This past month at my local networking meeting, I shared a couple of books I have been reading that I found to be really great. I’m an avid reader, first because I love to read and second because I believe we need to always be developing ourselves and our minds. One of my friends reached out and said “You should just make a list,” and so I have. This is part 1, some of the books I love for personal development. This list is much bigger, so today I’m only sharing 5 of my favorites or the most recent books I have read. I hope you find something of value! Note: The links here are my link to Amazon, which means if you decide to purchase something through that link, I do get a few pennies for it. I’m just starting my affiliate account with them, so it actually helps me build that part of my business. So, if you decide to purchase, thank you!
The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
I have always loved Andy Andrews. I follow his blog, love his writing, and really love his sense of humor. I also love how he winds history into his books. This book is perhaps my all time favorite book in personal development. It’s full of golden nuggets of wisdom. I usually have a few copies of this one because it’s one I love to pass along to others. If you haven’t read it, put it at the top of your list!
Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes
This is a book I’m doing in an online book club for the month of January. First, I’m a lover of shows like Gray’s Anatomy and Scandal, so I thought gee, it might be fun to read something by the creator of my favorite shows. Little did I realize how the book would impact me! Year of Yes is all about saying yes to things that scare you. It was created because Shondra’s sister said the words “you never say yes to anything.” Think on that. Sometimes we’re accused of not being able to say no. But how many things do you NOT say yes to because it’s too scary? This is an eye opener and one I think everyone should read. How would your life be different if you had a year of yes?!
Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy by Mallika Chopra
This one is all about finding purpose in your life. She gives an action plan for figuring out the intent or purpose for your life. I love this book! So many “self help” books are written from a viewpoint of “I have it all together and let me show you how you, too, can be like me.” This one shows the bare honestly and humanity of the author. I love that she shares her personal struggles with things. There have certainly been times in my own life where I have been that speaker on a stage and have been wondering to myself how I could possibly be teaching a topic when I knew I didn’t have things together myself. I love how she shares her vulnerability. I love how she shares a simple roadmap to move from thought, to action, to outcome. I love, simply, that she gets it. I believe this is a great book for anyone who’s in that place in life where you’re seeking to find your own intent. I believe this is a book I will pull out often and go through again and again as I define the intent for my life. I am so glad I found it.
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson and John David Mann.
This book is full of some awesome concepts. “Simple disciplines repeated over time will create success; simple mistakes repeated over time will create failure” This one is a great read if you’re looking for things you need to add into your life and be disciplined about.It reminds us that nothing is built overnight, no habit is developed overnight, and that we must take small, simple steps to get where we want to go.
The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
This is another of my long time favorites. The War of Art describes how we must conquer the resistance. What’s the resistance? It’s that thing that says you can’t do something, you won’t be successful, you can’t be different. Pressfield gives it a name, the resistance. Only by conquering the resistance can be truly go out and create the art we are meant to create in life. What’s holding you back? Grab this one and learn how the resistance is impacting you and what you can do about it!