Self-help books are hugely popular but I never really paid them much attention. However, I then had a huge change to my life with a work accident that meant a loss of a certain future I was working towards. This left me feeling incredibly lost, so I turned to personal growth books to refocus and gain some clarity.
Whilst I am currently trying to figure out what my future is going to look like and what I am going to do, I have been using this time to work on myself. I am using personal growth books to learn and develop. Being forced to live a slower pace because of my chronic illness is now enabling me to figure out more about myself and what I really want from life.
If you go to your local library or book shops you will find so many books that come under the personal growth umbrella term. Not every book will resonate with you or enlighten you and that is okay. I am sharing a list of 6 personal growth books that I recommend.
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Here Are 6 Personal Growth Books You Should Read
1. Atomic Habits by James Clear
Atomic habits is a guide to building good habits and breaking bad ones. James Clear details how all our habits follow a 4-step habit loop which includes: cue, craving, response and reward. He shares practical techniques to ‘hack’ each stage so we can achieve personal change and development.
2. The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight
The life changing magic of not giving a f**k is a funny but practical guide to mental decluttering, giving you actionable tips to stop caring about things that don’t really matter to you, without feeling guilty or ashamed. You’ll learn practical methods on avoiding what makes you unhappy and get on what to say yes to. You can also learn: what to do with unwanted gifts or how to kindly decline a party invite. See how this book can enable you to start living a life full of joy.
3. No Longer Last On The List by Jo Bevilacqua
No longer last on the list is a powerful guide to getting more of what you love in life and putting your own needs higher on your to-do list. Life can be so busy, it is important for you to assess where your needs come on your never-ending to-do list. Award-winning entrepreneur and mentor Jo Bevilacqua looks at the pressures women face and gives you barrier-breaking activities for change. Help find clarity about what you really love in life and what you want from your life.
4. Happy by Fearne Cotton
Happy written by Fearne Cotton is her drawing on her own experience in addition to experts advice. This book shares practical ways of finding joy each and every day. Happy shares how happiness isn’t a huge mountain you have to climb, it is about taking one step at a time and you will find those small steps will make a huge difference in your life.
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5. The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme For Confidence, Success & Happiness by Prof Steve Peters
This book was actually recommended to me by one of my childhood friends as it had such an impact on her life. This book by Prof Steve Peters was accredited as the mind programme that helped Sir Chris Hay win his Olympic gold medals – how amazing is that! In essence Peters says that we can view the psychological mind as made up of three independent component parts. You will learn an easy to understand description of the psychological mind system. The simple analogy used in this book will enable you to take control of your emotions and to act in your own best interest. This can be in decision making, communicating with others, your health and your happiness.
6. Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King
Good vibes, good life explores the power of positive thinking. By outlying simple techniques for changing your mindset, it reveals how every one of us can take control of our happiness and put put you in the driving seat for your future. In this book Vex King draws on his own personal experience to help you practise self-care, manifest your goals, overcome fear and much more. This book is a perfect start for manifestation beginners.
This time I have been giving due to my accident and having to get myself better to a stage I can move forward with my future, I saw it as a negative. However, I am starting to see how it is allowing me to learn about my body, my mind and how I can learn to be in control of my own happiness and success. I am enjoying discovering more about myself and books that can positively influence me and my life.
Have you read any of these books before? What are you thoughts? I’d love to hear in the comments.