We’ve become incredibly busy, especially with smartphones devouring every spare moment in between travelling to and from places. Instead of making us more connected, they’re making us more disconnected from our surroundings, taking us away from the present moment. Making us mindless.
Here’s an idea. Why not use our smartphones to make us smarter? One way of achieving this is by listening to audio books during our morning commute or gaps between meetings.
Here are 5 audio books for mindful sales pros:
1. Anthony Robbins: Personal Power II
Tony Robbins is the most successful and influential person in the personal development space, and I’m a huge fan of his. I first came across his material over 25 years ago when I read Awaken the Giant within, and it completely shifted my perspective. I consider TR my mentor.
Personal Power II was the first audio lesson I listened to and listening to it has become an annual ritual for me. It’s a fantastic all-round companion, like having your own coach sitting across the table from you, helping you in all areas of your life. There’s a fantastic goal setting programme, Neuro Linguistic Programming sessions to help get rid of past disempowering habits and create new stories, and state management techniques.
Packed with 24 CDs, strategy flash cards and success journal, it’s designed to be listened to everyday for a month, apart from weekends. The beauty of this format is it immerses you in the programme for a month, driving you to create successful habits. You have to commit to an hour a day, because at the end of each chapter are thought provoking exercises. An hour-a-day for a month, sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Well Andre Agassi didn’t become the number 1 tennis player in the world after a week of tennis.
If you’re looking for ways to comprehensively reboot your life and need strategies to move forward, this is the audio for you.
2. Napoleon Hill: The Law of Success
The Godfather of personal development; all the contemporary leaders in this field probably started with Napoleon Hill, so you can’t not listen to his material, it’s a classic. That’s all I’m going to say. I actually heard of Napoleon Hill listening to Tony’s Personal Power II.
3. The Secret
The movie had a profound impact on me, propelling my desire to learn, grow and manage my energy. It introduced me to the concept of law of attraction, which is your thoughts and feelings being a magnet, attracting all the things you experience. It helped me realise I’m completely responsible for everything that happens to me: good and bad.
If you’re not familiar with The Secret movie, it’s in a documentary format, consisting of a series of interviews with self-proclaimed spiritual teachers, quantum physicists, psychologists and personal development experts. Apart from Jack Canfield, I’d never heard of any of the interviewees. I’ve since gained incredible insight from reading a number of books authored by the “teachers” and other books recommended in the movie.
The audio book contains a little more material than the movie version. I keep it on my phone and iPad so I can listen to it every now and then, and remind myself to be mindful of my thoughts and energy.
4. Anthony Robbins: Power Talk
My partner and I enjoyed his Personal Power II series so much; we decided to buy Power Talk as well. Tony is easy and entertaining to listen to. What makes Power Talk special is, each chapter addresses particular areas of our life, and each CD has two parts: the first segment he talks and the second, he interviews experts from different areas of life: health, finance, relationship, development, etc.
Amongst his interviewees was Dr. Deepak Chopra, representing health, and I’d heard of him but never read any books or watch him speak. I was so enlightened by Deepak’s story and ideas, I bought one of his books, and he’s now one of my “dream team” advisors. (When I say advisors, I mean, if I’m stumped on new material to read, I’ll pick up or watch something by him).
Along with each CD, Tony recommends books and provides a summary; I’ve read about 4 of them already. Power Talk is packed with valuable learning material!
This book had the most profound effect on me. After reading Power of Now, I realized the beauty of being present, and that I can be present more often, regularly. I keep this audiobook with me, on my phone and iPad as well, to remind me and strengthen my spiritual muscle.
Which audiobooks/lessons have you listened to that made an impact on you? Do you have any recommendations?
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