Elevate is a self-help book with a simple structure that draws on several different practices centred around building your capacity. It intends to inspire the reader to make changes in themselves and the people around them by extension.
The book is divided into six chapters. The initial chapter outlines the principle of increasing capacity. The book’s heart details the four dimensions of improvement: Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical and Emotional. Finally, the last chapter delivers a call to action and provides some context from the Authors personal life. Glazer also reveals a proportion of the book’s profits are donated to BUILD, a charity that helps young people become the CEO of their own lives.
At only 128 pages the book can be read in a single sitting. However, I found it better to read each section in turn and allow time to mull over the content.
Each of the four main sections contains an explanation of what the dimension means. It goes on to explain how it can impact our lives, both positively and negatively. The main text also includes some simples exercises that will help distil thinking about the dimension. Each chapter is closed with an action list that the reader can choose to pick from. There are examples of both basic and slightly harder advanced action steps that the reader can undertake to elevate themselves. Finally, there is a link to the Friday Forward posts that will resonate with each section. Glazer wrote a follow-up book called Friday Forward that contains a sample of some of the most inspirational posts.
The aim of each section is to explain each dimension and how people often limit themselves. Only by taking habit forming actions can one improve oneself. However, the intent is that people should be in balance to obtain the greatest benefit. Enhancing one’s physical self is useful, but without the emotional, spiritual and intellectual elements, it will limit one’s potential.
What was it like
In some ways, this is a primer self-help book, but it can point the way for people to elevate themselves. Reading the book is merely the first step on a long journey. The book has some nice anecdotes that help to illustrate what the author is putting across. Most of these are from the readers’ own experiences. The most memorable of which was when Glazer thought he had had a heart attack. It was the wake-up call that many of us need to get our body back into shape. His view is that it is better to never have the wake-up call.
Each chapter has its strengths. One of the few criticisms that I found is the description of Spiritual as a dimension. Glazer acknowledges that it has different meanings and does choose to define his own. Psyche, meaning “the human soul, mind, or spirit” might be better. However, it is a noun rather than an adjective.
Some of the paths to success seem linear as well. However, with a little thought, similar actions can be defined that should have the same impact on one’s life. After all, the steps are only examples. The steps are also not always easy. There are also some tough decisions here about relationships for people to analyse and decide whether they should end them.
Would I read this again from cover to cover, probably not! Would I read a section in isolation again and try to apply some of the action steps noted down, probably yes! Certainly worth a read and worth sharing. In summary; one of the best, succinct but toughest, in a good way, self-help books I have recently read.
Enterprise Times was sent a review copy of this book.