Do you make self-improvement and personal development harder than it has to be?
If you’re like me, you’ve got a library full of self-improvement books that claim to “change your life”. Do you ever feel like you’re trying too hard in life – trying to be happy, eat healthy, find love, to be financially abundant…?
Sometimes it seems like so much effort – meditating, cooking, self-improvement books, gratitude journals, coaching, dieting, exercising…
Don’t get me wrong; these efforts can have huge payoffs. But not when they’re punishing or in the mindset of “I need to fix something about myself” or “I have to work so hard to achieve what I want”.
Why do we make things so much harder than they have to be? I am certainly guilty of this, but I’m getting better at recognizing when I’m overcomplicating my life.
Self-improvement doesn’t mean there’s something terribly wrong with you that needs to be fixed; it means you are willing to learn and grow and expand your horizons.
I’m a self-help kind of girl. I love hearing and learning about ways to improve my life. The beauty of living in this day and age is that information and help is so easily accessible. There’s a solution for everything and it can be found from a few strokes on your keyboard. I love that.
It’s not possible to change your life just by reading simple self-improvement books. But even though the words in books alone don’t teach, when you read something that lets you get a new perspective or understanding of a subject that is meaningful to you, it can make all the difference in the world. The new found knowledge allows you to make different decisions or take different actions which has the capacity to make a tremendous impact on your life.
Everything you want is so much easier than you think. We tend to discount things we think are too simple. Big mistake!
Need help simplifying your life?
Here are some of my favorite self improvement books that have helped me stop trying so hard, especially when it comes to weight, health, and my body. By incorporating the easy tips in these books, I’ve made changes that came quite easily. But as you know, reading a book isn’t like a magic wand; you actually have to take action to make the magic appear.
The Undiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life: Plant-Based Meals with Options for Any Diet by Meghan Telpner. There are thousands of books and websites telling us how to cook healthy meals. Because there are so many, It can be overwhelming. Meghan’s book is one of my favorites because it’s visually beautiful, it’s full of humor and whimsy, and she gives options and substitutions for all the recipes so it makes cooking healthy so easy. And everything I’ve tried tasted great!