The best books for becoming a better you in the new year

Mel Jolly Author Of Becoming Future You
By Mel Jolly

The Books I Picked & Why

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)

By Gretchen Rubin

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Why this book?

As far as books that help you understand yourself go, this one is at the top of my list! I never understood why I was so resistant to the pressure of others, why accountability buddies didn’t work for me (even though they worked so well for other people), and why my husband was always so insistent about following the rules! Understanding that my superpower is asking great questions is what ultimately led me to coaching and writing my own book. I promise knowing more about how you respond to expectations will help you in so many ways.


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Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

By Charles Duhigg

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Why this book?

If you’ve never read (or enjoyed) non-fiction, start with Charles Duhigg. I’m not lying when I say this one is a real page-turner. One minute you’ll be learning about cognitive tunneling and wondering if that plane is really going to crash and the next you’ll be in the middle of a high-stakes poker game! I usually only remember one or two things from each book I read, but this one has stuck with me like glue. After all the page-turning, you’ll have a better understanding of how your brain works and how to leverage it to your advantage.


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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

By Daniel H. Pink

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Why this book?

The most important thing I learned from this book is that “winners take breaks!” I was the kind of person who kept pushing and pushing and pushing myself because I thought that was how I would get ahead. I never understood the scientifically proven benefits of taking breaks. There’s a lot of other great stuff in here, but even that small tidbit permanently changed how I work.


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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

By Don Miguel Ruiz

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Why this book?

I reread this book every year. It’s super short, but it’s so dense with wisdom I only read a couple of pages at a time and then marinate on what I’ve read. If you struggle with taking things personally, gossiping, trying to do better than your best, or assuming the worst (all things I was guilty of) grab a copy of this book. Go with a print copy so you can highlight all your favorite parts.


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You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

By Jen Sincero

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Why this book?

I love Jen Sincero. You can’t go wrong with one of her books, but this one was my favorite. Not only did her funny stories keep me turning the pages, she helped me finally understand the scarcity mindset I’ve been clinging to for my whole life. Plan on doing a lot of journaling with this one!


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