Somehow, I’ve managed to read 3 thick self-help books (and one 16 page essay) this month. As part of the 8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning, I’ve been able to find the time to do more reading! It also helps that I didn't have my nose buried in textbooks this month either. I’ve read one spiritual book, one entrepreneurial book, one financial book, and one humanistic psychology paper. All of them contain a lot of liberating truths and I felt I gleaned a lot of empowering information from all of them. Here’s the titles (if you’re interested): Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields, I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi, Add More ~ing to Your Life by Gabrielle Bernstein, and A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham Maslow.
It began with Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield. His writing style is simple, with lots of little thoughtful, poetic sentences sprinkled throughout. Certainly is one of my favorite books. If you haven't read this book or The War of Art, you're really missing out! Both books are about self-improvement and they can be applied to a weight loss journey. I re-read The Emotional Eater's Book of Inspiration by Debbie Danowski, PhD. I originally started reading this book a few years ago when I was suffering big time with binge eating. It's funny how much the advice in a book can change when you mature over time. I also read The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin. This is the first book I've honestly read by Seth Godin and I wasn't super impressed. It was a decent book, but maybe it read like a philosophy book a bit too much. A lot of it went flying right over my head because it's super scholarly (in my opinion). I was able to relate to some bits and pieces, but I think Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield was a better use of time to read. I will read some more Seth Godin stuff in the future though.
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte is great to read and listen to. I did both at the same time. It helped her message really "sink in" for me. Her voice adds an extra layer of "wisdom" that I needed to hear. Her book is mostly about getting that fire started inside of you to take on the tasks that really ignite a passion inside of you… but maybe you're too afraid to pursue. It great for anyone that is on a journey (weight loss included). Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. was a book that I had read a few years back but felt I really needed a refresher on. The first half of the book is probably the best part because it really covers everything a person needs to know right there. The rest of the book is how these mindsets apply to different areas of life (with great real-life examples and scientific evidence).
I was given a copy of Body of Truth by Harriet Brown to review, and I thought I was going to LOVE this book, but that wasn't the case. You can read the review by clicking here. There is also a way to get a preview to the book for free on that book review I did. It was full of information… but also full of opinion and didn't inspire me at all.
The other book was Do The Work by Steven Pressfield. This is the 3rd book I've read from this author. He never disappoints. He always motivates me to get my ass in gear…. and do the work. Because of this book (and B-School) I've started working on some big changes with my health coaching business. This book is also helpful when viewed from the perspective of weight loss, so I encourage you to check it out if that's what you're trying to do! I read the first half on my own and the second half aloud with my husband. This is a short read, so I encourage you to read it aloud. It's worth it. Words ring truer to your ears when verbalized.
For this month, I only really read 1 book: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. It was great to read and listen to the audio version at the same time. Danielle certainly helps us look at goals from a different angle. It reminds me of a female version of much of what Tony Robbins talks about. She uses your core desired feelings to set goals rather than just setting goals and going after them. This is great for many "feeler" personality types that may have a hard time staying motivated to reach goals. I think next year I may become a Desire Map licensee. That's how much value I see in it.
My All-Time Favorite Books (Highly Recommended Reads):
I strongly believe in the power of knowledge and information. Obviously, books are a great tool for this. I've compiled a list below of my favorite books for transformation (Mine is at the top, of course). By clicking on the book cover, it will take you to Amazon for a further description of what the book is about. If you choose to purchase a book, please do know that I will earn a small commission if you purchase through my links.