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7 Most Inspirational Books That Every Woman Should Read And Recommend To Their Girl Friends

7 Most Inspirational Books That Every Woman Should Read And Recommend To Their Girl Friends

A great book can be life-changing. How many of the following have you read? Whether you want to feel stronger, more ambitious or more in control of your love life you should check out these awesome books written to inspire and guide women everywhere. If a book has really changed your life, don’t forget to recommend it to other women you know. Sometimes, one of the best gifts you can give someone else is the gift of knowledge.

‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey

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    Tina Fey is one of the most inspiring women currently working in the entertainment industry. Her book encourages and lifts up all women, especially those trying to ‘make it’ in a creative field. Fey maintains that you haven’t really succeeded until someone calls you ‘bossy,’ and her story is a refreshing warts-and-all tale of one woman’s long, hard journey to the top of her profession.

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    ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg

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      Traditionally, women have been reluctant to take on leadership roles. Sandberg discusses why this has been the case, and encourages a new generation of female leaders to claim positions of power in their organizations. The book is a testament to what women can achieve when they discard outdated gender roles.

      ‘He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys’ by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

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        This book is famous for ‘telling it like it is’ when it comes to understanding men and dating. By instructing women how they tell when a guy isn’t into them, the authors empower them to move onto someone better who can deliver the relationship they really deserve. Once you have read this book, you will never again wonder whether a man is really ‘into you’.

        ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay

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          Many women carry around excessive emotional baggage that can stop them moving forward and going after what they really want in life. In this book, Hay demonstrates exactly how we can move past old hurts, live more peacefully, and create a happier future. No matter what has happened, Hay explains that there is every reason to be optimistic about what is to come. As long as you are willing to confront your past and put in the required effort, you really can heal your life.

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          ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

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            If you struggle with fear on a daily basis to the extent that it is preventing you from living up to your full potential, you need to read this book. Gilbert, author of famous memoir ‘Eat Pray Love,’ is an expert in teaching women how to push past their anxieties and create a life that truly excites and stimulates them.

            ‘Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself’ by Melody Beattie

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              Many women struggle with putting their emotional needs and well being before the needs of their relatives and partners. At the same time, they place too much emphasis on what others think of them. This book explains how to break free of codependency and to separate your own wants, feelings and desires from those around you. This will in turn make you happier, as you come to depend less on what others think of you.

              ‘Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life’ by Glennon Doyle Melton

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                This book will encourage you to accept that life is seldom perfect, and that it’s fine to be unsure as to what to do next! Learn how to accept reality and take healthy, pro-active steps to change your life for the better. This book will help you relax when it comes to the ‘big issues’ of motherhood, marriage, community and friendship.

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                Last Updated on October 22, 2019

                How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary

                How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary

                When someone says, “I can’t do it” . . . I say to myself, “What do you mean you can’t do it?” Maybe you don’t want to do it, but saying you “can’t” do it is a completely different story.

                With the right mindset, positive attitude, and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, the only thing that is holding you back is yourself.

                Can’t is a terrible word and it has to be taken out of your vocabulary.

                By saying you can’t do something, you’re already doubting yourself, submitting to defeat, and you’re making that barrier around your life tighter.

                So today, right now, we are going to remove this word for good.

                From now on there is nothing we can’t do.

                “Attitude is Tattoo”

                Your attitude is everything; it’s your reason, your why and how, your facial expression, emotions, body language, and potentially the end result. How you approach an opportunity, and the result of it, is solely based on you — not your boss or your co-worker or friend.

                If you enter a business meeting with a sour attitude, that negative energy can spread like wildfire. People can also feel it — maybe even taste it. This is not an impression you want to leave.

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                Now imagine you enter a business meeting with a positive attitude, that whatever happens in here is going to be your result, in your control, not someone else’s. Of course, we can’t always win, but even if the outcome is negative, your attitude and perception can turn it into a positive. The question is: can you do it?

                Of course you can, because there is nothing in this world you can’t do.

                It’s much better to be known for your positive attitude — your poise, your energy, the reason why things go so well because you are able to maintain such character. A negative attitude is easy. It’s easy to complain, it’s easy to be mad, and it’s even easier to do nothing to change it.

                When I say your “attitude is tattoo”, it sounds permanent. Tattoos can be removed, but that’s not the point. Your attitude is like a tattoo because you wear it. People can see it and sometimes, they will judge you on it. If you maintain a negative attitude, then it is permanent until you change it.

                Change your attitude and I guarantee the results change as well.

                Believe You Can Do It

                Do you know why most people say “can’t” and doubt themselves before trying anything?

                It’s our lack of self-confidence and fear on many different levels. The one thing we have to purge from ourselves is fear — fear of bad results, fear of change, fear of denial, fear of loss, the fear that makes us worry and lose sleep. Worrying is the same as going outside with an umbrella, waiting for rain to hit it. Stop worrying and move on.

                Confidence is fragile: It builds up slowly, but can shatter like glass. Project your confidence and energy into believing in yourself. This is a very important and groundbreaking step — one that is usually the hardest to take. Start telling yourself you can do something, anything, and you will do it the best to your ability. Remove doubt, remove fear, and stick with positive energy.

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                Embrace Failure

                Do not fear failure. Do not run away from it. Face it, learn from it, grow, and take action. Just remember: You will never know success if you have never failed.

                Your confidence will bolster after embracing these facts. You will be immune to demoralizing results, and instead you will find ways to fix it, improve upon it, and make it better than before. You will learn to never say “can’t,” and will realize how many more opportunities you can create by removing that one word.

                Don’t let one simple and ugly word plague your confidence. You’re better and stronger than that.

                Start Making the Change

                But to actually start the process of change is very challenging.

                Why is that?

                Fear? Time? Don’t know how — or where — to start?

                It’s hard because what we’re doing is unlearning what we know. We are used to doing things a certain way, and chances are we’ve been doing them for years.

                So here are some ways that I avoid using the word “can’t”, and actually take the steps to put forth the change that I wish to see. I hope you can incorporate these methods into your life.

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                Write down What You Want to Change

                Write it on post-its, notecards, whatever makes you comfortable — something you will always see. I usually write mine on post-its and put them all over the wall behind my monitor so I always see them.

                Tell a Friend and Talk About It

                Discussing your goals, what you want to change, is very effective when you say it out loud and tell another person other than yourself. It’s almost like saying, hey, I bet I can do it — watch me.

                When you fulfill that goal and tell your friend, it feels rewarding and will motivate you to do it again in a different aspect. Who knows? Maybe your friend adopts the same mindset as you.

                Stop Yourself from Saying the Forbidden Word

                Sometimes,I can’t control myself in public when I’m with friends, so I have to be careful with the words I use so I don’t embarrass or insult anyone.

                Treat the word “can’t” as the worst word you can possibly use. Stop yourself from saying it, mid-sentence if you must, and turn your whole perspective around — you can do it, you will do it, and nothing is impossible!

                Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

                You think this change will be overnight? No way. This is a practice. Something you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life from now until forever.

                As I said earlier, you are unlearning what you know. You know how easy it is to say you can’t do something, so by unlearning this easy practice, you’re self-disciplining yourself to live without boundaries.

                Practice this everyday, a little at a time, and before you know it, the word can’t will not be part of your language.

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                Do Anything That Can Relieve Your Uncertainty

                When I catch myself saying I can’t do something or I don’t know something, looking up information on that action or subject, doing research, educating yourself, relieves that uncertainty.

                Sometimes, we think we can’t do something because the whole idea of it seems too large. We skip the small steps in our head and only focus on the end.

                Before you say you can’t do something, rewind and slow down a little bit. Focus on what the first step is, then the next. Take it a step at a time, and before you know it you will have done something you previously thought you couldn’t do.

                Final Thoughts

                You know what you must do. The first step is right now. Once you begin this habit, and really start noticing some change, you’ll realize the door to opportunity is everywhere.

                The funny thing is: Those doors have always been there. The evil word that we no longer use put a veil over our eyes because that’s how powerful that word is.

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