Book Review: Up, Down, or Sideways by Mark Sanborn

November 19, 2012 — 4 Comments

Recently I finished reading the book, Up, Down, or Sideways: How to succeed when times are good, bad, or in between by Mark Sanborn.

Up, Down, or Sideways by Mark SanbornThis book was published in 2011 and is very practical and relevant to the economic situation we are currently experiencing in America. In Up, Down, or Sideways, Sanborn lists many ways that the reader can cope with the difficult times she might be going through, how a person can get out of the normal routine of doing the same things over and over again, and how to get things going even better than they might be if they are going well.

The great thing about Sanborn discussing these three topics of Up, Down, or Sideways, is that he himself went through a similar situation of being “Down” and “Sideways” over the past few years. Based on Mark’s personal experience with health and business struggles, I really appreciated the book’s perspective on the down and sideways parts of life.

Below are a few quotes from the book which I found particularly helpful to me and perhaps relevant to you.

If you want to succeed when times are Up, Down, or Sideways, you have to learn how to identify and interact with forces bigger than yourself–the economy, your upbringing, government regulations, natural disasters, and on and on the waves roll. (p. 10)

Discipline is the ability to do what needs to be done even when we don’t feel like doing it. It’s the connective tissue between our intellectual intent and our behavioral muscle. And the key to developing any behavior, like any muscle, is consistency. (p. 150)

If success is about doing the right things consistently, knowing that we will ultimately benefit from them, then the only real failure is when we quit trying and resign ourselves to our current situation. (p. 159)

If you know of someone (or maybe you yourself) who is going through tough times this is a great book for them. Sanborn provides practical tips that will help anyone to see success for what it truly is while making progress towards it regardless of his or her situation.

If you are interested in learning more about this book you can visit Mark’s website where you can download a PDF summary of the book and a free audio lesson.

Question: What tips can you share about succeeding when times are “Up, Down, or Sideways”?

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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