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Do you like to read books? Which ones are your favorite to read and why? Do they motivate or inspire you? Do they help you get out of the moment you are in and just relax?
I love to read. I read every single day. I read for every possible different emotion- happy, sad, depressed, unmotivated. You name it, I just read.
I believe that the type of books you read can impact how you feel. Some books are meant to motivate and others are meant for you to just get lost in them and step out of reality. I guess that’s why there is a difference between fiction and nonfiction.
I tend to read books that inspire me to be a better person. I read books that tend to direct me on how I can reach my full potential. I feel there is still so much I want to accomplish in my lifetime and I feel that reading certain motivational books will give me a road map to achieving my crazy goals. If you need help with motivation, check out my free course on how to stay motivated.
The 10 motivational books that have literally changed my life and can change yours:
- The Circle Maker: by Mark Batterson. I read this book a couple years ago and I could not believe the intense emotion I felt after reading it. I felt like I couldn’t read it fast enough, but at the same time I didn’t want the book to end. The book is all about living up to your maximum potential and asking God to answer BIG prayers. Prayers you don’t think are even possible to answer. Mark talks about how we often aren’t even praying bold enough prayers. Such a powerful book.
During that time, I was working in a Cardiology office as a Physician Assistant. I loved it. At that time, I felt called to help others with diet and exercise modification as I felt like we as practitioners didn’t have enough time to help them during routine visits. I held weekly lectures for 6 week intervals. I had several patients come up to me after the meetings or even several months later letting me know how much I inspired them to live healthier lives. Some even lost weight and lowered their cholesterol numbers and made it a point to let me know that they had improved their health. It is in this way that I know God is working through me.
2. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Mark Batterson. Yeah I know, the same author. His books just seem to resonate with me. First of all, there is humor in this book which I always appreciate and second it is a very short read. It is nice to mix up long books and quick short reads once in a while. This book made me realize that sometimes the impossible things we don’t think can ever happen…can. Never underestimate your ability and God’s love and grace.
For me, when I was reading this, it was right after I had Logan and actually right after our D.C. trip. I bought another one of Batterson’s books while in D.C. after watching him speak at church and then came home and ordered this book from Amazon. I felt like Greg and I were going to endure an impossible task of agreeing on how to work out our finances and pay off our debt. We agreed how to handle our debt pretty quickly, then began the task of paying it off. That was a God sized prayer. We couldn’t do it alone and thank God he was there with us and still is during this journey.
3. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. You probably saw that one coming. This was another book I couldn’t put down and I didn’t want to end. I learned so much about money and debt from this book. Greg was the financially smart one in our relationship until I read this book and started learning more about debt and became smarter with money. This book also helped us in our marriage as we were able to agree on how we were going to budget our money. Many married couples fight about money and we really don’t anymore (thankfully). We now fight about other stupid stuff;)
4. Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden. I was able to listen to Rory speak a few years back about this book. That’s how I heard about it actually. The book is all about how to deal with the hard things so you get what you want out of life. He talks about how procrastination kills dreams and how the successful people sacrifice to get what they want out of life. That was all foreign to me as I had been spending frivolously and buying stuff whenever I wanted. I realized after reading this that things needed to change in our financial lives if we were going to achieve the goals we wanted to achieve.
Right after Joey was born, Greg and I started doing some real estate investing. We created this goal that we wanted to be debt free by the time Greg was 40 so he could potentially retire and not have to travel. We wanted him to be here to watch our kids play sports and even coach their teams. After reading this book, I became more focused on that goal and started slowing down on my spending because I could see we had a bigger goal in mind. If we were going to achieve that goal, I really need to be focused on it.
5. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. This book threw me for a loop. I just read it at the end of last year and wrote a little review on it. Hal talks about the six SAVERS to help you with personal development. He thinks the key to the SAVERS is doing them first thing in the morning to help you stay motivated and focused throughout the day. Here is a YouTube Video regarding the Miracle Morning if you like to watch videos. (Hal is very entertaining so it won’t bore you:)
I read this at the end of last year and finished it right at the beginning of January. I immediately read it again! Yes I read it twice. If you are looking for a Facebook group to give you support in anything you are going through, this is the group. It is called The Miracle Morning Community and you can be added to the group. I am part of it and it brightens my day.
I have been consistently getting up at between 430 and 5AM every morning since reading that book to practice the SAVERS.
The SAVERS stand for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (journaling). These are practices of successful people to get what they want out of life. I definitely feel it is helping me towards my potential as I aspire to be more involved in our real estate business and have been learning as much as possible.
6. Failing Forward by John Maxwell. This book totally changed how I look at failure. Generally, when we fail at something we look at it negatively. We look at it like we weren’t good enough or we carry this weight over us that we were terrible at something. After reading this book, I began to realize that failure is nothing more than a life lesson. Failure is a necessary part of success. This book made me realize that the more I fail at something the closer I will get to the success that awaits. Does that make sense? Use failure as a stepping stone to where you ultimately desire to be.
7. See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar. This book started it all for me. I first read this probably about 4 years ago. I was introduced to Ziglar’s books through a friend and heard of him one day at church so I decided to order one of his books. This book taught me about self confidence and motivation. The book outlined how your attitude is so important in achieving success. If you have a negative attitude, negative things happen. If you are positive, however, even in bad circumstances good things can happen.
It was the book that started it all for me. It started me on the path to believing I could do more than I ever thought possible. It sparked my interest in reading other motivational books because I really liked how my attitude changed after reading books that were inspirational.
8. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Greg introduced me to this book and I read it shortly after we got together. It is important to me that we divorce proof our marriage. I want him to understand what I need in our relationship and I want to understand what he needs as well. I have learned a lot from this book about love and how each of us feels love differently. I highly recommend it to anyone. Honestly, this book relates to any type of relationship, not just marriage.
9. The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy. So this may seem like a weird book recommendation, but I read this a few years back also and I love it. I generally eat pretty healthy. I am not anywhere close to eating healthy all the time, but I like how eating healthy makes me feel. I read this book after I had Joey and while I was doing the lectures for the cardiology group on diet and exercise. I recommended it to several people in the lectures. Some used it and some developed their own plans. Those who used it seemed to really like it.
I have done this diet for the 30 days that were recommended and did see weight loss. I am happy with where I am at right now so I don’t do it for weight loss anymore. I follow more of the maintenance pattern now. I have some family members who are using this program now and are seeing excellent results so I just thought I would throw it out there as a book about diet that I love and would recommend to anyone.
10. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I read this a lifetime ago but it still resonates with me today. I still think about it often. There are so many schools of thought regarding money and this book highlights the different ways people think about money in different social classes. Specifically, Kiyosaki talks about a father figure in his life who has a lot of money and his real father who does not. He learns something from each about money and decides to follow his Rich Dad’s train of thought. Very interesting read and highly recommended.
Well, there ya have it. The 10 books that I absolutely love and that have changed my life in one way or another and can absolutely do the same for you. Let me know which one is your favorite:) You can also check out the books that made my must read list for 2016 here.
Which motivational books have you read that you would recommend?
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