From ancient proverbs to modern science, everyone agrees that what you put in your head directly impacts what you get back out. I was reminded of that truth last year when life got busy and my reading time dropped to almost non-existent. Without constantly putting good stuff in, it was a lot harder to get what I wanted back out of myself!
With that in mind, here are three authors whose works have changed my perspectives (and, without exaggeration, my life!). If you need a change, something new or just good stuff to put in your head this year, give them a try.
- Charles Duhigg. Author of Habits: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business, Duhigg breaks down the science and magic of reshaping your life through changing your habits. Some of the smartest, highest-impact people I know describe themselves as variations of Tom Bilyou’s “collection of habits, held together by duct tape.” Small, positive and sustainable habits are the foundation of a new life – and Duhigg can show you how to get there.
- Brene Brown. I’m not sure it’s possible to concisely sum up everything I’ve learned and applied to my life from Brown’s books, but everything from “gremlin ninja warrior training” to “the stories we tell ourselves” have revolutionized how I think and the choices I make. You can’t go wrong with any of her things, but Daring Greatly is my personal top recommendation.
- Mel Robbins. If you want to bypass scores of books on cognitive theory and jump straight to the part about how to make your brain and your body actually DO the things you know you need to in order to dig out of a hole, achieve your goals, or build the life or relationship you desperately want, Robbins has you covered. I devoured The 5 Second Rule and can’t wait to read Stop Saying You’re Fine.
Both Brown and Robbins are on youtube if you want a sneak peek before picking up their books. What books have changed your life? What books do you most recommend to friends? Tell me in the comments – I’d love to know!