My top personal development books


January 6, 2023

With the new year underway we’re all thinking how we can make this year the best year yet, how we can be our best selves this year. For me, growth is one of my core values. I am constantly trying to improve myself personally and in my business. It can be a blessing and a curse sometimes!

I wouldn’t quite call myself a book worm but I do love to read when I have some time. I pretty much always have one “fun” fiction book and one non-fiction book that I’m reading. I’ll save the fiction books for another post, but today I wanted to share some of my top personal development books. I can usually find a helpful nugget of information in any book I read, but these ones in particular really stuck with me.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

I cannot recommend this book enough! For anyone battling limiting beliefs or small thinking, this one is for you. It was so eye opening for me to see just how much my thinking was effecting the rest of my life. Schwartz shows you how yo get the most out of your relationships, job, and life. He shows you that you don’t need to be exceptionally gifted or have innate talent in order to attain success and fulfillment.

Relentless by Tim Grover

Grover reveals what it takes to achieve total mental and physical dominance, showing you how to be relentless and achieve whatever you desire. Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, and you never let your emotions make you weak. He details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life. Relentless shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent’s weakness and attack. Relentless shows you how even the best get better…and how you can too.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Wanting to make changes in your life but feel like those big sweeping changes always fall short? James Clear reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits.

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

I read this book years ago and it still sticks with me. Shauna focuses on the most important transformation in her life: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. She pulls you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

Former Navy seal David Goggins recounts his struggles towards becoming a Navy Seal and ultra-runner. Goggins’ life has not been easy, even in childhood. Even with setbacks, Goggins didn’t let that stop him from reaching his goals. He shares how he pushes past his own mental and physical limitations to reach new levels.

I hope you can find some helpful information in these books as well. If you read any drop a comment of your thoughts! And I’d love to hear your favorites as well.

Until next time, xoxo Nicole

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