If you’re familiar with my story, you will know that over this last 18 months, I have become a full-time health sleuth and healing buddah on a perpetual (and almost obsessive) mission to change my life, before this disease had a change to take my life. Books became my teachers and the authors were my instructors whom I looked up to (and followed; continuously inspired by their wisdom, words, persistence and success). Over the last year and a half, reading has become just as much a part of my health practice, as taking my medicine has. Without these books, my perspective on life would be much different today, as would my motivation to thrive. I highlight. I re-read and read again. I have personal relationships with my books.
Essentially. My life today would have been very differential without these pages.
So, I gathered some of my favourite titles, covering my go-to resources, most loved page-turners in the hopes that they may help you in whatever journey you may be seeking at this time in your life.
My Top 10 Inspiring Book List
Mans Search For Meaning
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”. Victor Frankl proves that happiness is a choice that humans can make regardless od their circumstances. He recounts his emotional and mental journey to the great revelation of his souls true freedom as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. He tells not a story, but an experience as he lived it. In the same way an anorexic seeks out recovering wholeness, a personal suffering through soul-wrenching time seeks out, consciously nor not, the horrors, unimaginable offers the person embroiled in his or her own personal hell the chance to enter the mind of another suffering person and to follow his thoughts from the initial shock of trauma to the firm resolution to hold happiness in his heart. Life sucks sometimes, but if a human being does not take up the fight to choose his attitude toward his circumstances, he becomes enslaved by them. His ability to experience joy becomes stifled and his sense of himself is lost amid life’s difficulties.
You Can Change Your Life – Robin Sieger
All of Robin Seiger’s books (yes, Ive read them all!) focus on the principles and successes that have directly resulted from the actions that he has taken from his life that have resulted in his own success and growth in personal development. Robin Maintains a caring and encouraging tone throughout this book – he wants you to grow, to realise your full potential. Full of engaging and thought provoking quotes and anecdotes, all neatly laid out; creating a personal development bible and a wonderful reference that I can’t help but go back to again and again.
Finding a Future That Fits – Presley-Turner
Ever feel like a book was written just for you? Honestly, I couldn’t put this book down. Packed with practical steps to help you on whatever goal you are working towards in a realistic and grounded way. Each chapter provides tools to help identify and target goals to help you achieve them. There is an opportunity to reflect on destructive behaviours and beliefs and Louise cheers you on as you address and chance them into positive new outcomes. Her upbeat and positive message shines through her words and helped me to build confidence. This book made me feel like I had my own personal coach, cheering me on.
Mind Over Medicine – Dr Lissa Rankin
One of many books that influenced my plant based/vegan/natural and organic healing journey and had me delve into the multi billion money making pharmaceutical industry that uses many of us (including our doctors) as puppets. Through Lisa’s research, she has discovered that the health she was taught to practice was missing something critical – a recognition of the bodies ability to repair itself and of our own mental ability to self heal with the power of the mind. Throughout these pages, she manages to prove how thoughts, feeling and beliefs can alter the bodies physiology. She lays out scientific data to prove that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear and anxiety can damage the body physically, while gratitude, healthy relationships, and authentic expression can excel the bodies innate healing process. Her six-step program helped me is designed to help you uncover where things in your life might be out of sync (spiritually, creatively, and nutritionally) to help you get back on track. Her words help you tune into your bodies “whispers” helping you improve your self-care and trust your inner guidance when making decisions about your health and life. Amazing.
Failing Forward – John. C. Maxwell
Failure – it happens to us all, right? Right. Though in taking a bigger look at failure and its role in our lives in this book, I discovered that the secret in moving beyond failure is to use each flounder as a lesson in what not to do, and what to do differently next time. A learning curve. After all, the major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. Life is full of failure, but its how we learn from it and what we do differently next time. This book touches on the top reasons people fail (in all things) and shows us how to master fear instead of being mastered by fear itself. By having the attitude, we learn, positive benefits accompany negative experiences.
S.U.M.O – Paul McGee
Shut Up And Move On. Humorous and engaging and full of original ideas (as opposed to self analysis and psychological speak) on becoming a better version of yourself when our thinking or behaviour is hindering our ability to succeed. This book helped me to Put simply, this book helped me to ‘Move On’ with the practical realisation can be different from today we simply just have to look for new possibilities and when opportunities arise we need to take action. There are six S.U.M.O principles that are simple and memorable (and amusing too!) that cover plain, honest truths about the complex experience of being human.
Maximum Achievement – Brian Tracy
My all-time favourite author and writer….Brian Tracy is indeed a remarkable man. From dropping out of high school in his younger years with no education and ending up in low paying jobs, something changed with Brian and he became learning the miracle of personal development which led him to the success in which he is now. His wisdom is clear and eloquent. Even before I finished reading this book, something within me has changed (oh, cliche, but so true!). Its a book you will read again and again. This books covers all of the fundamental self development topics – system thinking, futuristic thinking, and positive thinking. I was going through a really rough period when I read this book, and Brian Tracy’s words really hit home of the power of persisting and seeking the kind of success and abundance that makes your life 100% liveable. Brian Tracy’s wisdom will certainly bring you the success and abundance you deserve (though, like Brain repeats though his pages – you must believe to achieve!)
Life Strategies – Dr. Phil McGraw
We all have the power to make the decisions which ultimately determines the course of our lives, though for most of us our biggest hurdle is actually taking some control and directing it the way we want so we can utilise our talents and pursue our lives purpose. We all have doubts as to wether we have the strength and ability to be successful in creating the lives we want – Phil McGraw shows us how to do this and he explains in-depth what we as humans are experiencing so as better to understanding ourselves and why we are not able to carve the road we seek. I found myself in this book – whats the betting you will too? I was shown how to move beyond where I was, recognise hurdles and deal with them. I found myself constantly nodding my head at what I’d always known in my heart, but hadn’t always been able to acknowledge in my daily life.
Create Your Own Future – Brian Tracy
Another one of Brian Tracy’s books. This man has a remarkable way of giving step by step guidance in helping change people lives. This book primarily works on the Laws of Nature which are scarily accurate. His words shine, engage and show that anyone can achieve anything as long as they are passionate about wanting it and persisting it on working at it until they achieve their goal. You simply never give up. You may change strategies but not goals.
The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
This was the first ever self-development book I ever picked up, and from then on, I was hooked (and I now have over 70 to my name). Says a lot about this title, eh? Through researching for this book Schwartz spoke to some of the most successful people in the world how they had gotten to where they were and he was told that the key to success was simply the desire for it. Success it not a matter of personal, emotional, financial or physical circumstances – its simply a choice. Unconsciously, through the experiences we have encountered during our lifetime, we have unconsciously written a log of the thing we can or cannot have, or the person we think we can or cannot be. These little daunts have created the life you are currently (or are not currently) living. Schwartz shows us how important it is to enlarge our imagination – and act upon it – “Thinking Big’ in every aspect of our lives including financial, relationship, health and spiritually in order to achieve where we truly want to be. I was challenged to see myself and my world in a brighter light and to have a larger concept of life. Its a choice that is no more difficult than the choice to keep doing what we are already doing – minus the regrets later in life.