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7 Mind, Body, and Business Elevating Books to Read in 2017

Posted by BGF FitnessSite on December 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

7 Mind, Body, and Business Elevating Books to Read in 2017



One of my goals for 2016 was to read at least one book per month. I’m an avid reader, not because I enjoy the act of reading itself, but because I love to process and apply new information and learn from others. There are a few quotes that guide my commitment to reading these days…


“Wise men learn from their mistakes, but wiser men learn from the mistakes of others.” -Unknown


“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others; read a lot and write a lot.” –Stephen King on becoming an excellent writer – he recommends at least one book per week.


“85% of rich people read two or more education, career-related, or self-improvement books per month, compared to 15% of poor.” - Business Insider and other sources. Rich and poor of course, in this case, refers to various income brackets, but the ultimate achievement in my book is a rich state of mind and spirit.


I've certainly exceeded my book a month goal in 2016, but more importantly, used reading to shed light in some areas of darkness within and gain clarity. 2016 has been a transformative, and expansive ride - The Mr. and I are launching Manna Nutrition in January and I'm in the final editing stages of my first book, Your Personal Wellness Cocktail (more on that below). Reading and applying new knowledge has been a major part of that journey.


So I thought I'd share the seven books that shifted or elevated my perspective in fitness, nutrition, or business this year, and most importantly, in healing from and finally moving forward from personal traumas. Consider grabbing one of these books if you’re looking for a transformative and actionable read to kick-off 2017.


Click the book cover for details.


1. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown




“Shame cannot survive being spoken. It cannot survive empathy.”


2. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein




“In every situation you have two choices: Will you learn through fear or will you learn through love?"


3. The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant




“The best ways to motivate human beings are the oldest ways, tapping into timeless needs and emotions: hunger, thirst, fear of death, sex, beauty, identity, status, respect, honor, shame, love, compassion, community, fun. All of these tie back, directly or indirectly, to those most fundamental and evolutionary of motivations: survival and reproduction. The secret is learning how to tap these ancient motivations, and harnessing them to achieve modern goals.”


4. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber




“If living with your spirit, means anything to you at all, if you truly care about it, then guard it with your life. Because Comfort overtakes us all when we’re least prepared for it. Comfort makes cowards of us all.”


5. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk




"Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.”


6. Chakras by Harish Johari



“Yogis approach the psyche by searching for its cause in the mind and consciousness. Psychologists, on the other hand, seek to define it by studying behavior. The original yogic formula is to discover the Self through self-research; the approach of scientists today is to observe others and not the Self, which is in everybody.”


7. Your Personal Wellness Cocktail by Bri Jackson




“Wellness is multidimensional — mind, body, and soul. However, the mind and soul aspects of wellness have been pushed to the back burner in the fitness industry and the standard American lifestyle. Why? Because once we work out the mental and spiritual kinks, we will no longer be funding the industries that thrive off of our failure to meet health and fitness goals. ”


Last week, I curled up and read through the first hard copy of my new book, Your Personal Wellness Cocktail - eek! I cannot wait to share this with you all in 2017.


What books do you have your eye on for 2017? Comment below.


I just bought The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson to open 2017 with.


In Good Health,



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