How do you handle a crisis of confidence? In the past couple of years pandemic chaos, career stress and good-old-fashioned burnout, have threatened the supply of energy we rely on. That mix of hope, health, and self-confidence, that propels us forward.
In our pandemic study, I’ve heard from thousands of you about how continued pressure to do more with less, create joy from pain and find grounding from the groundless, is breaking us. And I feel it too, more often than I imagined possible.
But there are workarounds.
Whether it’s for the joy of reading or to cancel the noise that competes for your clarity, these books will help sort you out. So, when you feel that downward pull of resistance. Or uncertainty about your journey, then peek at this list of powerful reads. And get right back onto your path to awesome.
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
So first, let me explain that The Inner Game of Tennis has nothing and everything to do with tennis. Yes, I played tennis as a child so there are references that resonated with me but it’s more about instinct. Honoring the part of you that knows what to do under pressure. And beginning to let that part of you rise in those circumstances where fear, comes in and tries to sabotage you.
The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
All of society’s gaslighting you’ve suffered for years will melt away when you read the Source of Self-Regard. It’s a thoughtful collection of truths by one of the greats. You will find energy instead of despair in the paradoxes of our time. And feel validated.
What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
What I Know For Sure contains more hard-earned lessons on following your North Star, honoring your inner voice and learning, when every opportunity arises, from Queen Oprah.
You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Entrepreneurship not only messes with your head, it complicates your financial life. And if you have any financial angst, then this book is for you. You are a Badass at Making Money is refreshingly positive and direct about how self-limiting (or conflicting) feelings about money, silently counter our best intentions.
Brave Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani
Although Reshma admits in her newest book, Pay Up, that women need more than bravery to rise into leadership. In Brave Not Perfect, her distillation of the role confidence plays and the energy it takes to pursue new opportunities, helps to inspire new options as we navigate daily choices and long-term goals.
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