my-personal-development-book-list-that-will-change-your-life-and-help-you-lose-weight-1Have you ever gone through a FUNK? Or have you set BIG goals for yourself but you’re not sure if you’ll be able to accomplish them? Or maybe you have a business or weight loss goal, but you are STUCK and not sure how to take the next steps?

I’ve been there! And I’ll tell you from experience how important it is to prevent those doubtful, negative thoughts that keep you from being consistent in hitting your goals. I want to share with you my ‘secret sauce’ to success!

So what is it?!

Personal Development.

This is something I NEVER did before I became a Beachbody Coach, I thought that self-help books were WEIRD…and I didn’t need those, right?

WRONG. I attribute a HUGE part of my success, both in my weight loss and business to personal development. I promise you, it will help you get to a whole other level.

It’s helped me with my mindset, how I communicate, how I spend my time, how I manage my money, my relationships, help me grow in my faith, improve my confidence, develop my leadership skills, learn more about nutrition and MORE!

When I help a challenger get started on their weight loss journey, I have them do personal development too–because weight loss is ALL about mindset!!! We ALL know that we need to eat less and move more, right?! But there’s SOMETHING that’s holding us back…and that’s where personal development comes in!!

Now you might think you don’t have the time to devote to reading every day (um, hello! I have a three-year-old and a business, I get it!) SO I normally do audio, all day every day =)

When I’m in the car, instead of listening to the radio, I listen to a podcast or audio book. I call it drive time university =) I listen to audio while I’m cleaning, cooking, walking, doing the dishes, while I’m in the shower….pretty much anytime I can squeeze it in, I do! 

Because I know who I was 5 years ago before I became a coach, and how much it’s changed my life! I want to share with YOU some of my favorite personal development resources =)


If podcasts are your thing (they’re FREE information—heck yea!) my favorites are:

Life: The School of Greatness, The Chalene Show, This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt, The Charged Life

Biz: Build Your Tribe

Faith: Joyce Meyer, Passion City Church, Elevation Church, Joel Osteen

Nutrition: Psychology of Eating, The Fat-Burning Man, Underground Wellness, On Air with Ella, 

Finances: The Dave Ramsey Show



Food Matters
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Supersize Me
Fed Up
The Weight of the Nation
The Rise of the Entrepreneur

Whew! Ok, onto the books! I highly recommend getting a subscription to so you can get books on a discount! It’s AWESOME and I have all of my books on my phone!


Some of my favorites are:


Failing Forward by John Maxwell 

Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The Charge by Brendon Burchard

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell

How Successful People Think by John Maxwell

Intentional Living by John Maxwell

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

You are a Badass by Jen Sincerro

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein

May Cause Miracles by Gabby Bernstein

The Desire Map and Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte (I also use her planner!)



Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore

Keto-Adapted by Maria Emmerich

Head Strong by Dave Asprey

The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried

Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas

Primal Fat Burner by Nora Gedgaudas

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

SuperLife by Darin Olien

French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guilliano

The Hunger Fix by Pamela Peeke

Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel

Nourishing Wisdom by Marc David

The Slow Down Diet by Marc David

The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

Eat to Live by Joel Fuhnman

Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

Grain Brain by David Perimutter

The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder




MONEY: Master the Game by Tony Robbins (a BEAST but great!)

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley 

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

First Steps to Wealth by Dani Johnson (free on



A Confident Heart by Renee Swopes 

Knowing God Intimately by Joyce Meyer

I Declare by Joel Osteen

Spirit Driven Success by Dani Johnson

Crazy Love by Francis Chan (one of my favorites!!!)

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

Radical by David Platt (YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!!!!!)

You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth

Follow Me by David Platt and Francis Chan

Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer (everyone needs to read this!!!)



Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck (get his books on audible!)

Go For No by Richard Fenton

Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynernuck (get the audio for his books)

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster by Darren Hardy

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck

The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen

Failing Forward by John Maxwell

Go Pro


Time Management:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran (SO GOOD!)



The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

5 Levels of Leadership John C. Maxwell

People Follow You by Jeb Blount

Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard



Simplify by Joshua Becker

The Joy of Less by Francine Jay


OH, and this isn’t a book or podcast, but a 30 day FREE video series that will change your life! Go to and get organized!

That’s a whole lotta good stuff right there and I think it’s a great list to help you get started on your journey!

Do you read personal development? Comment below to let me know your favorites!!


Did this help you? If so, I would really appreciate it if you comment below and share on Facebook!







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“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Tony Robbins

PS. If you’re not at your goal weight & need support to get there, this group is what you need.


*In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get some coffee money if you decide to purchase anything from this list. I purchased each and every one of these books myself and read them several times over, so I know you’ll be in good hands =)

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