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Staying in the Green Zone: How Biology Drives Behavior is a nonfiction motivational self-help book written by Dr. Christian Reichardt. Dr. Reichardt has been a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic for 35 years; he’s also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician since 1986, a Certified Master Golf-Club Fitter since 2005 and a Certified Yoga Instructor since 2000. In the first section of his book, he explains how our genes are wired for survival and how those instinctual reactions often keep people from achieving the dreams and goals they’ve all but given up on. While acknowledging the value of these evolutionary blind spots, he illustrates, in the second half of his book, how one can become aware of the Red Zones and transform one’s life into a Green Zone, making long-held dreams become accessible realities, and changing one’s focus from worry to actualities.
Dr. Christian Reichardt’s nonfiction motivational self-help book, Staying in the Green Zone: How Biology Drives Behavior, is an easily accessible and well-written handbook for overcoming the self-limiting behaviors and mindsets most carry along with them in their everyday lives. His presentation is brilliant as exemplified in his chapter on the differentiation between decision and preference, which demonstrates how lacking the confidence to simply go with one’s preference, instead of being bogged down by indecisiveness, can strip the joy of something as simple as indulging in a treat. I followed his advice and resisted the impulse to skip to the second part and was glad that I did. The first part gave me a lot to think about and doing so prepared me for the exercises that followed each of the second half’s chapters.
Reichardt gives the reader advice on nutrition, meditation and implementation of a fitness program suitable for one’s fitness level. He illustrates how to use self-discipline as a tool, and he shows how even a two-minute meditation session at one’s desk can result in big changes for the better. I especially liked the take-away questions he poses at the ends of the part two chapters. They reinforce the topics covered and help to make them personal for the reader. Staying in the Green Zone: How Biology Drives Behavior is most highly recommended.