AS YOU MAY HAVE GATHERED ON MY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, I AM OBSESSED WITH PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION. I SPEND A LOT OF MY SPARE TIME ATTENDING WORKSHOPS, DOING THE INNER WORK, AND LISTENING TO AND READING SELF-HELP BOOKS.
Along my personal development journey, I have come across a few books that I consider my game-changers. In this two-part blog series, I share a list of self-help must-reads that helped me overcome some of my struggles.
Before you roll your eyes and skip ahead to the next book on this list, let’s make something clear, I’m not a fan of labels. But, since the tendency to classify and categorize is a deeply ingrained aspect of human nature, we’re going to use the empath label to describe ‘highly sensitive people.’
In this book, psychiatrist and author Judith Orloff walks you through how to overcome the challenges of being a highly sensitive person. Whether you exhibit one of the top 10 traits of being empathic or just find yourself feeling overwhelmed by panic attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, and other stressful emotions — This book is an excellent read for those trying to find their center.
As you might have learned on our ‘About Us’ page, I am a Certified Success Principles Trainer. So, it should come to no surprise that this New York Times Bestseller made it to my list. Since its initial publication over a decade ago, this book has empowered thousands of people to lead more fulfilling lives.
Whether you lack confidence, struggling to tackle day-to-day challenges or trying to discover your life’s purpose, Jack’s basic strategies for successful living are helpful for self-help beginners and experts alike.
If you look up Badass in the dictionary, you’re likely to see a picture of best-selling author Jen Sincero. Jen’s witty, no-bs approach to personal development is what makes this book a winner.
Fair warning, if you’re overly sensitive and easily triggered by words like “lame-o, b*tch, and wuss,” don’t bother picking up a copy of this book.
But chances are that if you’re reading this blog post, you’re not easily bothered. Because let’s be honest. I tend to throw sass around like glitter and have been known to drop the occasional f-bomb. A must-read for anyone trying to channel their inner boss b*tch.
In this powerful book, Mary pulls from her personal experience with hitting rock bottom and years of research on the science of the brain to provide an easy-to-follow framework for conscious living.
What makes this book so great is that the ideas are grounded in real-life examples and backed by science. So, if you’re looking for a practical step-by-step guide for consciously creating your own life, this one is a must-read.
I first learned about this book at one of Jack Canfield’s training seminars, and if I’m completely honest, I reacted with the same suspicious smirk you probably just gave. But I’m also going to assume that like me, your inner-hippy always prevails and you have a pretty open mind.
For those of you interested in the topics of invisible energy fields and infinite possibilities (or trying to decipher whether or not it’s total BS) —This book can be best described as a manual with 9 do-it-yourself experiments to prove that you do in fact influence your reality.
But don’t take my word for it, a simple search on youtube will lead you down a rabbit hole of E-squared testimonials and experiments that you can try yourself before picking up a copy.
If you struggle with self-compassion and self-love, this book should be at the top of your list. It’s essentially a Ted Talk turned into a self-help book, so if you purchase the audio version of the book, it should take a little more than an hour to get through it.
Don’t let the length full you, in this case, good things do come in small packages. As one Amazon reviewer put it, “It’s magical in its brevity.” Kamal’s heartfelt message is as practical as it is profound — a wake-up call for anyone struggling with low self-esteem or depression.
Full disclosure, my inner-geek is completely obsessed with this one. Vishin believes that just as a computer can be programmed to do specific tasks by understanding its code, you can hack your mind and program your life through a process he refers to as consciousness engineering.
In his book, Vishin explains how the world shapes us and how we can expand our state of awareness if we learn to identify and question the bulls**t rules that shape our lives. So, don’t let words like computational thinking and consciousness engineering intimidate you. This book is sure to transform your inner reality.
This book is the perfect read for those who are struggling with the need to release control and find themselves living in a state of constant fear and uncertainty.
Yes, it’s a little new-agey and goofy. All of the reasons I personally think you’ll love it. Gabby’s book is a practical guide to spirituality. Each story and lesson is a model for releasing the mental and emotional blocks that are keeping you from finding happiness, security, and clarity — A great read if you’re going through a spiritual crisis or just need a little faith-booster.
I used to be plagued by overthinking. I was trapped in this crazy loop of regret and indecision. On the one hand, I was continually thinking about the events that I couldn’t change in my past, on the other I was constantly overanalyzing situations and worrying about the future.
It was like my personal little hell. And because I’m usually not the type to let others in when I’m experiencing indecision, regret and emotional pain, for most of my life I dealt with these unpleasant feelings on my own.
This book made its way into my life during one of my darkest hours. I wasn’t looking for spiritual enlightenment, I was simply hoping to make some of the pain go away, and in this book, I found that and so much more. This book was the match that sparked a radical transformation in my life. With the help of this book I discovered a path to inner peace, happiness, and enlightenment. Shout out to Oprah’s book club for putting me on.