As a young kid, I was a really avid reader.
When my Dad used to read me a ‘Mr Men' book or the latest instalment of the classic work of fiction, ‘Thomas The Tank Engine', before bed, he would sometimes doze off after a long day at work – but I would happily pick up where he left off and keep reading!
Somehow, as I grew up, my passion for reading started to evaporate and I found it harder to find the time to read.
It's the way it happens with so many things in our lives and you hear it all of the time, don't you…
‘I just don't have time to do that!'.
Most of the time, what we actually mean is…
‘I haven't made time for that!'
OR, even worse…
‘I don't want to do that, so I'm not going to make the time'.
We live in a world which is ever-increasing in ‘busy-ness', where it's getting easier and easier to brush things off and make these excuses.
So, at the start of 2017, I set myself a reading challenge to read ONE personal development book per month.
Just to give this some context, that would be an increase from about two books in the entirety of 2016!
That's an increase of 500%
Big challenge, but I was excited by it.
I'm pleased to say that, twelve months on, I have just completed the final book of the year.
One year. Twelve books. Lots of lessons.I really believe that one of the keys to continual and perpetual growth is to just keep learning! Click To Tweet
So, as we approach the end of the year, I wanted to give you a quick run-down of my favourite 12 self-improvement books from 2017.
*Slight disclaimer: These are my favourites based purely on the fact that they are the only 12 I have read this year.
*Another disclaimer: These books weren't necessarily PUBLISHED in 2017, it's just that this is the year that I have read them.
With the small print out of the way, let's dive into the list…
1) The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod
One of the big transformations in my life over the last year is the way that I treat my MORNING. It has often been said that your ‘morning sets you up for the day' – and this has never been more true. Discover the simple but often overlooked secret to kickstarting your day, the right way.
2) The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
We all have habits; good, bad and indifferent. They control almost everything about the way that we act and behave on a daily basis, and that has a huge ‘knock-on' effect on your mood, happiness and success. In this incredible book, you'll learn the cutting-edge scientific discoveries behind WHY habits exist (and how to transform them).
3) S.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On), by Paul McGee
This is a really inspiring, thought-provoking and anecdotal look at life, providing strategies and insight for grabbing more opportunities, getting further and how to react to negative situations in a more positive way. S.U.M.O also contains some brilliant exercises to help you test yourself.
4) Pre-Suasion, by Robert Cialdini
A follow-on book from Cialdini's now legendary book ‘Influence', this new work focuses on the key moment BEFORE a persuasive message is delivered and why it is important if you want to be more influential than ever. This is really about what separates effective communication from maximum persuasion.
5) The 12 Week Year, by Brian P. Moran & Michael Lennington
If you're looking for a better way to plan, remain organised and get more stuff done (in less time!), then this book is going to help you to do it. The 12 Week Year is all about avoiding the pitfalls and problems of ‘year-long' thinking, so that you can achieve more stuff in 12 weeks than most people get done in a year!
6) MONEY: Master The Game, by Tony Robbins
When it comes to self-improvement, one of the biggest and most puzzling areas is that of personal finance. Tony Robbins has returned from a 20 year break in writing books to create this enormous volume on the topic of creating financial freedom for ourselves and our families. This is the most exciting, in-depth and inspiring book on investing that I have read.
7)The 10X Rule, by Grant Cardone
To describe a book as ‘the only difference between success and failure' is a brave move, even for someone as balls'ey as Grant Cardone, but this book really lives up to the hype. The 10X Rule is all about the pricinple of ‘massive action' to achieve more in a shorter space of time. There is, undoubtably, no more succinct path to success.
8) You Are A Badass, by Jen Sincero
This is a quirky, funny and engaging read, where the author fires out 27 chapters of stories, anecdotes, exercises and advice, all designed to help you to leapfrog your limiting beliefs and build a life that you totally LOVE. As Jen will help you to see, you're probably the only real block standing between YOU and the life that you really want. This will help you fix that!
9) Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely
This is one of my favourite books that I have *ever* read. I must confess that I actually read this for the first time several years ago but had to revisit it a few months ago. Predictably Irrational is all about the crazy, misguided things that we do every single day that we BELIEVE are rational, but are definitely not! They don't make sense – until you read this book, and it will change everything for you.
10) Unstoppable, by Pete Wilkinson
Pete is a business coach and a successful endurance triathlete, with an expertise in remaining laser focused and steaming ahead through the finish line. ‘Unstoppable' is a true manual for establishing a firm vision and creating focus in all areas of your life and business. You'll learn how to massively increase your productivity following Pete's 1-3-5 action plan to get more done.
11) The Motivation Manifesto, by Brendon Burchard
I literally couldn't review this book any better than Paulo Coelho did in the official ‘blurb', where he perfectly described it as ‘a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom'. As a world renowned high-performance trainer, Brendon reveals the principles of mastering time freedom, emotional freedom, social freedom, financial freedom and spiritual freedom.
12) The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck, by Mark Manson
It's easy to get bogged down and upset about things in life, isn't it? This book will help you to realise that you don't need to try and be ‘positive' all the time – and why it'll allow you to become better, happier people! Mark lives by the philosophy that ‘shit is f*cked and we have to live with it' so in this un-sugar-coated book, you'll learn how to deal with it in the most effective way possible.
There you have it.
The twelve books of Christmas, as you might refer to it.
If any of these grab your attention, then go ahead and grab yourself a copy. You won't regret it.
Perhaps you could set yourself a reading challenge for 2018, and this list might just give you a kickstart that you need.
My goal for 2018 is to increase to two books per month, so I'll let you know how that goes!