2019 was the year of reading. Well, at least it was for me.
I wish I could say that I was lying, but in 2019 I think I read more books than I have in my entire life combined. That may sound a bit dramatic, but it’s true. I never used to read. I hated sitting down and having to be still. Not only that, but reading was never really the “cool” thing to do.
In 2019, that all changed.
For me, there was something fascinating about personal development books. I loved being able to gain the knowledge to challenge myself, to reach new heights, and to change my life for the better. So over the course of the year, I spend hundreds of dollars on books and on an Amazon Prime membership just so that I could get the books delivered to me on the same day.
Last year changed my life. I have never been happier. I have never felt as successful as I feel now. And I have never felt as confident and as intelligent as I feel now. While reading more isn’t the sole reasoning for this, it is definitely a big contributor.
As we flip the page on 2019, I want to share with you what I think of to be the best personal development books for 2020. My hope is that these 5 personal development books will help to make your 2020 as amazing and as memorable as they made my 2019.
Here are the 5 best personal development books for 2020.
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins is probably my favorite personal development book of all time. Maybe it’s because Robbins is from Boston and Boston is my favorite city, because she has an amazing transformation story, or because the 5 second rule is an easy, yet effective approach to help change your life.
It’s simple. There are things that you aren’t going to want to do in life. But with the 5 second rule, you don’t give yourself time to think of an excuse. It’s all about taking action and being able to create a large amount of change in your life all within 5 seconds.
How do you do it? It’s simple.
Let’s say you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. With the 5 second rule, you don’t give yourself a choice. You count down from 5, and once you reach 1, you just go. Similar to how a rocket ship takes off once it reaches 1 and then gradually increases speed as it get’s going, your focus is to overcome the hardest part of any decision (the initial action) and to just get.
Here is my full review on The 5 Second Rule.
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
So often we come across hardships and challenges in which we allow to determine our success and happiness. As soon as we experience any challenge, we tend to feel sorry for ourselves, to blame others for what’s going wrong in our life, or worse, we give up on ourselves all together.
But no matter how big a challenge may be, we need to remember that everything is figureoutable. We may not be able to control everything that happens to us over the course of our life, but we always have the ability to control our perception.
Through personal stories, stories from other readers, and through actionable insight, Forleo demonstrated just how figureoutable everything truly is in life, and that’s what makes it such a powerful book to read.
Here is my full review on Everything Is Figureoutable.
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
Next on the list is The ONE Thing by Gary Keller. What I really like about this book is that it helps you to focus on the single most important thing that you need to do in order to set yourself up for success.
How many times do you find yourself stressing about so many things that you don’t even know where to begin? You have all of these different tasks that you want to get done, but the thought of where to even begin is almost paralyzing in and of itself. This is where The ONE Thing comes into play.
As Keller describes it, the objective of the one thing is to focus solely on the single most important thing that you can do to set yourself up for success. It all starts by asking yourself one question: what can I do such by that doing so everything else will become easier or unnecessary?
Once you answer the question, you complete the thing with your full and undivided attention before moving onto the next thing on your to-do list.
Here is my full review on The ONE Thing.
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a classic, and is probably what would be considered to many as the best personal development book ever published.
What I really enjoyed about Think and Grow Rich is that Napolean Hill doesn’t blatantly tell you the secret to thinking and growing rich – he makes you figure it out on your own as it is all that much more impactful. And let’s be real, the secret to thinking and growing rich could be different for everybody.
To me, the secret to thinking and growing rich is a decision. Once you decide to do everything in your power to achieve the goals that you have for yourself, then you start to uncover ways to achieve these goals. You determine your success, thus, you need to decide that you are going to be successful if success is what you are after.
Throughout the book, Hill gives examples of individuals who have changed their mindset, who have overcome challenging obstacles in their lives, and who have created the success that they envisioned for themselves all because they developed a growth and rich mindset.
Here is my full review on Think and Grow Rich.
The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
I am a huge Chris Guillebeau fan. I have read all but one of his books, read his blog, and listen to his podcast on a daily basis. It just so happens that Guillebeau also wrote one of my favorite books, The Happiness of Pursuit.
What I love about The Happiness of Pursuit is how many different points of views there are. Guillebeau’s mission in The Happiness of Pursuit is to help the reader find their purpose through various quests that they embark on in life. There is no one right or wrong quest to embark on, only the one that is meaningful and fulfilling for you.
Everyone has a calling in life. Guillebeau helps you to focus on what your calling is so that you can live a happier life, because let’s face it, we are never going to be as happy as we could have been if we never pursue our true calling.
Here is my full review on The Happiness of Pursuit.
There is my life for the best personal development books for 2020. Have you read any of these books before? If so, what were your favorite ones? If not, what are some books that you would recommend for me? 2019 was the year of reading for me, and I know that 2020 is going to consist of even more.