“The more you learn, the more you’ll earn” (Warren Buffett).
Let’s make this year your best year ever! Let’s follow the Buffett’s example of reading pursuing our goals. More importantly, take time to enjoy your life with your loved ones.
As you may know, I’m a huge advocate of personal development and business growth. The commitment to ongoing learning is a major step toward growth. To help you get started on your journey to lasting success, joy and happiness, here are my top 12 personal development books to read and take action to achieve your goals… The descriptions of these books are from Amazon.com where you can buy them.
1. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? Paperback Edition by Rick Warren
The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again.
On your journey you’ll find the answers to three of life’s most important questions:
The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?
Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live.
2. Yes You Can!: How You Can Overcome “The Seven Dream Killers” to Get the Life of Your Dreams Kindle Edition by Dr. Lauretta Justin
Dreams are divine inspirations. They are basically a mental picture of what is possible in the future. The journey to creating that future is both exciting and challenging at the same time; that is why I wrote this eBook. I want to help you succeed in your journey.
In order to keep your dreams alive during this journey, you must protect them from the Seven Dream Killers . The interesting thing about these “Seven Dream Killers ” is that 6 of them are a part of you and are already quietly at work within you. They make up the filter through which you perceive your world.
In this eBook, I list all the Seven Dream Killers and how you can overcome them. If you follow the steps outlined this eBook, you’ll be well on your way to secure the future of your dreams!
3. Mindset: How To Transform Your Life From Ordinary To Extraordinary Paperback Edition by James Justin
MINDSET is everything… It determines your Feelings, your feelings determine your Actions, and your actions determine your Results. Your MINDSET holds the key to your abundant life. If you change your MINDSET, you’ll change your life!
MINDSET is a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your life and accelerate your path to extraordinary results. No matter your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide you the tools and the help needed to achieve your goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.
Everything you need to succeed is already within you. All this book does is helping you automate it. It features stories from people like you who have used its’ principles to achieve extraordinary results!
4. Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind Paperback Edition by Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer has a knack for coining phrases-her fans call them Joyceisms-and one of her best loved is “Where the mind goes, the man follows.” This was the basis for Battlefield of the Mind, and in her latest book, Meyer provides “power thoughts,” bringing the reader to a new level of ability to use the mind as a tool to achievement. In POWER THOUGHTS, she outlines a flexible program to turn thoughts into habits, and habits into success. Sections include:
• The Power of a Positive You
• 5 Rules for Keeping Your Attitude at the Right Altitude
• More Power To You bulleted keys to successful thinking in each chapter
• The Power of Perspective
Nobody has more of a “can-do” attitude than Joyce Meyer. Now you can, too.
5. Changes That Heal: The Four Shifts That Make Everything Better…And That Everyone Can Do by Henry Cloud
In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Cloud takes the reader step-by-step through the four basic tasks of becoming mature image bearers of God: Bonding to others – Separating from others – Sorting out good and bad in ourselves and others – Becoming an adult.
6. Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances — Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions — Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others — Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator — Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: – Can I set limits and still be a loving person? – What are legitimate boundaries? – What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? – How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? – Aren’t boundaries selfish? – Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.
7. The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff by Andy Andrews
Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything? That’s right… Absolutely everything.
New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is known for his strong storytelling and unequaled perspective on principles that empower the human mind and spirit. The Little Things embodies his own approach to life and work, detailing for the first time some of the exclusive material that he uses to teach and coach some of the most successful corporations, teams, and individuals around the world. In his unique humorous style, Andy shows how people succeed by actually going against the modern adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. By contrast, Andy proves that it is in concentrating on the smaller things that we add value and margin.
“In a world where so many feel powerless, wouldn’t it be great to feel in control? Then know this. Perspective can be more important than basic answers.
“I am more passionate than ever about my search to notice that one thing . . . that one tiny thing that, when understood and harnessed, allows us to create a life of extraordinary purpose and powerful results. It’s less about drive and will power than it is about understanding certain principles and why they work . . . every time.
Andrews provides common-sense perspective and a game plan for meeting various challenges, such as:
• Managing life in a society that seems to be constantly offended by something or someone
• Creating change that is permanent and not short term
• Dramatically increasing results by harnessing the fraction of margin between second place and first
• Understanding our spiritual connection with God and how that affects planning and outcome
• Identifying the very moment when asking the question why? multiplies the success of an endeavor
• Recognizing the smallest details that ensure the greatest success
8. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire. If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want.
9. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is Napoleon Hill’s definitive landmark book (revised and updated for the 21st century) on how to unleash your full potential and achieve guaranteed success in life and work, by following the principles outlined in this book. This book will also teach you how to conquer many common fears, such as Poverty, Ill Health, Criticism, Loss of Love and Death. “Think and Grow Rich,” indispensable reading for personal achievement.
10. S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple: 10 Steps to Master Your Personal and Career Goals (Productive Habits) by S.J. Scott
Do you often set goals that you never seem to reach? We’re all filled with dreams and aspirations. Most long for fulfilling relationships. Some desire personal freedom. Others want fame and success. And some strive for profitable businesses. Wherever your ambitions may lie, goal setting can get you there. On the other hand, the wrong goal can leave you feeling frustrated and unmotivated. When you set a goal that’s too lofty, it’s easy to give up when your dreams don’t turn into reality. We all have important milestones we’d like to reach. The trick is to create a plan and commit to it. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can help you do this.
11. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
This is one of the rare books that has influenced presidents, CEOs, educators, and individuals all over the world not only to improve their businesses and careers but to live with integrity, service, dignity, and success in all areas of life. It has had an undeniable impact for the past 25 years–and will no doubt continue to be influential for many more.
12. Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied, Paperback Edition by Paul Kent
Know Your Bible is a concise, easy-to-understand guide to God’s Word–giving you a helpful and memorable overview of all 66 books. For each book of the Bible, Know Your Bible provides data on the author and time frame, a ten-word synopsis, a longer (50-100 word) summary, thoughts on what makes the book unique or unusual, a listing of key verses, and a “So, What?” section of practical application. It’s a fantastic resource for individuals
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, Kindle Edition by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.
The Success Principles (TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Paperback Edition by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
In The Success Principles, the cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, helps you get from where you are to where you want to be, teaching you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Filled with memorable and inspiring stories of CEO’s, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people, it spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history—proven principles and strategies that can be adapted for your own life, whether you want to be the best salesperson in your company, become a leading architect, score top grades in school, lose weight, buy your dream home, make millions, or just get back in the job market. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will change your life beyond your wildest dreams.
The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton
The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology, and it will forever change how you think about thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts. Using simple language, illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman’s brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny.
Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.
The best news is that “emotional literacy” is not fixed early in life. Every parent, every teacher, every business leader, and everyone interested in a more civil society, has a stake in this compelling vision of human possibility.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie says You can make someone want to do what you want them to do by seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view and “arousing in the other person an eager want.” You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment. For instance, “let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers,” and “talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.”
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