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What is your favorite book? Which book inspires you every single time you read it? (My all-time favorite is Love in the Time of Cholera.) For some it is a work of fiction. For others, it is a meaningful biography of their favorite historical figure. Whatever the case, books have the power to massively change your life.
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. (My husband regularly teases me about this. But this only applies if I’m the passenger. I’m not an audio book gal!) Bonus points if the book is something I can gain knowledge from that I can use to change my life.
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. We can find most of the answers we need, barring philosophical ones, with a few simple key strokes and the proverbial click of a mouse.
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 change your life
I read these books over the past year and I fell in love with them. For a long time I struggled with self doubt and low confidence. I have been that way ever since I was a teen. Unfortunately, I was teased a lot in school, and that plus my depression led to a cocktail of low self esteem.
I think these books helped change a lot of negative thought patterns I developed as far as my own self worth, and as far as my potential for success. They made me realize that my goals are possible. Maybe not easy, but at least possible. This was a vital realization for my personal development journey. 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.
Get it HERE
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.
Get it HERE
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.
Get it HERE
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. I’m 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. This book changed my life for the better.
Get it HERE
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.
Get it HERE
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Make the commitment to read these 5 books today (you can purchase them using the links above) and you will find yourself armed with inspiration, hope, and big, big dreams. When was the last time you really allowed yourself to dream? I bet these books will help restore the confidence you are missing.
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 that have changed your life? I would love to hear about them in the comments!
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