Claudine Phillips

When I was in high school, I dreaded the English assignment each week. Reading was not something I loved nor could ever stay awake to complete. The book lover of the family, my sister, whom we affectionately call Aunt Cha Cha now, read my book assignments for me or and I grabbed the CliffsNotes version of the book and crammed the night before the tests. I am sure some of you are cringing and possibly judging me right now. I would too if I had always known the richness of a good book. 

I am addicted now. Not to just the actual reading of the book, but the listening of all the books, too. I like to move and I am often found listening to my latest book with an earbud in one ear while driving, cleaning, or working out. Ya’ll it is an addiction. My best friend, The Ish Girl, is an avid reader and she has a podcast and a blog about all the books she reads. She has re-introduced books I avoided in high school and created this love affair for reading. I blame her for my Audible bill. Scrbd only gets me so far (wink). 

Here are my favorite 10 books for 2018. I also have an ongoing bookshelf of books I have liked through the years over here. You can also hop over to instagram and check out the hashtag #claudinereads to find out what I am reading and listening to right now!

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

Brendon is one of my favorite online mentors. He is high energy and information packed on hoe to be a better human. Just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. I have applied these habits in all areas of my life and they HAVE moved my needle. It takes focus, every day, but it works.

Mindset by Carol S. Dweck

This is a must read for every human on earth. It supports parenting, business, and personal growth. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mind-set and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mind-set. She also expands the mind-set concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mind-set, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love — to transform their lives and your own.

Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch

In the discovery of my MTHFR gene mutation, Dr. Ben Lynch entered my life. He is THE resource for epigenetics. Many of us believe our genes doom us to the disorders that run in our families. But he reveals that with the right plan in place, you can eliminate symptoms, and optimize your physical and mental health—and ultimately rewrite your genetic destiny.

IrRelationships by Mark B. Borg...

Shad and I both read this book. We learned that I am the performer and he is the audience and how that has helped and hurt our relationship. We use teh 40/20/40 rule when we come to a cross roads and it has changed the way we communicate. This book presents a workable, action-oriented model with techniques and experiential processes that helped us achieve personal breakthroughs that resulted in enduring shifts in our relationship.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. He harnesses new science so we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives. It was a game changer for me.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

He teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. John teaches The Law of the Mirror, The Law of Awareness, The Law of Modeling, The Law of the Rubber Band, & The Law of Contribution. I have read and re-read this book....

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins explains the power of a “push moment.” Then, she gives one simple tool to use to become the greatest self. It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time I did it, it worked. This is THE KEY element that started my 5 am wake up call and Centering time.

Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf

What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses. Dr. Caroline Leaf gives tips to a better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns.

The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. He transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain's wiring-specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Game changer

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Brown writes, "One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of skills and practices that are 100 percent teachable. It's learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It's why we're here." An amazng tool I've applied in leading this tribe, my family, and in my work life.