Books, books, books! I love reading and since graduating college, I’ve made the time to read more books. I see it as my new form of “school.” While I love a good romance novel or fiction read, this past year I have chosen self development books. These books are written by people who truly care about their impact in the world and share how they got from point A to point B. I’ve learned valuable skills on how I can take ownership of where I am and push myself to new levels of growth to become my best self. Instead of just firing me up and motivating me, these authors share the resources they used to transform their lives to become a better version of themselves.
Self Development Book List
So, here’s my list of the 6 books I would highly recommend if you need a fire under your bum to get your mojo back along with the tools to do it! 🙂
Book 1: Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
I’m pretty sure I will love anything Elizabeth Gilbert creates, and this book is one of my favorites! She talks about her journey as a writer and the challenges she faced and overcame. She paints a new image of living a creative life; one that is full of love and joy. Many times, we feel stuck and that our creative side brings only frustration and pain. However, Elizabeth proves it is our job to allow creativity to flow freely in our lives with no expectations. Her perspective of how ideas and intuition speak to us is something I love! I would highly recommend this book if you feel you’re are missing that feeling of joyous creativity and need help following your intuition.
Book 2: Everything Happens for a Reason – Mira Kirshenbaum
Mira is a psychotherapist who had a dysfunctional childhood and didn’t believe everything happened for a reason. However, she had multiple clients asking her why a horrible event had happened in their life such as terminal illness, losing a child and so on. She decided to do some researching to provide answers and concluded there are 10 reasons things happen to us. A key thing to keep in mind is that while we may find meaning in the tragedies of our lives, they by no means justify why they happen. The book provides 10 ways to find healing and growth from the hardest times of our lives. If you feel like you are struggling with resentment or wondering “why” this book may shed some light on a dark situation.
Book 3: Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
I was recommended this book by a friend months before I read it, so the recommendation stayed in my phone’s book list for a while. Then, one day, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a video of her speaking and thought this is exactly what I need right now! She tells it to you straight and with humor. She is a top motivational speaker and leader in self-development. I have learned so much by following her, reading her books and listening to podcasts. If you are a woman searching for a mentor to show you how to become a better version of yourself, she is your girl. In this book, she uncovers 20 common lies we tell ourselves as women and then ends each chapter with what tools she used to overcome that lie to become her true self.
Book 4: Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis
This is the follow-up book to Girl, Wash Your Face. Out of the two, this one is my favorite! She breaks down how to find personal and career success. She starts with talking about excuses we tell ourselves, so we have no excuses left to not pursue our goals! Then goes into behaviors to adopt and skills to develop in order to become that better version of ourselves and take action on our dreams. I have done the exercises in this book and can truly say it makes the dreams you have not seem so daunting. As she says, “any dream is actionable,” so why not work towards your dreams so you won’t always wonder “what if?”
Book 5: High Performance Habits – Brendon Burchard
If there is any book you read out of the 6, let it be this one!! I am currently reading this book, and I can’t express just how much I love and appreciate the knowledge that is shared in this book so much! I have learned more psychology tools that are applicable to daily living than I ever learned in psych 101 in college! My note book is full of notes, and I’ve only taken notes from one other book – The Book of Joy. So, I’d say I’ve taken a lot of wisdom from this author’s teachings.
Brendon is a top high-performance coach. He works with the most elite individuals – anyone from CEOs to Olympic athletes. His research is focused on how these individuals have succeeded and continue to succeed. He is focused on how one stays mentally and emotionally fit in the long-term, whether it is personal or career oriented. He narrowed down his research to 6 habits high performers excel at in life. The book goes into great detail in his research, stories with top clients, and how this knowledge can be applied to anyone’s life. There are exercise sheets and online quizzes he has formed to help the reader as they learn the 6 high performance habits, so that way you truly learn how to better yourself!
Book 6: Everything Is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo
Is that not a bold statement or what?! I will be finishing the year off with this book, so I haven’t gotten to it yet but will be soon! Marie Forleo was named as a thought leader for the next generation by Oprah, so she’s doing something right! She teaches how to create a mindset that will allow you to achieve your dreams and overcome the doubt and fear that stops so many as well as providing a framework for how to solve any problem – big or small.
Self Development Book Summary!
That’s all the books! I hope one stands out to you. If you feel you can’t decide, I highly recommend starting with High Performance Habits. It takes time to get through, but it’s worth every minute. Let me know below which book you’re going to try or a book recommendation that isn’t here! While the journey of becoming our best selves is life long, I hope you find this list to be a helpful tool!
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