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Self-Help: Start the Process

You know there is a place to be better and no idea where to start? Or all the recommendations sound so good? Here’s a couple of ‘introductory’ books that don’t require back knowledge to get a lot out of them. That’s not to say a reread won’t bring a few new nuggets.

  • The Magic of Thinking Big By David Schwartz— This is the book when you’re really not sure where to go with your dreams. Tips in this book are for finding the path that you are able to take to great success.
  • Slight Edge by Jeff Olson-– this for the alteration effect, the way to slightly change the path you’re on and get where you want to go without feeling overwhelm about changing it all, all at once.
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert— sometimes you have to change everything to see where life can go and that is the adventure you’ve been looking for.
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert— this is more of a personal enjoyment. My motto from 2019 came from this book ‘Fear is Boring’. This was a piece of my catalyst to really going where my next changes are.
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport — This will help move you from research phase of change to the action side because the why is always more important than the how. You can trial and error the how, but the why is what gets you going.

Self-Development: Change Your Life

You’re on the journey but you’re not making progress like you wish you were. Here’s a couple of books to read to make that little increment make the most impact.

  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg-– This is once you realize there are things that you need to change and how to change them. Lots of science and research, but it’s also about tricking your brain into working for you. #mindovermattress
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod— Good ‘start’ routine suggestions. Breaks down the stages of habits so you have your mile markers. 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins — this is still a good starter book but it’s more geared to the change your life phase of Self Development. This is a read to get you into gear, literally.
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan— Pick your one thing to make it happen. This is about finding a focus and making progress as quickly as you will. Explains why and what true multitasking is and why it doesn’t work. Yeah, I know, I like doing two things at once. #not
  • F*ck Feelings by Bennett & Bennett— This is for those you that don’t have a problem with swearing. There isn’t a lot of it, but it is there. I still feel that it’s a good core book to find ways to put your feelings to the side when you have goals to get done.

Self Growth: Mash the Plateau

All right, you’re stalling out on the hill and you don’t know how to move forward into gear (yeah, I miss my manual driving days a little bit). Here’s a couple of more specific issue books that are about getting past that slump moment to keep the progress that you don’t see going.

  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris-– This really isn’t a complicated read that you can’t read at any point but I feel that I’ve gotten more out of it as a resource when I’m stuck in places that I can’t just get past rather than at the beginning of my self-care journey
  • Quiet by Susan Cain— This is an absolute goldmine for the introvert in your life both for you as a person interacting them and me as a person trying to fight my limitations. It really made sense of what my limitations are without putting limits on myself. Because yes, those are two different things. Check out Limits or Limitations a post that I wrote on my personal writing blog.

Self-Investment: Fine Tuning

I’m still getting into this section in my life so I’m looking for more specific change related books. Will add when I find them.

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