First of all, let me begin by saying bravo!
The fact that you landed on this article and are actually reading it means you’ve just taken your very first step in your journey to personal development. You’ve decided that you deserve everything you dream of having as you commute to and from your 9-5 job and you’re striving to get it.
You were right to think the first thing to help you get what you want would be a book, those who read live a thousand lives after all (or as the saying goes). But, before you pick a book to help you achieve what you want. You need to know what you’ll do with the said book.
How to Let a Self-Help Book Actually Help You?
Reading a self-help book won’t magically change your life once you finish it. You need to have an action plan. Granted, part of that plan can be “1. Finish personal development book”, but you need to have a second and third and tenth to that list if you want to see actual results.
Too many a time I see people reading personal development books that should have motivated them to change their life for the better (which is what they expected to get out of the book in the first place). But they end up just as they were before reading it. Why? Because they didn’t take it seriously enough.
That’s why I’m giving you here 3 quick things you can do while reading the book (or books) you decide on reading, to help you actually implement what you’re learning:
- Read with intent, this is not a novel or a fun read, and it’s definitely not something you read while on the beach.
- Get a pen/marker or anything you want to help you take notes as you read. By the end of the book, you’ll find that you remember most of what you learned because you were paying attention, highlighting and taking notes along the way. Again, you’re reading this for the life you daydream about every day!!
- If you read a quote or something that really rings true to you. Take a sticky note, write it down and pin it somewhere you see all the time (like a bathroom mirror or your laptop screen)
Now you know how to actually use your self-development book, here are 9 amazing books that can help you become the best version of you and live the life you always wanted.
By Simon Sinek
You know how we all at the beginning of a new year decide a bunch of “resolutions” and end up not even finishing half them before the end of January. Yeah, ever wondered why that was?! I can pretty much guarantee you that you most of these people just forgot their “WHY”. Or worse, they never really knew what their “WHY” was, to begin with.
In order to do anything, you have to start with a strong reason, something that led you to decide on what you’re about to do in the first place. That is your “WHY”. If you want to lose weight, ask yourself why? If you want to be successful, ask yourself why? If you want to buy personal development books and start this journey now, ask yourself WHY?
This book will help you find your “why” so you can truly stick to whatever plan you want to get you where you want to go in life. This is actually the second book the Sinek wrote on the subject. His first was “Start With Why” and although that one should also be on the list and I 100% recommend buying it, the great thing about “Find Your Why” is that it will help you implement what you learn to your work and life. So, you definitely need that highlighter with you while reading this one.
By Carol S. Dweck
Now, you know your why, let’s tackle that mindset, because according to Dr. Carol S. Dweck world-renowned Stanford University psychologist if you’ve got a “fixed mindset” you won’t find the growth and success you want. This book is an eye-opener by all means. It helps you see how the way you think of yourself, your abilities, and your talents can have the highest impact on how you succeed in life, school, work, sports and pretty much every other aspect of your life. The book shows you how to have a “growth mindset” in order to flourish in your life and never add a limit to your abilities. It truly shows you that the road to all your dreams coming true starts with having the right mindset.
By Eckhart Tolle
I’ve realized that so many people don’t consider books about spiritual awakening and all that when they are trying to achieve personal development. Don’t they realize that we are made of more than just a body and a mind? Just like you look for books to help you be more fit, live more healthy, or books that feed your mind, help you with your mindset, you have to know how to feed your soul. Being in the right mindset is crucial, but it won’t be able to help you if you’ve achieved everything you want in life and still don’t know why you’re unhappy.
It’s all about balance, and this book will teach you the best thing that can help you apply all that the other self-help books are telling you to do. It will teach you how to be in the NOW. If you think about it, NOW is all you ever have. This second right here of you reading this is the only moment you actually have control of. You can’t control the moments ago when you were reading the beginning of this article and you can’t control your future when you’re reading the end of this. If this just blew your mind, then just imagine how much this book will change your life, in all the ways you never thought possible.
By Norman Vincent Peale
You could have the right mindset and know exactly what your goals are but still be unable to achieve them without realizing that it’s your negativity that’s stopping you. You could be subconsciously telling yourself that you will fail, you will not succeed and your dreams won’t come true. All of that is the absolute enemy of success.
This is where this book comes in and changes all of that for you. This book was written with the sole purpose of making the reader happy with their life, free from worry and negativity. It will help you be kind to yourself, find the power in you to reach all your goals and live life without constant anxiety over being inadequate. It will change the way you think, and that will change your life.
By David Richo
Did you know that the 3 main challenges to adulthood are fear, anger, and guilt? That’s the first thing Richo discusses in his book that will help you change your outlook on being an adult. I mean we all know there is more to being an adult than paying your own bills and doing your own laundry.
However, this book lets you face those challenges and gives you the tools you need to overcome them. He also shows you the techniques of integration like: flexibility and how you can use them to manage the sometimes treacherous roads of adulthood. Definitely, a book that fits all ages, you could think you’ve got it all figured out, only to discover that you didn’t.
By Elizabeth Gilbert
Sometimes, the reason you feel that you’re in a rut is that you’re in a rut, creatively speaking of course. Creativity seeps into everything we do. No matter what your profession is, I can promise you that you’ll need some level or form of creativity to excel at it. That means you need this book in your life if you want to truly live life creatively beyond fear. Because guess what the number one thing that hinders your creativity, it’s fear. Fear of being a failure, of not being good enough, or any other fear that may arise right as you start a new chapter in your life.
This book will hit you hard and make you question everything you thought you knew about living life. And I mean truly living life to its fullest potential and making your dreams come true, even the ones you never in a million years thought possible. This book is a game changer, literally.
By Michael Hyatt
You know how this year you probably said “This year is the Year of Me”, yeah well then you need this book if you plan to really make this year your best year ever. The author, New York Times Best-Seller Michael Hyatt, wants his reader to know that you can design your best year ever in just 5 hours.
He will teach you what to do when you feel stuck in life and how to move forward. He’ll show you the 3 simple ways of tripling your chances of checking off your goals and accomplishing all that you want. This book will show you your true potential and how you can access it to live the life you’ve always wanted.
By Dale Carnegie
You know how old is gold?! Yeah well, this book is diamond baby! One of the first personal development books I can remember. There’s no wonder it’s still going strong. The world-renowned Dale Carnegie is a genius when it comes to self-empowerment, self-confidence and getting what you want in life.
So, if you truly want to know how to go after that dream job you’ve always wanted, or make any situation no matter how bad, work for you then this book needs to be in your online shopping cart now.
By Neil Flore
It’s no coincidence that I chose this as the last book to tell you about because as much as you’re excited right now to go buy some (or all) of the books mentioned here, you’ll probably get distracted with your phone beeping a notification or two. 5 hours later you’ll still be scrolling through Instagram and still asking yourself why isn’t my life going the way I want.
It’s okay, you’re not alone, or else this book wouldn’t have existed. Dr. Flore, the author of this much-needed book, shows his readers how to overcome procrastination, especially if it’s because of today’s technology.
He also teaches people how to enjoy “guilt free play”, meaning he will truly show you how to work hard and play harder. Everyone deserves to enjoy their breaks and not go through life filled with guilt over the things they could have accomplished instead of enjoying a good Netflix binge. So, if you want to accomplish all that’s on your To-Do list sooner rather than later, then this is the book for you.
So, what are you waiting for?! No one is going to live your life for you, and if all that you needed were the perfect set of personal development books to help you get the life you want then now you’ve got no more excuses. You’re just literally a few clicks away from starting on the best journey of your life, one that will lead you to everything you’ve ever wanted.