It was the title that caught me at first. Percolate. Just like a coffee maker. Second, since I have been an avid coffee drinker for decades, another reason to give this book a read.
Percolate is the first book by author, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino. She is the founder of her own business, The Best Ever You Network and the host of The Best Ever You Show.
Percolate is a book that offers a Nine Point Plan of self improvement. Each of the nine chapters headings of the book are entitled Percolate Points. Coffee and the love of it is the vehicle that this author employs to capture your attention and illustrate a step by step plan to make changes in your life for the better.
“Every day you wake up with the opportunity to think, behave, and relate differently; and that moment of choice is what Percolate is all about,” is a quote from Elizabeth that sets the tone of her book.
Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino shares three words that she lives by: motivation, consistency and discipline. These three words, really, are the building blocks, the ingredients necessary with any self-improvement program. Motivation is the reason or reasons that propel you towards making a change. Consistency is what you strive for in your efforts at making forward progress. Discipline is the stick to it no matter what final element.
The author sets forth what she call Percolate Principles. There are thirty five of them. Those that resonated for me were:
Be authentic (remaining true to heart, to what your purpose really is)
Be inspired (what or whom do you admire and desire to emulate?)
Be resilient (how tough are you in the face of setbacks?)
Be yourself (follow your own character script rather than that of someone else)
Take away quotes that I loved from this author:
“Everyone has challenging health problems, or other issues, but your potential has no limits.”
In terms of listening, “are you still enough to hear yourself and others?”
“You have an expiration date, and despite your wanting to claim control over life circumstances, you’re not entitled to know when your expiration date will be.”
Percolate is a down to earth, well crafted book that is both humorous and informative. The author shares many of her most inspiring lessons along with a few of her most comical and embarrassing ones. I loved her statements about the importance of Contributing amazingness to the world, and , learning to like your own blend.
Percolate is a book, in part, about making the transition from ego-based decisions centered from the mind into making decisions and exercising thoughtfulness from the heart towards yourself as well as others. “Think with your heart and uncover your authentic, best self,” is how this author put it.
I enjoyed Percolate along with my favorite cup of java!
June 2nd 2014
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are unbiased and reflect my honest judgment of the product.
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