I started reading personal development books last summer when I was in between jobs and bored at home by myself all day. During that off time, I thought I should be productive and maybe start looking into self care. My online search brought me to lists of the the best personal development books. At first I didn’t really believe in personal development books. I mean, how much of an impact could they really have?
After my first book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I was hooked! I’ll be honest I don’t practice the miracle morning everyday, but that’s something I am working towards. The purpose of most of these books is to teach you about creating new habits. Just reading these books won’t transform your life, but if you implement the skills you will see a difference. It’s about creating new healthy habits!
I’m still what I would call a newbie in the personal development world. My goal was to read one book a month in 2019 and I’m pretty much on schedule. I can tell you that sometimes after reading some of these books I feel OVERWHELMED. Some books introduce completely new ways of thinking that can be hard to understand at first. For example I am so glad I read You are a Badass before I read Money & the Law of Attraction because of the way the authors explain the concepts of Laws of Attraction. I continue to read books and listen to podcasts, but I still sometimes struggle to put these skills to use. I’ve created a list of the best personal development books for beginners because I think easing your way into it will be less overwhelming and more enjoyable.
The Miracle Morning
- There is a reason this book is at the top of the list for best personal development books. This one is a really good place to start if you are just getting onto the personal development train. Developing a morning routine is something that I still struggle with. Hal lays out the perfect morning routine that you can easily fit into your schedule. It can take anywhere from 6 minutes to hours.
You are a Badass
- Love love love this one! I’ve read it at least twice. This book ties in building better habits like mediation and affirmations and also helps with self love. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to, and this book will help show you how.
- This one is more of a story about a boy who follows his dreams. Santiago suffers the same obstacles as most people do in their lifetime. He has to choose between following his personal legend or playing it safe and staying in his comfort zone. Along his journey you learn his valuable life lessons and about the soul of the universe.
Present Over Perfect
- If you are a perfectionist or always trying to fit everything in, take some time to read this one. Rather than focusing all our time on being successful, being the best and always exceeding expectations, why don’t we take time to be present in the current moment. Bring meaning to your life rather than achievements.
The 5 Second Rule
- Mel Robbins teaches you powerful tools to build better habits and build your courage. If you let your mind spend too much time thinking about something, you will likely talk yourself out of it. The right time will never come so just do it before you think/feel too much. So 5 4 3 2 1… go read this book.
Money & the Law of Attraction
- This book focuses on the Law of Attraction. Abraham teaches you about the law of attraction through Ester and Jerry Hicks. Your mind is a powerful tool. The law of attraction basically states that anything that you focus on will become your reality.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read one book a month. SO far they have all been personal development because I seriously have fallen in love with them.
- 7 Healthy Habits of Highly Successful People
- Think and Growth Rich
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad
- A Tribe Called Bliss
- Anxious for Nothing
- You’re a Badass at Making Money
I buy most of my books on Amazon! I prefer hardcopies, but don’t mind Kindle versions when traveling.
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