A constant theme I see prior to every new year is “THIS IS MY YEAR,” and I love that attitude! Own it! Speak it into existence, friend! However, I’m as guilty as anyone about letting the high and excitement of it all wear off and by March, much less the end of the year, I don’t know how much I can look back and say too much has changed.
If I’m being completely transparent with y’all, I know I was a lot of talk in 2019. I certainly started making moves towards changes I wanted to see, but I was still letting so much fear hold me back. I’m tired of settling, so my word for 2020 is excel – to excel in what God has called me to do and who He’s called me to be, and to do it so unapologetically that I have no choice but to produce excellence.
I know that self-development books have played a pretty significant role in boosting my confidence and shifting my mindset when it comes to putting a walk to my talk. So, here are books I read last year or have on my list to read ASAP in 2020!
Visioneering by Andy Stanley | My sister bought me this last year when I told her about all the plans I felt like God was laying on my heart, and this book really helped make sense of God-given visions and the process that goes into them coming to fruition. Even if you still feel like your vision isn’t entirely clear, this book gave me a lot of amazing insight into how every high and low works together to make your vision come to life.
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis | If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know how much I look up to Rachel Hollis, and Girl, Stop Apologizing was the exact approach I needed to start taking my goals seriously and stop putting so much merit into what others think about the dreams I have for my life. Rachel is so real, honest, and sincere that it’s hard to not love everything she has to say and take it to heart. This book is going to be perfect for you if you feel like you live in fear of even starting the pursuits of your vision + purpose.
Without Rival by Lisa Bevere | This is one that’s on my “read asap” list for this year. Without Rival focuses on embracing your identity and purpose in an age of confusion and comparison. If you’re someone that doesn’t feel like you struggle with any of these, then congrats – I envy you lol. But odds are, 99.9% of us feel the pressure to compare and it’s keeping us from intimately connecting with others, confusing us about our identity, and limiting us in our God-given purpose. So, even though I haven’t read this one, I’m already going to recommend it, 10/10.
You Are the Girl for the Job by Jess Connolly | Another one that I haven’t read yet but am so eager to. This is a perfect one if you’re feeling stuck – this book’s prompt is to dare to believe the God who calls you; to leave defeat and disbelief behind in order to truly chase your purpose, regardless of what that might be. The beautiful thing about God is He’s made each and every one of our hearts and purposes so unique, so special that to heck with whatever lies and discouragment tries to hold you back! God made you to do whatever it is that’s on your heart, whatever that may be. Make the move!
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero | I started reading this right at the end of 2019 but with the holidays I have yet to finish it, but I seriously love the brutal honesty of this book. Sometimes we just need to have our bull called out on us in order to see just how much we hold ourselves back from pursuing what we really want out of life. If you like this book, you should also check out You Are a Badass at Making Money and You Are a Badass Every Day. Even the titles get me motivated!
Let me know if you end up reading any of these books or if you have any that you think I should add to my reading list this year!