Here are three books that I have just finished reading and that have helped me to nourish my money mindfulness, mindset & methods. I thought I would share them with you...
1.Mindfulness: Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life, Kate James.
This is an incredibly practical book (which I love) and it is really accessible. I have had it next to my bed over the last couple of weeks and it has been great at giving me some focus for my money mindfulness rituals.
Almost all of it can be applied to your relationship with money, for example "Tip #10 Savour the good" reminded me of how important it is to make a point of noticing something positive about how earn, spend, save, share or invest your money everyday and to stay with this experience or thought for at least thirty seconds. If we do this regularly "we create new neural pathways in our brains" Kate outlines and it makes it easier to feel positive about our relationship with money in the long-term.
2. Mindset: The Marshmallow Test, Walter Mischel
This is a great book for exploring willpower and discovering the capacity we all have to apply it to our everyday challenges like losing weight, quitting smoking and making money decisions.
I discovered that the research challenged my mindset. I realised that I considered exercising willpower as an energy depleting or draining activity where as the research showed that it is much more to do with what you believe. If you believe self-control is exhausting it will be, but if you don't it will be invigorating. Which one do you think I am going to choose?
To be honest, I didn't read it from cover to cover as some of the details regarding the original Marshmallow test were not as interesting to me as some of the other research findings and suggestions like how to choose hopefulness instead of hopelessness.
It is great for challenging your beliefs and ideas about what is possible.
3. Methods: The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape
I found the first Barefoot Investor (2004) full of practical, sensible and wise money methods that echoed many of my own approaches to money. His new edition has been updated fabulously so it too is useful.
I don't think his humor will appeal to everyone but what I really value is that he has presented how powerful a simple approach to managing your money can be and it is not about what you earn but what you do with you money that matters.
I have no doubt that there is something that you will take from this book and add to your own money methods and change your approach to managing your money.
I love how he supports his readers on a course to financial wellbeing, but also with the ability to tread their own path in life which is more important than money.
So, if you are looking for some new titles to read this autumn I would recommend checking these ones out.
I order most of my books through the library, so nourishing your heart, head and hands doesn't need to cost you a cent.