Over the past three years, personal development and I have become what my youngest used to call “BFFs.”
I read at least a book a week. I watch videos that I find interesting, helpful, or just plain inspiring. And of course, there are my monthly phone calls with the one and only, John C. Maxwell.
Now I’ve decided to start sharing some of my personal development favorites with you! In case you’re looking for more ways to grow personally, spiritually, or professionally.
This week is another book. Now, when I’m reading for growth, I like to read through the entire book once, to get an overall feel for it, and make note of what really interests or speaks to me. Then I read through it a second time, making notes, highlighting passages, and paying special attention to those things that caught my eye the first time around.
I actually own a hard copy and an audio version of the book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. It’s one I’ve read, listened to, reread, and then listened to while reading. Every time I go through it, one of the twenty-seven chapters stands out just a bit more than previously.
This time, it was actually the first one, “My Subconscious Made Me Do It.” It never really hit me that if we say we want to make money, or lose ten pounds, for instance, but deep inside we’re afraid of having money or fitting into skinny jeans, we’ll sabotage ourselves.
This chapter made me realize that I need to dig deep to figure out what story I’m actually telling myself to move past the “humps” I’ve recently run into but can’t seem to run over.
The tone of “You Are a Badass” is definitely different, too, than You’re Loved No Matter What. Where “You’re Loved” was gentle and what I like to call, “hand holding,” this one is more of a snarky, kick in the pants. Both types have their places in my life. But if you’re not a fan of the snark, I would stick with “You’re Loved.”
Enough about me. How about you? Do you have a favorite way to grow yourself personally? Videos, podcasts, books? Feel free to share them here or on our Facebook page. With my one book per week reading list, I’m always on the lookout for new books to read!