I thought I would do a followup post on the books I have read so far this year, picking up where I left off in this post here. I will also elaborate on a re-read of Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins as I thought it was a good time to work on my mental strength while I recover from a frayed hip labrum diagnosis. I jotted down some notes and highlighted various pages that stuck out to me and thought I would share them with anyone who may also need some mental toughening/mindset training.
31. Malcom X Autobiography as told to Alex Haley. This was eye-opening and highly educational. I did not know much about Malcom X at all and this really dove into his life and how he grew up and will make you look at him in a different light.
32. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman.
33. Becoming by Michelle Obama
34. No One Knows by JT Ellison. Loved this thriller! JT Ellison always writes such wonderfully thrilling books that keep you hooked from the start!
35. Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark. A memoir of Tena Clark who grew up in rural Mississippi in the 50s. A very sweet and easy read!
36. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tells his whole life story. 600+ pages and very detailed. Parts are hilarious and so much of it is also inspirational and motivating. His mindset is certainly to be admired.
37. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins (re-read from last year; going to elaborate more in the paragraphs below)
38. The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn. Hahn’s first novel and it was wonderfully written! Hilarious and charming, this book should be a movie ASAP.
39. 3 Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks. This tells the story of Nicholas Sparks and his brother growing up, while intertwined with a three-week trip they take traveling to different countries. My first Nicholas Sparks book and it was the perfect choice as it explains where he got his ideas for some of his novels such as A Walk to Remember. His story is actually very sad, losing his dad, sister and mom at young ages, and explains why he and his brother are so close.
40. The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs. Working on this one now!
Also on my list next…Usain Bolt’s Faster than Lightning among others. I have a stack of five books to read on my coffee table!
I will be sure to do a post at the end of 2022 to recap all the remaining books I read!
NOTES FROM DAVID GOGGINS’ BOOK
I decided to re-read this book because I was feeling down in the dumps about my frayed hip labrum and decided I needed to work on my mindset. This book is purely motivational and inspirational as Goggins takes you through his life and what led him to become who he is today – arguably the toughest man on the planet. A former Navy SEAL, Goggins overcame so many challenges throughout his childhood into his adulthood but it was his work ethic that got him through. I will share quotes with page references below:
“The only way we can change is to be real with ourselves.” p 68
“You are stopping you. Tell the truth about the real reasons for your limitations and you will turn that negativity into jet fuel.” p 69
“It’s OK to be cruel to yourself as long as you realize you are doing it to become better.” p 69 – he means in a workout or training session – to push yourself hard, etc. as it will make your mind stronger
“Lady Luck did not suddenly show up, run me a hot soapy bath, and kiss me like she loved me.” p 69 re work ethic
“When you have no confidence it becomes easy to value other people’s opinions.” p 72
“I start by painting a picture of what my success looks and feels like.” re: success
“Why are you doing this? To push through, you will need to channel darkness. Feed off it and lean on your calloused mind.” p 162 re: pushing through physical challenges – requires you to remember WHY you are doing it
Focus on small sparks – small accomplishments lead to big results and the “cookie jar” p 189-190; pulling those accomplishments from the “Cookie Jar” when times get tough
“There is so much pain and suffering involved in physical challenges that it’s the best training to take command of your inner dialogue.” p 231
“My work ethic is the single most important factor in all of my accomplishments.” p 249
“There are 168 hours in a week. Schedule your life like you’re on a 24 hour mission every day.” p 249. We all waste time and some waste MUCH MORE TIME than others. Waking up and checking social media, scrolling too much social media during the day and claiming “no time to work out”…it’s BS. Cut the crap during the day and make the time.
“Win the morning.” p 249 re: working out/training in the morning
“Evaluate your life in totality. We all waste so much time doing meaningless BS.” p 251
“Audit your life.” p 252
“There is no finish line.” p 253 re: always wanting to be better, do better, do more, etc.
“When you train hard, get uncomfortable, and callous your mind you will become a more versatile competitor trained to find a way forward no matter what.” p 256
p 136 and 262 re “victim mentality” and how to avoid it
“The drive to turn every negative into a positive.” p 279
…”the point is not to allow a setback to shatter our focus, or our detours to dictate our mindset.” p 256
“Set uncommon standards for yourself.” in “Uncommon amongst uncommon” chapter
“We can’t control all the variables in our lives. It’s about what we do with opportunities revoked or presented to us that determine how a story ends.” p 290
What do you guys think? Have you read any of these books on my list?