I’m an avid reader. I tends to lean towards historical fiction and self-help/self-development books with an occasional skip over to a good suspense thriller or young adult piece. Recently, I’ve found myself recommending the same few must-read self-help books to friends over and over again and I thought to myself ‘that would make a great blog post.’
Here are my Must-Read Self-Help Books
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read The Alchemist. The themes of following dreams, fate, self-discovery, and love are so strong and resonate deeply with me. It’s story is easy to follow, which helps make sometimes complicated subjects a bit easier to understand. For me, I see bits of the Bible in it and my own faith reflected, but I don’t think someone who isn’t Christian-based would be turned off by it.
Just a few of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist because I can’t resist sharing:
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”
“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”
Designing Your Life
Don’t know what you’re doing your life or want to make a massive change? Read Designing Your Life. I read it over the summer and put the exercises into practice. As a result, I got really clear about what I want out of life and made a plan to get there. You can also buy the accompanying journal, but I don’t think you have to. Just buy a blank notebook and some colored pencils like I did.
Year of Yes
I also read Year of Yes over the summer and it rocked my world. It even inspired my Word of the Year for 2020. Someday soon I’ll really dive into why this book rocked my world with you all, but if you find yourself in need of inspiration to get out of a rut, chase a dream, or live a fuller life, this book will provide that. You’ll also want to be Shonda Rhimes’ best friend when you’re finished.
The Gift of Fear
I’m a big big believer in gut instincts and following your intuition. I have a strong intuition and I’m not afraid to listen to it. The Gift of Fear really dives into the idea of listening to your gut and using those signals to spot signs that you may be in an unsafe situation. It is a fascinating read, particularly for women who often sense something might be “off” about a situation, but don’t want to appear “rude.”
A Return To Love
Being frank, A Return To Love might be a little “much” for some folks. It really dives into A Course In Miracles and accepting love and God into your life to improve the quality of your life and the world around you. It’s definitely one of the more spiritual books on this list, but I read it two years ago and have put much of it into practice with genuine results. You have likely seen this quote floating around (and likely wrongly attributed), but this is my favorite passage from the book:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.”
I picked up The Secret at a time when life had fallen apart and I was slowly getting back on my feet. It’s a simple book that explains the concept of the Law of Attraction. It may be a bit woo-woo for some of you, but I fully believe that like attracts like. Ask and you shall receive. It’s a quick read and I promise you, if you put what resonates into practice, your life will change.
Your turn: What books do I simple have to read – self-help or not?