I’m kind of a self-improvement junkie. In fact, my family makes fun of me sometimes because there’s always the latest book I’ve read or listened to and I want to share it with everybody. I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites with you in light of my post about lifelong learning. Reading and listening to books that teach me something is one of my favorite ways to learn.
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1. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal (audio version) (kindle version)
You will understand willpower on an entirely new level after reading this book. It also has some actionable steps to help strengthen your own willpower. A definite must-read when you feel like you never seem to have enough self-discipline to accomplish your goals. Willpower is just a muscle and the more you use it, the stronger it gets. You can learn how to “urge surf” and overcome things you never thought possible.
2. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (audio version) (kindle version)
I first read this book as a required text for a family finances class I took in college. It is pure genius! It’s so nice to live in a time when there are so many resources to managing your finances and saving for retirement. Long gone are the days of money stashes in the mattress. You can be smart about saving and make it automatic so you don’t even know it’s happening. This book also explains the basics on finances and investing in a way that even I could understand.
3. Getting Things Done by David Allen (audio version) (kindle version)
This book teaches you how to get everything out of your head and into a system you can trust so that you don’t forget things and you have a clear head at all times. I have a constant list going in my head of things I need to do, would like to do, and stuff I can’t forget. It’s nice to see that someone has come up with a system to organize all of that. It takes a little time to set up the system and a commitment to keep up with it but it can literally change your life!
4. Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle (audio version) (kindle version)
In college I studied a lot about child psychology and developmental and educational theories. I didn’t find this book until later but it is based on Rudolf Dreikurs’ and Alfred Adler’s idea of natural consequences and intrinsic motivation. It is the theory that most resonates with me and teaches that we can help children motivate themselves without punishment or reward but through natural consequences. It’s an amazing read and really helps you question your parenting tactics but offers excellent steps in changing the way you parent. Try it as an experiment and I’m willing to bet you’ll be convinced.
5. The One Thing by Gary Keller (audio version) (kindle version)
This is a book that is talked about a lot among entrepreneurs. However, I think it is applicable to all people in whatever their endeavors are. As a mother, I find the “focusing question” invaluable in prioritizing my life and making sure I’m doing what matters most. It helps to cut through the clutter and focus on the one thing that is going to make the biggest difference. It also busts some longtime myths about productivity and achieving the life of your dreams.
6. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (audio version) (kindle version)
You all know this is one of my favorites because I’m talking about it all month long! We live in such a disposable society. Our phones only last two years (if that), our computers don’t last much longer, our plates are disposable, our leftovers go to waste, and when something doesn’t work right, we can just take it back to the store for a refund. Even marriage has become disposable. I truly believe that if people would try this experiment before calling it quits, we would see an enormous decrease in the divorce rate. No more would we hear, “We just don’t love each other anymore” or “He doesn’t make me happy.”
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Have I convinced you to read any of these? What are some of your favorites?