Personal Development is Necessary: 7 of My Favorite Books


Moms, for the past two years I have become obsessed with personal development books! Reading personal development books is great for growing and evolving yourself to achieve your greatest ability. It is also vital to your mental health, success, and overall happiness. 

Personal Development is Necessary: 7 of My Favorite Books Zoe Costa Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Reading personal development books can help you in many areas of your life. But it can also help you shift your mindset to a more positive one. Which can get you fired up and make you feel like you can take on the world! And as moms, we would gladly take all the extra positivity to help us through our day, am I right?

And if you are worried that you do not have time to sit down and read a personal development book, no worries! Some of the books have an audio version that you can listen to at any point of your day.

My Top 7 Personal Development Books: 

Personal Development is Necessary: 7 of My Favorite Books Zoe Costa Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Love her message of knowing that it is safe to feel vulnerable in a world that demands more. She reminds us that there is a lesson in life’s messes. It is a powerful book of discovering courage and letting the world see our most authentic self. Her unique approach of combining years of research to prove that being vulnerable is at the core of courage was really eye-opening for me.


Personal Development is Necessary: 7 of My Favorite Books Zoe Costa Contributor Miami Mom Collective13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin

In this book, Amy Morin examines the science behind the habits women develop from societal pressures, and how those habits can drain our mental strength in being our best. She addresses how women face certain challenges and pressures from society that men typically don’t have to deal with. And sometimes, this could really affect us and lead us into unhealthy habits that have the tendency to hold women back.


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The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

I found this book very helpful in establishing a clear morning routine. It teaches us the value of dedicating time each day to developing yourself into the person you need to create the most extraordinary, fulfilling, and abundant life you can imagine.



Zoe Costa Contributor Miami Mom CollectiveThe Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

This book really helped me in my business. It focuses on how small daily habits can have a huge impact on our lives over time.  It is such a great reminder that consistent action helps us move forward each day, even if we are not seeing the results right away.



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High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

This is a great book if you want to separate yourself from the pack, increase productivity, and be more efficient with your daily habits. After doing extensive research on the top performers around the world, Brendon and his team were able to narrow down six performance habits that are effective in reaching long term success. This was a great book not just for my business, but also in my relationships and other areas of my life.


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The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

This is a personal favorite of mine. She reminds us that everything we need, we already have we just need to figure out a way to push ourselves to achieve the things we want in life. Whether it’s taking more action, finding courage, or breaking a habit— her explanation of the 5-second rule helps you break those habits and start establishing new ones and a new way of thinking.


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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

In my opinion, Rachel Hollis is relatable and amazing! She gives you the real and honest truth about what it takes to reach your goals. There were so many great takeaways in this book. Allowing us to reflect that we are responsible for who we want to become in life. And letting go of the lies that we tell ourselves that get in the way.


As moms, we hold a very special leadership position in the lives of our children. We set the example and we show them what is possible. Leaders are readers. It is so important that we take the time to self-care for our mind by reading or listening to books.  Reading 15-20 minutes a day can help you develop a good habit of reading and it can help direct you into a positive mood!

I am always searching for new personal development books to dive into, and would love to hear from you! What other personal development books would you have added to this list? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay well mommas, xo

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Zoe Costa
Dr. Costa is a military spouse who is currently stationed in Miami, FL. Her husband serves Active Duty in the the Coast Guard. Together they have two beautiful girls who are 6 and 3 yrs old. Moving every 3-4yrs made it challenging to pursue her career as a chiropractor, due to her husband’s job. Together, they made the difficult decision to pause her career until both of her girls were in school. Dr. Costa had the opportunity to share her knowledge and love of the human body teaching anatomy and physiology at the college level when stationed in Long Island, NY. Since moving to The Sunshine State, she has dedicated and focused her time to raising her daughters while working part-time as an online health and fitness coach. Dr. Costa continues to educate her clients on how to live healthy and fulfilling lives through proper nutrition and fitness. Follow along with her at survivalofthefittish_mom on Instagram to stay connected.


  1. Zoe these are so great! I have read a few and I am so glad to have some more now to add to my list :):) thank uuuu!!!!

  2. Oooh I normally read fiction but these all seem super interesting! Hopefully I’ll be able to pick one and read it! Thank you!

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