A few years ago I wrote a blog post talking about my favorite mindset books. However, times have change and sometimes books don’t stick with you the way you think they will. So today I have a new updated list of my favorite self help books that have stuck with me for awhile and I would read again.
One disclaimer that I’d like to mention is that “self help” is such a broad category. I originally titled this blog post “self development books that changed my life,” but I quickly realized that all of these books fell into the self help category. While I understand why, it confuses me a little bit. I don’t want anyone to be under the impression that these books were written by psychologists or doctors.
Self Help Books on Money Mindset:
The Illusion of Money
The Illusion of Money is unique. The author Kyle Cease offers a new perspective on changing your thoughts and becoming infinitely well inside and out. Although money is in the title, everything in this book can be applied to any area of life. Instead of a step by step approach, he encourages you to dissect your beliefs and how you are showing up in the world. Kyle is also a believer in sitting with uncomfortable feelings instead of slapping affirmations over core wounds. “The only way out is through.”
Happy Pocket Full of Money
I always recommend this book! Every time I read it and practice the exercises – something great and unexpected happens. Happy Pocket Full of Money explores the concept of abundance and how readers can change their mindset to attract wealth and success into their lives. The book also covers topics such as visualization, gratitude, and the law of attraction. Through the use of personal anecdotes and scientific research, Gikandi provides practical tips and exercises that readers can use to cultivate an abundant mindset and improve their overall well-being.
Self Help Books on Changing Thought Patterns:
You Can Heal Your Life
You Can Heal Your Life explores the connection between a person’s thoughts, emotions, and physical health. The story of how I got this book was kind of random. I visited my sister at work and her coworker was raving about this book. She also mentioned that my sister and I would love it. At first I didn’t know what to think about that – I mean the book is called “you can heal your life,” so I wasn’t sure what she was implying. I begrudgingly read it and loved it.
I won’t lie – the first time I read through it – I was a little stressed out though. The idea of thoughts and beliefs affecting my reality didn’t sit well with me but over time I looked at the lessons differently. The way I see it now is our body is trying to show us patterns and unprocessed emotions. It’s an opportunity to heal and sit with the things in our subconscious mind. Out of all the self help books I’ve read – this one is definitely unique and has the potential to really change your health and wellbeing.
Letting Go is another one of my favorite self help books. David Hawkins focuses on letting go of negative emotions that plague our life. This book took me awhile to get through. I would do a chapter at a time and then sit with it for a little. It didn’t feel like the kind of book you can binge in a night or two.
The Universe Has Your Back
I recommended this book in the past and I still love it. From time to time I go back to it because the resources are so helpful. The Universe Has Your Back offers a spiritual approach to help readers overcome their fears, find inner peace and live a more fulfilling life. The book is divided into six chapters, each focusing on a different theme, such as releasing fear and surrendering to love. She also includes access to special meditations that coincide with each chapter.
Outwitting the Devil
This book is unique. It has an “old timey” feel to it because it was originally written in 1938. However, it wasn’t published until 2011. In Outwitting the Devil, you are observing or listening to an interview between Napoleon Hill and the devil, where the devil reveals the strategies he uses to control people’s minds and prevent them from achieving success. During this interview, there are also insights on how to overcome fear, doubt, and other negative emotions that hold people back from achieving their goals.
I know the premise of the book sounds a little outlandish, but it was truly a fascinating read with a lot of good points. It’s also available on Youtube for free so you could always check it out and see how you feel.
So tell me, what self help books are your favorite? What do you recommend? While I’ve started to reduce the amount of non-fiction I read, I am always down for a really good and unique book to add to my library.
More Self Development Resources
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