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5 Books That Will Change Your Life In Only 5 Weeks

Those that know me know I’m a bookworm.  In fact, if I’m going to be in the car for longer than 30 minutes, I bring a book.  (This only applies if I’m the passenger.  I’m not an audio book gal!)

Blog reader, we live in a glorious time where information can be found right at our fingertips.  In the developed world, we never have a reason to wonder how something works or who a certain historical figure was or why the Planet Earth is so fascinating. Thanks to my personal favorite modern marvel- The Internet– we hardly need wonder about anything. Most of the answers we need, barring philosophical ones, can be found with a few simple key strokes and the proverbial click of a mouse.

Setting goals

Lucky for us, this ease of finding information can really work to our benefit when we are setting goals for ourselves. That is the step that is oftentimes missing in people’s goal setting sessions.

We usually know:

  • WHAT we want to do
  • WHY we want to do it
  • HOW we plan to achieve it

But an often overlooked and immensely vital step is this: How do we plan to grow our hearts and minds so that we are ready to take action, and ready to accept the rewards we reap? The answer is personal development.

5 books that will point you in the right direction

I really loved these books, and I think they helped change a lot of negative thought patterns I had developed as far as my own self worth, and as far as my potential for success. After all, before you do the hard work, you need to do some heart work!

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero.

Do you ever doubt yourself? Do you ever wonder if you are enough to achieve your goals? Sincero aptly addresses these issues and more. At under 300 pages, this can definitely be read in a week or less.  The chapters are nice and bite-sized and she uses plenty of entertaining anecdotes to illustrate her points.

Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by Dave Braun & Troy Amdahl

The premise is simple. To be a human that functions at its optimal levels, your life needs to be in balance.  For it to be in balance, you need to ensure you are functioning well in 7 key areas of life: Family, Friends, Fun, Faith, Finance, Field, and Fitness.  It gives you suggestion after suggestion on how you can achieve that.  Also at under 300 pages, this book can easily be read in a week.

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

I really loved this concise, funny book.  Concise might be a bit of a misnomer.  Although it is a short, fast read, it is jam-packed with witty wisdom on why you need to stop being such a damn perfectionist so you can finally start meeting your goals.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be by Rachel Hollis

I have felt many times that I was too _______ to achieve my goals. Too tired. Too sad. Too unattractive.  Too old.  Too busy with kids.  Pick your negative thought.  We’ve all got them. This book explores the most common lies that we tells ourselves, and teaches us ways we can push past them and become the person that we deserve to be.

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing And Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

I am nearly done with this one now, and boy, is it a doozy.  Like her other book described above, she tackles a lot of weighty topics in a relatively short book.  This book talks about all the excuses we make for not reaching our goals, and then lists different behaviors to adopt and skills to acquire instead.

Read these 5 books and you will find yourself armed with inspiration, hope, and big, big dreams. But remember, the whole point of reading these is to give you the knowledge and courage to take action.  So read them, and then go out there and ACT.

What are some of your favorite inspirational books? I would love to hear about them in the comments!

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