1. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
As you may have read in my bio, The Power of Now was THE BOOK that began my interest in self-care and self-improvement. I use to constantly have high levels of anxiety and stress. It’s actually sad to think back to my teen years, where I was putting so much pressure on myself. However, it all changed when I learned – I was always living for and thinking about tomorrow causing me to never enjoy or be grateful for today. Tolle is truly an extraordinary teacher that will talk with you (not at you) why we struggle to live in the now – but why we should and how we can take steps to be in it.
- “You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.”
- “But to know that you are not present is a great success:”
- “Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.”
2. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
“Every thought we think is creating our future”, explains Louise Hay. After reading her book, I totally agree! We can be our worst enemy by repeating such mean statements to ourselves – but we have the choice to change that. Since reading this book, I’m careful what thoughts I’m delivering to myself – including one’s not so obvious. For example, instead of saying, “don’t forget”, I now say, “please remember” to speak kinder to myself. I also now have affirmation cards around my apartment! I actually have two posted on my laptop that read “I can do it” and “I trust that life wants the best for me”.I know positive affirmations sounds too simple to “heal your life” but it works. You will learn to love yourself and life…
- “If a thought or belief does not serve you, let it go!”
- “People who love themselves and their bodies neither abuse themselves nor others.”
- “All the events you have experienced in your lifetime up to this moment have been created by your thoughts and beliefs you have held in the past.”
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill shares fascinating yet important stories of personal triumph from people who have accumulated great amounts of financial wealth. One of the biggest takeaways from this book is not relying on luck to become rich (or any of your goals for that matter), but consistent action. “Knowledge is only potential power”, he explains. In other words, we must understand and implement the knowledge with action. Take your time reading this book – it’s not a book to read in a day but throughout a great length of time. You want to make sure you understand and indeed implement the tips and tools he shares.
- “Human mind is powerful, it can control what actually does happen to you physically, mentally and emotionally.”
- “Knowledge is only POTENTIAL power.”
4. How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Like Napoleon Hill, he shares real stories relating to his teachings.
The title of this book might not be appealing to you, but this book is genuine. If you have trouble communicating problems, this book will be helpful. If you have trouble getting along with someone, this book will be helpful. If you feel lonely and there is no hope to find lasting and genuine relationships, this book is for you. AKA it’s for everyone!
- ‘Never argue with those who tell you like it is or have criticism, but instead listen, and you’ll be surprised their reaction and what benefits you get out of it.’
- “Anyone can complain, condemn and criticize, but it takes character to be understanding and forgiving.”
5. How To Stop Worrying & Start Living by Dale Carnegie
Like Napoleon Hill’s book, take your time reading to really soak in his words and how you can truly stop worrying & live your life to the fullest again. I still find myself re-reading many chapters when I feel hopeless and just like the universe is picking on me – no one else. This book will alter your perspective on stress and worry!
- “Worry is a habit –a habit I broke long ago.”
- “You don’t get stomach ulcers from what you eat. You get ulcers from what is eating you.”
Which personal development books do YOU love to read? Or you’d like to read? Comment below!
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