Self Help December – Cultivate your sense of adventure and independence and reclaim your creativity

These could be New Year resolutions with far reaching implications, subverting the current consensus on tidiness and connectivity. Food for thought during the festive season!

Syndetics book coverThe happiness purpose
“First published in 1977, this extraordinarily prescient book sets out de Bono’s method for achieving the ultimate 21st century goal: work-life balance. Defined in terms of life-space and self-space , de Bono invites the reader to look at their life and measure the gap between these spaces–the smaller the gap, the greater our chances at happiness; but if the life-space is vastly bigger than the self-space, our coping ability is compromised and anxiety is likely. For anyone concerned with happiness and life-fulfilment this book is essential reading, and is perhaps more resonant with readers now than ever before.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverI am right, you are wrong : from this to the new renaissance : from rock logic to water logic
“”The classic work about choice in business and in life. Most of our everyday decision-making tends to be confrontational. Whether in large meetings, one-to-one or even in our own heads, opposite view points are pitted against each other. In I Am Right – You Are Wrong, lateral-thinking guru Edward de Bono challenges this ‘rock logic’ of rigid categories and point-scoring arguments which is both destructive and exhausting. Instead he reveals how we can all be winners. Clearer perception is the key to constructive thinking and more open-minded creativity. In overturning conventional wisdom, Edward de Bono will help you to become a better thinker and decision maker. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe 2 AM principle : discover the science of adventure
“Adventures don’t happen by accident – just ask Jon Levy. Once a high school geek, he is now a world-traveling behavior scientist and the creator of the EPIC Model of Adventure, a breakthrough four-stage process for creating unforgettable experiences – from assembling the right team and the finer points of party crashing, to the science of being funny and ending the evening with style. The 2 AM principle combines outrageous triumphs, embarrassing failures, and life-changing lessons from Levy’s adventures with concrete science to show anyone how to life life more fully and adventurously.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverToo fast to think : how to reclaim your creativity in a hyper-connected work culture
“Our lives are getting faster and faster. We are too busy, too overloaded with information and too focused on analytical left-brain thinking processes to be creative. Too Fast to Think exposes how our current work practices, media culture and education systems are detrimental to innovation. The speed and noise of modern life is undermining the clarity and quiet that is essential to power individual thought. Our best ideas are often generated when we are free to think diffusely, in an uninterrupted environment, which is why moments of inspiration so often occur in places completely separate to our offices. Too Fast to Think teaches you how to retrain your brain into allowing creative ideas to emerge, before they are shut down by interruption, distraction or the self-doubt of your over-rational brain. Chris Lewis takes a holistic approach to explain the 8 crucial traits that are inherently linked to creation and innovation.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMessy : how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world
“Messiness adds benefits to our lives, so why do we resist the concept so? Harford uses research from neuroscience, psychology and social science to explain why disorder, confusion, and disarray are actually lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other. He shows that the human inclination for tidiness can mask a deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverUnfollow : living life on your own terms
“We live in a world that floods us with expectations about everything – from what we should weigh to what we should wear to how often we should be having sex and how much money we should be making. As a consequence, we begin to feel that we need to tick all these boxes in order to have ‘the Perfect Life’. When we inevitably fall short, we feel anxious – we feel that we are failing and have the sense we are losing control. As a result, increasing numbers of young women are battling with issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, perfectionism, toxic friendships and relationships, pressure to succeed or conform, and poor body image. At an age when life should be exciting, fun and relatively care-free, more and more young women are adrift and struggling. This book offers valuable insight and practical self-help to empower women to throw off the burden of expectation and start leading the lives they want to lead.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFear 
“In Fear, the world’s greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he’s overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcome of a great event. He shows us how the brain perceives fear, how that manifests itself in us, and how we can transform our perceptions. With an enthralling combination of story-telling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity’s strongest emotions.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBetween two worlds : lessons from the other side
“Tyler Henry discovered his gift for communicating with the departed when he was just ten years old. After experiencing a sudden, accurate premonition of his grandmother’s death–what Tyler would later describe as his first experience of “knowingness”–life would never be the same. Now in his twenties, Tyler is a renowned, practicing medium, star of the smash hit E! reality show, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry , and go-to clairvoyant of celebrities, VIP’s, and those simply looking for closure and healing. Despite struggling to accept his rare talent, Tyler grew to embrace it, and finally found the courage to share it. For the first time, Tyler pulls back the curtain on living life as a medium in his first memoir, in which he fearlessly opens up about discovering his gift as an adolescent, what it’s truly like to communicate with those who have passed, the power of symbolism in his readings, and the lessons we can learn from our departed loved ones. Tyler discusses how readings can impact our relationships with our closest friends and family once they’re gone.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe game of life and how to play it
“Written almost a century ago, The Game of Life is a classic in the field of personal development. Louise Hay, whose books have brought inspiration, hope, and healing to millions of people around the world, credits The Game of Life and the whole body of work by Florence Scovel Shinn for guiding her at a key turning point in her life. With their clarity, simplicity, and force, Florence’s teachings have profoundly shaped the fields of personal development and spiritual growth over the decades. In this transformational classic, Florence teaches the power of positive thought. She explains how our thoughts and words affect the experience we have in our daily lives, and uses concrete examples to show how we can use them to bring more of what we want into our lives, including abundance, love, and success.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLife on Earth : understanding who we are, how we got here, and what may lie ahead
“Life on Earth takes the form of a journal in which Mike Dooley asks what’s on his mind during pivotal times in his life. As one of today’s most respected New Thought leaders and reality theorists, he offers a lofty platform for this wide-ranging dialogue that powerfully expands our perspectives on essential truths, taking on topics such as:- Why and how to see through the “illusions” of life on earth- How to make sense of natural disasters and manmade tragedies- Living deliberately, creating consciously, and finding your power- Wealth, relationships, “past lives,” and the evolution of consciousness- The ultimate reason for life on earth, and elsewhere (it’s shockingly simple). These are questions asked from the heart with a cautious, even suspicious, mind. Mike explores the subtletiesof the replies in depth and detail using his trademark wit and realism, in this intrepid explorer’s guide to the jungles of time and space.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverTools of titans : the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers 
“The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek .
From the author:
“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads. “This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.”(Syndetics)