"What does it mean to live a charged life?" asks Brendon Burchard in this new book, and he encourages us to stop looking outside ourselves for the answers.
More stuff and material things are not what makes us happy, says Burchard. On the contrary, we already have inside everything we need to thrive. Yet many of us are seeking more out of life—more excitement, deeper engagement, lasting fulfillment. In the end, the questions we will all ask ourselves are, "Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?"
In order to live more fully and feel more alive, Burchard takes us through what he calls the ten drives that make us more human, and he shows us how we can control and activate them.
He divides these ten human drives into two sections:
1) the five baseline drives: for control, competence, congruence, caring, and connection;
2) the five forward drives: for change, challenge, creative expression, contribution, and consciousness.
Harnessing our human drives is not easy, says the author; if it were, we wouldn't see so much restlessness in the world. That's why he has devised what he calls the true activators of human experience, a series of powerful yet simple actions.
To engage the reader, The Charge provides thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter to help us take full responsibility for our own happiness and success. If you play full out with these exercises, you might find out just how much control you hand over to chance each day, and how to take better charge of your life.
There are aspects to the book's message that may both surprise and challenge you, such as its assertion that most of the ways we seek to meet our human drives are in fact counterproductive. We all want more control, for example (that's baseline drive #1, after all)—yet the effort to have more certainty in our daily lives or to control other people will actually decrease our level of control (and of happiness). We have a deep desire for change, too (forward drive #1), but we often fail to make the kinds of change that would make us feel more alive and in command of our lives.
The Charge helps us overcome these mistakes and illuminates the path for strategically and intelligently activating our natural drives so that we can have the one thing we all want: more life in our lives.
Brendon Burchard is the founder of High Performance Academy and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book The Millionaire Messenger. He is also the author of Life's Golden Ticket and one of the top motivation and high performance trainers in the world. Just as his training events and videos have inspired millions of people, his new book will help you find your charge, share your voice, and make a greater difference.
Hardcover, 272 pages, $26.00;
Free Press, 2012.