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.

self improvement books

The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss by Marc David. You don’t need another diet plan. Marc guides you through actions that while simple, are also life changing. Slowing down, finding your eating rhythm, learning to breathe properly, and finding pleasure can change your relationship with food for good.
The Gift of Our Compulsions: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Acceptance and Healing by Mary O’Malley.  Instead of viewing our compulsions with self-loathing, the author shows you how to look at them as gifts. The exercises in the book help change your compulsions like overeating, over medicating, or over working by understanding them first. Life-changing for anyone who has struggled with compulsive behaviors.
How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields. This books provides simple actions you can take to fill up your bucket of connection, contribution, and vitality – which are basically, everything that makes life worth living. And you’ll have fun while doing the exercises laid out by Jonathan. There’s even a private Facebook group you can join to share your experiences with others.
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson. Why are some people more successful than others? You’d be surprised how simple it can be to become one of the successful.  Small consistent action every day is the key. I turn to this book OFTEN.
The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins. Of all the books I’ve mentioned here, none could be simpler – yet so powerful. The 5 second rule is one I use all the time – and it’s so damn easy!!

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!



I may earn a small commission when you purchase books from the above links. I never recommend anything that I don’t personally stand 100% behind and your purchase helps support my work in bringing you real information about living a happier and healthier life.
What are your favorite self improvement books to help make life easier?

Action: Select any one of the books above that speak to you and take the simple actions prescribed in the book. It really is that simple. Make time for yourself to expand your knowledge and grow as a person. What could be more important than that?




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