It seems like these days I’m all for self-help/ motivational books. I’m sure some people may roll their eyes at the thought of self-help books but TRUST ME, there’s nothing like looking within for some inner reflection and self love to get the positivity flowing and the good vibes back in your life. Do you ever feel like you hit a wall of negativity and nothing seems to change that? It’s one bad day followed by the next, followed by bad news etc. Those are the times that I use these books the most. They remind me to re-evaluate and check my thoughts and vibes I am putting out! I’ve learned that the moment you stop being a victim of your life and its circumstances, that is when your life will start to change.
Kind of a funny story…my boyfriend got me a book as part of my Christmas present which wasn’t the normal type of book I’d read…Here’s how the conversation went.
Me: This looks interesting…
P: I think you’ll like it, just give it a chance.
Me: Okay but if I don’t like it after the first chapter I’m getting a different book. Should have just bought me a self-help book *cough*?
P: Andrea…I’m not going to buy you a self-help book. You buy enough of those for yourself.
There ya have it! I’m obsessed. Sometimes I’ll open a random page when I need some inspiration but generally I constantly re-read these books. A chapter on my commute or before bed does the trick. I hope I’m not the only one but I find that each time you read these motivational books, something else jumps out at you in comparison to a fictional book, where you already know the ending. I guess you could say these first 3 books are my ‘bible’… I constantly re-read them and would recommend them 100%.
My top 3 always on rotation:
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Great for: Changing your brain’s thought pattern and learning that what vibes you put out into the world truly come back to you. The beauty is, you can control your thoughts! I read a little at a time as it gets repetitive if you whiz through it.
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Great for: An easy and funny read. In my opinion, this is similar in concept to The Secret but sounds like you are chatting with an inspiring girlfriend (being Jen). She is hilarious and the tone of the book is that girlfriend who is always in your corner, giving you a pep talk!
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Great for: Realising that you need to see a situation from someone else’s perspective not only your own. This will benefit all parties involved. I know the name is kinda weird but trust me, it’s good!
Ones that I haven’t read but are on my current to-read list:
- The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha
Great for: An easy read and to learn the 9 secrets to happiness (Be Happy First, Do It For You, Remember The Lottery, Never Retire, Overvalue You, Create Space, Just Do It, Be You, Don’t Take Advice).
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Great for: Learning to live in the present, which I know isn’t easy. Being ‘present’ is one of my biggest goals and something I constantly strive to accomplish. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa
I highly suggest you buy one of these and give it a try or get it from your local library. I find some books speak to me more than others and you may find that too – that’s totally okay, I won’t be offended 🙂 .
Do you have any comments on these books or favourites you would like to share with me? Feel free to comment below!