Personal development can be a tough genre to get into. We all have struggles or goals that we could use help with. There are so many books on the market, and knowing which one to start with can be a challenge all on its own. Here are 7 books with reasons on why you need to pick them up!
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
This book is perfect for anyone that is starting out on their personal development journey (and those who need a little help with self confidence!). Brene Brown is a social worker, researcher, PhD and explorer of vulnerability in a world where everyone aims to look like they have everything under control. Learning to see vulernability as the root of everything, not bad or good, just neutral is such an important lesson no matter your goals in life. Due to her science background, the book is filled with facts, straightforward, and has minimal fluff (a key feature in any book if you ask me!)
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
This book is targeted at women, but anyone of any gender could benefit from reading it. Digging into her personal experience and journey, Hollis shares direct, tangible, and specific advice without hand holding. The tagline honestly says it all: “Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be.” Get ready to laugh and exposes the lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
Sometimes in order to move forward (and find what’s holding us back), we need to cut out the clutter. Learn how to simplify your life with clear, simple instructions that anyone can follow. For bonus points, Ley also sells a journal to help you stay organized throughout the year. It’s seriously a game changer!
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
If you have ever struggled with anxiety, you know how difficult it can be to talk about and work through. This is the author’s honest account of her struggle with anxiety and what she has done to cope or manage it throughout her life. Like many on this list, it is part-memoir and part self-help book. Wilson acknowledges that her perspective comes from a place of privilege, but she gives advice and a relatable experience for anyone who suffers from anxiety or knows someone that does.
Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
This book was inspired by an old saying that suggests that if you eat a live frog each morning as soon as you wake up, you can start the day knowing that the worst thing is over and you can move on. If you are a procrastinator with big ideas, or someone who finds they struggle to organize themselves productively, then this book is for you. Learn how to tackle the most impactful tasks of the day first and achieve your long term goals with this concise, simple guide!
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This book is targeted at couples, but it can be applied to any relationships (friends, family, partners, children, etc). We all show and receive love in different ways. No matter how often we try to communicate this, we often generally don’t understand the other person’s point of view. Learn how you receive love, how to communicate when someone receives it differently, and how to be more understanding and empathetic. These are skills that we ALL need to improve!!
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
There is so much misinformation on how we form and maintain habits. Duhigg looked into the science and leaves us with actionable frameworks that you can put to use immediately to help you build habits that last (and break the bad ones). So much of our life, whether conscious or subconscious, is formed by habits and rituals. Become aware of what habits you have and whether or not they are getting you where you want to be!