Inside: Ten self-improvement books you should read right now. Contains affiliate links.
Knowledge is power. Power is control. And I want to take control of my life.
Whenever I want to learn something I either turn to Google or to books. And as much as Google has a wealth of information around self-improvement, you really can’t beat a good old book, can you?
Over the last 12 months I have read a tonne of books, some absolutely of no use to me whatsoever but some that have left a lasting impression and changed me forever.
Ten self improvement books to read right now
The following books cover a few topics, from how the brain works, to looking inward at yourself, but they all have one thing in common – they all help you to get to know, and improve yourself.
Girl, Wash Your Face
Honestly, if you read only one more book the rest of your life, make it this one. Rachel Hollis is a self-made millionaire and helps women all around the world find their ‘why’ in life. If you feel like you can’t do something, go read her book and see that in fact, you can.
You Are A Badass
Don’t let the title put you off (or the massive amount of swear-words inside haha), this book is great at letting you know that you are in control of your own destiny and with positive thinking and a belief that the very best is waiting for you to take, you can achieve anything.
The Miracle Morning
This book really changed the way I start my days. I went from slobbing out of bed, feeling less than motivated to get on with my day and generally feeling like I was in a fog, to feeling excited to get up each morning. Start your day off right and the rest will take care of itself.
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k
Again, tiny bit of swearing involved (ok, a lot!) but the overall message is not to care what anyone else thinks and just live life how you want. Now she does say that this can’t be to the point of being rude or outlandishly selfish but just to be a little more selfish and recognise that that is completely ok.
The Chimp Paradox
Absolutely fascinating read! It makes you understand so many traits – from your irrational worries to your sudden rage outbursts. We all have a human brain and a chimp brain and as soon as we understand that, we can begin to train the chimp to be a bit more rational.
You Can Heal Your Life
Most of what moulds us as adults comes from what we learn as children (under the age of 5 I think?). This can leave us scarred and broken but it can also show itself in a more subtle way. This book gets you to dig deep and recognise why you think the way you do, confront those old learnings and move on. If you think you need therapy – get this book!
I didn’t read Fearne Cotton’s first book, although I did have the Happy Journal and liked that. Quiet really gets you to look inward and learn to love yourself again. As women we are far too harsh about ourselves and leave little to no time to replenish those reserves. Spending the time to really reflect helps you to see that you need and deserve the time.
This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read as it made me see how much of a negative approach I have to life but more importantly, why. Carol talks about a fixed and a growth mindset and how to override the negative fixed mind to live a more positive life. A great read for anyone who tends to see a glass half empty.
The Happiness Project
You will have either heard of this or read it already but I had to include it as it was one of the first books I read around the idea of self improvement. Taking the time to look at various areas of your life is well worth doing and something I want to do again actually. I am part way through re-reading it as I want to remind myself of different aspects and try to find what makes me, me again.
Girl, Stop Apologising
I started my list with Rachel and I will end it with her too as she is just a little bit my girl crush. But actually, her second book around this subject is just as good as the first and lays out the ways in which she has bettered herself over the years. From waking up early (AKA The Miracle Morning) to adopting a growth mindset to set goals to improve herself again and again. I’ve only just finished it but it is already a favourite.
Let me know if you read any, I would love to hear what you think. And do let me know of any books you’d recommend to me – as you can tell, I love all self-improvement books!
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