10 Must-Read Personal Development Books That Changed My Life

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Your relationships, business, and happiness can drastically improve just by changing your mindset and way of thinking.

By setting a goal of reading 1 book a month, you can drastically change your life 12 months from now.

Growing up, I had a negative mindset. I didn’t think a lot of things were possible. When I first heard about personal development, I thought it was a joke until I started applying it to my life. It feels amazing. I even have a life coach now that helps me grow myself even further. Anything is possible and you can be whoever you want. You got this. 

Below are 10 must-read personal development books that can truly change your life.

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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Last month I got this book thinking it would be a quick read, hopefully somewhat good. I was totally blown away by the end!

Girl, Wash Your Face taught me so many valuable lessons including not everyone has their sh*t together.

Rachel Hollis exposes 20 lies and misconceptions that often hold many of us back from living our best life.

Her painfully honest and fearless humor is what sets this book apart from others. This book was so raw and real and even better, in the end, I honestly felt happier.

You can take away so many lessons from Girl, Wash Your Face and apply them to your life.

Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior

Many of us don’t use our full potential in life because of our self-defeating behavior.

This type of behavior keeps us from achieving the kind of love, success, and happiness we truly want in our lives.

Get Out of Your Own Way explains how our childhood has shaped the sabotage cycle in ourselves and our behavior.

You’ll learn practical steps of action to take to transform your behavior from self-defeating to life-enhancing.

Instead of approaching life’s challenges with pain, fear, and confusion, you will learn how to approach these with dignity, wisdom, and courage, and sometimes even humor.

The author encourages you to reflect on your behavior and stop being your own worst enemy and become your own best friend.

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Do you often feel overwhelmed by your thoughts?

Do people tell you that you worry too much?

Though all of us may struggle with the occasional negative thought, there are some people who are plagued with constant overwhelm.

In order to overcome this behavior, you need to examine the thoughts that are negatively impacting your life.

In Declutter Your Mind, you will learn the following:

  • causes of mental clutter
  • how to reframe all negative thoughts
  • strategies to improve (or eliminate) bad relationships
  • importance of decluttering the distractions that cause anxiety
  • benefits of meditation and focused deep breathing

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Book of Joy is a collaboration between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Combined, both have survived over 50 years of exile and violence of oppression, yet they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

The Book of Joy offers a rare opportunity to discover the eight pillars of joy which can provide a strong foundation for lasting happiness.

Throughout the book, they offer stories, wisdom, and science, along with daily practices that anchor them in their own personal lives.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

Another must-read with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Any and every time you see him, he’s full of joy. He’s always smiling and making others smile.

In The Art of Happiness, you will learn through the Dalai Lama’s conversations, stories, and meditations on how to overcome anxiety, insecurity, anger, and other negative feelings.

With over 2,5000 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with today’s science of positive psychology, The Art of Happiness will teach readers how to overcome life’s challenges.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom 

In The Four Agreements, you will discover the source of limiting beliefs that hold us back and create unnecessary suffering.

The Four Agreements offers a powerful code of conduct that can help you transform your life that consists of more love, happiness, and freedom.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

A book that will change your outlook on life, The Gifts of Imperfection explores how to cultivate feelings of self-worth and self-acceptance.

In today’s society of insults, fears, and criticisms, The Gifts of Imperfection can help you embrace imperfection.

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life

Unfu*ck Yourself is a self-empowerment guide that offers you a raw and no-nonsense approach to help you overcome limitations set by yourself.

You will get the tools and advice to become the truly unfu*ked version of yourself.

Gary John Bishop states that circumstances and other people aren’t standing in your way, it’s how you negatively talk to yourself.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

The Untethered Soul goes on a journey beyond yourself.

Michael Singer, a spiritual teacher, explores the question of who we are and our ability to move past painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving true happiness.

The Untethered Soul maintains a light and engaging tone and can help readers experience the ideas that Singer presents.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

From the author of Eat Pray LoveElizabeth Gilbert created a book with insights into the nature of inspiration.

Big Magic encourages readers to uncover their “strange jewels” that are hidden within all of us.

No matter what your journey or challenge is in life, embark on a journey with more mindfulness and passion, and that’s exactly what Big Magic teaches us.

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