Self-Improvement Reading List

Self-Improvement Reading List

When it comes to life, it is so easy to become complacent.

It’s so simple to do the same things over and over and over and over….. You get the idea.

Sometimes I do things because that’s simply how I’ve always done them.

That is NEVER a good reason.

I find that I start things that I don’t finish.

I overwhelm myself with a workload.

I can’t say no.

It is so easy to let myself be a lazy, unorganized, people-pleasing mess.

Buuut, enter a self-improvement reading list, and I’ve started to see changes in my the way I do things.  I’m not exaggerating either, they have altered the way I think and view situations.  These books have given me a better perspective on how to deal with certain situations and given me the inspiration to do things in a completely different way.

And I’m seeing a difference.

Self-Improvement Reading List

I’ve learned that time is valuable.  I’ve learned focus is key to getting things done.  I’ve learned more about business and productivity.

Reading is an excellent way to learn new ideas or be reminded of truths that you already know.

From taking charge of my finances to dealing with people in a gracious way. These books have given me practical advice on how to go about implementing these changes in my life.

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Self-Improvement reading list:


The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
A dear friend of mine gave me this book.  Please, pleeaaase do yourself a favor and read this.  I’m normally a yes-man.  You need a favor done? I’ll say yes.  You think I should be doing something more? I’ll say yes.  It’s something I struggle with and this book has been a fantastic read.  God has a different path for each of us and we don’t need to say yes to everything we come across or every person who wants us to take on their workload for them.

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Written by the founder of Keller-Williams reality.  I read this at the end of 2016….I wish I had read it the minute it had been published back in 2013.  I really like to do a little bit of everything- and I mean e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.  I like to do a little bit of everything all at once.  That means my focus can get so completely scattered that I get NOTHING done.  I’ve been applying some of the principles from this book and I have seen a drastic change in my productivity because I’m able to focus on the one task.

Financial Peace University DVD Home Study Kit
If you are struggling with finances, I can’t think of a more practical book than this. If you aren’t struggling with your finances, this is still a great book to read. They have the book, workbooks, DVD’s, etc.  All that help you learn to handle money and get out of debt.

(Buying the kit is sorta expensive, so get some friends together and go together to buy it and share the DVD’s and books with each other!)

We currently have zero debt.  Yup Zero.  And it feels great. 🙂

Do yourself a favor and read it. This book is about taking charge of your money and you telling it what to do- not vice versa.  It’s a must read for ANYONE.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
It seems like this book is recommended by every motivational speak you hear. So me being me, I did NOT read it for a long time. I expected it to be a fluffy read that wouldn’t add any more depth to my life.

I was wrong. Covey has some really good insights into how we act with other people, how we run our own lives, and what we can do to change the way we do those things. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Most are Five Minutes or Less)

This was an interesting read for me. There are so many little things we need to do in life that often end up taking a LOOOONG time. This book talks about creating habits that come naturally to us (over time) and implementing that into our lives to improve ourselves.


Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All
My grandma told me about the\is book, and since I am so much like my Grandma I knew I better read it.  I have a tendency to blurt things out that first come to mind.  

So does my Grandma.  Apparently, it’s a hereditary trait.  

Keep It Shut talks about the value and impact of the words we speak and how they affect those around us.  It encourages you to be careful how you speak and the power of your words- spoken or unspoken.

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
If you’re a business owner, startup guru, or planning to begin your own business this book has a lot of practical advice on a little of everything from when to quit your job and go full time on your business to how to deal with employees. I have really enjoyed this book and the practical advice that comes from a successful business owner.


Have you read any of these books before?  What did you think of them?



Self-Improvement Reading List

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. I agree reading is important. My wife and I did the financial peace university at our church some years back and we have been following the steps ever since. Thanks for sharing.

    1. That’s a great way to do it! My husband and I are hoping to keep following it the rest of our lives too! Being debt free is amazing.

  2. Something worth looking into because I am guilty of starting things and never finishing them. Thank you for the great great

    1. Yes! Following through with things is so important. (And life changing!)

  3. These all sound like fabulous books. I love to read so I’ll have to add them to my list.

  4. I really need to read them, this ia am amazing and must read post, Awesome ! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Certainly, reading is a better way to remind ourselves of what we know already as well as to learn new things that we don’t know before. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes! So many times we already know what we need- we just need some encouragement to implement it. 🙂

  6. I haven’t heard of any of the books on this list. Which is great! Means I have more books to add to the wishlist.

    1. That’s awesome! I always love finding new books to add to my list, too.:)

  7. This is something I would really need to read because I have caught myself being lazy and unconcentrated lately. You said it right…sometimes we need to read just to remind ourself to thing we already know.

    1. It’s so easy to be unfocused! Several of these books have helped me with that. 🙂

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