Top Resources for Beginners
It's so easy to get lost in these high-cerebral concepts of success, growth, and so on that we forget the basic equation that makes our passion and our goals into a successful reality.
The equation is simple: the right tools, and your consistency backing up those tools.
It wasn’t that long ago where I was just starting out and I could not for the life of me get some of these high-cerebral resources that are out there.
There are so many great teachers out there and yet I kept finding all of these super advanced resources where I was left spinning at the end of it. Not only did I almost throw in the towel (plenty of time) but I just felt like maybe this wasn’t right for me.
Nevertheless, I tossed that doubt aside and kept searching for something (ANYTHING!) that made my own goals a reality. I wanted to work on myself, was that so hard to do?
I started reading these books below during the first few months of getting my feet wet for really focusing on what I could change and how I could become a better person.
For once, I felt like I walked away with real-life solutions that I could understand and work on. (WOO!) It was such a relief and I know you’re out there with me, spinning in all of these other-worldly-concepts.
Let’s get you into some beginner-friendly resources!
Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace by Dr Patrizia Collard
This was a big influence on my journey before it even begin. I picked this one up because I was just a ball of stress with everything swirling around in my life. Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant, and everything in between. It’s such an easy read to just getting started and what practical first steps are when you’re just starting out.
Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don't by Sukey Novogratz & Elizabeth Novogratz
Another break-through resource that helped me to find a meditation practice that worked for my schedule! This book was written for me and the many people whose schedule or skepticism has kept them from trying meditation. Just Sit is an approachable and visually engaging beginner's guide. Assuaging fears, answering questions, and providing real-world information to demystify the process, Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz provide a hands-on look at what meditation really is, what is does, and how to do it.
Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams
I like science and I like when things are practical. These were the most eye-opening, page-turning weeks of my life. And it is all based around true mindfulness. This book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by physicians time and time again. If you’re looking for a jump start, this book will give you a great sense of how mindfulness will work with you.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey (always recommending this one!)
A classic that was one of the first books I picked up. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the Best, with a capital B, personal growth book. What makes it such a timeless treasure is that it is relateable at any age, in any situation, and in any lifestyle. This personal growth book covers everything from the why behind our thoughts to how we can truly evolve and nurture what's already there. I love this because it talks on a deeper level than just "smile," "friendly conversations," but rather a more deeper connection to ourselves so that we can build true relationships with other's around us.
I knew what I wanted to change and work on, and I picked the umbrella topics that could get me to that vision that I had of what I wanted.
These four books really helped take me to that next level where I could start diving into deeper topics and start exploring more of those more “advanced” aspects of personal growth and development.