Ten Best Personal Development Books for Life Coaches
Here’s something I absolutely know for sure.
A great life coach is a well read coach.
Amazing self-help and personal development books can truly make for a better life coach, particularly when they are not just read but implemented as well. Because let’s face it – all the reading in the world will not create a better life, coach or entrepreneur if it doesn’t instil action and change within you. That’s where the real magic lies. Reading the words, letting them sink into your soul and mindset and then you (yes you!) gently (or maybe joltingly!) create positive change in your life, coaching skills and business.
So….let me help you fill out your bookshelf and maybe even get your Christmas wish list together early with my…
Ten Best Personal Development Books for Life Coaches
1. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
My favourite book of all time introduced to me by Ellen De Generes when she told Oprah Winfrey in an interview it had helped her become a better person. And it did the same for me. It’s small, simple, and profoundly powerful. That’s all I’ll say. Just get it. Read it. And live by the agreements. You will see your self-belief and sense of calm as a coach and a person blossom as a result.
2. The Desire Map by Danielle La Porte
The best book on setting goals, (that aren’t really goals anyway), with soul, ever written. If you truly want to help your clients move beyond simple (and long term ineffective) goals like losing 10 kgs/pounds, finding a hot husband and earning more money, you need to desire up for yourself and then turn all your coaching sessions to go deep and ‘within’ to where the feeling magic in your clients lies.
3. Pulling Your Own Strings by Dr Wayne Dyer
First published way back in 1978, it’s still a bonafide winner of a book all these years later. If you have ever wanted to know how to stop feeling hurt by others, obsessing what others think of you, how to confidently deal with difficult people and stop feeling lost and unseen, this book is a must read. When you master the good Doc’s techniques and then help your clients do the same – they will think you’re magic.
4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr Brene Brown
The best book to read to help your clients understand that it is within their flaws, failings and vulnerable life lessons that they can find their greatest teachers. No shame required. And yes – it’s a given that it will help you understand that your own authenticity and vulnerability is one of the best and most beautiful things you can own – truly own – as a life coach.
5. Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
This is my go to book to recommend to any client who is struggling to make any big life decision – especially those related to their work, career, business or creative pursuits. It’s the bible for people who are multi-passionate and overwhelmed by choosing which path is ‘right’ for them. (They might just ALL be!) Every client I have every suggested read Refuse to Choose has proclaimed it to be a ‘life changer and saver’ and that it helped them finally feel ‘normal.
6. Self-Compassion by Kristen Neff
No person – coach or client – can ever achieve anything truly great and lasting in their life if they are not kind to themselves and treat themselves as they would a cherished friend. Kristen Neff’s work is at once soft but strong and I have undoubtedly learnt that the more self-compassionate and kind I am to myself the more I can encourage my clients to be the same. A tip – her website is full to the brim of incredible resources that all coaches should get their hands on.
7. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Self sabotaging? Perfectionist? Playing small? Fearful of success even more than failure? Then take a big leap into reading this wonderful book by Gay Hendricks. You will soon more than realise that there is nothing to fear, there is a place for us all to shine, and that the world needs you to step up. Do it for yourself as a coach and inspire your clients to do the same.
8. The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
Now more than a decade old, the creative, spiritual and artistic way of life that Julia Cameron believes we can all live (and is inherent in our soul), still rings soundly true today. You do not have to be an artiste to receive value from this book. As a coach you are already a creative and this 12 week immersive guide will have you realise that truth and break through limiting beliefs and fears regarding your creative gifts as you do.
9. Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
You might think it strange to include a book about eating in a list of the best personal development books for life coaches. However if you’re a life coach who works with people on all areas of their life and how they can be happy and whole, then often goals and issues related to health and wellbeing will come to the fore. And food and eating can be a big (and emotively charged) part of that for many, many people. This incredible book is a life changing read that will quickly help you realise that even hinting to your clients that they try another diet to help them get the body and relationship with food they want is futile. And that the way forward in this area of their life is all about love, mindfulness, connection and body acceptance.
10. Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks by August Turak
The ‘greed is good’ Gordon Gekko of the 80’s is, (thank God), dead. Squeezing people for money, underhanded sales tactics, veiled marketing truths – so yesterday. So never required. If you’re looking to build your coaching business (or indeed any business) in a way that has service and soul at its heart – then August’s gem of a book is a must read. Drink between the lines of the many business industries he talks about and your business will never be the same – for the better.
And yours beautiful you? What book is missing from list that would make it on yours? Have you read some of these and they are your favourites too? Or love to challenge me on some (or all!) for making my top ten?
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