If you need a kick up the arse when it comes to getting your life together, a book can be just the thing. After all, what’s more inspiring than listening to somebody else’s wisdom while tucked up in bed? And no, we’re not being funny!
Seriously. You can talk to your pals all you want. Write lists til the cows come home but sometimes, you need a straight up dose of reality to get you going. So, we’re rounded up the seven best books to change your life. Big talk we know, but you’ve got to aim high, right?
Ready to be told the truth? Jen Sincero is a no nonsense, cop-on, kinda writer. And her books make sense. As a world-travelling success coach, Jen kinda knows her stuff. So through the book’s 27 chapters expect to learn how to identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours getting in your way, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some money (we love that one), learn to love yourself and others and finally, how to set big goals and reach them. This is basically a manual for how to create your best life. Now.
Oprah could record herself saying the alphabet and we’d buy it, because nobody uses the power of positive thinking to better affect than Ms Winfrey. Think about what she’s overcome in her life (poverty, teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse and general prejudice) and then think about the effect she’s had on society. We read certain books because of Oprah. We watch certain TV shows and we listen to other people because she says so. Gabby Bernstein anyone? So, when she releases a book of the most profound insights she’s had during her interviews with the world’s most progressive thinkers, you know we’re going to pay attention.
We all fell own the Eat Pray Love hole so when Elizabeth Gilbert realised a book on how to live creatively everyone sat up and listened. Big Magic isn’t spouting anything new. But it does speak a lot of sense around living your truth, feeling the fear and doing it anyway, and basically being brave. You’ll read it in one afternoon but when you’re fed up with everything it should be your go to.
These guys are throwing a curveball as they maintain that because feelings come and go we shouldn’t give them too much attention. So if you’ve never quite managed to get in touch with your feelings, these are your guys. Of course they don’t dismiss emotions entirely, but it is refreshing to consider the theory that more should impact our decisions. Definitely one for the impulsive among us, as it teaches techniques on how to control impulsive actions driven by emotions. Kinda.
If Mari Kondo was too extreme for your decluttering tastes then check out Organised. Professional organiser Sarah helps clients develop real and useful strategies to deal with messy areas of their lives as well as shining a light on why clutter gathers. Basically, she believes that if you organise one area of your life, others will follow. And we can’t help but agree. Now to tackle our desks…
Think of this as a grown up workbook for visualising your ideal life. Albeit not necessarily one to complete in work, unless you mind your colleagues knowing your business. This is a giant yellow reminder of what you want to achieve and how you intend to go about it. Utilising the principles of visualisation and attraction, Susie has made life planing fun. And, anecdotally people seem to really see results. No need to thank us when all your dreams come true.
Are you a perfectionist who stays in work way past home time to finish off your to do list? Yeah, us too. And Jon Acuff says it time we stopped. In this book he tries to show us that it’s ok to not achieve every single thing on your list. And instead it’s about setting priorities. We loved it and are starting to see to do lists as fluid notions rather than rigid things we need to do in a day.