This is by no means a list of all the books I've read and loved. It's simply a great jumping off point if you are just getting started on your journey.
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The Power of Now
This one set me on my initial journey to find lasting happiness. I learned that since we cannot change the past and cannot control the future, the only moment in which we really have power is this present one.
Brene has several books that I love, but this one is a great place to start. Having courage means being vulnerable, and that's an important lesson to master for any type of change.
The Desire Map
Every year we set goals for things we want to accomplish. What if instead we decided how we wanted to feel and then set goals around those? Life-changing concept!
The Miracle Morning
What you do when you wake up can determine how your entire day goes. In as little as 6 minutes you can change the course of your day and ultimately your life!
who I follow
These are some of the thought leaders I am currently following. They have super inspiring books, blogs, vidoes, podcasts and posts on social media!
top 5 tools
There are many practices I learned as I was researching how to get myself back to a happy place and reach my goals, but I would rate these five as the most effective for me.
I used to say I was so busy I didn't have time to meditate. I felt it was adding one more "'to do" to my day and putting me behind on accomplishing all of my tasks. Once I started practicing it regularly, I found I actually accomplished more each day because it improved my focus, self-control and motivation. It also greatly reduced anxiety and negative thought patterns.
I journal every day, usually first thing in the morning before my meditation. It helps to dump all the thoughts racing through my mind onto paper freeing up my brain to focus on the things I desire. It has also been invaluable in helping me analyze my thoughts and challenge their validity and then choosing the thoughts I want for each day.
Having someone help me design a plan specifically for how I wanted my life to be and keep me accountable each week for steps toward those goals got me to where I wanted to be much faster. I have used coaching for career, health, happiness, relationships, personal struggles as well as finances. You don't need a separate coach for each. One skilled person can help with it all!
I have picked up a lot of useful tools and tips from the many books I've read. I have also found that listening to audiobooks most of the time I'm in the car keeps my mind focused on things of my choosing, not to mention keeping me from texting while driving and getting frustrated with traffic!
I place quotes all over my house, car, office and devices and change them regularly. This is so simple but extremely powerful! There is motivation and encouragement everywhere I look. Again, it's about keeping my mind focused on the thoughts I want.