Hi everyone!! It’s Mindy here! As you can probably tell by the title of this blog, I’m ridiculously passionate about personal growth, positive thinking, vision boards, and manifestation (don’t worry, I won’t get all coo-coo for cocoa puffs on you, promise)!! I get quite a few questions on the daily about what some of my favourite “Self Help” (personally, I think it should be “Self Improvement”) books are, so that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you today!
Now, I know some of you may think this topic is a bit of a yawn, but I promise you, it’s all really really good (inspiring!!) stuff!
When I was living in Vancouver (which was about 4 years ago now?!), I purchased two of my first “Self Help” books. Here I was, baffled that I was even in that section of chapters as I didn’t think I would ever purchase a self-help book. I was more of a “wander around the store, buy a pretty looking cookbook (that would sit in my pantry for a year without cracking it) and sniff the candles” type of girl. But, hey, there’s no harm in trying to better yourself in some way, shape, or form, right?! RIGHT!
The first two books I purchased were “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero and “Infinite Possibilities” by Mike Dooley. Every morning before work, I would haul my book down to the beach with a highlighter in hand and I would read by the ocean, highlighting anything and everything that spoke to me, and frantically making notes along the edges of the pages.
These two books forever changed me. I mean, I’ve always been a positive person, but these books lit a fire in me that I didn’t even know existed. I instantly became passionate about learning and growing, the power of the mind, and have since had a strong desire to soak up as much knowledge as humanly possible on these topics. I’m happy to say that I’m now a LOVER of self-help books and it would now be weird to NOT find me in that section of the bookstore!
I’ve given both of these books away as gifts to friends and family and I’m so excited to share both of them with you, along with a few of my other favourites today!
If you’re looking to improve any part of your life, whether it’s your love life, your relationship with yourself, money, your career, you name it, these books have you covered and they most certainly have my stamp of approval!
My Top 5 Books for Personal Growth
If you were like me and “self-help” books aren’t you’re jam (yet!!), “You are a Badass” is a fantastic book to get started with! It’s insanely motivating and Jen gives a hilarious “swift kick in the ass” approach to life! It’s a fun read, it’s to the point, lighthearted, and totally badass. Jen likes to give her messages some extra “oomph” so if you’re okay with swear words then this book is for you, as she tends to drop the occasional F-bomb here and there!
Jen also released a book called “You are a Badass at Making Money” which is currently on my nightstand (along with a few other’s below!), and she recently announced a brand NEW book that’s on pre-order called, “You are a Badass Every Day” … which is currently in my shopping cart!
Infinite Possibilities is a GOLD MINE when it comes to key takeaways and “ah-ha” moments! I’ve highlighted SO many parts of this book and have notes EVERYWHERE in my copy. Mike Dooley touches on how our thoughts become things, why our limiting beliefs (which we ALL have!) may be holding us back, how to create an awesome vision board and how to properly use it to visualize and so much more!!
This book is a bit of a tougher read and to be honest it took me probably three times as long to get through compared to the two books above but it’s well worth the read. It’s a bit heavier and digs into the relationship you have with your thoughts and emotions. If you’re an overthinker (like I am) then I feel as though this book could be really beneficial for you! It allows you to understand why we often entertain the “chatter” in our brains and gives you tools to recognize when this is happening and to silence the mind.
One of my favourite quotes in this book is: “Everything will be okay as soon as you’re okay with everything.” – Michael A. Singer … pretty powerful and so true, right?!
If you’re in the digital world for work or if you’re just passionate about the ins and outs of social media this book is an amazing resource when it comes to all things social! Gary reviews best practices for each individual social channel and he shares some incredible stories of entrepreneurs who are killing it! It’s a super inspiring read no matter your line of work!
The Miracle Morning was suggested to me by a few people and holy crap is it ever LIFE CHANGING! Hal digs into the importance of dedicating one hour to yourself each morning before you do anything else by implementing a simple routine which immediately gets you into a powerful mindset and helps to kick your day off with some energizing crazy good vibes!
Yes, this routine DOES mean you have to get up an hour earlier than you normally do, and I can see how this might be tough for those with little ones at home but I promise you, it’s so worth it, even if you only do it for 10 minutes versus an hour!
Basically, your morning would look something like this:
- 6am: Wake up, drink a big glass of water, brush teeth, splash water on face.
- 6:05am: Sit in silence for 5 mins.
- 6:10am: Recite daily self-affirmations for 5 mins. Hal provides these for you OR you can create your own!
- 6:15am: Visualize for 5 mins.
- 6:20am: Exercise for 20 mins (even if it’s a squat challenge or morning bed yoga!).
- 6:40am: Read a book for 15-20 mins.
- Spend the remaining time scribing in a journal.
Books That Are Currently on My Nightstand
I have a few books that are currently sitting on my nightstand that I’ve been waiting to dig into because I’ve heard so many great things about them, so my next “to-reads” are the following, in no particular order!
- Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
- Like She Owns the Place by Cara Alwill Leyba
- The Art of Living by Bob Proctor
- White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte
- Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
There you have it everyone!! I hope you find this post helpful and I hope I’ve inspired you to pick up one of these great reads! Let me know if you have any questions and if you’ve read any of these books, share your thoughts below!!