A few years ago, my husband introduced me to the genre of self-help books. I had never really considered reading these types of books before because quite honestly, I wasn’t looking for help. Ha! In all honesty, I was looking for help, I just didn’t know where to start, and I didn’t have the ambition and mindset to take the first step.
I now read personal development books every morning as part of my morning routine. I love starting my day focused on myself before I jump into mom mode, and this year I want to help others find more time to work on being the best version of themselves. My word for 2018 is INSPIRE, and I can’t inspire others if I’m not constantly working on being the best version of myself.
My journey over the past two years has been to find my Why, strengthen my connection with my faith, my family, and most importantly myself. These are the books that have been most inspirational to me on my journey and I encourage you to start (or continue) your journey with these books. I promise you will find wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration to be the best version of yourself!
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5 Personal Development Books to Inspire Your Best Self (in order of importance)
1. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
I wrote an entire post about this book here, so I won’t go into too much detail, but this book is completely life-changing. If you want to live your life with intention and make the most of each day I highly suggest starting with The Miracle Morning. It will likely require that you get up earlier, but once you’ve read this book, you’re going to want to! My life has been completely changed by starting each day (ok, most days) with my morning routine. If you’re intimidated by early mornings, I was too! Make sure you read my post on How a Change in My Routine Changed My Life.
This book really ties for first place on my list of must-read Personal Development books. I love Sincero’s no-nonsense approach to life, gratitude and moving past everything that is holding us back. She’s entertaining, authentic, and incredibly witty in her writing. It’s rare to find an author who can be so funny and relatable, while still being incredibly helpful and inspiring. I found myself highlighting and taking notes a lot as I read, which always means it’s a winner! I’m looking forward to reading You Are a Badass at Making Money in 2018.
Update: I just finished reading You Are a Badass at Making Money and it did not disappoint. This book challenges you to change your mindset about money, take risks, and push yourself to make the money you thought you could only dream of.
3.The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is the creator of the ever-popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series and has quickly become one of my favorite self-improvement mentors. Canfield gives you 65 methods to transform your life. The book is overwhelming at first (almost 500 pages), but he breaks it down in simple chapters which make it easy to jump around or skim. Some of the ideas may not be new to you, but I think they are all important reminders to set the foundation for success. I originally borrowed this book from the library but decided this was one I needed to own so I can continue to review and highlight the chapters that speak to me. This book has greatly inspired and will continue to inspire the content of my blog.
4.Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert is the same author who wrote Eat, Pray, Love which was a best seller inspiring millions to search for their own best selves several years ago. Gilbert shares her wisdom and unique process with creativity that is inspiring. She has a spiritual approach that will artfully walk you through her process of finding fulfillment and most importantly, getting started. If you need help channeling your creativity, this book is for you!
5.Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
This book is for anyone struggling financially. Actually, many don’t realize they are struggling financially, so I would recommend this book to anyone who carries any debt other than a mortgage. Ramsey discusses all forms of debt and has a simple and straightforward approach to recognizing money myths, paying off debt, and building a safety nest. It’s not easy, but it works and the book is full of testimonials to prove it. Money has a huge influence on our happiness, relationships, and our stress levels, so I highly suggest putting financial independence on your list of self-improvement goals (if you haven’t already).
Looking for more ideas? Check out my list of personal development books I plan to read in 2018 by clicking here.
What self-development books do you love? I’d love to hear your recommendations! Comment below.