Let’s get straight to the point, positivity is *everything* when it comes to navigating this crazy game called life. Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down (yeah, thanks PMS), but a positive mental attitude acts like armour – with it you’re able to try something new with confidence, bounce back from setbacks and achieve your bigger life goals, it’s mind over matter and all that.
Sometimes though, we need a little help in the positivity department and we figured there’s no better way to get it than by absorbing the wise words of women who are nailing optimism.
So in line with the #PPpositivity pledge in January’s box, here are three of our favourite books to boost your outlook and create positive change in your life. Get ready for your personal positivity revolution.
For kick-ass career positivity
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
If self-doubt and confidence wobbles are blocking your progression at work – make this book your career coach for 2018. Tara Mohr, founder of the Playing Big leadership programme, has devised a step-by-step strategy that women can follow to express themselves confidently, recognise and own their talent, and move past any self-imposed barriers to be brilliant, successful leaders. Hurrah to that. And this book isn’t just useful for the office, the tips and advice work for every area of your life that needs some kick-ass mentality.
“Playing Big happens when we listen to the voice of the inner mentor, not the inner critic.”
For instilling positive change
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Now we’re not saying you’re not already awesome, but who doesn’t want to be a better version of themselves? Imagine what you could achieve if you had a massive injection of self-discipline and ditched those bad habits that seem to be holding you back in life? If you’re nodding along, then Better Than Before can guide you through the process of instilling positive and lasting change in your life – whether that’s by nailing scheduling or recognising the sneaky excuses you make to yourself so you can take the easy road. In this bestseller, Gretchen Rubin reveals her secrets to unpicking negative behaviour and transforming the routine of your entire life. Insightful stuff.
“What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.”
For an everyday positivity boost
Surprise Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into the World by Lisa Currie
It’s super-easy to get stuck in a rut where you wake up, go to work, eat, sleep and repeat until you get to the weekend (then, cue more sleep), so Surprise Yourself is part book, part journal that’s all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and opening your eyes to the awesome world around you. Lisa Currie, (also author of the equally brilliant The Positivity Kit) is possibly the most upbeat person we’ve ever come across and has packed the book with cute cues and fun exercises to get you trying new things, reconnecting with yourself and others, and letting yourself grow in the process. This is definitely one to chuck in your bag or keep by your bed to dip in and out of when you need a regular positivity reminder.
“Think of a plan you recently made and were excited about, but then something got in the way so it never happened. Find a way to do it anyway, this week!”