The following books are some of my favorite personal development books. I read a lot, and I’ve read hundreds of books and I’m only recommending the books that I have personally found useful in helping me create a life I love. Some are new and some are oldies but goodies. The links are affiliate links and will take you to Amazon. If you buy anything through my link I will earn a small percentage, which helps me pay for the cost of keeping up this website. I hope you will find something here to inspire you.
Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead by Tara Mohr
Do you feel like you’re just not using all of your gifts and talents to the best of your ability? This book will help you to figure out what is holding you back and how to fix it. Mohr shares a model for making the journey from playing small–being held back by fear and self-doubt–to playing big, taking bold action to pursue what you see as your callings. I had many aha moments and was able to recognize and fix some of my self-sabotaging behaviors.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Do you have a creative calling? This is the best book I have ever read about living a life in pursuit of a creative passion. You might already know Liz Gilbert from her mega-hit Eat, Pray Love. I read it first from the library and immediately ordered by own copy to read again. If you want to be creative- in the arts-photography, writing, making things…this book will both inspire you and ease your reluctance. Check out the Big Magic Podcast too, where Gilbert talks with creative people who are stuck on their creative journey as well as with established experts who offer help.
Do you have big goals but struggle to make them a reality? This is one of those books I keep coming back to again and again. I’m still working on some of the actions Miedaner suggests. Some of the tips are quick fixes (arrive ten minutes early), others require some work (raise your personal standards.) There is something here for everyone.
Canfield spells out 64 different principles that have been used by successful men and women through out time. He gives you tools to change your thoughts, vision, habits, productivity and even your money. This isn’t a quick read; it is full of actions you can take to change things in your life for the better.
If you are a procrastinator, this book will help. We would all like to get more done is less time. Tracy divides the ideas into easy bite sized chunks and gives you a work scheduling blueprint. It is genius!
Live the Life You Love: In Ten Easy Step by Step Lessons by Barbara Sher
Do you want to love your life but struggle to get past the mundane day to day? This is an older book, but one of my absolute favorites. Barbara Sher helps you to make “impossible” dreams possible with exercises on motivation, finding support, getting ready to take action, and getting going. I also suggest Sher’s other books:
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
We all have too much to do. McKeown teaches us how to stop trying to get everything done and get the right things done. When you stop trying to do it all and stop saying yes to everything, you can give your highest contribution to the world. McKeown reminds us that if you don’t prioritize your own life, someone else will prioritize it for you.