6 books that changed my life

6 books that changed my life

CONFESSION TIME.

I am a complete and utter book NERD. Anything self-development, spirituality, personal development, self-love, manifestation etc etc etcccc I am SOLD. Take all of my monies. I literally have about 3 books on the go at once, so not to brag… but I’m a bit of an expert in book recommendations *smirking emoji*.

Books are a powerful tool to change your mindset. They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shift our perspectives on the world. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever. It’s been hard to decide, because so many books are life changing but after a few hours trudging thorough my book shelves I have condensed my faves down into my top 6 absolute life changing books.

#1. YOU ARE A BAD ASS.

“On the other side of your fear is freedom.” – Jen Sincero

I found this book at a difficult crossroad in my life when I had basically lost a lot of self confidence and hope in the direction of my life & it made a significant positive shift in my mentality. Jen really is a no-bullshit ‘say it how it is’ kind of woman, and I’m here for it. Sometimes when i’m feeling a bit crappy,  I just open the book on any page and read a passage and it really is as powerful as everyone says. This book reminds you that in the end, YOU are the one who has the power to make the decisions about your life and only YOU can improve your life and work towards your goals. But that’s the best part, any second of any day you can decide to change your life. This book will help you face your fears and go after the life you dream of.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

#2. THE UNIVERSE HAS YOUR BACK

“Through the power of your intentions you can reorganise your energy in an instant. Remember that your intentions create your reality. Power lies in knowing how your positive presence expands your outer life.” – Gabrielle Bernstein

If you don’t know who Gabby is, you need to GET TO KNOW. IMMEDIATELY. The woman is a life changing powerhouse and her work is up there with the best of the best. This book has changed my life. It arrived at the right time (after my life completely changed after a break up and realising the career I had been working in for 5 years wasn’t what i wanted to do AT ALL). So discovering that I can rebuild my life with just simple shifts in my mindset with the support of the universe was a game changer for me.  What I love most about this book, is that it is a simple guide to radically transforming your life without having to make radical changes – which obviously a lot of us can’t do due to certain responsibilities etc and well, real life. This book explains that a small shift in mindset can bring transformative results. The basis is to stop making decisions based on fear and move towards love. Its easy to read with mind shift exercises to help you along the way. I truly believe if we could all embrace this simple concept the world would be a much better place.

#3. THE CHIMP PARADOX

The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

“The person that you want to be is the person that you really are.” – Prof Steve Peters

This book, to put it simply, blew my mind. It’s literally genius. If I could read one psychology/self help book for the rest of my life, this would be it. In fact I have it as an audiobook and a hard copy it’s that good. The author, Prof Steve Peters is a consultant psychiatrist and has worked in the clinical field of psychiatry for over 20 years. He specialises in optimising the functioning of the mind and he is bloody good at it.

This book is an incredibly powerful mind management tool that can ACTUALLY help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person.  So many books tell you to ‘think positive, change your mindset blah blah’ but this book actually tells you HOW to do it and WHY you do the things you do. Dr Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and at times it feels like he can actually read your mind through the book, he then tell you how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:

– Recognise how your mind is working
– Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts
– Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be

The book is based on hard core scientific facts from an exceptional psychiatrist, but he has managed to simplify his concepts in such an easy and light hearted way that really sheds light on how to make real changes in your mind and life. 10/10.

#4. LIGHT IS THE NEW BLACK.

“It is OK to shine your light. OK to be unapologetically you. In fact, it’s more than OK, it’s necessary in order to thrive.”

This book is almost like a spiritual soul bible, full of extremely powerful short passages that you can pick up and read in one go or in pieces. It is so inspiring for people who are sick and tired of “following the norm” and it gives you the push to be brave enough to follow your deepest desires, whether that is with your career, love life or general life path. It feels as if the author is talking right to you and guiding you to your highest good. It helped me open up from a dark time I had been going through and this book truly helped me feel cracks of light starting to peek in. Imagine your guardian speaking to you telling you that everything will be okay – this book is it. I recommend this book to those who need an extra push to pursue their dream and go after their purpose and soul mission.

“I believe that your tragedies, your losses, your sorrows, your hurt happened for you, not to you. And I bless the thing that broke you down and cracked you open because the world needs you open.”

#5. THE SECRET

The Secret is my go-to self help bible for every aspect of my life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and can really help you in every interaction you have in the world. When I first heard about this book, I’ll be I honest, wasn’t sure what to think. It sounded a little like a hoax, but then I started reading it and my view completely changed. The book helps you begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring happiness and success to every aspect of your life.

I genuinely believe everybody should try and read this book at-least once in their life and implement it into their day to day lives, even just as a little test to see if it works and see what happens.

This is a life changing book and I see why it has sold millions and millions of copies around the world. It really works if you apply and believe, but that’s the trick, you really have to believe in it for it to work. This book makes you really look at how you see the world and your thoughts about it, and how your thoughts really have a ripple effect and shape your reality.  If you’re feeling a bit lost, hopeless or struggling, read this book.

Seriously, you won’t regret it.

#6 THE ALCHEMIST

Saving the best till last? PROBABLY. I recently wrote on Twitter about how life changing this book was and was inundated with tweets about how it’s dramatically changed peoples lives. THAT’S HOW POWERFUL IT IS. Admittedly, I am not usually one for fiction and stories, but this books goes so beyond just storytelling it captures you for the first sentence. This book is an adventure story full of magic and wisdom, and I honestly believe everyone should read it.

Paulo Coelho has the ability to talk to your soul with his words, this book brings enlightenment, love and inspiration. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is suffering mentally or spiritually or is feeling lost or is just genuinely going through a hard time. I will keep this book forever, and I am positive you will too.

Well, there we have it! My ultimate life changing books, I am super interested to hear what books have changed your life! So fellow book nerds, please leave your recommendations in my comments.

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2 Comments

  1. July 28, 2018 / 10:55 am

    The Universe Has Your Back sounds like something I really need to read at this point in my life. I’m going to check that book out and add it to my reading list 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  2. August 12, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    Totally keeping these in mind when I get through the books I have at the moment. I highly recommend reading rich dad, poor dad – I absolutely love it, it has changed my perception of money entirely. I also purchased the life changing magic of not giving a f*** and get your sh*t together by Sarah knight, heard really great things but I am yet to read them!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

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