“…greatness is about living your life with a limitless sense of abundance and passion.” – Alvin Brown
After the first 10 pages of Journey to Personal Greatness, I knew this was a book I would be reading again. It’s a truly a fascinating read that contains textbook worthy information intertwined with anecdotes and Alvin Brown’s inner-dialogue.
The book consists of 9 chapters in addition to an afterword and appendix, totaling 220 pages. I took my time reading this book because I wanted to absorb as much information as possible, rereading passages as I went along. It took me a little over 2 months to finish. Obviously, it could be read faster but I would advise not rushing this one. Take at least 2-4 weeks of consistent reading to fully understand the concepts and principles Brown outlines.
For myself, I chose to read this book in the AM due to the information density; however, I never felt as if I was overloaded or like I was studying. Although I would advise marking, highlighting, and taking notes!
Get ready to embark on your own Journey to Personal Greatness: Mind, Body, & Soul.
“The only thing that can eradicate the darkness we are experiencing right now is to bring our world into the light of optimism and love.”
– Alvin Brown
About the author
Alvin Brown is the founder and CEO of The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance (TCHPP) in Pickering, Ontario where, along with his team, assist clients in achieving health, wellness, and peak performance in all areas of life: mind, body, and soul.
However, it was quite the journey before he could help others achieve this level of greatness in their personal lives. Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica where he was subject to a life filled with violence, poverty, homelessness, starvation, and the myriad of problems that come with all the above. However, by the principles in this book he was able to shake these chains of affliction.
Brown eventually made his way to Canada and has since led quite the colorful life. His journey has taken him from a collegiate wrestler, amateur boxer, professional dancer, chronic entrepreneur, to performance and life coach, speaker, author, and successful husband and father.
His education and studies include osteopathic manual practice, massage therapy, deep tissue therapy, energy medicine, natural nutrition, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Neurolinguistic Programming, along with a Bachelor degree in psychology.
If there was anyone qualified to write a book about a journey to achieving personal greatness, from humble beginnings, Brown is the man for the job! For more on his personal story and tips to bring your mind, body, and soul into a unified, unstoppable force, check out our insightful conversation with the man himself!
“Where you start has no determining factor for where you will finally end up. I am a testament to that fact, and this book is the proof.” – Alvin Brown
What is it
In short, Journey to Personal Greatness is a “blueprint for life balance and self-mastery”. The underlying theme throughout these pages is how to break the chains of mediocrity that weigh each of us down and enter a state of greatness beyond what we can envision.
Sometimes it’s difficult for us to envision greatness for ourselves because we are overwhelmed with the daily stresses of life, money, and work. Not to mention the temptation to be pulled into the hollow vat of social media and TV. Brown will remove the blinders off of your eyes and implode the ceiling off your imagination so you can release the greatness pinned inside of you so that you can truly taste the future you desire.
Brown walks you through the three areas that make up our lives: mind, body, and soul. Within each of these categories, he defines the essences of each constituent part.
- Mind: mental and emotional
- Body: physical and chemical
- Soul: material and spiritual
This systematic approach breaks up the information in a logical and easily digestible manner. With real world examples and personal stories of his own, he reveals the common missteps we make and how to methodically transform our thinking to have each of these areas working for us, not against us.
“I want this book to be an action guide to help you finally make the changes you need to discover your greatness.” – Alvin Brown
What I learned
It would be impossible for you to not learn something every time you pick this book up. Now, everyone will have their own takeaways, but here are the top 5 lessons I learned while reading:
- You are what you envision in every essence of your life
- What is holding you back in life is YOU and your own MINDSET
- The secret to maintaining motivation over the long-term, even when your mindset changes with experience and age
- Timeline therapy and how to stay in the present moment, where life contains the most joy
- Mediocrity is a jail cell prepared for you, by you. But the key to greatness resides within you
There are countless takeaways from Journey to Personal Greatness, and you will have your own depending on your current status in each of Brown’s essences of life. You could be a real genetic freak and look like Hulk Hogan or Sylvester Stallone, so the physical essence may not speak to you as much. However, you could be terrible with money and you’re storing all that anxiety in your huge muscles, so the mental, emotional, and material sections may be more up your alley.
Regardless, this book has something for everyone and I wouldn’t be spending my time writing such a review if I did not think it would enrich your life.
“Your future should pull you forward with excitement and enthusiasm, not fear and anxiety.” – Alvin Brown
Why you should read it
Have you been stuck in any area of your life and you cannot see your way out?
Do you feel like you’re just “going through the motions” and lack new found motivation for living your best life possible?
Have you struggled with maintaining progress and motivation in your life; be it nutritionally, physically, or fiscally?
Are you looking for refreshing ways to become more productive, confident, and an overall healthier individual?
Regardless of where you are in life, there is much to learn not only from his book, Journey to Personal Greatness: Mind, Body, & Soul, but from Alvin Brown as well. You can find more out about him and his work at the links below.
“We have the abilities to completely change our course in a second. All it takes is a decision to do just that.” – Alvin Brown