If you’re like me, reading new books is a monthly occurrence. I love learning new things and challenging my cognitive biases.
Whether you’re looking for a new book to add to your shelf, Kindle, Apple Books etc., or wanting some personal development inspiration these powerful books will give you a place to start.
Narrowing it down to just 6 was very difficult. However, I decided on the 6 that have positively impacted my life. I’ve also recommended these ones to previous health coaching clients.
6 Powerful Books That Will Positively Impact Your Life
I’ve listed these in alphabetical order. Each one of them has had a profound impact in some way on how I live my life and how I show up as a health coach for my clients.
THE BLUE ZONES
By Dan Buettner
If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re missing out. This New York Times Bestseller was born from Dan Buettner’s research of the areas in the world with the most centenarians.
As a longevity expert, he wanted to figure out their secret to living a longer, healthier life. Ultimately, he discovered five specific places, and thoroughly researched them through intimate interviews and observation. The Blue Zones provides practical tips that you can apply to start living a healthier long life. You’ll walk away with nine powerful lessons that you can apply to your journey toward a healthier you.
I personally have read this book a couple of times and recommend it to my health coaching clients. It contains seven chapters full of inspiration, insight, and a summary of practical tips at the end of each one. Get it here.
EVERYTHING IS FIGUREOUTABLE
By Marie Forleo
This #1 New York Times best-selling book is a must-read for you and your closest friends. Marie Forleo is a force of nature and was deemed a thought leader for the next generation by Oprah. She is also my business and coaching mentor.
Everything is Figureoutable is not only the title but a phrase I repeat on a daily when faced with trivial and major hurdles. In her book, each chapter is filled with effective cognitive-behavioral tools that you can apply to your current circumstances.
Her main goal was to create a book that provided actionable, applicable steps. I believe she accomplished just that. Each chapter ends with exercises to apply the lessons she teaches. I’ve used several of them for myself and while working with many of my health coaching clients. This book is one of those books you don’t want to put down. Practical, insightful, and life-changing. Get it here.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
By Don Miguel Ruiz
If I had decided to prioritize these books in terms of which to read first, this would undoubtedly be my number one pick.
The Four Agreements was given to me many years ago. I’m forever thankful to that individual. In my personal opinion, this is not just a book. It’s a guidepost for how we as individuals can show up as our best in the world each day and disempower self-limiting beliefs.
I’ve memorized these agreements and revisit them on a daily basis. Once you understand each one, you’ll start to notice how others may not be applying these concepts in their own life. You’ll recognize self-sabotaging behaviors of others and be able to simply observe and not absorb.
If truly applied, these agreements can help you to stop taking on other people’s opinions, giving your best in each particular moment, and allowing yourself grace. Life happens. Let the four agreements be a guiding light for how to navigate through some of the tough stuff. Get it here.
THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION
By Brené Brown
Author Brené Brown has become a household name over the years even appearing on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. She is a social worker by trade and a research professor who focuses on shame. As a self proclaimed research storyteller, Brené Brown’s work is focused on how we can overcome shame and start living a more authentic life.
The Gifts of Imperfection is full of practical steps to start cultivating a wholehearted life and letting go of the things that no longer serve us.
As quoted in the book, “Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.” You my friend are enough. It’s time to start believing that through courage, compassion, and connection.
If you struggle with trying to please others and feel like you are living under the guise of what other people think, this book is a must have. I love that each chapter provides practical steps as to what you can start cultivating to start living and loving with your whole heart. Get it here.
ONE SMALL STEP CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE (THE KAIZEN WAY)
By Robert Maurer
If one book can revolutionize the way you go about creating change in your personal life or in business, this is it. I came across this book years ago by recommendation of one of my health coaching mentors. It has not only changed the way I look at taking on life but helped me to guide my health coaching clients to successfully reach some of their biggest goals.
Toyota, a car company known for making well-built vehicles that last forever does so by using the incredible force of kaizen. The philosophy comes from Japan. Simply put, the kaizen way asks you to take small (tiny), comfortable steps towards improvement.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step.” -Lao Tzu
How many times have you gone on a diet? Or made a big New Year’s resolution only to crash and burn months later? It’s common to take big leaps in hopes we can create quick, major change. The problem is that more times than not we fall down hard. We usually land several steps behind where we began.
I’ve seen it in my own experience and working with other coaching clients how the power of one, tiny step repeated, again and again, creates long-term lasting change. It’s like the story of the tortoise and the hare. This book will teach you how being consistent and taking tiny steps can keep fear and failure at bay. An easy read packed full of brilliant techniques. Get it here.
By Matthew Sockolov
Mindfulness, the practice of being in the moment has become more mainstream than ever. Even piquing the interest of researchers.
According to the Harvard Gazette, mindfulness research jumped from only 1 study 20 years ago to over 200 within recent years. Plus, these aren’t just any studies, they are considered the gold standard of clinical research (randomized controlled trials). And the findings are promising. Mindfulness has shown to be beneficial for both physical and mental well-being.
It’s common in our fast-paced society to be overwhelmed with a to-do list a mile long. We try to squeeze in every little thing we can into 24 hours. Oftentimes we go through life never living in the present. We are too focused on the past or future that the here and now goes past us in a blink of an eye.
The book Practicing Mindfulness provides 75 unique mindfulness meditation exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Each chapter tells you how long each exercise is expected to take. The majority are 5-10 minutes. If you have a significant other or friend who wants to join in, even better as you can practice them together. I highly recommend this book as a resource for mindfulness exercises. Get it here.
Have you read any or all of these?
Let us know in the comments below which is your favorite.