Did you know that we spend most of our day making decisions based on assumptions and emotions, and most of the time, we fail to even recognize our own faulty patterns of thinking? Thankfully, there are many books that focus solely on helping us become better critical thinkers and decision makers.
Choosing the right books can feel overwhelming, so I decided to make this beginner’s guide which includes 3 books everyone should read to begin recognizing how bias thinking affects our path to a prosperous life.
These Books Will Teach You How to
- Avoid conflicts by making less assumptions and asking more questions
- Achieve an optimal state of consciousness to succeed in your goals
- Make rational decisions rather than emotional decisions
- Reduce faulty ways of thinking caused by personal experience, emotions, and limited knowledge
Side Note: If you are not much of a reader, no worries! There are other ways to alter your mindset, and something that could work for you is through the use of sage. Find more about it here ☽
I would highly recommend reading these books in the order that they are listed.
1. The Four Agreements
By Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz claims there are four agreements every person should live by to achieve a fruitful life:
- Be impeccable with your word
- Don’t take anything personally
- Don’t make assumptions
- Always do your best
Practicing the four agreements on the daily basis will improve your relationship with yourself and others.
Best Quote in The Four Agreements: “Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in. When we take something personally, we make the assumption that they know what is in our world, and we try to impose our world on their world. Even when a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you. What they say, what they do, and the opinions they give are according to the agreements they have in their own minds. Their point of view comes from all the programming they received during domestication.”
2. The Art of Thinking Clearly
By Rolf Dobelli
Your decision-making process will completely change after reading The Art of Thinking Clearly. Dobelli compiled a list of the 99 most common errors of judgement and how to avoid them.
* Highly recommend for those who work in fast-paced environments and are constantly making major decisions in the workplace.
Best Quote in The Art of Thinking Clearly: “We must learn to close doors. A business strategy is primarily a statement on what not to engage in. Adopt a life strategy similar to a corporate strategy: Write down what not to pursue in your life. In other words, make calculated decisions to disregard certain possibilities and when an option shows up, test it against your not-to-pursue list. It will not only keep you from trouble but also save you lots of thinking time. Think hard once and then just consult your list instead of having to make up your mind whenever a new door cracks open. Most doors are not worth entering, even when the handle seems to turn so effortlessly.”
3. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
By Steven Kotler
Even though Kotler’s focus on this book is on athletes of extreme sports, The Rise of Superman contains outstanding information about how humans are capable of achieving an optimal state of consciousness.
While exploring the science of “flow”, Kotler dives into details of how we can reach this state of mind to drastically accelerate performance in our every day lives.
Best Quote in The Rise of Superman: “Training in high-stress situations increases what psychologists call ‘situational awareness.’ Defined as the ability to absorb information accurately, assess it calmly, and respond appropriately, situational awareness is essentially the ability to keep cool when all hell breaks loose. Because attention and pattern recognition are so heightened by flow, training in the state radically increases situational awareness.”