Inner Productivity: a Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work
~by Christopher Edgar of www.InnerProductivity.com
Chris Edgar is a life coach and former lawyer. He writes good posts on his blog and he writes great comments on other’s blogs. I will let you link to his about page or the flap on his book to find out more.
My goal is to inspire people to be the best they can be in living this life. One of my sub-goals is to read all the books written by the career and life coaches who make comments on Blogging Without a Blog – this is a good community base to work from….and the commenters are full of integrity and truths.
They were both correct in making that assumption and presenting that idea to me.
I do not enter a relationship with a “self help” style book without picking a topic within myself that I wish to work on and in this case I picked my bubbling up and over anger at the Federal Reserve and the Greedy folks who have messed with the economy and my personal financial plans and goals. The anger is spilling out as a hot button for me.
My first delight with the book was that it was available on my KINDLE II. This is a high priority for me and I do not have to dust this book on a book shelf, worry about trees, or give it away. I can reference it at any time and check on my notes and highlights forever – and did I mention I do not have to dust this book ever?
I began reading this book on the train – it was easy to read and had a generous and calming flow. Funster had stated it was not about rearranging your desk or making neat and tidy color coded charts and graphs, and she was right. I liked this book more and more. I do so much data entry now and when it comes to money and anger, I did not want to color code anything on that front.
The Outline of the book was delightful. I never felt slammed or dunked or pushed; rather there was a flow of idea, anecdote, adaptive thinking, illustration of point and an exercise to keep you on the pathway to your own story and keep one focused on their own needs.
I loved that the book included Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s (compassionate communication/Nonviolent communications) work on needs and it flexed that research and skill into conceptualizing his work into your circumstances. I had never used needs in quite this format before and yet it still was not about needing or needy being a negative state.
The quotes to begin sections and within the book added to one’s thinking and self-assessment and were truly relevant to the progress. This is no easy feat.
Here’s one that was opening to my thinking:
“The alternative to this perspective is an attitude often called nonresistance by spiritual teachers. When we resist some aspect of our inner experience or some unwanted situation in our work, we internally or outwardly complain about it, and blame ourselves or others for creating it. It’s possible, however, to drop our hatred of a situation while still working to change it.
“Ram Das concisely summed up this attitude by saying ‘the world is perfect, including my desire to change it.’”
I added numerous authors and books to my reading list because the placement of their recommendations intrigued me to want to know more….and it would be okay not to pursue them, because they were true to the next exercise or concept being discussed. They were never just dropped in to be impressive or meet some kind of quota.
The big finish was quite a surprise and the most metaphysical exercise of the book really did open up the why of my anger and release the venom.
I feel so betrayed and my trust is so shattered because it was such a personal attack – a universal attack on everyone and I do not know how to recover for myself or how to assist other’s in understanding and learning how to trust anew…..the book’s big finish was very powerful – a total surprise to me at how clearly I understood the depth of my anger and why it was pouring out with no place to go.
It is only the beginning of resolution for me.
I highly recommend this book for the distracted, the folks who dislike their work or work environment, for those with writer’s block and for those who need clarity in their actions.
I liked that Chris’ book did what it set out to do and that I could successfully use it to find resolution. Have you found a book or a coach that assists your understanding and truly accomplishes what it sets out to achieve? Please share.