain. The only way to get out of the downward spiral is to let go of the search for answers.

Becoming healthy requires that we believe in ourselves, and create new thought patterns that lead to sustainable practices.

As long as you can breathe, you can meditate. That’s it. And it’s that simple.

The Centre for Aging Studies and Flinders University in Australia found that people with a large network of friends outlived those with the least number of friends by an average of 22 percent. A study cited in Lancet showed that women who had breast cancer and were in a support group lived twice as long as those who weren’t in a group. Many other studies have revealed the importance of friendships not only to mental health but to physical health.

In my experience, being responsible for your own happiness is the essential building block of any relationship. But to be truly happy, you need to be your true self, as does your partner. You must love and support them in their journey, and they must do the same for you.

“No matter what happens around you, don’t take it personally…Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” — Don Miguel Ruiz

You must love someone for who they are, not for who you want them to be. True love is altruistic: it means putting another person’s needs before your own. It means you will stick with that person even if they become ill or depressed or their appearance changes. It means that as you age, you will grow together and not resist or resent the other person’s growth. And together you bring out the best in each other.

Often underneath the discussion of problematic issues, someone is asking for more emotional connection.

A great doctor knows that those words, “You’re going to be okay,” go a long way toward making someone feel much better.

A number of doctors…now practice this blend of “functional medicine.” If you step into their offices, they’ll treat you — and not your symptoms. They’ll actually listen to you as you describe your symptoms, your diet, your stress levels, and so on.

Even though many doctors are smart, well-intentioned, and caring, many are not trained to optimize health, which is a completely different skill than performing life-saving surgery or individualizing chemotherapy.

Doctors can be wrong. Trust your gut, and go after the right answers for you.

There’s no playbook for grieving, and their’s certainly no right or wrong way to do it. I’ve learned to let myself grieve fully, no matter how much I’d rather move on or how surprising or offputting I find my reactions at first. It may sound like a cliche’ but grieving is a way of honoring ourselves and the deceased, no matter what that grief looks like. There’s no way around grieving — you can only go through it.

My Top 10 Highlights From START by Jon Acuff

About once every six weeks I post my version of a book review, which is really just the top 10 passages that I ran over with my highlighter when I was reading it. If I share a book with you, it means it resonated with me enough to recommend it. But read the highlights and decide for yourself if it’s a book that you might like to read.

10 minutes ago I finished START by Jon Acuff. Jon has written a couple of NYT Best Sellers and partially rose to fame as a speaker and member of Dave Ramsey’s team. START outlines the 5 stages of a successful life: Learning, Editing, Mastering, Harvesting, Guiding. One of the main themes is that we don’t just go through the stages once, if we’re smart and have a bit of drive, we can go through the stages over and over to make our ideas and passions come to life.

Jon is very funny. He also uses the word, awesome, a lot. I mean a LOT a lot. Once I got used to that I really enjoyed the rest.

 

My top 10 highlights from START by Jon Acuff:

 

Age is no longer the primary factor that determines where you are on the map. Life is now less about how old you are and more about when you decide to live.

 

I’m not a fan of “finding your purpose.” I’m a fan of “living with purpose.”

 

Luck is a word people who are lazy use to describe people who are hustling.

 

I’ve learned something: no one has a positive internal voice. No one’s internal voice tells them, “You’re skinny enough. You sure are pretty. People are going to love that new project you’re working on. It’s going to be a huge success.” Which makes me curious about what your voices are telling you. Most of us tend to think they’re telling us the truth. We’ve heard them for so long that we trust them. We think they’re looking out for us, that they’ve got our best in mind. That they’re trying to protect us or help us. We think our voices are friends, but they’re not. They’re foes. (from Jon’s friend Al Andrews)

 

The second you choose to be more awesome, fear will ask you a question: “Who are you to do that?” Fear doesn’t care what your particular “that” is. You could be starting a business or quitting a job. You could be writing a book or becoming a nanny. Doesn’t matter to fear. The specifics never do. Regardless of what you want to do or who you are, fear will always see you as wholly unqualified for anything you ever dream or attempt.

 

Doubt and fear are like muscles. Every time you believe a lie about yourself, it gets easier to believe it the next time.

 

Often when you strike out on a new adventure…people will ask you, “Have you ever done that before?” And here is how my dad (and now I) answer when life asks us the question…’No, but I’m about to.”

 

Time is the only indication of what really matters to us.

 

1 insult + 1000 compliments = 1 insult

 

Do you know what’s better than words? Action. Actions always beat words. Action always beats intention. What you’ve done is always more powerful that what you’re going to do.

 

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BONUS QUOTES FROM START – If you have time, these are pretty good, too.

Most of us, when it comes to figuring out where we’re headed in life, never stop to ask the simple question, “Where am I?”

 

When a parent, a boss, a teacher, a spouse, or a friend tells you what you can’t be, they’re predicting a future they don’t control. They don’t know what 25 or 25 or 55 looks like for you.

 

Purpose is not a final destination.

 

When confronted with work and a reward, we would all prefer the reward first or at least as soon as possible. But the path to awesome doesn’t work that way.

 

I’ve never met a farmer who was surprised by his crops. Who stood on a front porch, in overalls I’m assuming, and stared at a crop of blood oranges when he clearly remembered planting soybeans. If you work hard, you tend to expect results.

 

You don’t need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now. Regretting that you didn’t start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.

 

Fear tries to tell you two things about time: “Do it later” or “It’s too late” The first delays you with laziness. The second destroys you with regret. And neither is true.

 

Change has to be simple. Especially new change. It has to be easily manageable, or we’ll fail at it before we even start. We can add on other changes down the road, but when we’re beginning our journey, we just need to get one thing right. One tiny taste of progress. The mountain can wait. It’s been there for years and will still be there tomorrow. We don’t have to scale it all at once.

 

Nobody gets up early on the road to average. Nobody stays up late on the road to average.

 

  1. If I died today, what would I regret not being able to do?
  2. Are those the things I’m spending time doing right now?

 

What can you not stop doing?

 

We tend to add complexities to our challenges because if the problem is simple to solve, then we have to change. And change is scary. So when faced with a  challenge we really don’t want to fix, we tend to overcomplicate the issues.

 

Being awesome is about finding the core of who you are and what lights you up. Once you’ve discovered that, you can have a million different jobs.

 

Awesome doesn’t let the crowd determine the size of the performance. Awesome gets up for two people or 200. Awesome writes great books even if no one is going to read them. Awesome sweeps the parts of store floors that no foot will ever touch. Awesome can’t help itself.

 

The three best things you can do to get some experience are: Volunteer. Take a part-time job. Be led.

 

We often think talent is the key to awesome. But if you pull the curtain back on most of the people we’d call “geniuses,” what you find is an incredible amount of hard work.

 

Ask a farmer someday if the harvest season is easy.

 

You will work harder at something you love than at something you like. You will work harder than you have ever worked when you start chasing a dream. You will hustle and grind and sweat and push and pull. you will get up earlier and go to bed later. But that’s ok. Know why? Joy is an incredible alarm clock. It will wake you up and keep you up and pick you up and gently pull you through a thousand rejections along the way.

 

Being vulnerable about your failures is only half of the story; you have to be vulnerable enough to share your successes, too.

 

The real tragedy of a one-hit wonder is when someone succeeds once and then never tries again.

 

If you share honestly about your own failures, people can often avoid having the same thing happen to them. If you stepped in a hole na it hurt, it helps if you tell other people not to step in that same hole.

 

 

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