Top 20 Self-Help Books That Will Get You Motivated
In this day and age, we are troubled by many things – our health (both mental and physical), financial situation, relationship problems, jobs and general dissatisfaction in life. All of this causes frustrations and the inability to move forward and stay motivated, even for most common everyday activities. That is why so many people seek help in the form of self-help and self-improvement books. We look for inspiration and wisdom in others, because sometimes we cannot see the light by ourselves and don’t know how to deal with suffering. In this article, we bring you the 20 best self-help books of all time.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This book helps you find ways how to successfully achieve your goals. It has 7 chapters, in each chapter the author explains one habit for being effective. It is a book that talks about acceptance and understanding and gives you valuable advice on changing yourself and your entire life.
2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Viktor Frankl was a famous psychologist who used the principles of stoicism in his work. As stoicism deals with finding happiness and meaning in life, this book is written in the same manner. The book is filled with inspirational and comforting thoughts which give the reader much needed courage to start moving and do something with their life.
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A stunning book by a well-known author which teaches us some crucial things about life and how we should go through life to be happy and content. The main character in the book is on a quest to find treasure. Did he find it, and what kind of treasure is it? Well, you will have to read the book and find out. Prepare to be amazed.
4. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
The title itself is very appealing since we all tend to worry too much and forget how to enjoy life. We dwell on our past and worry about our future, that we forget about the present moment and things that actually are in our control. The book contains methods and advice how to fight against this feeling of worry.
5. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
It may sound like a fairy tale but it isn’t. This book focuses on procrastination – how to stop it to be precise. The “frog” stands for “task”, meaning you should make a list of all the tasks that need to be done, big and small, prioritize them and finally get them done.
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6. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Don’t let the title fool you, this is not a book that talks about ways to earn much money and that money will bring you happiness. It does talk about material riches to some extent, but the main focus of the book is the richness of your mind and thoughts.
7. The One Thing by Gary Keller
Everyone has a certain goal in life that we sometimes cannot achieve due to many obstacles on the way. We start to feel demotivated and soon decide to just give up. This book teaches us not to give up when things get hard and to focus on that one thing we want the most.
8. The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
In this book Koch reveals secrets how to achieve more by doing less and be successful in every aspect of your life. The main idea Koch suggests is that you should be calm and relaxed and dedicate certain time to things that matter, instead focusing on those that don’t.
9. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
This book talks about a problem most of us have – we forget about the present moment and how to enjoy it, and instead our attention is on the future (in most cases). The author gives great advice how to realise that the present moment is important, valuable and beneficial.
10. What You Say When You Talk to Yourself by dr. Shad Helmstetter
The author of this book talks about importance of having positive thoughts – you become what you think. Hence, it is important to think positive thoughts in order to achieve what you want. This book teaches us how to put our thoughts in the right direction, thus building our self-esteem and helping us reach our goal.
11. Failing Forward by John Maxwell
This book is great for anyone who wants to become a good leader or fears to be a leader. As we all know, being a leader comes with big responsibilities and that can be frightening. But this book is full of amazing advice on how to be the perfect leader – the one who is appreciated and does his job properly.
12. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Most of us get stuck in a rut sometimes and we cannot find a way out. This book will provide you with valuable lessons on how to get organized and stay focused on your goal.
13. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
The book that consists of different stories from ancient times in Babylon which learn us lessons about finances and business.
14. The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck
This one gives advice on relationships and love, as well as how to be a good parent and accomplish peace and fulfilment in life.
15. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
The author of this book explains several different rules and techniques to become strong and confident, which will make your life better.
16. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra explains how you can be happy and achieve harmony in every aspect of your life.
17. Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet
Self-help and making a positive change in life also include eating healthy and this book will provide you with all detailed information and instructions.
18. Winning by Jack Welch
This former highly successful CEO gives advice on business and how to become the best leader.
19. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman
This book reveals there are also some negative sides of optimism, and it gives explanations and examples of those sides, as well as positive ones. It also puts emphasis on the importance of being optimistic and seeing the bright side of life.
20. How to Get a Grip by Matthew Kimberley
Kimberly explains importance of taking your life into your own hands and making a change. He uses an approach that is funny which makes this book easy to read and understand.
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