I’m a voracious reader and am a firm believer in constantly learning & growing. So, it’s no surprise my clients tend to feel the same! When I begin with new clients, they are often hungry to further their learning about the topics we discuss. And, as a coach, I find it SO helpful for us to have a common knowledge base. This is why I started to compile book recommendations for perfectionists – so that whatever topic we’re discussing, I had additional resources that could help my clients get even better results.
Today, I’m sharing my top 5 book recommendations for perfectionists so that you can jumpstart your personal development too!
Five book recommendations for perfectionists
What if you could learn to embrace the things you DON’T like about yourself and use them to your advantage? This book changed my philosophy in coaching – and has helped me figure out how to use perfectionism to become more consistent, happy, and fulfilled in my life. It was an absolute game-changer, and I’m so grateful to have read it.
The Gifts of Imperfection
Everyone is talking about Brene Brown…for a reason. This book helps us learn how to embrace who we are & be okay with not being perfect all the time. Perfectionism is a defense mechanism, and Brown teaches us how to be more okay with vulnerability (& letting that perfectionism guard down).
Loving What Is
At its core, Loving What Is posits that all of our suffering comes from fighting with reality, what’s really going on in our lives. This concept has been incredibly helping in coaching perfectionists, because they come to me with this idea of how they *should* be. When reading this book, it helps us understand that how it is, is how it is. When we can let go of what we think should be, we are free to enjoy what is.
A Return to Love
Most people know the quote “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us,” but few know it came from A Return to Love. Williamson reflects on the religious text – A Course in Miracles – and makes it WAY more approachable. I’ve also read A Course in Miracles but get SO much more out of Williamson’s interpretation. I strongly recommend this to everyone – even if you’re not super religious.
The Four Agreements
I reread this book once a quarter, because it’s full of great reminders how to live a full life. The wisdom is relevant to everyone – but for perfectionists, it holds a special place. Why? It helps us understand what we can control & how to live our best lives. The third agreement – Don’t Make Assumptions – is the one I’m currently working on improving.
Pin this post & come back to it anytime you need a new book to read! I strongly recommend all of them – and so do my clients!