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When you think of Personal Development, what do you think of? I’ll be honest, I always assumed it was just that aisle of the book store where I go when I’m feeling a little broken. The aisle about helping someone through grief, divorce, etc. And there is nothing wrong with that–but I always thought people read personal development books when they were going through some big life crisis.

It wasn’t until I became an online wellness coach that I discovered the immense value of Personal Development. I especially see it as I mentor other business owners: they start to experience a lack of excitement for their business and when I ask if they are reading or listening to personal development every single day, they always say No. On the other hand, the coaches I mentor who do read personal development daily seem to thrive more.

But personal development isn’t just for business owners. I feel like it’s for everyone. We all have things that we can improve on–and personal development is the roadmap to help make that happen.

In this article, I’m going to share with you my favorite personal development picks based on my last 4 years of diving into personal devleopment. While there are still many books I need to tackle, right now these made a significant change in my life.
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My Favorite Personal Development Book of All Time

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson!!!! I have now read or listened to it 3 times and go back to it regularly. Olson instilled in me the concept that each little decision I make has an impact on my life and that all of those decisions add up over time to either get me closer to my goals, or further away from them. He helped me see the big picture and inspired me to be more attentive to those moments when I’m tempted to not do something because “I don’t feel like it.”

My Favorite Personal Development Book for Busy Moms

The Sweet Spot by Christine Carter, PhD

Top Personal Development Picks for WomenIf you are a Mom trying to juggle and do it all–work, kids, life–then this book is a fantastic one for you. She discusses strategies to help balance life better. She covers topics like developing habits, scheduling your day, and working in cycles and seasons based on when our energy is at its best.

My Favorite Personal Development Book for a Business Owner

Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

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This book taught me the beauty and power of helping people with no expectation of something back. It’s cleverly written in fictional prose, which kept it engaging, but it possessed such a powerful message: “Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them”

It’s a simple concept, but I’ve seen it ring true in my business. If I stop serving people, my business goes into a lull. If I serve people well, my business takes off.

My Favorite Personal Development Book for More Intentional Living

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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The Miracle Morning is a fantastic way to get your day started right with intention. There’s actually a whole series of Miracle Morning books, ones on parenting, ones for real estate professionals, etc. My favorite is the original one and the one for Network Marketers (but I work in that industry, so that’s why it appealed to me!).

Elrod about how you start each day with the SAVERS: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (writing). But Elrod gives wonderful strategies for making that happen and provides inspiring success stories.

My Favorite Personal Development Book to Learn to Get Things Done

No Excuses by Brian Tracy and Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

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These two books are fantastic at helping you understand how to get things done, even when you don’t want to. I remember my friend David was in poor health. He was going blind in one eye because of his health and his doctor said he needed to do something fast to improve his health. But at that point, he was working long days and just wanted to come home to his Lazyboy. I recommended Eat That Frog to him and it inspired him to just get it done everyday, even though he didn’t want to do it. And what do you know, David went on to lose 100 pounds!

My Favorite Personal Development Book for Improving Willpower

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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I have no idea how he did it, but Duhigg found a way to make reading scientific research interesting. He talks about the anatomy of a habit and supports his description with various research studies. He also uses real-world examples to help explain habit formation. Understanding the anatomy of a habit completely transformed how I saw my personal health and fitness lifestyle. It helped me better understand that willpower is definitely a muscle that can be built through the formation of habits.

My Favorite Personal Development Book for Improving My Marriage

For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn

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In this book, Feldhahn breaks down the differences in men’s thinking vs women. While I totally thought I understood my husband, this book opened up my eyes to truly show the different ways we tend to be wired. I would even run things that I read past my husband and he’d say, “YUP! That’s right!” This book really helped me to better communicate with him and understand his perspective.

My Favorite Personal Devleopment Podcast

The Chalene Show by Chalene Johnson

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Chalene Johnson GETS it. She has an incredibly healthy perspective on life in general. She’s passionate about putting the needs of one’s family first, but for those who want to pursue other goals, she talks about strategic ways to get that in without compromising family. Her podcasts are real, easy to implement, and entertaining.

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