If you guys know me or have followed me for any amount of time, you know how much I love personal development! Like, seriously, I’m an addict and can’t get enough! Before I’m even finished with one book, I’m already ordering my next. I’ve read or listened to countless books, but there are a few that hold a special place in my heart and that I would consider life-changing books. Since people are always asking me for recommendations on what to read and since they’ve had such a positive effect in my life, I decided I would share my top picks with you.
It was difficult to narrow down my top picks, but I decided on 5 books that I really wanted to share with you guys. These 8 books have truly had an impact in my life, some I’ve read or listened to more than once. Some of them I still go back and reference. Some have helped me with my business, some my personal life, some my financial life and most, my overall mindset.
If you are ready to get inspired, check out my top 5 picks for personal development
The Compound Effect
The Compound Effect was one of my very first personal development books. If you haven’t read any of Darren Hardy’s books, you should probably read them all, but start with this one! Also, I highly recommend you subscribe to his daily emails, they are amazing! You can register to receive his awesome emails, here. In this book, he shares the principle that small actions that we take consistently can add up to greatness. Darren shows us how to live our dream life by changing little, daily decisions that we make. These little decisions can either lead to reaching dreams or to disaster. It’s our choice.
Darren Hardy is one of my favorite authors and mentors. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him speak live and he truly is inspiring. His book, The Compound Effect is one of the first books I always recommend my new coaches to read. And honestly, I think no matter what you do for a living, everyone should read this book. You can apply it to anything in life, whether you are an entrepreneur, a stay at home mom, trying to get organized, you are wanting to lose weight, get fit, whatever changes you want to make in your life, you can use the information from this book to guide you. Pick up a copy here.
My Miracle Morning
Well, if you’ve followed my social media at all over the last 2-3 years, you’ve probably heard me talk about this book. This book is a game changer! As someone who is not a morning person AT ALL, it took me some time to accept the challenge Mr. Hal Elrod was asking of me. But once I did, wow, everything started to change and change for the better. No, I am not a morning person now, but my mornings go way smoother and I’m much happier since putting these techniques into place. I get so much more done in the first hour of my day then I ever have and I’m so much more patient as a mother. If your mornings are full of chaos, rushing around, spilling your coffee on yourself, shoving your kiddos out the door then you need to order this book now! Seriously, go! You can pick it up here.
John Maxwell is one of my very favorite authors! I have read several of his books and have even had the privilege of attending a live conference call with him last year. His books are all about how to achieve your full potential, how to be successful in business and in life and how to change your mindset so that you can reach that potential.
No Limits is packed full of little nuggets that will help you get the most out of life by “blowing the cap off of your capacity,” as he puts it. One of my favorite points that he touches on is how to really connect and build relationships with people. Our successes and failures in life are typically traced back to our relationships so it’s important that we figure out to build strong ones. I learned so much about how to be more productive, responsible and how my attitude (good or bad) effects so much in my life. If you are wanting to achieve more, reach your full potential and really maximize your capacity, read this book! It’s GOLD! You can get it here, if you wanna.
You Are a Badass
Don’t be offended by the title of this book. Jen Sincere is sure to make you feel like a Badass after you finish reading it. I spent so many years of my life thinking that I was not good enough and doubting my true potential. Reading her book, helped me to realize that I am truly capable of way more than I’ve ever given myself credit for. She shows us how to change our self-sabatoging beliefs and behaviors so that we can start getting out of life what we truly deserve. You are capable of creating a life that you love. If you are ready to improve your mind and your life, you need to read this book. It is by far, one of my favs and I’ve read more than once! Go get it now! And because I buy everything on amazon, here’s a link.
Girl, Wash Your Face
If you haven’t seen or heard about this book yet, well, you must be living on another planet. Girl, Wash Your Face is all the rage and if you spend 5 minutes reading it, you will know exactly why. Rachel Hollis speaks to every woman in this book! I honestly felt like she had been in my head, reading my diary or stalking me!
In this amazing book, she shares with us the lies that we have been telling ourselves and believing, for years. And then she explains to us why they are indeed lies and how she has overcome these lies. From the lie that you are not good enough, that you’ll start tomorrow, that you are a bad mom to the lie that there is only one right way to be. She digs deep and shows how to overcome these self sabotaging lies and to live our best life with the truth.
This book, if you choose to read it, soak it in and allow it, will change your life for the better! Not overnight, but if you take the time to really let each chapter sink in, and apply her tips that she shares at the end of each chapter, it can have a huge impact on your happiness. Go get it now!! Here‘s where I ordered mine.
Choosing your book
When choosing a personal development book, my best advice is to think about the stage of life that you are in. What do you need to work on most? How do you want to improve your life at this very moment? Become more organized? Work on getting healthier, fitter, more focused? Are you trying to learn to love yourself? Are you trying to realize your true potential? Personal development is just that, it’s personal. Your time is precious, so choose something that you most need to work on at the moment. And if there’s no time to sit down and read a book, Audible is amazing! Listen in your car, while your folding laundry, traveling, at the airport, etc.
If you decide to take any of my recommendations, let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts on these books! You can always find me over on Instagram!