3 Helpful Books to Inspire You

I discovered my love of reading quite late in life.  I was never a bookworm at school, for me reading was a necessary evil.  Even when I returned to my studies as an adult, it was something I did but never really enjoyed.

This changed when I started reading every day for just 15 minutes as part of my morning routine.  It’s incredible the difference it made to my knowledge and I get through a book or two every month now.

3 helpful books to inspire you

Recently, I’ve read three books which really helped me, so I thought I’d share them with you.

‘How the World Sees You’ by Sally Hogshead

Discover how others see you and the true value you provide them.  You will unlearn being boring where you’ve camouflaged yourself to blend in and instead learn how to stand out using the science and art of fascination.

The steps will help you recognise what makes you different and identify a few words (your anthem) to describe yourself and your personality.  These can be used on your social media profiles and be woven into your marketing messages.  Being able to communicate with this clarity will help you attract the right clients and repel those who just aren’t a good fit.

When I read it, I knew exactly where I fell in the archetypes and every ounce of me was rebelling against it.  I’d spent many years feeling I was ‘boring’ because I was so bloody sensible.  Reading this book helped me to recognise, being pragmatic is what attracts my clients to me!  It helped me to embrace my inner ‘Captain Sensible’ (my husband’s nickname for me) which made marketing myself so much easier.

‘Essentialism’ by Greg McKeown

The tagline for this book is ‘the disciplined pursuit of less’ which pretty much says it all.  If you feel you’re stretched too thin and are constantly busy but not getting anywhere, this is for you.  This book helps you identify the things that really matter in all areas of your life and focus on those.  From the pursuit of less, you regain control of your choices.

This book inspired me to start streamlining lots of different areas of my life.  By limiting some of my decisions, things became so much simpler and I was way more productive.  I stuck to a diet for the first time in decades by taking the pressure off with simple meal planning.  I cleared out a crazy amount of my wardrobe (some items hadn’t seen the light of day for years) – nothing gets crushed now and I can find what I want easily.  By committing to my blog and creating a content calendar, I’ve been consistently publishing content week in, week out.

‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ by Brené Brown

As a researcher in shame and vulnerability, and from her own experiences, Brené has uncovered an insight into perfection I hadn’t seen before.  This book looks at letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and instead embrace who you are.  Her remedy to perfection is to live a wholehearted life by adopting courage, compassion and connection.

Reading this, I often found myself thinking, ‘how does she know me?’  Dealing with perfection was one of the drivers for becoming a practitioner.  Being a perfectionist was responsible for having kept me hidden and stuck for years.  This book is a great addition to the work I’ve done on myself and gave me a deeper understanding of what was really going on in the background.  Interestingly, many of my clients are perfectionists so it’s been incredibly valuable in my clinical work too.

If you’re struggling with inspiration in building and marketing your complementary practice, contact me for a chat to find out how I can help you.

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