Learning to be a better person and grow often means stepping outside of your comfort zone. For me, my first step in better connecting with my inner self was to step inside of Barnes & Noble and head to the Self-Help section.
Self-Help sounds so daunting, but I was ready for a change. So I decided, comfort be damned! It’s time to learn and grow!
Below, I have included a few of my favorite empowering books. They’ve each had a great impact on my life, and I know they will for you, too!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
by Mark Manson
I was not quick to purchase this life changing book, as it solidified that I needed help. I previewed the book several times before taking, what felt like, a giant plunge. Yet, I was ready for a change. So I bought the damn thing, and accepted the fact that sometimes, we all need a little help.
After 17 pages into the book, I was absolutely in love. I was smiling like an idiot! Who knew I needed read these magical words?!
The very first chapter teaches us Bukowski’s “Don’t Try” attitude, saying that we are what we are, and whatever happens, happens.
“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.”
I am so grateful that this was my first Self-Help book that I’ve read. I had always imagined that Self-Help books were extremely slow and painfully dull, but this was quite the opposite.
Manson’s writing style is very in-your-face, with a no bullshit attitude, which made my reading this so much more enjoyable.
You Are a Badass
by Jen Sincero
Much like my failure to commit to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, it took me nearly a year to read this! I had seen it advertised everywhere, and always wanted it, but always came up with an excuse as to why I shouldn’t buy it. Fear can be so crippling, can’t it?
Luckily enough for me, I have an amazing group of people around me. While visiting a friend’s house, the bright yellow cover caught my eye. Enthusiastically, I ran to the bookshelf, and squealed with excitement. I asked her if I could borrow the book, to which she laughed, and said, “You’re a dork. I bought that book for you and you left it at my house.” Like I’ve said before, friends who recommend books to you are the best kind of friends.
Additionally, that very same friend gifted me a You Are a Badass Talking Button for Christmas. I’m basically surrounded by badass-ery, which is totally fine with me 😉
Reading this created a spark inside me; a spark that I thought had died out long ago. I became inspired and hopeful and overall, (at the risk of sounding corny), EMPOWERED!
The Magic of Thinking Big
by David J. Schwartz
As I have just finished this masterpiece, my mind is still buzzing with all the positivity and power that lies within it’s pages.
During my reading, I actively applied the lessons included towards my day to day life, and saw incredible results! I noticed positive changes in my personal life, work, and relationships. Everything just started clicking!
How you think determines how you act, and I am now fully committed to only thinking big. I only expect great things for me, and this book taught me that that’s exactly what I’m going to receive. And that’s the Magic of Thinking Big 😉
“Think doubt and fail.
Think victory and succeed.”
Most of this book spoke to me, and I took a lot of notes while reading. One of my favorite sections was the power of smiling, and how to harness that power. I have also mentioned the a few benefits that come from smiling, in my previous post, 10 Effortless Ways to Improve Your Days. Be sure to check it out!
At the very end, (pages 300-302), there is a recap of all the lessons included throughout the book. I highly recommend you read the entire book though, as you don’t want to miss out on any of the magic!
What are some of your favorite self empowering books?
I’d love to know! Comment below!