It should be no surprise to you by now that I’m a huge fan of personal development books. I’m constantly harping on the benefits of self-improvement and self-discovery here at Boho Berry, and I firmly believe that the best way to improve your quality of life is to focus on becoming the best version of yourself every single day. (I even included a reminder of that in my personal mission statement for 2016!)
Every now and then, I pick up a book that has an immediate and lasting impact on my life. It shapes the way I see the world, the way I interact with others, and the way I choose to live my life.
These are almost always personal development books, although sometimes they cross the realm into semi-fictional narratives of self-discovery and adventure. Because let’s face it — who doesn’t love a good tale of self-discovery and adventure?
MAKING TIME FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
“You can’t pour from an empty cup” ~ Unknown
Before we dive into the list, let’s talk about the importance of personal development for a minute, shall we? If you’re anything like me, then you have a lot of responsibilities in your life. People that you love and take care of, chores to do, a job to go to, and schedules to manage.
I get asked all of the time how I manage to keep up with everything and still provide quality content here on the blog on top of everything else. Well, the answer is simple. I keep my “cup” topped off so that I can always “pour” a little more into the lives of others.
That little quote up there is one I heard YEARS ago, and one of the main reasons that I focus so much on personal development. One of the things that brings me the most joy in life is to inspire and help others. I can’t expect to do that if I’m not constantly learning and improving myself, right?
THAT, my friends is why I just love personal development books!
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7 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
>> 1. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Why I love it:
I won’t go too in depth here as I have already written about my Miracle Morning experience here and then again here. The bottom line is that by creating a morning routine using 6 of the most proven self-improvement methods, my life has been absolutely and unequivocally changed!
I now rise earlier than the sun each day. I spend time in silent reflection, time reading, time exercising, and time planning out my day. I get more done in the first 2-3 hours of my morning than I used to get done in an entire day!
>> 2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Why I love it:
Written by a shamanic teacher and healer, The Four Agreements is a quick, easy read that presents a code of conduct of sorts. A guide to living a more free and happy life.
The Four Agreements are: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
Don Miguel Ruiz’s explanation of how and why to do these things is what makes this a MUST read!
>> 3. It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
Many of you probably remember following along with my Whole30 Challenge last Summer. This is the book that started it all.
While it’s not a personal development book per se, it is definitely a book that changed my life! This book taught me SO much about the food that goes into my body, and what effects it has on my life as a whole.
This book will put you on a path to a more natural, healthy way of eating.
>> 4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Again, not really a personal development book, but definitely a book that had a huge impact on my life!
Reading through Liz Gilbert’s path of self-discovery awakened a yearning in me to create the life that I have always wanted. Of course, reading about her travels also sparked my wanderlust but that’s a story for another day ;)
This is one that I have read so many times that I can now open to any page and glean some inspiration because I already know the context.
>> 5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
You have probably seen Marie Kondo’s organizing method all over your Facebook feed recently… The KonMari Method has caught on, and for good reason! It really works!
The basis of the method is to sort through your belongings one by one, asking yourself: “Does it spark joy?”. If it does, you keep it. If not, out it goes. Sounds simple, right?
I started my own KonMari Journey last year, and let me tell you… it feels good!
>> 6. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
If there is ONE book that has just blown me away this year, it’s Big Magic. Author Elizabeth Gilbert makes her second appearance on my list with this amazing book.
She’ll walk you through breaking out of your creative ruts, finding fulfillment in your work, and above all getting past your fear of starting.
PS: I own the hard copy of this book, but I also downloaded the Audible version. Why? It’s narrated & read by Liz Gilbert herself! Talk about powerful stuff!
>> 7. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown breaks down the core elements of vulnerability. One of my favorite quotes from the book sums it up perfectly: “Vulnerability is courage in you but inadequacy in me.”
How often do we praise vulnerability in others yet are terrified to be vulnerable ourselves? Daring Greatly is a mix of research and storytelling that will have you laughing, learning, and sometimes even crying. I came away from this book with so many “Aha!” moments, and I’m sure that you will too!
What are some of the personal development books that have had the greatest impact on YOUR life? I’d love to know, so drop me a line in the comments below, will ya?
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