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The Book That Changed My Life

I read an article recently that had various authors talking about the book that changed their lives. There’s even a book that compiled essays from 71 writers recounting what they learned from their life altering book. I must admit, my “to read” list has grown a bit longer now.

Of course reading these led me to think about what book changed my life. I thought perhaps it was:

Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want-Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible 

Goals! By Brian Tracey. This book helped get me on track. Got me addicted to lists. And helped me be more productive.

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life (Gawain, Shakti)

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain was another book in the running. This book stays with me to this day as I do some of the visualization techniques in it each week. It’s a winner if you want to get into visualizing for positive results.

The Power of Intention

The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer is high on my change my life list. After reading this book, my wavering views on religion and spirituality were solidified, and I was also able to reach the deepest level of meditation I ever had.

Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins. It’s really a shame that this man’s creepy face kept me from reading this book sooner. It was a powerful book for me and the first personal development book I ever read. It’s also one of the first books I suggest to people who truly want to turn their lives around.

These books are all very dear to my heart and very impactful on my life, my outlook, my day to day life, my behavior, my beliefs…but none of them are THE book that changed my life.

If I had to give one final answer to the question what book changed my life, I would answer: My Bedside Journal. (seriously, it’s just a mead marble notebook hehe)

My journal captures dreams as I wake up, gratitude lists, vents, affirmations, plans, epiphanies, random ideas and thoughts.

Writing in my journal provides comfort to me, and a safety of sorts. It allows me to empty my brain unabashedly and without restraint.

Reading over the entries, lists, sidebars and passages in my journal has helped me see myself. And you must see yourself clearly before you can make any lasting changes, right? 

I honestly believe my bedside journal both changed my life, and keeps me sane as well.

Is there a book that has changed your life? Any good books you’d recommend? Do tell!!

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Monday 14th of February 2011

Oh! I hit post too soon. Just wanted to tell you that i dig the new layout!


Monday 14th of February 2011

I haven't read any of these yet! But all of them were already on my "to read" list except for the first one. A couple books that were monumental for me were Iyanla Vanzant "Finding Yourself and the Love your Want" and Thick Face Black Heart (can't remember the author) oh and Eat Pray Love too.

Dani @ OK, Dani

Tuesday 8th of February 2011

YAY Anonymous!! I'm glad you're going to restart your journal, and I hope you punched the trustbreaking violater in their nosy face.


Monday 7th of February 2011

you know, i'd have to agree with you. i've had a journal since i was 7 years old. i used to write about my math class and conclude each entry with "i love God. i love my family." :) i haven't written as much in the last 1.5 years after someone violated my privacy and read it. (it took them work to find it, so i know they were determined). however, this entry inspires me to write again for all of the reasons that you mentioned above. thanks:)

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