The Most Powerful Reads of 2017

Here are 4 books guaranteed to kickstart your mind.

Not a week passes that I don’t think: “If only I had this type of knowledge when I was younger!” As a professional development coach, I continually invest in my own growth so that I can support my clients on their journeys. The more knowledge I absorb and grow as a person, the more I realize what I could have accomplished (and avoided) years ago. Knowledge gives you the power to redefine yourself.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

If you don’t invest in you – no one will. You cannot grow if you do not use growth tools. I consider books (eBooks, Audio, Digital and Paper) one of the most valuable resources we have as individuals to define brilliant futures. There is absolutely no reason why you must accept status quo! Books in all of their glorious forms are tools of personal power. Because I care about you, my readers, I would like to share with you 4 of the most powerful reads of 2017 from my personal collection.

People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them the Keys

A fantastic and illuminating read by Mike Bechtle – the title almost speaks for itself. Mike helps us understand how to calmly interact with the crazy people in this world. Everything from traffic, relatives, crazy friends to bosses: this book is a practical guide to every-day living. He guides us through the steps to establish and keep your emotional balance. You cannot choose your family or the person that talks too loud on the phone at work, but you can control our responses!  Mike gives you a unique perspective in how to handle conflict and real-world advice for relationships.

Living Big

Pam Grout gives us inspiration to spread our wings in her book: Living Big, Embrace Your Passion and Leap into an Extraordinary Life. This book is like my personal cheerleader. If you struggle with believing that you matter, that you can make a difference – then this book is for you! Pam gives us personal challenges to break outside of our box and embrace our inner heros. Woven in between heart-warming stories of regular people achieving extraordinary things, she encourages us to make a difference and follow our dreams with a strong call to action.

Failing Forward

John Maxwell, the national best-selling leadership author helps you understand how to make your dreams become reality in his book: Failing Forward, Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. I don’t know anyone that isn’t afraid of failing. John’s book revolutionizes your idea of failure. He teaches you to embrace failure and make it your best friend. He states that, “success is not a destination… Instead, it’s a journey you take”. As a recovering perfectionist, I know now that the fear of failure had kept me from truly achieving success for years. I have to say that John’s book is arguably one of the best pieces of literature to redefine the perspective of failure. This book could be life-altering and free us from the chain of fear into a positive way forward.

The Big Leap

This read provides a genuinely innovative approach to breaking your success barriers. Gay Hendricks, a Ph.D. psychologist, proposes that we unconsciously limit our ability to accept positivity, success and abundance. His book, The Big Leap, Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Your Life to the Next Level, is magnificently impactful to anyone desiring positive sustainable change in their lives. I have personally taken his suggestions to heart and seen a significant difference – as has my clients and colleagues that read this book. If you feel like you might be holding yourself back, you are probably right! Gay gives us the inside view of how our mental programming limits us and how to overcome it.

Kickstart your Mind in 2018

As a smart and insightful individual, you will want to invest in your ability to control your responses to crazy people, tap into the greatness that resides within you, overcome your fear of failure and personal roadblocks to success. I highly recommend these 4 books to kickstart your mind for a ground-breaking 2018!

“Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge, let your learning lead to action” – Jim Rohn

The most important part of any learning process is what we do with the knowledge that we gain. These books become a reminder of what I must prioritize daily to live the life of achievement. I pull the knowledge into my everyday life and incorporate them into my coaching to help others on their journey. To reap the rewards for your own personal development, I recommend that you create a plan to remove your limits and put your knowledge in action.

Erin Urban
Erin Urban

Founder, UPPSolutions

Erin Urban, Founder of UPPSolutions, LLC, is a certified professional & leadership development coach with a mission to lift others up to defy their limits and exceed their goals. Erin is an experienced speaker within the professional community, a published author and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

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