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Best books to energise and empower


Technically, I’m not reading as I listen to all my reads these days via Audible whilst on my “post school drop-off, pre desk-day” walks in Horsley, mainly at Sheepleas. I highly recommend Audible, it has utterly revolutionised how much I manage to read.

Busy – How to Thrive in a World of Too Much by Tony Crabbe

A friend (probably sick of me quoting “I’m busy”) recommended this book and both hubby and I have since powered-through it. It’s written from a business psychologist’s perspective and is a brilliant (and often amusing) guide on how to reframe busy lives with discussion on mastery, focus, engagement & momentum. What I like is it’s not a time management book (I’ve read plenty of those) but it really got me thinking about where and how I actually spend my time and I’ve now (almost) removed the word ‘busy’ from my vocabulary.

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

This is a book that I revisit often and dip into for a quick “Oprah power session”. Based on her monthly O – The Oprah Magazine column which she’s written for 14 years, this book is choc-a-block full of life lessons from Oprah’s perspective. It covers joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity and power. They are fascinating short essays into the life of this incredible woman yet with very much a focus on making us, the reader, the best version of our selves.

Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini

Definitely one for the girls – I dare you to not feel energised and empowered listening to this warm, funny and gorgeous Aussie narrating her book.  Mr Chandler saw the title and thought it was about helping me to become mean and power-crazed (OK, so I do have days when perhaps that could be said) but no this book is about busting through limiting beliefs, your inner-critic and overcoming fear. It’s about mastering that voice in your head that says you can’t do this and going in pursuit of the life of your dreams whatever form that takes. And this doesn’t just talk the talk, it’s a practical, action-packed guide to get you doing, not just dreaming. I loved it!

The 5 Second Rule – Transform Your Life, Work & Confidence with Everyday Courage

by Mel Robbins

If nothing else, this book has stopped me hitting the snooze button for the first time in my almost 43 years. Yes, I adore my sleep, but this book put its case so compellingly that it sends me into action when that alarm goes off – seriously – read it if that’s you. Above and beyond that specific example, this is a book about showing us how to become more confident, break the habit of procrastination, stop worrying, share more ideas and frankly just “do it” using the 5-second countdown. It sounds simple but it’s a brilliant read enriched with science, facts and riveting stories from history, art and business.

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