Useful self-help: ‘The 4% Fix’ by Karma Brown

“The 4% Fix” by Karma Brown is a self-help book that focuses on the concept of small changes leading to big results. The 4% Fix refers to making small, manageable changes that can have a significant impact on your life, such as changing your diet, exercise habits, or mindset.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on the importance of setting achievable goals and making small changes to reach them. The author encourages readers to focus on making changes that are sustainable and to avoid overwhelming themselves with too many changes at once.

The second part of the book provides practical tips and strategies for making small changes in various areas of life, such as nutrition, exercise, and productivity. The author also addresses common obstacles that can prevent people from making changes and provides strategies for overcoming them.

The final part of the book focuses on mindset and how it can affect our ability to make changes. The author emphasizes the importance of a growth mindset, which is the belief that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and hard work. She encourages readers to adopt a growth mindset and to embrace failure as a learning opportunity.

Overall, “The 4% Fix” is a practical and motivational guide for anyone looking to make positive changes in their life. The book emphasizes the power of small changes and provides practical strategies for making them a part of your daily routine.

Getting Out Of Your Way, in Gary John Bishop’s ‘Unfuck Yourself’

Not just another book with ‘Fuck’ in the title to make it look interesting.

When I was buying this book, the lady next to me told me how she’d read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson, and how she’d hated it. She said how everyone was now putting “Fuck” on their title just to sell something that’s actually crap.

I have read The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck and it wasn’t my favourite either but I decided not to judge one book based on the sins of another. Not fair.

I’m glad I gave Unfuck Yourself a chance because I found a lot to put to practice and make some personal changes.

The book is realistic, clear, and to the point. It basically reminds you how the changes in your life depend on you and your actions. There’s no vibration raising, sitting in a quiet room and visualising, and leaving it to some Power, but rather emphasises ACTION and how ultimately, a lot of things are up to you. Searching for answers and waiting for some motivation or powerful feeling won’t get you anywhere – you have to get up and do something.

Here are some lessons from Unfuck Yourself:

“I am willing”.

Ask yourself what situations in your life you’re willing or unwilling to put up with. Stop defending your circumstances and do something about the things that can impact your life. Rather than focusing on what you want or don’t want, focus on what you are willing and unwilling to put up with.

“I am wired to win.”

He points out that the current life you have is the one you’re winning at. For example, if you’re constantly putting off work until the last minute, that’s where you’re winning. You’re winning at whichever domain you’re playing at and so take the necessary actions and mindset to change that domain.

“I got this.”

Shift the way you view your problems and adopt a new approach. Assess the things you’ve experienced and how you got through, as well as the things you’re yet to experience, and place them in a different perspective. If you had it then, then you got it now.

“I embrace the uncertainty.”

We have an addiction to prediction and this makes us seek the certain. The unknown may be scary, it may hold the bad but it may also hold the good. Do the things you normally wouldn’t do. Shake up your routine. It doesn’t have to be major things or huge risks, you can start with the small and simple things, and stop worrying about things you can’t control.

“I am not my thoughts; I am what I do.”

You change your life by doing, not by thinking about it. Thoughts without actions are just thoughts, and if you leave them there, without any action, there will be no impact on your success. He also points out how an action will change your thinking. Take the first step, and the next, and the next.

“I am relentless.”

This is about having the momentum to keep going no matter what, through hopelessness, uncertainty, not feeling up to it, whatever doubts and worries come up. Become the kind of person who progresses even when all seems lost. Being discouraged is okay, it happens, but it’s not okay to stop. Keep going!

“I expect nothing and accept everything.”

It’s better to come to terms with life’s unpredictability than to be retarded by your refusal to let go of unproductive expectations. It doesn’t mean you walk through life aimlessly without any plans. Be free from the expectations of those plans. Plan for victory, learn from defeat.

Unfuck Yourself is a candid message about your life being in your own hands. There’s no use waiting for the right mood or motivation to come, and positive thinking alone won’t help. You have to take responsibility, take charge, and do something to transform your life. Stop blaming people, your past, your childhood, or the world. Stop with the excuses. Stop waiting for the “perfect moment”.

Gary John Bishop reminds us that, “the only barrier preventing you from living a happier, more fulfilling life is YOU!”

So Unfuck Yourself!

Becoming Indispensable with Seth Godin in Linchpin

“You can either fit in or stand out. Not both.”

Seth Godin, Linchpin

Reading Robin Sharma’s The Leader Who Had No Title took me back to our focus book for today, Linchpin by Seth Godin. It was my second Godin read and I enjoyed it better than Purple Cow.

According to Seth, a linchpin is someone who invents, leads regardless of title, connects others, makes things happen and creates order out of chaos. The linchpin is indispensable, he/she’s incredibly good at her job and does work that makes a difference. They’re not born with magical talents but rather decided to train themselves to do a new kind of work that’s important and that creates value.

Seth dives into how broken the system is. We are brainwashed into following a certain map, following instructions, being obedient and average. He says that the linchpin makes the choice to chart their own path while creating value, instead of buying into fear. The linchpin is not a replaceable cog in a machine, she/he leads and solves interesting problems.

The book advises you to become an artist, and an artist is not only the one who holds a paintbrush or clay. He says, “Art is the ability to change people with your work, to see things as they are and then create stories, images, and interactions that change the marketplace.” Anyone can be an artist in what they do. You need to dream up new ideas and go out and make them real.

He also emphasises the urgency of shipping. Instead of tolerating resistance and not putting your work out there, out of fear, he says you should create and hustle those solutions you’ve created out the door.

This is an inspiring book. It pushes you to reach into your genius or awaken it, create something that matters and become indispensable. When you read this you will learn that you don’t necessarily have to quit your job and go climb mountains or explore jungles, but rather to bring your whole self to work and do things that matter, things that are of value. You will be inspired to look for the artist in you and be creative in all that you do.

So go ahead, be a Linchpin, you have it in you.