4. Personal Development 2.0

WHY: You must first understand yourself and address who it is that you want to be before you can help or attend to others.


WHY: This book should be your first read. Coaching is interacting with people and figuring out the fastest way to bond with them. Utilize each lesson/chapter material by applying these into your interactions with clients (and the other people in your life) then notice how they respond.

WHY: This should be your second read and a book that supervisors should provide to their interns and employees, etc. The book provides quick reasons and tips for enabling you to be more self-aware and socially-aware. A very important aspect of personal development is self-reflection of behavior and how your behavior may be perceived.

WHY: Big Thanks to Lucy Hendricks for this one.This book was a game charger for professional development. The book teaches effective communication skills when conversations involve opposing opinions, strong emotions, and high stakes. Learning how to communicate with coworkers and your boss can be a source of success and power. These skills can also help you form great relationships with clients and athletes. This book also incorporates the context you acquired from the above books: knowledge about interactions with others and the ability to self-reflect on those interactions.

WHY: “We all tend to take things too personal, make assumptions, and think we’re not good enough. This book will change your perspective on a lot of things, making your life much easier.” – Lucy Hendricks

WHY: “Finding solutions to problems becomes a lot easier if you’re able to take ownership to everything that happens to you.”- Lucy Hendricks

WHY: “This book teaches the difference between having a “growth” and a “fixed” mindset. After reading this, you will have a more mindful approach to dealing with difficult situations and understanding how your reactions can dictate the outcome.” – Nick DiMeglio

WHY: “This is a mindful approach to life. Teaching you to live in the present moment while understanding that you do not need to shut out your feelings or thoughts but to take the time to realize what you are feeling and thinking and why you might be feeling or thinking that way.”  – Nick DiMeglio

WHY: Jordan Peterson is changing the modern understanding of personality and philosophy. This video is a preview to the book.

 WHY: The book provides techniques for becoming a productive learner and how to avoid counterproductive learning strategies that waste your time and effort.

WHY: Damon Young uses philosophy to explore ideas behind fitness and how to include virtues of character and mind within your physical challenges. Exercise should connect the mind and body and create an opportunity to self-explore both your values and physical body.

Online Courses & Videos:

WHY: Jordan Peterson explores how similar myths and stories with similar structures have been formulated by people from different cultures and eras. This course can change the way you view the world.

WHY: University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson, delivers the 2010 Hancock Lecture entitled The Necessity of Virtue. He discusses virtue from a contemporary perspective that both encompasses and extends beyond moral and religious contexts.

WHY:  Take some time to complete the assessment and use it to better understand yourself. The assessment helps you understand your innate personality and temperament, motivators, and stressors. You can also use this information in relation to others’ and developing relationships with athletes/clients. The assessment also provides communication skills to build more effective relationships which may require use of an adaptive personality.

WHY:  “The specialized, personalized report you will receive after completing the understandmyself.com process will help you understand your personality in great detail, and aid you substantially in your understanding of others.” Knowing yourself will help you interact with others and become the person you want to be.