5 Must-Read Books on Personal Growth

by - August 06, 2018

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It's reading time! If you happen to live in those pockets of the world where summer continues to grace us with its loving presence, then you may well be spending much of your free time lounging outside with a book in hand. You might be loyal to your favourite genre regardless of what that would be, but take a chance and try something different (unless you've already devoured all of the work mentioned below!). Books on personal growth have something to teach us and we can all do with a bit of learning from time to time. You can gain better clarity of who you are, who you want to be and how to get there. The books in this selection can give you the tools to identify your limiting beliefs, fears and mindset patterns and show you how to work on them so they don't hold you back anymore. They can also guide you to connect with your heart-centred desires, live truly aligned with them and lean on your inner wisdom more.

1. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are - Brené Brown

Written by the inspiring world-famous researcher Dr. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection is really a gift to all of us. It explores a range of issues such as perfectionism, shame, authenticity, vulnerability and others that many women worldwide struggle with every day. Influenced by a decade of research, living your life from a place of worthiness is the heart of her work. As a struggling perfectionist herself, she poignantly shows us that we can be both vulnerable and courageous, but most importantly we can be so much more if we are truly ourselves.

2. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level - Gay Hendricks

Dr. Hendricks puts to work his lifelong psychological research and brings us an eye-opening truth - we all self-sabotage and we can all break that pattern so that we live a way more fulfilling life. He outlines the most common methods we use to limit ourselves once we hit our "upper-limit" of happiness and how to overcome them.
It's time we stop playing small and take the big leap.


"People who are compassionate toward their failings and imperfections experience greater wellbeing than those who repeatedly judge themselves." Learn how to release the ongoing voice of criticism and make room for more self-compassion using easy-to-implement practical suggestions. Dr. Neff urges us to look at self-esteem in a different way - we can't make a lasting change if we don't know what self-compassion feels like first. Being human is hard enough without us being unnecessarily hard on ourselves.

4. The Desire Map - Danielle LaPorte

The Desire Map centres on your heart's desires - what you truly, deeply want. Once you have that self-knowledge you can incorporate it into every aspect of your daily life and long-term goals and plans. LaPorte shows us how we can use our core desires as guidance towards living a whole life that is aligned with who we are and what we most want. 
A little note aside - the book's structure and writing style may not relate to everyone (yet the same often applies to every written book out there!).
If you feel like it is not your cup of tea, you can still try using your feelings as a daily life compass - just start by asking yourself a few simple questions: "What do I really want?", "How do I feel now?" and "How do I want to feel in regards to (…)?" and see how it goes from there! 


5. Finding Your Own North Star - Martha Beck

Implementing her track-proven step-by-step program, Martha Beck delivers a book that is designed to help you find yourself and unlock your full potential. Cutting through limiting beliefs and stories, Beck gently guides you to returning to your essence and living an enriched life simply by being yourself. We all have a guiding "North Star" - it's just a matter of time to find and follow it. 

I hope you find value in this list and it leads you to finding a missing piece of the puzzle (we all have some of those, right?). Share in the comments below or in your favourite Social Media platform what are your impressions of the books - what did you love and what not so much? I'd love to hear your inspiring thoughts!

Have a week of love, calm and great reads!

In Arts & Entertainment we will try to turn off our hard-working brains and deal with the less-exhausting prospect of our leisure time. Here we will talk about all things visual: new exhibitions, books and movies that made or failed to make an impression and also discuss what example the popular culture and our society give us - when is healthy to follow it and when to say enough. 

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