'The Code of the Extraordinary Mind'
I love to read. What I love even more than that, is learning something new from a truly impactful book. That's what this book was. It truly helped me shift my life out of bit of a rut. It also helped me during a time I was on a quad-bike and shit scared about sliding down a mud hill. But I will share that story with you in a minute.
This book has been incredible! Vishen is the founder of Mindvalley and has created an incredible online school with a focus on meditation and mind hacking.
It's really encouraged me to look at the key areas of my life and what I really want to be doing with my life.
I've had a lot of significant life changes personally over the past year. I felt as though I had ticked off all of the boxes; marriage, kids, house, career, travel. BUT when I looked around it felt nothing like i thought it would.
This book has helped me understand how my mind works and the importance of focusing on how you want to FEEL in life rather than the things you want to achieve.
For me that's feeling LOVE, FREEDOM and JOY. Being surrounded by people I love and who love me, doing work that I really enjoy that doesn't feel life work giving me freedom, and joy in adventures, resting and playing each day.
I want to share with you the 3 key lessons from this book. Although, I have to say that I learnt SO MUCH more than that...
You Control Your Mind - he talks about how people think you achieve extraordinary things in life. They think the same as everyone else except that they realise they can train how they think.
Our mind is controlled by us. We can program the words and the images that are going through our mind to create a completely different experience to what we are experiencing right now.
I played around with some of the exercises in the book today when I was quad biking down this muddy embankment and scared shitless! I remembered that I can manage my own mind and my reality.
Instead of thinking... I'm shit scared right now. I changed it to... I'm so excited right now, I can totally do this.
It helped calm me down, allowed me to focus and actually enjoy getting bogged and nearly tipping and drenched up to my knees.
It was fun!
It was the exact same experience except that I had changed my thoughts and managed to train my mind.
Success Is A Sequence Of Failures - I've often admired successful people and felt as though they were an 'overnight success'. I know deep down that it's not true but it always appears that it happened easily and quickly for them.
In this book Vishen talks about his own journey to creating an incredible online school, MindValley, and how it certainly was NOT an overnight success.
He spoke about the common journey for success to be one failure (lesson) after another. After each failure you adjust your path a little based on the lesson and keep moving forward. People who have achieved extraordinary things haven't just given up and figured they would be better off chilling out on the couch watching Netflix.
This really resonated with me. Recently my personal life has changed significantly and these stories of success made me realise that everything that has happened in the past year has all been part of the lessons I needed to learn to readjust and keep moving forward.
I really believe that if it is something that you truly want or want to do in life then you just need to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.
Your Daily Habits Create Your Life - if you think about each of the habits you perform every single day, week and month... they form your whole life.
This book made me look at the simple daily habits that I have had for a long time. Some of my habits are great and helping me create the life I truly want. However, it also made me identify some of the bad habits that I need to reassess and change.
One of those habits that I want to change is the sporadic nature of my meditation practice. When I look back over my life, when everything was going amazingly, I noticed that I was meditating every single day. It was sometimes for only 5 minutes in the morning. It didn't matter. The act of taking the time to meditate had a significant impact on how well my life was going.
I'm committed to implementing my daily meditation practice again. Vishen has a 6 phase meditation practice which looked similar to how I was meditating before and I'm going to implement that.
For every personal development book I read, I like to have a key takeaway or task to implement to truly improve my life. I hate reading a book, thinking how truly profound it was, to only forget everything about it within a few days!!
If you are playing along at home and don't have time to necessarily read the books I chat about on here, then I urge you implement your own meditation practice. Play around with the idea and even just sit and breath for 1 minute a day when you first open your eyes.
I would love to know if you do take that on!