Below are a few of the recommended self-help books that have been influential in my journey so far. When I started reading and listening to more and more books, the journey to Create a Life I Love began to noticeably pick up the pace and build momentum.
The authors challenged me, making me reflect critically on where I was and where I wanted to be. A whole new understanding of potential opportunities began to unveil themselves.
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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brene Brown
Brene Brown is a research professor, author, and TED Talk presenter. She has dedicated her career to researching and studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. In this book, she encourages us to be courageous as we embrace out vulnerabilities in order to transform our lives. She challenges us to bravely and meaningfully engage with others and with the world around us, despite our fears and insecurities.
I highly recommend any and all of her books.
8 to Great: The Powerful Process for Positive Change
by M.K Mueller
M.K Mueller takes us through an 8 step process for positive personal change. She introduces what she calls the FGH Formula, which focuses on Forgiving our past, being Grateful for the present, and having Hope for the future. She then teaches us how to use the “5 Highways” to overcome obstacles in life that stand in the way using FGH. Her program has been used in schools.
She also has another book titled, 8 to Your Ideal Weight that might be worth a read.
You are a Badass Series
by Jen Sincero
These entertaining self-help books have a much different vibe than the others I have read. Jen Sincero is funny and down to earth. She guides us through why we are the way we are and how to whip our lives into shape in order to start living the lives we always dreamed of.
There are some swear words sprinkled throughout so beware if listening to the audiobook in a car with kiddos.
Be sure to check out all three.
Your Best Year Ever
by Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt shares a research-driven 5-Step Plan to set and achieve your goals. This book is for those of us who have tried to make changes before and failed. Ideal for those ready to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work to really make this our Best Year Ever.
You may also want to check out his Full Focus Journal which is a Daily Gratitude and Productivity Journal to clarify your thinking, process your days, and slow down.
There is also a Full Focus Planner which is a Daily Planner to set annual goals, increase focus, eliminate overwhelm, and achieve your biggest goals.
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
by Byron Katie
This book literally rocked my world. Byron Katie takes us through a four-step questioning process that helps to reframe negative situations that are holding us back from moving forward, she calls this process “The Work.”
She really challenged my views of my own life experiences and this book provided tremendous personal growth for me. I highly recommend it for anyone truly ready to do some hard work on themselves.
Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda
by John C. Maxwell
Any John C. Maxwell book you pick up will provide a growth experience, but I will highlight this one for now.
In this short and easy to read/listen to book, John C. Maxwell goes through his “Daily Dozen.” These are the 12 things he focuses on to create a successful life. Each item is broken into a chapter and delved into more deeply with personal testimony and examples.
The audiobook is only 3.5 hours long and is intended to be a quick read in one setting or over a very short period of time. I completed the audiobook within 2 days and wished I had the hard copy to mark up with my highlighter and sticky notes.
You can see a video of me reviewing this book HERE.
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