Hey lovely! Today on the blog I wanted to share with you some awesome books that I have stumbled across and picked up that are a great help for improving your self-worth.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find books worth reading and that will actually benefit your life. I wanted to take the work out of the search for you by gathering together a list of bestsellers, high ratings and ones that I have personally read.
Whether you are an avid book reader or just looking for a great resource, I am sure you will find a couple picks out of the lot that are just what you are looking for.
I hope you enjoy reading through this list and if you have read any of them or are interested in a particular few I would love to hear about it, so be sure to leave me a comment below.
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Self Help Books
1. Daring Greatly: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent, And Lead by Brené Brown
I first came across Dr Brene Brown on Ted Talks when I was researching for some inspiring talks to listen to that are good for the soul, and I was immediately drawn to her. Dr Brown has an amazing way of sharing thoughts to questions that we have all had and makes you feel understood. She is honest and kind and her books are so worth reading.
In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.
“Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.”
Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do-over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phoney and powerless. Too often we approach our lives’ biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret. By accessing our personal power, we can achieve “presence,” the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves.
If you are looking for some great advice on how to feel more secure in yourself and how you cope with challenges, then Presence is a great pick for you!
“Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.”
3. Braving The Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging And The Courage To Stand Alone by Brené Brown
Another amazing book by Dr Brene Brown, Braving The Wilderness will make you step out of your comfort zone and challenge beliefs that you have about yourself in order to provoke growth and assurance within yourself.
Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other.
She writes “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.”
4. You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero set out to motivate and inspire others with her fun, mouthy, and well-written book You Are A Badass. She offers hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word all to challenge you to make serious changes to your life for the better. You’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love
I recently started reading this book and am loving it. Every chapter she writes to make her point while also putting a smile on your face. I feel very motivated by this book and highly recommend it.
“With over 2 million copies in print, Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass has inspired even the snarkiest of skeptics–encouraging them to embrace their awesomeness, give fear the heave-ho, and start kicking some serious ass.”
5. Unlocking the Secrets of Self-Esteem: A Guide To Building Confidence And Connection One Step At A Time by
If you don’t feel good about yourself, it can be difficult to reach your goals and live a happy, meaningful life. You may have already read countless books on building self-esteem, but after a while, you end up right where you started – feeling like you just aren’t good enough.
Most books on self-esteem tell you that you should feel good about yourself, but they don’t show you how to put self-esteem into action which is the key behind Unlocking Th Secrets Of Self-Esteem. Marie has laid out actionable steps for you to truly improve your self-esteem and have lasting effects.
“Self-confidence is more than just a way of being – it’s a way of doing! By taking steps to solve problems and overcome roadblocks by helping yourself (and others!), you will learn to practice self-confidence, rather than just think about it. If you’re ready to learn the secrets to genuine self-esteem and put what you’ve learned into action, this book will show you how.”
6. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you have read the inspiring book Eat, Pray, Love, or seen the movie based on the book, then you just might become obsessed with this one. Elizabeth shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. If you feel great passion for your career, or way of life, this book will give you the drive to pursue what you love more passionately while overcoming your fears.
Big Magic is written with humour and a true insight as to how and why you need to cultivate your creativity. It is about being open and letting things go that are not allowing you to reach your full potential
“Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.”
If you find that you are constantly serving others in your life and not having time left to nurture your own self-esteem then this is your book. This book will help you learn to set boundaries, change self-defeating behaviour patterns, communicate effectively, and, most importantly, become a loving and tolerant friend to yourself.
The Courage To Be Yourself is tender and inspirational and is sure to create healing in your life. As someone who has been surrounded by women not putting their needs as a priority, I can attest to the fact that it is damaging to your life. I hope for this book to bring you insight into areas of your life that need change and to feel more secure in yourself.
“Sue provides the necessary tools to help women transform their common fears into the courage to express their unique authentic selves. By using concepts and examples in the pages of her book, women become aware of their fears and learn to overcome them. Freed from the shackles of fear, they can then give themselves permission to own their excellence and live up to their highest potential.”
If you are a woman that has ever felt stuck in her life, riddled with anxiety or depression and has constant worries about yourself and your life, then Women Who Think Too Much is a must-read. For myself, I am so guilty of over thinking things to the point that I get so overwhelmed and have trouble moving forward onto things that will actually better my life. This book brings great emotional freedom to where you can choose to live with your feeling and express them but not be controlled by them.
Susan touches on how we go round and round in our thoughts jumbling them up to the point of confusion and how we have trouble moving from one thought to another. We over analyze everything about why something happened and how we could have done better instead of just doing better.
“In Women Who Think Too Much, Nolen-Hoeksema shows us what causes so many women to be overthinkers and provides concrete strategies that can be used to escape these negative thoughts, move to higher ground, and live more productively.”
If you suffer from low self-esteem, even at times as most of us do, then Unworthy is sure to connect with you.
I love the message that this book has and I am sure that you will feel a much stronger sense of self-worth after reading it. You will be challenged to dig deep and deal with your feelings of unworthiness and be made to feel more confident in who you are.
“Drawing on extensive research, enlightening interviews, and her own poignant experiences, Rufus considers the question: What personal, societal, biological, and historical factors coalesced to spark this secret epidemic, and what can be done to put a stop to it? She reveals the underlying sources of low self-esteem and leads us through strategies for positive change.”