I’m a reader. It’s a bit of an addiction, if I’m honest. I’ll read anything from fiction books to magazines, even leaflets I get handed on the street. I also love non-fiction books. I love learning new things and feeling inspired and have loads of motivational books on my kindle and bookshelf.
At the beginning of the year I set my goals and, although I haven’t smashed them, I have reached a lot of them. But I’m not starting to lose momentum, which is why I’ve put together this list of 12 highly recommended motivational books that I’m aiming to read before the end of the year – plus 1 more that I read earlier in the year and has helped me so much
Do you want to join me? I’ll be writing a blog post on each book once I’m done.
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1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. ‘GTD’ is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.
I’ve read this book several time already but each and every time I read it I take something new from it. I will be reading it again through different eyes now as a business owner.
2. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller pay cheques, fewer promotions-and lots of stress.
AND YOU WANT MORE.
You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.
NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH-LESS AND MORE.
In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to
— cut through the clutter
— achieve better results in less time
— build momentum toward your goal
— dial down the stress
— overcome that overwhelmed feeling
— revive your energy
— stay on track
— master what matters to you
The ONE Thing is the New York Times bestseller which delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life-work, personal, family, and spiritual.
WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?
This book is raved about on a regular basis by Aby Moore and other members over at Mamapreneur Revolution so it definitely deserves a spot on my list. Let’s hope that it’s as good as they say.
3. The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod
What if you could wake up tomorrow and any – or EVERY – area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.
Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life-the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined-is about to begin. It’s time to WAKE UP to your full potential…
Having heard loads of amazing things about this book a couple of years ago I jumped on the bandwagon. I read it and implemented everything and did notice a difference. However a change in circumstances meant I stopped. I know want to get back on track as I know it works.
4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
YOU ARE A BADASS IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES BUT DON’T WANT TO GET BUSTED DOING IT.
In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to:
— Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want.
— Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW!
— Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
Self-doubt and self-sabotage are two things that I have been known to suffer with at times so this book intrigues me for that reason.
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k: How to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight
Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it’s time to stop giving a f**k.
This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt – and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy. From family dramas to having a bikini body, the simple ‘NotSorry Method’ for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy and money on the things that really matter.
I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I’m really hoping that it’s as good as the hype.
6. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
Throughout your life, you’ve had parents, coaches, teachers, friends and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?
Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a “push moment.” Then, she’ll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.
It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do, you’ll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel’s TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world’s largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.
In The 5 Second Rule, you’ll discover it takes just five seconds to:
— Become confident
— Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
— Beat fear and uncertainty
— Stop worrying and feel happier
— Share your ideas with courage
The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face —we hold ourselves back.
The secret isn’t knowing what to do—it’s knowing how to make yourself do it.
I picked this up as an audio book just before Christmas so will be hoping I can listen to this while I’m doing some of the more boring tasks around the house.
7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.
At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.
Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
I’ll be the first to admit that my habits aren’t all good. I’m hoping by reading this book I might gain some ideas of how to change them for the better.
8. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of Eckhart Tolle’s extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us.
A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who said it had changed her life. Since we could all do with some life changing, I thought it deserved to be added to my list.
9. The Four Tendencies by Gretchin Rubin
OBLIGER? REBEL? QUESTIONER? UPHOLDER? Which one are you? Everyone falls into 1 of 4 personality types and knowing yours could make you happier and more successful. During her investigation to understand human nature, explored most recently in her bestselling Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin realised that by asking the seemingly dry question ‘How do I respond to expectations?’ we gain life changing self-knowledge.
She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies – Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behaviour, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.
More than 800,000 people have taken her online quiz, and managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help people make significant, lasting change.
The Four Tendencies hold practical answers if you’ve ever thought…
– People can rely on me, but I can’t rely on myself
– How can I help someone to follow good advice?
– People say I ask too many questions
– How do I work with someone who refuses to do what I ask – or who keeps telling me what to do?
With sharp insight, compelling research, and hilarious examples, The Four Tendencies will help you get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.
I’ve seen this book mentioned in a few Facebook groups I’m part of and I like the idea or working with my character rather than against it.
10. Becoming Magic: A Course in Manifesting an Exceptional Life by Genevieve Davis
Becoming Magic is book one of a complete course in becoming creator of your own exceptional life. In this book, I outline the exact steps that enabled me to move my own life from one of poverty and drudgery, to one of previously unimaginable wealth, purpose, abundance and joy.
‘But Magic? I do hope you are joking!’
That’s what I would have said, five or ten years ago. I once despised all things ‘New-Age’, all these spiritual types and their airy-fairy views, their bad science and their irrational beliefs.
I read all the New Thought and Law of Attraction greats, Wallace Wattles, Anthony Robbins, Rhonda Byrne, Napoleon Hill, Esther Hicks and Wayne Dyer. But no matter how many books I read, or how closely I followed their instructions for manifesting money or love, I couldn’t make it work.
It was only when I recognized, accepted and finally embraced that what I was doing was actually some kind of Magic that suddenly things began to fall into place. Once I realized that the power came from within me, it was as if the light had suddenly been switched on and my manifestations began to work. I learned how to manifest money and love, but I also learned how to be happy, truly happy.
If you’re jaded by New Age spirituality and the whole Law of Attraction idea, or have become bored by its failure to deliver… this book is for you. It is my intention to lead you by the hand through a marvelous journey of wonder and adventure.
Part one of this course, Becoming Magic, lays the groundwork for becoming a magical person, while part two, Doing Magic, offers concrete techniques and instructions for bringing wonderful things into your life. The plan is to build your knowledge slowly, gradually, building on what has gone before, moving on to more complex techniques only once the basics are mastered.
So many people fail with Magic and the Law of Attraction because they rush headlong into using techniques, trying to create enormous manifestations, making very simple but crucial mistakes. When they are disappointed, they imagine they have been duped. The sceptics are right. This is all a load of scammy nonsense. And they give up, declaring it just doesn’t work.
I am telling you that it does work. And you can make it work. And this book will show you how.
My intention is that this book will allow you to become a true creator of your own exceptional life, reawakening and rekindling your belief and interest in Spirituality, The Law of Attraction, Reality Creation, Cosmic Ordering, New Thought or whatever you wish to call it.
I prefer simply to call it Magic.
I love anything related to The Law of Attraction so this book immediately caught my attention when I saw it mentioned. It sounds like it would be the perfect introduction.
11. The Power Of Intention: Change The Way You Look At Things And The Things You Look At Will Change: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way by Dr Wayne Dyer
‘Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.’
For years Wayne Dyer has been researching the power of intention, the energy that surrounds all of us. He tells us how we can train ourselves to tune into this energy and step beyond our minds and egos. When we do this we become what Dyer calls ‘Connectors’ and make ourselves available to the energy of success.
Connectors are the people whom everyone sees as lucky, the people who get all the breaks. They don’t say, ‘With my luck, everything will go wrong,’ they just know things will go well. They trust an invisible force that will be all-providing and just don’t attract negativity to themselves. This book is full of dynamic steps that we can use to tap into this transformational energy.
This book explores intention – not as something you do – but as an energy you’re part of. We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy you can access to begin co-creating your life!
This book made it onto the list as I know people that I would class as ‘lucky’ and if I can channel that luck then I’m all over it.
12. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision in Daring Greatly, the #1 New York Times Bestseller and TED talk hit that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly and courageously.
Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable.
Most of us try to fight those feelings – we strive to appear perfect. But in a powerful new vision Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it’s a weakness. She argues that vulnerability is in fact a strength, and when we shut ourselves off from revealing our true selves we grow distanced from the things that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.
Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across the home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.
This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.
I’ve heard lots of good things about this book which is why it made it onto my reading list. Let’s hope I’m not disappointed
13. Blogs Change Lives: A practical, inspirational guide to building a blog that could change your life! by Aby Moore
When dark depression descends, and you find yourself consumed by its clutches. It can seem as though there is no way out. No way to get back to the person you used to be. All you want is to enjoy your new baby, to enjoy the new life you have found yourself living. In this ever-changing world of social media, sharing your life online can be the key to finding your freedom and independence.
In this honest, practical, and inspiring book, Aby dissects every aspect of blogging so everyone will know exactly how to create a blog that could change their life. While weaving in her empowering personal story, she offers practical advice on aspects such as social media, content, branding, goal setting and much more. She holds nothing back.
For those with more experience, Blogs Change Lives highlights innovative tips and inventive strategies to take your business to the next level.
Blogs Change Lives is a one-stop-shop guide to building a profitable blog. This book will help you create the life that allows you to find your freedom.
I already devour everything Aby writes in her Facebook group and on her blog so it made complete sense to me to buy this book, which I read within 24 hours or arrival. I will be sharing my thoughts with you next week.