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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Bitesize: 5 Self-Help Books That Will Make You A Better Person

If you're equally obsessed with reading and self-improvement like I am, this is the post for you.

As with every Wednesday, this is a mini post, so let's cut the fluff and get right into it!

5 self-help book recommendations that will help personality development and make you successful!

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Here are 5 books that will make you a better person!

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1. The Success Principles - Jack Canfield

Image result for the success principles by jack canfield pdfJack Canfield is the mastermind behind the incredibly popular Chicken Soup For The Soul series, which I was completely engrossed in through my teenage years. Now, as a grown up, I find that Jack himself has some amazingly insightful books on self-development, and my mind is blown!

The Success Principles, at face value, seems to be about setting up a successful business, which kept me from reading it for the longest time, but that is simply not true! In fact, this book is about setting you up to be successful, whether or not you run a business. The Success Principles is brimming with brilliant advice and practical action steps to realising what your current mindset regarding success is, and how to change (or tweak) it to really go after what you want!

Currently, I read this every single day, and I have a feeling I might read through this book over and over again, because there are so many gems in this book that have literally made me say "Whoa! I can't believe I thought like that!" or "That explains so much!"

I'm not even through with this book and it's already my number one, so if you haven't already, go read it! 

2. The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron

Image result for the artist's wayOkay, I'll admit that it took me a few pages to really start vibing with this book. The caption of this book says "A spiritual path to higher creativity" which can send a lot of people (myself including) running the other way.

But trust me when I say this book will change. your. life.

The Artist's Way is a twelve-week program designed to help blocked creatives (i.e. me in August) identify and clear out psychological obstacles, and it honestly does exactly that! Personally, my perception of "God" and "prayer" is very different to what standard religion or spirituality teaches, and I promise you don't need to believe in a higher entity to get this book!

Julia tactically guides you through first coming to terms with your artist's block, then figuring out why it exists and what caused it, and eventually getting rid of it. On the way, you learn to forgive yourself and the troubles of your past, and start all over with a clear conscience and a fresh perspective. I have to agree, this is a spiritual journey - not because of any theological overtones, but rather because it has a lot to do with reconnecting with your soul (or higher self or life purpose or creativity, the terms really become interchangeable as you work through this program!). 

Each week has major and minor tasks, and I highly, highly recommend being patient with this book and sticking to reading one chapter a week, because it gives you the much needed time to ruminate over the concepts and your own growth.

This is one you have to read at least once in your life!

3. The Magic - Rhonda Byrne

Alright, another slightly woo-y book, depending on how you see it. Rhonda Byrne is the creator of The Secret and every related franchise, but don't click away just yet!

Image result for the magicThe Magic, while actually meant to tie in to The Secret, is actually an incredible guide to adding gratitude to your life! It is set up as a 28-day program, with a new thing to be grateful for everyday. The premise of the book is along the lines of "the more you give thanks, the more the Universe will bring back to you" but personally, I like to see it a little differently.

Each chapter is a reminder to be grateful for what you already have, and I like to think of this as an amazing shift in perspective, rather than a magical esoteric tool. Every time you are consciously grateful, while it may not magically change everything around you so that you just wake up a millionaire one day, it will help you look at your situation in a more positive light. Not only does this make you inherently happier, it will also get rid of any mental blocks that might be keeping you from achieving your goal.

Pro tip: Jack Canfield's 'The Success Principles' explains the logic behind the "Law of Attraction" in a totally practical, non-spiritual way, which tie in nicely with this book!

The Magic is an amazing book that I constantly go back and work through every few months, and I also integrate it into my life every single day by keeping a gratitude log in my bullet journal! 

4. The Magic of Thinking Big - David J. Schwartz

Okay I understand that the word "magic" has now appeared in two book titles in a row, but I promise you this book is only called "Magic". In all honesty, The Magic of Thinking Big is a brilliant guide to how you can change your mindset just by allowing yourself to ask for more.

Image result for the magic of thinking bigThrough my life, I've allowed a lot of opportunities to pass me by, simply because I never asked for what I wanted. This book showed me that there is no shame in asking for exactly what you want, when you want it. On the contrary, this is a crucial step you must take to progress in leaps and bounds towards your goals!

David's no-nonsense, cut-to-the-chase approach is exactly the kind of tough-love we all need to quickly and curtly get to fixing our scarcity mindset, as well as our poor perception of other people. Not only does it help you see things from a higher, more abundant perspective, Thinking Big helps you to see everyone around you as unique individuals chasing the same big dreams as you are. As a result, you begin to see your co-workers as co-passengers, rather than competition, and I'm all about that community life!

This is not one to miss, y'all, there's a reason it is so wildly popular!

5. The way of f**k it - John C. Parkin and Gaia Pollini

As you can guess from the title, this one may be a little bit controversial in its approach, but it is definitely something I wish I'd come across a long, long time ago!

Image result for the way of f**k itIf you don't mind (or highly encourage) a bit of swearing, the F**k It series is the 21st-century answer to the ancient problem of Caring Too Much™.

This little book is a collection of simple little boosts of daily encouragement (alternating with some frankly hilarious doodles), and I like to use it a little bit like a Magic 8 Ball. I'll think of a situation that is currently giving me trouble or making me anxious, then open to a random page in this book. I like to think that the page that opens is advice from God or the Angels, and it is usually along the lines of, "F**k it, do it anyway" or, "F**k it, buy the thing." 

I've come to learn the hard way that life is too short to waste it worrying what other people think of who you are and what you do. They don't have to bear the consequences of your actions, so they also shouldn't have the privilege of your happy memories! 

F**k it. Read this book anyway!

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I'm always looking for recommendations for self-help and personal development books along the lines of these, so if you have any really good ones, please please PLEASE drop it in the comments below! Seriously, I live off these!

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