I'm starting a new section about holistic productivity - productivity that frees us to become our true selves, reliant on the empowering work of the Holy Spirit within.
For a start, take a look at "Personality Isn't Perfect" by Benjamin Hardy.
Over the past year and a half, I have read many of Benjamin Hardy's articles on Medium, saving at least two thirds of these articles for future reference. His latest book, Personality Isn't Perfect, is packed with nuggets of wisdom. My past (think personality tests) does not define who I am now or who I could become in the future. I was encouraged by this book to continue to focus on the person I want to be - in line with the Holy Spirit's transforming me each day to become more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Although Hardy does not mention Jesus, I was reminded of our yearning to do the work that God has for us now (Ephesians 2:10; see the footer of this page) and how this will continue after we enter the New Heaven and New Earth. Hardy writes, "I can't do this!", while at the same time always wanting to be better...
I highly recommend this book.
About the Author
Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. His blogs have been read by over 100 million people and are featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. He is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today and from 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer, in the world, on Medium.com. He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando.
About the Book
In Personality Isn’t Permanent, Dr. Benjamin Hardy draws on psychological research to demolish the popular misconception that personality—a person’s consistent attitudes and behaviors—is innate and unchanging. Hardy liberates us from the limiting belief that our “true selves” are to be discovered and shows how we can intentionally create our best selves and achieve big goals instead. He offers practical, science-based advice to for self-reinvention, including:
- Why you should never be the “former” anything—defining yourself by your past successes can be just as damaging to your potential to grow as being haunted by past failures
- How to design a desired vision of your future self and make decisions based on what the future you would want
- Why personality tests are not only psychologically destructive but are no more scientific than horoscopes
- How to tap into what psychologists call “pull motivation” by narrowing your focus on a single, definable, and compelling outcome.
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
To walk with the Living God,
glorifying Him each day as we reveal
His love and grace.