List of Personal Development Books

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5 dimensions of personal development: spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social

I used to look at personal development books and think they were cheesy.  But when  I became a Beachbody coach, they kept talking about the importance of continually growing yourself through these kinds of books.

I decided to put away my own pride and start reading my very first PD book called The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.  It only took about 10 pages before I realized this stuff was extremely powerful.  Now, my goal is to read personal development every day along with my daily quiet time with God.  Here’s a good list to get you started.  Some are business related, and others are about improving your life, mindset, marriage, time management skills, finances, etc. Remember, choose an area that you feel weaker in so you can strengthen that area of your life!  Happy reading!

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5 Ways to Increase your Motivation

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Lately we’ve been talking about feeling motivated (or feeling completely unmotivated) in one of my challenge groups.  It’s definitely hard to stay motivated for weeks on end.  How do you keep up the same gung-ho attitude on week 8 that you had in week 1?  Honestly, you have to work at it.  In the beginning it comes naturally, and you’re ready to give it all you’ve got, but once you’re settled into your routine, you sometimes have to trick yourself into feeling motivated.

Please know that it is completely normal to feel your motivation go up and down.  Truly what matters is what you do (and don’t do) when you feel your motivation waning.  Take a look at some tips that can help you get your groove back.

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My Top 5 Reasons for Becoming a Coach

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If you’re going to follow me as a coach, then I want you to know me and know WHY I’m doing this. WHY I decided to become a coach and run my LIKE page on Facebook. Please know my reasons don’t work for everyone, and I’m SO thankful for the great teachers that have taught my kids (the career I have given up). But for me, here are my top 5 reasons (will you make it to #5?): Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 3

So here it is, peeps…my third and final installment of my journey from self-critical to self-confident.  Wondering what else could possibly happen?  If you read part one and two, you now know that my prayers were answered about my body image, raising my confidence through the roof and putting an end to my self-criticism, but my story doesn’t end there. There was another aspect of my life that was causing me anxiety (yes, more, I’m finding I was quite a mess). I’m such a planner and somewhat of a control freak, so it made me super anxious to think about what my future had in store for me in terms of a job. Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 2

You know, being on a journey is an interesting thing. There are ups and downs, steps forward and steps backward. But in the end, it becomes clearer why each step is important. They test you, show you where your weaknesses are, and make you stronger. I appreciate these steps much more at the end looking back, of course, but I truly realize that each one is an important piece to the puzzle.

It was October 2012 when I made the decision to give control over to God to help me be less critical about my body. For a year I tried so hard to stop thinking about myself and instead focus on what was important in life: my kids, my husband, my relationship with Him. And things started coming around for me. I wasn’t nearly as critical as I was before, but I still wasn’t confident in my body. And in the summer of 2013, it became crystal clear that even though I wasn’t beating myself up like I used to, I still had issues. Continue reading

My Journey – From Self-Critical to Self-Confident Part 1

As comfortable and happy as I thought I was in my little suburbian bubble, there was always something stopping me from being as happy as I knew I could be…self-criticism. You know that little voice that tells you you’re not good enough – a good enough mother, a good enough wife, a good enough cook, a good enough (fill in the blank)? Yeah, it was always louder than the other voices in my head that said I was strong, confident, and that I was really making a difference in this world. For me, the voice in my head was always super-critical about my body. IMG_0194

Walking by the mirror I would hear, “Ugh. Why are you letting yourself have this huge gut?” meanwhile sticking it out as far as it could go. And then I’d walk away feeling crappy only to catch myself taking a peek the next time I walked by my full length mirror. My eyes would scan down my body and think, “Eww, just look at that cellulite on your thighs. That’s so disgusting.” Why didn’t I just move that darn thing? I knew I wanted to change, but I honestly didn’t think it was possible, and I certainly didn’t know how I would change my body since I already went to the gym 3 hours a week, and I also loved to run, bike and participate in races.  I was no slacker, ladies and gentlemen. Continue reading