“Something you’ll undoubtedly discover when you get in the habit of creating and achieving goals, if you haven’t already, is that one often isn’t enough. Your base level of motivation and drive increases to the point where you need more stimulation.”
– David De Las Morenas, Dominate
I’m a big fan of David De Las Morenas website, How To Beast. Recently I had the pleasure of checking out his latest book, Dominate. The book departs from most of Morenas other works, which are about lifting, and instead covers the psychological aspects needed to obtain success. Initially I was a little wary. While I don’t have a problem with books about “the power of positive thinking,” I do feel that the genre is somewhat played out. Fortunately, Dominate is a unique book with a very masculine attitude towards cultivating a winning mindset. If you liked The Book of Five Rings or The 48 Laws of Power, than you’ll love this book.
Using examples of famous historical figures such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jay Z, the book examines everything from goals to overcoming fear itself. While there was a lot of great content, my favorite chapter of the book was the segment on owning up to your actions. It’s a very well written chapter and it contains some excellent advice:
“One of the biggest mistakes a man can make is not taking responsibility for his actions. This could mean attributing his success to – or blaming his failure on – another man.
When you do either of these things, you strip yourself of the power to create your own circumstances. This is toxic. It encourages you to avoid growing, changing, or doing things that you want to, because the results aren’t under your control. It reinforces the incorrect belief that altering your life is out of your hands. You avoid viewing yourself as the leader and director of your own life. You become a helpless effect of your life instead of the cause.”
I actually read Dominate over the weekend and it provided me with some great motivation. Immediately after I set it down, I picked up a pen and wrote out a series of short-term goals for myself. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book like this, and it provided me with the inspiration to work on myself some more.
If you’re looking for a good kick in the pants to get you going, check out Dominate. The book has some fantastic advice and is a quick yet insightful read. It’s currently available on Amazon for five bucks, and is worth every cent.