Several years ago I conducted a survey where I asked my blog readers where they would look for guidance or help if needed. Among the options included were; counsellors/life coaches, courses, friends and books. And most people told me that when they needed help or inspiration the first place they would turn to would be a book, followed closely by a friend.
I must admit The Power of Positive Thinking was the first of many inspirational books that changed my life because until I read it I had no idea that I had the power to change my life simply by changing the way I think. But as great an impact as that book had on me it was several more years before I really committed to learning more, and I only did this because I felt lost and directionless. I didn’t have a career, or any prospects of one. I was living on a Government benefit and looking after my two young children, one of whom was just a baby. But I had a great friend, Helen, who visited every weekend and each week she bought me a new book. Although I was grateful at that time I didn’t really realise just how much of a blessing those books were and what an impact they would have on my future. Some of the books Helen gave me included: Think & Grow Rich, Success through a Positive Mental Attitude, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity and The Magic of Thinking Big. They literally changed my life as they inspired me to start my first business, from my kitchen table, with absolutely no money.
I have no idea how many inspirational books I’ve read since that time, but I wanted to name just a few that have really impressed me, and I’d love to hear what inspirational books have changed your life.
Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch
When I was going through my mid-life crisis I would go for a walk each morning and ask for guidance and each day I received insights as to how to change my life. A lot of those insights I implemented into my life but sometimes I did wonder if it was just my imagination, then a friend gave me the book Conversations with God and I soon discovered that some of what Neale was writing about was the same as the guidance I received. It reinforced that I was on the path that was right for me, and in some instances answered some questions I still had.
You’ll See it when You Believe it – Wayne Dyer
If I had my way I would make this essential reading in high school. In this book Wayne so clearly describes how we’ve got it all wrong, that we wait until we see something until we believe, whereas we need to act as if we believe then our dreams come true.
Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You – Serena J Dyer and Wayne Dyer
When Wayne Dyer died I felt so sad I went on a binge re-reading many of his books. One I hadn’t read was this one so I bought it at that time and I just loved it.
The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
I love to learn and this book, while not just a motivational book, is filled with information on research and statistics that prove that being happy needs to be a priority in all of our lives.
The Success Principles – Jack Canfield
This is a book I recommend to all of my life coaching students as it not only inspires it is practical. It is simply filled with tips and strategies on how to live a great life.
Jonathon Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
I loved this book, I was so inspired by the story of this little bird who didn’t accept limits that I bought a china seagull and named it Jonathon. It still lives in my living room and reminds me to never ever give up.
What books have inspired you, or changed your life?