What’s On Your ’23 Reading List? 

Are you a reader?

I’m a reader, and I love learning new things. 

And I believe books are like keys that open new doorways in our lives.

I read several books in 2022 that changed my perspective.  

Changed my worldview. 

Changed my life.  

And I want to share them with you.

The top 3 (non-fiction) books I read in 2022 are:

The Gap and The Gain: The High Achievers’ Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success

by Benjamin Hardy and Dan Sullivan 

  • Many people, especially high achievers, are unhappy because of how they measure their progress. 
  • We all have goals or an ideal future state.  
  • The problem is that ideal future state is a constantly moving target that is always out of reach. 
  • When we measure ourselves against that ideal (that we’re never going to reach because we are continually moving the goal posts), we’re in “the GAP.” 
  • But when we measure ourselves against our previous selves, we’re in “the GAIN.”
  • Spending more time in the GAIN creates more happiness, confidence and even more success in your life.

This is such a simple concept, but it has profound implications on how we see ourselves and our outlook on life.  

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert 

  • Based on her journey and life experience as an author, Gilbert offers fascinating insights into the mysterious nature of creativity and inspiration. 
  • She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear in order to live our most creative lives. 
  • Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us—whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion.

Whether or not you consider yourself a creative person, this book is fun to read and definitely thought-provoking. She’s a great storyteller, and you’re certain to find something here that applies to your life.  I recommend the Audible version of this one.

Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS

by Shirzad Chamine

  • Positive Intelligence (PQ) measures the percentage of time your mind is serving you as opposed to sabotaging you.  
  • While your IQ (cognitive intelligence) and EQ (emotional intelligence) contribute to your maximum potential, it is your PQ that determines how much of that potential you actually achieve. 
  • Evidence shows that with higher PQ, individuals and teams perform 30-35 percent better on average, and also report being far happier and less stressed. 
  • This book walks you through simple, science-based strategies that you can use to increase your PQ by building your mental fitness; your ability to focus and to keep your mind working for you, rather than against you.

I was introduced to this book through a coaching program I enrolled in, and I read it four times.  FOUR times!  Since then I began incorporating many of the tools and strategies outlined in this book in my coaching work with clients.  So much GOLD in this book.  Put this one on the top of your 2023 reading list!

What were YOUR top books of 2022?  And what’s on your list for 2023?

I’d love to hear from you!


Here’s to opening new doors in your life,