I am a book-worm. I used to fly through fictional love stories like nobody’s business (I own 15 Nicholas Sparks books). As I have gotten older, I’ve strayed from the fictional genre and my heart fell in love with the personal development space. With personal development books, you’re learning and processing information that can help you transform your life with every page you turn. The key is being open to new perspectives, different thought processes, and being honest about how you can implement the new knowledge into your life.
I always share my current reads and love to recommend books that have deeply resonated with me. With 2019 underway, I know a lot of us (myself included) have goals that include bettering ourselves on some level. Knowing that, I thought this was a great time to share some of the books that I’ve read over the past few years that have drastically changed my perspective on life (for the better). These below list is in no particular order, I love them all. I have given a brief synopsis on the book and why I love it.
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In The Four Agreements, Ruiz offer readers insight into a code of conduct — or rules to live by, based on ancient Toltec wisdom. This code of conduct is made up of only four singular rules that one can apply to life in order to lessen our own personal suffering and smash through self-limiting beliefs. The book is only 139 pages — so it’s a quick and easy read. I have read this book numerous times. The wisdom in it is worth revisiting over and over again. One of the biggest lessons I took away from this book was in The Second Agreement, “Don’t Take Anything Personally,” in which Ruiz reminds us that nothing others do is ever about *us.* This really helped me step away from internalizing other’s actions or letting how others treat me affect my self-worth.
With this book, LaPorte completely transformed how I look at and approach the goals I set for myself in this life. “You’re not chasing the goal, you’re chasing a feeling you hope reaching the goal will give you.” This book will teach you how to identify the feelings you want to have, which will in turn help you better identify what your goal really is. The best part? This book is also part WORKBOOK, to help you work through and better understand why the goals you have are the goals you have — and help you identify the feelings you’re really trying to achieve (in all aspects of life). I love putting pen to paper. It solidifies things for me and makes things feel much more real when it’s physically transferred from the thoughts in my mind and onto a tangible piece of paper.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself is a book that helps you identify and step away from egocentric thought processes and sit in the seat of consciousness in the mind. You will learn how to detach from your ego and live your life unattached. The biggest truth bomb that I took away from The Untethered Soul is that we cannot identify with our thoughts. We witness our thoughts. That inner voice is an annoying, chatter box roommate that with argue with itself into a black hole if we let it. Choosing to no longer identify with the thoughts crossing your mind will create a freedom in your life that will allow you to reach a higher level of consciousness.
You Are a Badass is one of the most relatable of all self-development books I have ever read. Jen Sincero is so grounded, down-to-earth, and real. In You Are a Badass, Sincero will teach you how to identify and demolish the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that put a limit on your life. And she does it by telling you true, relatable, real life stories of her own. As a recovering, self-proclaimed queen of self-sabotage — this book literally kicked my ass in the best way possible. Not only did I learn how to move away from those acts of self-sabotage, I also laughed and fully enjoyed myself reading this book.
Hands-down, Daring Greatly was the best book that I read in 2018. For a multitude of reasons, but mainly because it made me realize that, as someone who prides herself on being vulnerable, I learned that there are still many ways that I hide my insecurities and shy away from being vulnerable in certain aspects of my life. Was that uncomfortable? Yes. Was it needed to keep progressing and moving forward? Hell yes. In Daring Greatly, Brown discusses why vulnerability is a strength (and backs it up with her 12+ years of psychological research) and how it is a sign of courage and how it can cultivate stronger, deeper connections in life. In the book, she also navigates the subjects of shame, the “never enough” mindset, and how we can all dare greatly — by being vulnerable in the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
These books are just a few of my favorites — trust me, if I really sat down to build a comprehensive list it would up pretty lengthy, probably topping 20 books. And the best part? I still have many more to read — which means more books to share with you in the future! I sincerely hope that if you decide to dive in to one of these books that you come out the other side a better person.
What self-development books have you read that have changed your life? I am always looking for new books to add to my “must-read” list.
If you’re a bookworm like me, and enjoy self-development books, I would love to have you join my Life In Alignment Book Club ! Simply click the book club link and request to join the Facebook group. We are reading 1 book per month in 2019. The Life in Alignment Book Club community is growing and it would be an honor to get to know you on a more personal level as we read + grow together.
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