One of the most influential books I have read that has helped me improve my business and my life in general has been Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz.
I’ve been on a number of interviews where I have been asked the question if I could recommend only 1 book, what would it be? This is often the first book that comes to mind.
There is an exercise in the very first chapter of Psycho Cybernetics that basically states the following (I’m paraphrasing here)…
Start a scrapbook of people past or present who demonstrate the characteristics and achievements you aspire to in your own life. Select a different person for each major characteristic. Become an expert in these people’s lives by studying them. Learn how they think and operate so you can model it for your life.
I also remember a similar suggestion in the book Think and Grow Rich.
For a number of years now, I have already *kind of* done this exercise through the various motivational/self development books and programs I’ve studied. But this specific exercise was amazing for me!
Here is how I chose to implement it…
1. Create a mind map of people who have a serious impact on me.
2. Highlight the elements of their personality/mindset that I want for my life.
3. Use the mindmap as a daily reminder to help me reach peak mindset.
4. Watch youtube videos, read books and listen to interviews of people from my mindmap on a daily basis
Here is a paper version I scanned (I also have a large whiteboard version on my wall in my office):
If there are days where I feel my confidence dipping and I need a boost, I will look at my peak mindset map and think about Muhammad Ali. I may take 15-20 minutes out of my busy day to watch some old Ali videos on Youtube. I see his passion and abundance of self confidence and belief and it impacts me. It helps me move back up the confidence scale.
NOW… do it for yourself
I am providing you with a blank template you can print out and use it for yourself. I built it using a Mindmap tool so you can easily reproduce this digitally if you choose.
It will have a dramatic positive impact on your life.
And… once you do it once, you will likely want to create version 2, 3, 4 and so on!