Learning from Olympians – New Self-help books in July

We have heard it countless times: the difference between winning or losing for top athletes lies in their mental preparation and state. So, an Olympic coach is probably one of the best people to show us how to reach our best, whether on a sports field or in our daily life. Let’s not forget to look out towards nature and the people around us, but also within. Being a complete being is a science and an art.

Syndetics book coverThe golden rules : 10 steps to world-class excellence in your life and work
“Since 2004 no Olympic athlete has received more international exposure than Michael Phelps. And by his side throughout this period has been his coach, Bob Bowman. For the first time, Bowman reveals the philosophy that governs his approach to coaching both Phelps and other Olympic-calibre athletes, and provides a revealing look at what it takes to achieve greatness. By following The Golden Rules, you will learn to visualise your goals, and that above all else, dedication to your training, your job or any area you are seeking to triumph in is paramount for success.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVitamin N : the essential guide to a nature-rich life
“Nature-deficit disorder: the alienation of children from the natural world. Louv provides a one-of-a-kind practical guidebook with tips not only for parents eager to share nature with their kids but also for those seeking nature-smart schools, medical professionals, and even careers. He reminds us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as exhilarating as it is essential, at any age.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe space within : finding your way back home
“There is a space within you where you are already perfect, whole, and complete. It is pure consciousness. When you rest in the feeling of this space, the warmth of it heals your mind and body. When you operate from the infinite creative potential of this space, you produce high levels of performance and creative flow. When you sit in the openness of this space with others, you experience a level of connection and intimacy that is breathtakingly enjoyable and filled with love. Every problem we have in life is the result of losing our bearings and getting caught up in the content of our own thinking; the solution to every one of those problems is to find our way back home.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to be miserable : 40 strategies you already use
“Sometimes when we’re depressed, or just sad or unhappy, our instincts tell us to do the opposite of what we should — such as focusing on the negative, dwelling on what we can’t change, isolating ourselves from friends and loved ones, eating junk food, or overindulging in alcohol. Sound familiar? This tongue-in-cheek guide will help you identify the behaviors that make you unhappy and discover how you — and only you — are holding yourself back from a life of contentment. You’ll learn to spot the tried-and-true traps that increase feelings of dissatisfaction, foster a lack of motivation, and detract from our quality of life — as well as ways to avoid them.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFood, sex & you : untangling body obsession in a weight-obsessed world
“The need for food and the desire for sex are powerful forces, so powerful they  can turn our bodies into battle grounds. Bingeing, exercising to exhaustion, even entering repeatedly into unhealthy relationships – these are all addictive behaviours and symptoms of our body-obsessed world.In Food, Sex & You, psychotherapist and recovered food addict Stacey Gorlicky will set you on a course to achieving full body acceptance and help you leave body obsession behind.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNever give up
“Watercare engineer Ian Winson was seriously injured in a gas main explosion in Onehunga in 2011, an incident that was a significant news event at the time. In one day he went from being an Ironman competitor and organiser of an iconic Auckland running event in the Waitakere Ranges, to an amputee requiring much medical intervention and months of rehabilitation just to reach a stage of basic mobility. His story is one of bravery, incredible determination, redefining oneself, a family’s love, and an unerring hope.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuper mind : how to boost performance and live a richer and happier life through transcendental meditation
“Most of us believe that we live in only three states of consciousness: wakefulness, sleep, and dreaming. But there is so much more. In Super Mind, clinical psychiatrist and bestselling author Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., shows how the incredibly simple daily practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) can permanently improve your state of mind during the routine hours of waking life–placing you into a super-mind state of consciousness where you consistently perform at peak aptitude. In his most ambitious and practical book yet, Rosenthal shows how TM is a gateway to functioning physically, emotionally, and intellectually at levels we never knew we could attain.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLife on purpose : how living for what matters most changes everything
“While the greatest philosophers have pondered purpose for centuries, today it has been shown to have a concrete impact on our health. Life on Purpose explores the incredible connection between purposeful living and the latest scientific evidence on quality of life and longevity. Drawing on ancient and modern philosophy, literature, psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and neuroscience, as well as his experience in public health research, Dr. Vic Strecher reveals the elements necessary for a purposeful life and how to acquire them, and outlines an elegant strategy for improving energy, willpower, and long-term happiness, and well-being.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of people : 11 simple people skills that will get you everything you want
“In a world where we are constantly connected, and social media has become the primary way we communicate, it’s those with the best people skills who win the day.  The Art of People reveals the eleven people skills that will get you more of what you want at work, at home, and in life and will show you how to charm and win over anyone to be more successful at work and outside of it. Dave takes you on a guided tour of how to be human in a digital world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe power of the other : the startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond– and what to do about it 
“No matter how talented, intelligent, or experienced, the greatest leaders share one commonality: the power of the others in their lives. Combining engaging case studies, persuasive findings from cutting-edge brain research, and examples from his consulting practice, Dr. Cloud argues that whether you’re a Navy SEAL or a corporate executive, outstanding performance depends on having the right kind of connections to fuel personal growth and minimize toxic associations and their effects. Dr. Cloud shows readers how to get more from themselves by drawing on the strength and expertise of others.” (Syndetics summary)