Well I just want to start by saying wow! I don’t remember having read a book before that so thoroughly challenged everything I thought I knew and believed. The Code of the Extraordinary mind is definitely a top pick for me. I have read this book once in paperback and then listened to it 2 more times on audible.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is chalk full of exercises and tools to help you take actionable steps toward your more extraordinary life. It is one of those books where you will find yourself highlighting, taking notes, and dog-earing pages as you read.
Before you begin, know that this is not your typical book. In fact, I would be hesitant to call this book a personal growth book. It’s more of a personal disruption book. This book forces you to rethink different aspects of your life that you have been running on autopilot for years. Which means, within months of reading this book, you may find yourself no longer accepting certain aspects of your current reality. Your relationships, your career, your goals, your spiritual beliefs, may all be forced to change as you come to understand , that many of our beliefs and past decisions were never taken on by choice, but were installed by default. This book was designed to disrupt the way you see the world, and to give you tools to shift the world through cognitive changes in your mind. In short, it creates an awakening. Once you see the patterns that this book unveils, you cannot un-see them. So depending on your worldview, you will either love this book, or hate this book. That’s by design. It’s because we grow through discomfort or insight, but never apathy.Vishen Lakhiani
Lets Take a Closer Look at The Code of the Extraordinary Mind
Part 1 – Living in the Culturescape: How You Were Shaped by the World Around You
Chapter 1 – Transcend the Culturescape: Where We Learn to Question the Rules of the World We Live In
These are the expectations put on us about the way we should live. Expectations from the world, parents, job, career, etc… settling. Living a life we have no passion for but feeling there is no other way. In this chapter Vishen also goes over what the Culturescape is, and the history behind it.
Chapter 2 – Question The Brules: Where We Learn That Much of How the World Runs Is Based on Bullsh**t Rules Passed Down from Generation to Generation
In this chapter, Vishen goes over what some of these brules are, and the 5 ways we take these brules on in our lives. Brules are limiting. and outdated. We should really start questioning how they affect our lives The questions
we can ask ourselves about the brules we have are at the end of this chapter.
Part 2 – The Awakening: The Power To Choose Your Version Of The World
Chapter 3 – Practice Consciousness Engineering: Where We Learn How to Accelerate Our Growth by Consciously Choosing What to Accept or Reject from the Culturescape
An overview and explanation of consciousness engineering, which is an operating system of the mind. Consciousness engineering consists of two things. Your models of reality and your systems for living. You will read related stories and learn about research studies explaining these concepts, along with how to make changes. The chapter will end with the 12 areas of balance quiz to help you evaluate your own life and better determine which areas to focus your attention.
Chapter 4 – Rewrite Your Models Of Reality: Where We Learn to Choose and Upgrade Our Beliefs
We are often not even aware of some of our beliefs. This chapter explains different ways to determine what these hidden models of our reality are, and how to obtain healthier models for ourselves and our children. Exercises are included to help you see how to rewire your beliefs and models of reality.
Chapter 5 – Upgrade Your Systems For Living: Where We Discover How to Get Better at Life by constantly Updating Our Daily Systems
Systems for living, which is essentially your systems of getting things done. What are your systems of living? Learning how to upgrade them and fine tune them. Become more efficient and ramp up your growth. Learn new things and continually refresh what systems you place in your life. Growth mindset. Exercises at the end of the chapter will walk you through the steps to choose what systems for living are right for you.
Part 3 – Recoding Yourself: Transforming Your Inner World
Chapter 6 – Bend Reality: Where We Identify the Ultimate State of Human existence
Questioning and redefining the 2 biggest ways we define success – happiness and the attainment of goals. Being happy in the now. The 4 states of human living. Hacking happiness and your vision. The Eight Statement exercise that is included will help you determine where you are in your path to bending reality.
Chapter 7 – Live In Blissipline: Where We Learn about the Important Discipline of Maintaining Daily Bliss
Blissipline defined. Three systems for advancing your happiness levels. Also included are exercises to guide you through each step.
Chapter 8 – Create A Vision For Your Future: Where We Learn How to Make Sure That The Goals We’re Chasing Will Really Lead to Long-term Happiness
Tools and exercises to walk you through the process of setting the goals that will create the vision you have for your future
Part 4 – Becoming Extraordinary: Changing The World
Chapter 9 – Be Unfuckwithable: Where We Learn How to Be Fear-Proof
This chapter teaches you how to be at peace with yourself and the world, immune to criticism and praise. The only thing you need for this is your own inner happiness and self-love.
Chapter 10 – Embrace Your Quest: Where We Learn How to Put It All Together and Live a Life of Meaning
Appendix – Tools for Your Journey:
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This book challenged me. It made me see that there are so many more possibilities for my life. I can either settle for mediocrity and a “safe life”, or I can grow and become the version of me I always felt deep down that I was.
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