• Carl McCoy

3 Books to Change Your Life

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

― Jim Rohn

The reality of personal change is simple, but brutal. When the pain of the status quo is greater than the pain associated with actually changing your life, then you will make real change. Eckhart Tolle points out that you’re more likely to wake up from a nightmare, than you are from just normal dreaming. Almost everybody I’ve met is dealing with some kind of pain. When that pain becomes intolerable – that’s when people wake up, and start making real changes. Here are 3 books that help along that path.

1. The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

Without question, the best book I’ve ever read. Anybody who’s had enough suffering in their life should read this book. Reading this book, you realize that you can’t think your way out of pain; you have to transcend it entirely by realizing that you are not the pain. You are the consciousness behind that pain, behind all thoughts and perceptions. I can’t imagine a deeper book with more potential to actually change a person’s life for the better. We should be teaching the techniques in this book in schools, and in corporate training programs for adults.

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey

Whereas Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now is focused mostly on the inward journey (being, presence, and stillness), Stephen Covey’s book is more focused on the outward journey (doing and achieving), and so they compliment each other very nicely. I love what Covey talks about with Quadrant II Planning: focusing on things that are important, but not necessarily urgent. I also love what he says about being proactive and working within your "circle of influence." Amazing book.

3. The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson

Best book about food and nutrition that I’ve ever read. Totally changed my life, and helped me overcome awful Sciatica pains. I had no idea that wheat and dairy were so inflammatory, and that they could be causing my back problems. I thought it was posture or muscle tension, but actually, it was the bread, cookies, and ice cream I was eating. It seems like the medical establishment is only now beginning to wake up to the importance of nutrition in terms of preventing disease and injury. Just exercise and stop eating crap, and you won’t get sick or have joint pain. Thousands of success stories on Sisson's blog, Mark's Daily Apple, speak for themselves.

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