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Books

There’s nothing like a new personal development book to stretch your thinking. I started my journey at 17, reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and what better book to kick me off into adulthood. Here’s a collection of my favourite reads recommended to clients depending on their focus.

A U.S. newsreaders journey from a hedonistic, ego driven lifestyle to a mid-air breakdown to a journey through all the types of mindfulness. A very real, honest and no nonsense account of how mindfulness can help even the most resistant of us. He also has a podcast.

Hilarious but oh so true. Stop people pleasing and giving a damn. A practical guide to how to not care so much about what others think whilst maintaining important parts in your life. Super good.

A fascinating analysis of love, marriage and relationships brought to us by Alain de Botton who reflects mindfully on what we deem a romantic coupling vs the reality of the world we live in.

Contrary to popular belief it’s not possible to be happy all the time. This awesome book explains why and how to deal with the times when it’s not all hunky dory.

Ok it’s been a few years since I read this but if you want to improve your people skills this is for you. Written in the 1930s, it’s still very relevant.

Feel super motivated to have more calm moments. An inspiring read.

Rick Hanson simplifies neuroscience and explains simple techniques to feed the mind with happiness.

Ah perfection, it holds many of us back from so many things and as Brene Brown suggests letting go can be the best thing you’ll ever do.

Wow. Quite a wake up call in terms of equality in the workplace. Women need to lead more & this is how they can do it.

Punchy, sassy and smart girl boss and entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso of how she made her company so successful.

If you want to explore your spiritual side a little more this is a great ‘soft’ entrance. Gabrielle’s story & ideas are super enlightening.

 

Arrr. Procrastination. It gets us all. This is a simple easy read with very helpful tools to get the most important items done. Tick tick.

This is a goodie for anyone looking for a new career. Understand what drives you & where you can use your strengths.

When life is really throwing lemons at you & hurting it can all spiral pretty quickly. I love this book for the practical approach to dealing with those tough times.

 

This was a game changer for me a few years back. It’s not for everyone but check out Robin Sharma online. If you like his style, it will rate.

 

Find out what your mind and body needs more and less of and why. Dr Libby’s book provides so much insightful advice.

For any mother, daughter or wife who runs around like a headless chicken this is for you. Understand why you do it, how it’s affecting your body & ways to slow down.

 

One of the most renowned ‘self-help’ books, Dr. Phil takes you through a process of discovery – in his own direct, no b.s. way. Have a notebook handy.

This book has been around for a while but for good reason. It explains how we all communicate differently in romantic relationships. Learn what your love lingo is.

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A simple fictional tale to demonstrate the power of positive energy and momentum. Very motivating.

 

This book takes the insights from a high performance coach for elite sports people and translates it for easy consumption. Good kick off point if you’re looking at your bigger picture.

This took many burnt out execs by storm a few years back & if nothing else you will change the way you look at ‘surfing’ off your emails and lack of productivity in the office. A game changer for many & insight how you don’t have to do the 9-5.

 

If you’re after a read with scientific evidence Dr. Seligman’s book on optimism is an excellent choice. It looks at how we can teach ourselves to be more optimistic even if it’s not in our make up.

 

This is a great read for those who like planning but goals don’t necessarily work for them. Rather Gretchen experiments over a year with different habits and ways of living. It’s an awesome concept with a lot of research stacked in behind it. Try it.

 

Dr Phil does not mince his words here. If you’re struggling in a relationship or in finding one without all the chaos check out Love Matters. Direct and very pragmatic.

One of Tony’s bestseller’s this is the foundation for much self development programmes. It’s very insightful. You’d be hard pressed not to learning something about yourself reading this.

 

A personal development classic & a great starting point for anyone  new to the journey. Learn how to reeducate your mind to think more positively and tackle your passivity.

 

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