Personal Growth: 3 Books that Changed My Life

Reading personal development books has become part of my life. When I started being intentional with my personal growth last year, I was introduced to a lot of great books. In this blog, I will share my top three picks, as I believe they have helped set the fundamentals of personal development growth for me.

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Miracle Mornings by Hal Elrod

I was introduced to this personal growth book during the beginning of my health journey. Someone suggested it on the Facebook group for people who are struggling to get up in the morningto work out. And I was definitely one of those people.

The basic concept of this books is to get up an hour earlier than you have to and use that time to work on yourself and your personal growth. And no, it does not mean sleeping less but rather going to sleep an hour early so you can wake up and hour earlier in the morning.

Elrod’s miracle morning routine has six components that are called SAVERS: Silence (mediation/prayer), Affirmation, Visualization (of you accomplishing your goals), Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (journaling).

Personal Growth: My Take-Away

I started with working out and slowly added the remaining components. Right now my mornings start at 4 am. Yes, you read that right. And the most crazy thing about it is that I LOVE IT! It is truly life changing when you start your day with doing something for yourself. This is the only time during the day when I don’t have any interruptions and can morning really concentrate on my goals and dreams.

And if you don’t have a whole hour right now, he suggest you can start with 6 minutes. Or you can mix and match, which is what I am currently doing. I spend most of my morning on my workout, but incorporate the other parts of the miracle mornign routine by making some of them really short.

Next week I will get into more details about my morning routine so make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss it.

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Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

The second personal development book has been so life changing to me that I don’t know where to start.

Girl Wash Your Face is divided into twenty chapters, each of them dedicated to a lie that Rachel has been told and that she used to believe. Those lies have been a roadblock for her in becoming the best version of herself.Β  So she takes the readers on the journey of describing each lie and what she has done to stop believing it.


And boy, did we have many of those lies in common! There were so many aha moments for me in that book. It’s like somoone took a mirror and made me look at my reflection. This book is the reason I started analyzing why I do certain things the way I do and allowed me to start working on myself. And that lead to a huge boost in self confidence that made this blog possible and the Imperfect Life Balance Tube Channel possible.

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Personal Growth: My Take-Away

The most profound lesson I have taken away from this book is chapter about a lie that you neeed a hero. We sometimes go through life dreaming of a better future but not doing anyting to get us there. We keep thinking: if I had more money, if I had more time, or if I had a better job.

And Rachel gives some tough love on this topic. She says: “nobody will ever care more about your dream as much as you do”! That is so true! We need to stop waiting for someone else (the hero as she calls that person) to present us with an opportunity to change our lives around. We have to take our matters into our own hands. This is our life and we are responsible for it.

I am currently reading her second self-growth book called Girl Stop Apologizing, so stay tuned for another blog in similar nature coming soon. And check out The Hollis Co for more inspirational content.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell has written a LOT of books. His area of expertise is leadership and personal growth. And I heard about this particular book from Rachel Hollis during one of her podcasts. And I am so glad I did.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth is like a bible of personal growth. John dedicates each chapter to the one law of growth. And each of them is a critical component to your growth as a person. And the book is filled with examples of how each of those laws has been (and continues to be) applied in his personal life and lives of others.

Personal Growth: My Take-Away

One of the biggest take-ways for me was the chapter about law of expansion. This is the chapter where John talks about he fact that personal growth is a life long journey. It’s not something that you do once and don’t ever have to do again.

Our lifestyles will change over time. We will change jobs (maybe even careers), we will develop new habits, our kids will grow up, we will develop new interests, etc. And as we experience those changes, we will gain new experiences and learn new perspective. We will be students of personal growth for life.

One of my favorite quotes from this books is: ‘Everything looks like a failure in the middle’. When we start working a new project or maybe a new hobby things are messy at the beginning and in the middle. We learn things as we go and we fail often! But that is part of life. And that is how we learn new things. So failure is not something that should be discouraging us. It is something that should be fueling us as we learn from our mistakes and do better next time.

Your Turn

Now that you know what are my top three personal books that I have read last year, it’s your turn to share. What personal development books do you recommend? Did any of them have a life-changing impact on your life? Share below – I’m always looking for recommendations.

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14 thoughts on “Personal Growth: 3 Books that Changed My Life

  1. When I was studying my Masters I read a lot about change (The Masters was in leading innovation and change) One of the things that stuck with me was that its impossible to cut a hole in a spider web as the whole thing will just collapse. If you want to change something in your life you need to get behind it whole heartedly and not just cut a tiny hole in the spiders web.

    1. I love this! This makes perfect sense to me because I only noticed significant changes in my life when I started being really intentional with it.

    1. I actually heard about the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth from Rachel Hollis πŸ˜‰

  2. Hadn’t heard of any of these, but they all sound amazing. I love this kind of thing. I’m intrigued to hear more so I’ll follow your blog and pin this for later. Thank you! Xx

    1. Once I started being intentional with reading personal development books I became hooked πŸ˜‰

      1. I’m addicted to all books, I can’t lie! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ xx

    1. I found it very therapeutic! She also has a podcast (RISE podcast) where she read a few chapters from the book a few months ago if you are interested.

  3. These books sound really motivating and life-affirming! I’m not sure I could bring myself to get up an hour earlier than usual but six minutes I can do! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, I like the fact that he gave a short verison of the miracle morning πŸ™‚ I never found waking up early appealing but once I started I never went back. My added benefit is that I really enjoy the peace and quiet;)

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I heard some of her talks and I’m definitely adding it to my list😊

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