“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
— Winston Churchill
This quote always makes me think about prosperity, abundance, and the role money plays in our lives… more specifically, the mentality we have surrounding money. The topic of money is tricky but happens to be one of the most popular themes I’ve covered in my personal development teachings over the years. The ability to turn on that wealth mindset and attract more abundance is something many of us aspire to achieve.
But you see, the first step is shifting your mindset to rid yourself of any past limiting beliefs or blocks that could be holding you back from attracting the abundance you desire. And the truth is, you’re probably working really, really hard on achieving your money goals, and as a matter of fact, I know you are :-). So it might be time to throw a little self-care into the mix because sometimes it’s nice just to relax, unwind, and plop down on the couch with a good book.
That’s why I’d like to share with you some of my favorite books that are going to help kickstart your financial journey and change the way you think about money, for good. Again, turning on that wealth mindset takes patience, consistency, and hard work, to rewire the beliefs and habits you have grown accustomed to. So having a nice stack of books to reference is going to be an awesome resource.
1. Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money
~By Ken Honda
In, Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peach with Your Money, Japan’s #1 bestselling personal development guru (and a personal friend), Ken Honda, shows you how to attain peace of mind surrounding money. He explains:
“Money is energy. It can be happy or unhappy. If you have happy money, you have a happy life. Conversely, if you have unhappy money, you have an unhappy life. The key to a happy life starts with happy money.”
Often, money is associated with negative emotions like fear and stress and can be the cause of dysfunctional relationships. But, you’ll learn that money is more than just a number, as it has the power to smile and even change when it’s given the right feelings. And with the right energy, it has the ability to impact our own lives and the lives of those around us.
You will learn to use the tools and skills you already have inside you to mend both your feelings and relationship with money. Ken will show you how to see money as a welcome guest, treating it with respect and gratitude, plus uncover the myths you may have about lack or scarcity. This is an awesome read, not only because you will learn how to embrace what it means to give (not just receive) and use the tools you already possess to understand and awaken your money mindset.
2. #ActuallyICan: The Art of Affirming Yourself to Greatness
~By Kelsey Aida Roualdes
#ActuallyICan: The Art of Affirming Yourself to Greatness isn’t your typical self-help book, as author, Kelsey Aida Roualdes really digs deep into the concept of how to win at life. You will find great inspiration in Kelsey’s words as she teaches you how to use positive and powerful affirmations to shape the kind of life you’ve always wanted. She provides numerous affirmations that are specifically designed to assist in the areas of self-love, financial freedom, wellness, and peace of mind. This is really an empowering guidebook on learning how to use your own power to win at life. So this new spin on self-improvement will have you feeling more confident, attracting more money, finding inner peace, and killing off that pesky ego, once and for all!
3. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
~By Jen Sincero
In, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, Jen Sincero teaches you how to totally tackle the fears and roadblocks that have gotten in the way of creating the kind of financial success you have always imagined. After undergoing a complete money transformation, her hilariously funny personal essays - with the most relatable and digestible takeaways - will have you uncovering your true earning potential in no time! You will learn how to toss out the doubt, fear, and excuses that have been holding you back, explore your natural ability to accumulate abundance, awaken your money mindset, and start creating.
4. Conscious Millionaire: Grow Your Business by Making a Difference
~By J.V. Crum, III
In, Conscious Millionaire: Grow Your Business by Making a Difference, you’ll unpack a groundbreaking approach to both building and growing a business. This book is going to help you in achieving higher profits with integrity, make use of proven formulas that can rapidly grow business, build winning teams, and so much more! The author explains a new universal model that guides entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and leaders in growing their companies and finding and achieving their true purpose in life. You will see a step-by-step approach, pairing raised consciousness with methodical business building. You will learn about creating wealth in the most honest ways, all while providing high value and positive impacts on today’s world.
5. Creating Money: Attracting Abundance
~By Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer
In, Creating Money: Attracting Abundance, authors, Sanaya Roman, and Duane Packer, provide a step-by-step guide for both creating and attracting abundance via their spiritual teachers, Orin and DaBen. These spiritual teachers have helped countless people in manifesting prosperity by awakening the conscious mind of abundance. You will work to uncover and utilize powerful techniques that help you to attract your higher good. You will also learn how to transform the limiting beliefs and blocks that have been previously shaping your relationship with money, ultimately opening up unlimited consciousness. Towards the end of this incredible read, you will discover how to use the power of unlimited thinking to create abundance in doing things that are truly meaningful to you and fulfill your life’s purpose. So get ready to feel inspired, empowered, and confident in releasing those limiting beliefs and opening yourself up to an abundant life, doing exactly what you love.
6. Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated for 2018
~By Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, Money Mustache (Foreword by)
According to Oprah, Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated for 2018, is life-changing! This new, improved, and fully revised version of the 1993 book, Your Money or Your Life has been able to stand the test of time by applying to people of all ages. Topics like investing, freelancing, side jobs, managing finances, and most importantly, having those tough conversations about money are all covered in this book. You’ll learn about getting out of debt, developing savings, practicing mindfulness and positive money habits, and cleaning up your life to live exactly the way you want. This is a great read, no matter where you are in your financial endeavors!
7. Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth
~By Nancy Levin
Author, Nancy Levin, explores the love-hate relationship we often have with money in, Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth. She explores the idea that when we feel that we aren’t enough, we also fear that we will never have enough. With money being such a strong source of anxiety for many people, life coach, Nancy Levin explores the value in changing how we feel to create financial freedom and success. She shines a bright light on the deep-rooted connection between the state of our net worth and our self-worth. You will work to replace those feelings of unworthiness and lack with a better sense of personal value. Her step-by-step plan will teach you how to face perpetual money issues in the most honest way, unpack the excuses we make for ourselves, and take back financial power. You will walk away with life-long tools to keep you on the path of fulfillment and abundance in multiple areas of life.
8. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
~By W. Timothy Gallwey
Do you like to play tennis? Well, I do too :-). But understand, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance, first published in 1972, is not just for tennis players or athletes. It’s really for just about anyone looking to improve at just about anything! Author, W. Timothy Gallwey, shows you how to focus your mind to combat self-doubt and fear, and tap into a relaxed state of concentration that allows you to perform at peak performance in your relationships, business endeavors, and sports too. Gallwey’s teachings are built on humanistic psychology and Zen thinking, so this book continues to hold up as an incredible resource for helping you to get out of your own way and put you in the mindset of always serving up your best.
Well, I hope this mighty list of books is going to keep you busy and help you to understand and improve your thoughts about money. Because remember, you are completely deserving of the abundance you seek in life.
And if you would like to start unpacking those stubborn feelings of financial lack, I have an awesome free guided meditation just for you.
This meditation is designed to prime your subconscious mind for greater abundance and success, because, in the words of Henry David Thoreau,
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
…So, let’s start experiencing it, the right way!
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.