I Read 36 books in 2021: Here's What I Learned That Changed My Life Forever

Updated: Jan 24

We Have More Power Than We Think

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Last year I set a goal to read 30 books in one year. I thought it was impossible given all the demands and distractions that seem to arise in daily life.

Not only did I meet that goal, but I also surpassed it. I will read a total of 36 books in 2021.

As a mindset expert and consultant for leaders and corporations, I made it a point to read books on just about anything related to our human nature. Basically, why we do what we do.

To say this a bit differently, "what makes us tick."

Everything from psychology, spirituality, habits, subconscious mind, meditation, eastern and western religions, human performance, success, and productivity.

I had accumulated so much knowledge in 2021; I thought my head was going to explode. However, after reading all of these books, I came to a pivotal realization within myself.

It's this:

We are more powerful than we think we are. And most importantly, we have more control over our happiness, personal satisfaction, and well-being than what is widely known or taught.

I'm sure you've heard the quote, "Knowledge is power."

Now at a surface level, this is a reasonable statement to agree with. Besides, it's easy to think that people at the top who are considered "successful" – whether it be from power or monetarily – have knowledge and connections that most of us don't have.

This is something you can't argue. But one of the things I discovered in my readings was that when you accumulate knowledge in a particular area in life – it forces you into self-inquiry.

In other words, it forces you to expand your mind, allows you to see what's possible for yourself, and not only that, you gain a new understanding of how you can show up in the world more effectively in your life.

For example, when I gained the proper understanding of how habits are built in the brain and body through reading Atomic Habits by James Clear, it provided me with a new sense of awareness that wasn't there before.

In other words, I became aware of the habits that I had that weren't benefiting me. But, most importantly, it provided me with an understanding of how to change these habits, so I could ultimately change the results in my life.

Without the book, I would have stayed stuck in the same old habits that I wasn't even presently aware of it. And oh, by the way, I would have continued to receive the same results in my wealth, relationships, health, and overall personal satisfaction.

As the saying goes, "nothing changes unless you change first."

Or what about, The End of Stress by Don Joseph Goewey. To be honest, before reading this book, I thought constant daily stress was inevitable.

However, in this book, I gained the proper understanding of how stress arises, what happens in the body, and techniques to mitigate daily stress, negative feelings, and anxiety.

If I hadn't read this book, I would have continued operating under the false premise that stress is inevitable. It probably would have continued to negatively influence my body, relationships, and even how I handle challenging situations in my profession.

My reading in 2021 gave me a new sense of understanding and awareness of myself. Awareness of the fact that there really are other ways to live, feel, and be – that ultimately can manifest in the results in your life.

Without this new sense of awareness provided to me by knowledge – I would have continued to stay stuck, lost, and possibly going in circles.

So, when we say, "knowledge is power," it's true because it gives a new sense of awareness that yields you the ability to break free to achieve the personal satisfaction we long for.

Also, many other people have gotten through similar situations you are presently dealing with, so it's in our best interest to learn from them to avoid unnecessary harm to ourselves. And, most importantly, you don't have to feel like you are the effect of circumstances in your life.

You have the power to change the results in your life – whether it be your health, wealth, emotional stability, or overall happiness.

Now we all know knowledge is a double edge sword. Knowledge is power only if you use it. Without its use, it just stays in the brain, unlikely to change the results in your life.

Knowledge is only potential power.

But when you begin to implement and take action on what you learned, that's when you realize that you have more power over your life than what you previously thought!

This is a powerful state to live in. Because you now know that if you don't have an answer to a particular problem you are facing in life, you know you can find it.

Not only that, you've built up the self-assurance to know that when new ideas or knowledge are presented to you – you feel comfortable putting them right into action so you can live a victorious, healthy, and most importantly, fulfilled life.

When you read more, you gain a new understanding of who you really are, where you are going, and how to get there.

Knowledge is power, only if you put it to good use.

So, be sure to pick up a couple of books this year and read something that can benefit your life so you can put it to good use!

And if you are interested, here are all the books I read in 2021:

1. The End of Stress by Don Joseph Goewey

2. The Billion Dollar Secret by Rafael Badziag

3. Spark by John Ratey

4. Adversity Quotient by Paul Stoltz

5. The Edinburgh and Dore Lectures on Mental Science by Thomas Troward

6. You2 by Price Pritchett

7. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

8. The Lazy Man's Way to Riches by Joe Karbro

9. Leveraging the Universe by Mike Dooley

10. The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

11. The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn

12. The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier

13. The Power of Awareness by Neville

14. Awakened Imagination by Neville

15. Learned Optimism by Martin Singleman

16. Thought Vibration of the Law of Attraction in the Thought World by William Walker Atkinson

17. Born Rich by Bob Proctor

18. NeuroWisdom by Mark Robert Waldman

19. The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart

20. Beyond Positive Thinking by Dr. Robert Anthony

21. Working With The Law by Raymond Holliwell

22. Mastery by George Leonard

23. The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva

24. Atomic Habits by James Clear

25. Life Visioning by Micheal Beckwith

26. The Observer Effect by Kieran Dowling

27. The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desires by Deepak Chopra

28. The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol

29. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

30. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

31. The Answer By John Assaraf & Murray Smith

32. You Too Can Be Prosperous by Robert Russell

33. Your Invisible Power by Genevieve Behrend

34. Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach

35. The Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes

36. Mystic Path to Cosmic Power by Vernon Howard

- Chazz Scott, Mindset & Resilience Coach, Founder of Supra Mentem, LLC.

Supra Mentem, LLC. provides corporate training, seminars, leadership and entrepreneur coaching, and workshops designed to provide effective strategies to propel individuals toward their potential personally and professionally.