Nobody’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t strive to become better people. The New Year’s Resolution is when most people decide to make fresh starts, whether it is to improve their mind, body or soul. However, there’s no need to set impossibly high goals or rush to meet them. Instead, the key is to work on them in incremental steps. This is where self-help books can be a big…um…help? The authors of these books are often experts in their fields, and many have personal experience with making changes in their lives based on the guidance provided in their books.
Nobody’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean we can’t strive to become better people. The New Year’s Resolution is when most people decide to make fresh starts, whether it is to improve their mind, body or soul. However, there’s no need to set impossibly high goals or rush to meet them. Instead, the key is to work on them in incremental steps. This is where self-help books can be a big…um…help? The authors of these books are often experts in their fields, and many have personal experience with making changes in their lives based on the guidance provided in their books. Of course, this isn’t to say that merely reading a self-help book will help you achieve success. Rather, you need to be willing to put in the effort to make the positive changes you’re seeking. With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 self-help books that might just change your life.
1. The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy
Achieving certain goals are too difficult, so why bother trying, right? Wait a minute! What kind of attitude is that? The truth is, a lot of people fail to achieve their dreams because they always have an excuse. If this sounds like you, it could be that you lack self-discipline or the will to do something simply because you don’t feel like doing it. Brian Tracy’s book contains a variety of exercises and activities that can help you overcome these issues, and as a result achieve your personal, career, and financial goals.
2. The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor
This self-help book by Shawn Achor contains more than a bunch of empty words; it’s fact-based information about living a happier life driven by actual research. The author discusses the psychology behind what makes us happy. If your goal is to figure out how to become a happier person, this might be the book for you.
3. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, & Body In the Healing of Trauma by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk
Virtually all of us have had to deal with a traumatic event in our lives whether it is the death of a loved one, a divorce or breakup, or a serious accident. Although you might think you’ve managed to deal with the situation and moved on, the research would indicate otherwise. Indeed, after we experience trauma, the effects often last for years. This book can help you learn how to recover and become a mentally stronger person in the process.
4. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
If anything, this self-help book by Elizabeth Gilbert has an interesting take on how creativity can be achieved. The author suggests that ideas are floating around just looking for the right person to discover them. This book is ideal for all ages and walks of life whether you’re a parent, teacher, entrepreneur, or pretty much anybody else.
5. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
Have you ever had difficulty finishing a particular task at a certain time of the day? This book can help you figure out why. By understanding your chronotype or even your pattern of circadian rhythms, you will be able to determine when it’s the best time to perform certain tasks, such as exercise, writing emails, or other duties that require laser focus. After reading this book, you will have a better idea about how to develop a proper daily schedule that works best for you.
6. Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
The author of this book, Shonda Rhimes, describes herself as an introvert, and yet that didn’t stop her from creating some of the most successful TV shows in history, including the long-running Grey’s Anatomy. She shares her experiences and shows you how you can overcome your fears and achieve success too!
7. 100 Days to Brave by Annie Downs
If you’re looking for some easy daily reading, this book is definitely ideal. Author Annie Downs shares some of her own personal stories in order to help you overcome your fears and become a more courageous person.
8. Raise Your Hand by Alice Tapper
Are you a girl or young woman amongst a group of people who has really good ideas but is too shy to share them? This picture book is right up your alley! It illustrates how you can become more determined, brave, and demonstrate that you will not accept the status quo! Ladies, the world is eager to hear your ideas!
9. Practice You: A Journal by Alice Brower
This self-help book is for those who have artistic talent and enjoy reading journals. Alice Brower shows you how to achieve enlightenment through self-reflection. You’ll write down your thoughts, pearls of wisdom, and the goals that you seek to achieve. You’ll achieve clarity and learn how to live a better life.
10. The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey Into Inner Fitness by Tina Lifford
If you’re a big fan of books that share life lessons through storytelling, this one has you covered! Author Tina Lifford wrote 14 personal stories that will help you gain a better understanding of yourself and the world around you. You will be able to live the life you deserve!