I swear I don’t mean to write a novel here, but it’s easy to talk about things that you love! Thanks to a few friends and family I’ve started reading some books that normally wouldn’t be found on my bookshelf. This group of women decided to start a book club of sorts and the theme of the books was that they are written by women, written for women, or of the self-help genre. I’ve read books written by women or for women, (cough cough the romance section is definitely for women!!) but I’ve never read anything of the self-help genre. Honestly this is just because I didn’t figure I needed help! Not in a, I’m better than the world kind of way, but just an I didn’t think I was struggling that much with life that I needed to read books about it way. After reading a few though, I can definitely say that what I read in the books was helpful and I’m now building my future reading booklist with tons of self-help titles.
So I started off with a book called “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. This book was real and straight to the point, which I really enjoyed. One of the main points was about being grateful for what you have and to be happy with where you are, because that will attract more positivity and opportunities in your life. The other main point was being crystal clear on what you want out of life. I love this quote that describes it perfectly: “Get clear on what you want. There is a big difference between walking around saying you want to make a million dollars a year, and having crystal clear intentions, fierce desire, and hell-bent action toward specific goals.”
The next book I read was “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. This book wasn’t so much about helping with mindset, but more to do with decluttering and organizing, which I loved! The whole process starts with getting rid of things, then you organize what’s left. Marie’s method for decluttering was almost too simple. She simply asks if each item sparks joy when you hold it. This means when you’re done decluttering, you’re left with only items that make you happy. My favourite part of the book was her folding method. “The key is to store things standing up rather than laid flat.” Sounds like a simple solution, but when she talks about how she does it to all the clothes, it’s amazing! This is something I tried and loved because I can get more in my dresser drawers and can see it all easily without unfolding! PS. For all of us visual people out there, Pinterest really helps to show exactly how things are folded, just search for KonMari Method.
I’ve just finished reading “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson and this book is all about your mental mindset and simple daily actions to create success. The main point of this book is consistently repeated daily actions and time will give you long term results and that this can be applied to every aspect of our life whether it’s in our careers, financially, physically or any other avenue. One of my favourite parts of this book was this simple idea that explains how it’s the little things that create the big changes in life and we just need to know that they’ll work and consistently do them to see the results long term.
“When you enter a darkened room, why does your hand reach out for the light switch? Because you know that when you hit the switch, the light will go on. You don’t have to give yourself positive self-talk about how you really ought to hit that light switch, or set up a system of rewards and punishments for yourself around whether you follow through or not with hitting the light switch. You don’t need any rigmarole; you just hit the switch. Why? Because you know what will happen. You know…
It’s the exact same thing here: you walk a little every day, lift a few weights, eat a little better, and leave the penny in the purse (hit the light switch) because you know it will make you healthy and wealthy (the light will turn on).
It’s the exact same thing, no different – except for one thing, and that is time.”
While I was reading these books, I was also introduced to the book “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. I’m still working my way through this one, but I’m loving it so far. It’s all about knowing your why in life and being a great leader; why you’re doing what you’re doing in your career or business. He explains that knowing your why connects to emotion and leads to loyalty whether that’s from your customers or your co-workers or employees. When you know your why in life your life purpose becomes a little clearer and can help guide you to a more positive and fulfilling life.
So now you’re all caught up on my recent reading and I would recommend any of these books if you’re looking for your next book to read! Other books I have on my future reading book list are “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie and “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you’ve read a great book that’s inspired you, or that you’ve learned from, write it in the comments below so I can add it to my list and so others can find their next great book too! Happy reading!