Books can be powerful, they can inspire, motivate and make you a better person.
A far cry from the old ways of hiding your face when browsing the ‘self help’ section of the bookstore, self improvement books are now commonplace.
These books will make you a better person and motivate you to look at your life in a different way.
1 – 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
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At first, I thought ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferris was just for entrepreneurs, but as I read it, I realized there’s an important message in there for everyone.
The book challenges us to question why we work so hard doing the things we do and wait until retirement to enjoy life.
While the book may not be attainable for everyone to outsource every aspect of their life as Tim suggests, there are definitely takeaways that apply to all of us.
Maybe you can’t outsource your entire life, but you could consider outsourcing certain tasks, like cleaning or meal prep, to free up your time and improve your quality of life.
What I appreciate about this book is that it encourages us to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.
It reminds us that we don’t have to live our lives on someone else’s terms, and that we have the power to create the life we truly want.
Overall, ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ is a thought-provoking read that will inspire you to rethink the way you approach work and life.
It’s not just for entrepreneurs – it’s for anyone who wants to refocus their time and create a happier, more fulfilling life.
My Key Takeaway – Ask yourself what is important in your life and if you can make any changes to create a life where you get to focus more on the important things.
2 – Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
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Have you fallen into the habit of saying no to every invitation because you’re just too busy?
Feel like the fun in your life is coming second to the constant battle of keeping up with work?
Then this is the book for you!
Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. We get so caught up in our day-to-day routines that we forget to have fun and enjoy life. It’s easy to fall into the habit of saying no to everything because we’re too busy, too tired, or too stressed out.
But what if we said yes instead? That’s exactly what Shonda did for a whole year and she shares her experience in this inspiring book. Spoiler alert – it was awesome!
As the title suggests, Shonda spent a whole year saying yes to invitations she would have previously said no to and she shares the effect it had on her life.
By saying yes to invitations she would have previously turned down, Shonda opened up a whole new world of possibilities. She discovered new passions, made new friends, and learned to embrace life in a whole new way.
So, are you ready to say yes to more things in your life? Here are some tips from the book that might help you get started:
- Start small – say yes to something you would normally say no to, like going for a walk or trying a new restaurant.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone – saying yes to new experiences can be scary, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
- Remember that it’s okay to say no – the point of the book is not to say yes to everything, but rather to be open to new opportunities.
- Have fun! – saying yes should be a way to add more joy and excitement to your life, so make sure you’re doing things that make you happy.
My Key Takeaway – Take a moment before responding ‘no’ straight away. Oftentimes I’ll say ‘no’ out of habit. Taking a moment before responding allows me to really think about the question being asked.
3 – Get Rich Lucky Bitch – Denise Duffield Thomas
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This book literally changed my life. While it’s disguised as a book that focuses on money, it covers so much more. Focusing on things like how putting negative vibes out into the universe brings negative vibes back to you and the power of a positive mindset.
This book not only teaches you how to manifest amazing things in your life, but even the simple practical aspects like decluttering, focusing on your goals and being positive can make a huge difference to your life.
The book goes beyond just making money. It also focuses on the importance of having a positive mindset and energy, and how this can have a significant impact on all aspects of your life.
For instance, the book emphasizes the power of decluttering and how it can help you create space for the things that truly matter in your life.
By letting go of physical and emotional clutter, you can make room for abundance and positivity.
The book also emphasizes the importance of setting clear goals and taking action towards them.
By breaking down your goals into manageable steps and working towards them consistently, you can make progress towards the life you want.
And of course, the book also emphasizes the importance of having a positive mindset.
By focusing on the good in your life and staying optimistic about the future, you can attract more positivity and abundance into your life.
Overall, ‘Get Rich Lucky Bitch’ is an incredibly powerful and transformative book that can help you become the best version of yourself.
Whether you’re looking to manifest more money or simply create a happier, more fulfilling life, this book has the tools and insights you need to succeed.
My Key Takeaway – Understanding your money mindset, and why you feel the way you feel about money is LIFE CHANGING.
4 – UnF*ck Yourself – Gary John Bishop
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Hey, are you feeling stuck in a rut and unable to make progress in your life? If so, ‘UnF*ck Yourself’ by Gary John Bishop might just be the kick in the pants you need to get back on track.
This book is perfect for those who are looking for a no-nonsense approach to personal development.
It’s not full of fluffy, feel-good advice or new age concepts – it’s all about taking action and getting out of your own way.
If you’re tired of making excuses and feeling like you’re not living up to your potential, this book will help you take control of your life and start making real progress towards your goals.
One of the things I love about this book is its straightforward approach.
It doesn’t sugarcoat anything or try to make things seem easier than they are.
Instead, it acknowledges that change is hard and requires hard work, but also emphasizes that you are more than capable of making the necessary changes.
The book is full of practical advice and exercises that will help you shift your mindset and start taking action towards the life you want.
From identifying your self-limiting beliefs to creating a concrete plan for achieving your goals, this book covers it all.
With its no-nonsense approach and practical advice, it will help you get out of your own way and start living your best life.
My Key Takeaway – You have the power to change your life, but you need to take action to make it happen.
5 – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
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The book’s premise is simple – we all have a limited number of f*cks to give in life, so we need to choose them wisely.
Instead of trying to force positivity or will things to change, the book encourages readers to focus on accepting what they can’t control and taking action towards what they can.
One of the things I love about this book is its honest and relatable tone.
The author doesn’t sugarcoat anything or try to make things seem easier than they are.
Instead, he acknowledges that life can be messy and unpredictable, but that we can still find meaning and purpose in it.
The book is also filled with humor and personal anecdotes that make it an engaging and entertaining read. You’ll find yourself nodding along with the author’s insights and laughing at his witty observations.
Ultimately, this books message is that it’s okay to not be okay all the time. It’s okay to struggle and face challenges, and it’s okay to not have everything figured out.
What’s important is that we choose to focus our energy on the things that truly matter to us, and that we take action towards the life we want.
My Key Takeaway – You don’t have to have all the answers or know what you’re doing all the time.
6 – You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero
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Do you ever feel like you’re standing in your own way and holding yourself back from achieving your goals?
If so, ‘You Are a Badass’ by Jen Sincero is the perfect book for you.
One of the key themes of the book is the idea that we are often our own worst enemies.
We sabotage ourselves with negative self-talk, limiting beliefs, and other destructive behaviors.
But by identifying these patterns and working to overcome them, we can unlock our full potential and achieve our wildest dreams.
The book also emphasizes the importance of self-love and acceptance.
It’s easy to focus on our flaws and shortcomings, but by embracing the things we love about ourselves, we can cultivate a stronger sense of self-worth and confidence.
I love the author’s approach to these topics. She’s funny, relatable, and not afraid to call readers out on their BS.
She’s not interested in making readers feel good temporarily – she wants to help them make lasting change in their lives.
One of the things I appreciate about this book is that it’s not just about positive thinking or manifesting your dreams.
It’s about taking real, tangible action towards the life you want.
The author provides practical advice and exercises that will help you identify your goals, overcome self-sabotage, and create a plan for success.
My Key Takeaway – It’s never too late to start. You can take control of your life whether you’re 20, 40, or on the other side of the halfway mark of life…
7 – Declutter Your Mind – S.J Scott & Barrie Davenport
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Do you ever feel like your mind is cluttered with so many thoughts and worries that you can’t think straight? If so, ‘Declutter Your Mind’ by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport is the perfect book for you.
One of the key themes of the book is the idea that mental clutter can hold us back in all areas of our lives.
It can cause anxiety, stress, and overwhelm, and make it difficult to focus on our goals and passions.
The book provides practical activities and exercises that can help you identify the sources of your mental clutter and clear them out.
From identifying toxic relationships to decluttering your physical space, the book covers all the bases when it comes to reducing mental clutter and creating a more peaceful and focused mindset.
One of the things I love about this book is its practicality.
The authors don’t just talk about the importance of decluttering your mind – they provide step-by-step instructions and activities that will help you actually do it.
For instance, the book includes exercises to help you identify your values and passions, and align them with your goals.
It also includes tips for reducing anxiety and stress, such as mindfulness practices and breathing exercises.
Overall, the key takeaway from this book is that mental clutter is not something you have to live with. With the right tools and strategies, you can clear your mind and create a more focused and peaceful life.
So, are you ready to declutter your mind and start living a more peaceful and fulfilling life?
If so, ‘Declutter Your Mind’ is the perfect book for you. With its practical advice and exercises, it will help you reduce mental clutter, increase focus, and live your best life.
At the end of the day, whether you prefer the woo woo approach, or the no holds barred straight down the line approach, these books will help you be a better person, improve your life and build your self confidence.
These seven self-improvement books offer a wide range of advice, tips, and exercises that can help you achieve your goals, overcome self-sabotage, and improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.
From decluttering your mind and focusing on what truly matters to adopting a more positive mindset and taking action towards your dreams, these books offer practical and actionable advice that can help you create the life you want.
While each book offers a unique approach to self-improvement, they all share a common thread – the belief that you have the power to create positive change in your life.
Whether you’re struggling with mental clutter, self-doubt, or a lack of direction, these books can help you find the clarity and motivation you need to move forward.
So, if you’re looking for inspiration, guidance, or simply a new perspective on life, consider checking out one of these books.
With their relatable tone, practical advice, and engaging storytelling, they’re sure to leave a lasting impact on your life.
Remember, the journey to self-improvement is a marathon, not a sprint, but with the right tools and mindset, you can achieve your goals and live the life you truly deserve.
Friday 16th of June 2017
This is an interesting collection of titles. For me, I would have to include the Bible. If you are ever looking for wisdom, the book of Proverbs is so full of wise sayings to live by.
Saturday 17th of June 2017
Good point Gretchen - I understand for a lot of people the Bible would be a book to look towards.