With the arrival of the New Year comes a time of reflection for many of us. It’s a time when we look back on the past years achievements and start setting our goals for the year ahead. Whether you want some guidance on business-related matters or you’re after some emotional growth, self-development books can be a great source of wisdom and knowledge. The problem is, there are many to choose from. To help you narrow down your reading to-do list, we’ve broken down a few of our personal favourites that we think you might like too.
Great for those who prefer to learn through stories rather than facts, The Alchemist has become a global phenomenon. The book tells the story of a shepherd boy on a journey to discover his Personal Legend and of the treasures he finds along the way. It is in these treasures that the teachings of this book lie. They teach us the importance of listening to our hearts, how to read the omens that appear throughout our life, and perhaps most importantly, following our dreams.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Don’t let the title of this book fool you. While you would be correct in assuming it is about the habits of high achievers, it is also covers so much more. Throughout the book runs a strong undertone that forms the most important message - the importance of living with fairness, integrity, honesty and dignity. Stephen R. Covey explains that it is these principles that allow us to adapt to change and provide us with the wisdom and power to rise to opportunities.
The Power of Now
In recent years, The Power of Now has sky rocketed to fame. It takes the theory of living in the present, something that may not seem new, and presents it in a unique and practical way. The book teaches how to leave our analytical mind and our ego behind in order to truly live in the present moment – where problems do not exist and where we can live a truly liberated and happy life.
There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game
In There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game, former pro athlete, playwright, and acclaimed leadership coach Bo Eason, teaches you exactly what it takes to be the best at what you do. Eason’s four-step process teaches you how to attain the skills, maintain the effort and persist through challenges and has a proven track record amongst Olympic medallists, professional athletes, business executives and bestselling authors.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
A unique self-development read, You Are a Badass is a refreshingly entertaining how-to guide on identifying and changing self-limiting beliefs and behaviours. Jen Sincero writes with a brutally honest and semi-abrasive tone that gives you the get-up-and-go to get what you want and create a life you love.
If you read any of these great personal development books, please let us know. We'd love to hear your thoughts!