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Last Updated on September 4, 2019

10 Best Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

10 Best Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. And sometimes, you can look to inspirational books to create a positive change in your life.

If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out:

“All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” — Anthony Robbins

In order to transform your life, you will experience discomfort and pain. Change can be a painful process, but the rewards of going through the change are priceless.

Before I focused on running my own Lifehack business, I was a full-time manager in a software company. I was offered another promotion after succeeding in a project. But I wasn’t thrilled about the opportunity. That was when I realized something wasn’t going quite right in my life. Why would I not be excited about such valuable opportunity? Wasn’t that what I wanted?

I felt like all these times my effort in my job was wasted because it didn’t seem to be what I wanted most for my life.

I was lost and didn’t know what to do, so I started to look for ways to get out of the rut. The shrinking free time remaining was spent poring over hundreds of books about motivation, productivity and communication.

And through reading, I found my purpose in life and how to break free from my limitations to live the life I truly want. Here’re the 10 books I recommend you reading too to get inspired.

1. Awaken The Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins

    The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power right now to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already have the power to achieve it.

    “You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams” – Anthony Robbins

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    2. Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life, by Richard Branson

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      Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you better perspective of what the journey of change can be about. Richard Branson is into reinvention and as a result, he embraces change.

      This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.

      “As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live” – Richard Branson

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      3. The Art of Happiness, by Dalai Lama

        There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.

        “The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection.The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.

        Knowing what happiness means to you, gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.

        “Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama

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        4. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

          “The Four Agreements” are Don Miguel’s code for life.

          “The Four Agreements” provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements”. This book will show you how to attain a happy fulfilled life.

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          “If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

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          5. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J Schwartz

            According to Dr Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and your attitude.

            The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.

            “Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” – David J. Schwartz.

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            6. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You, by Deepak Chopra

              Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation not only involves the mind, but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your mind without transforming your body and soul.

              Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.

              “The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

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              7. The Greatest Salesman In The World, by Og Mandino

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                This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?

                This book doesn’t really tell you how to be a great salesperson. It will; however, give you some fantastic tips on how to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.

                The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.

                “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” – Og Mandino

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                8. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson

                  This book helps you to manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.

                  “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson

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                  9. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, by Chip & Dan Heath

                    Have you ever tried to lose weight or get fit and never reached your goal? You know that you have to make changes in your life, but you don’t know how?

                    If you are nodding in agreement, then you need to read “Switch“. If I had to recommend one book that shows you how to create and maintain lasting change in your life – then it would be “Switch“.

                    In this book, Chip and Dan share the Secret as to how you can create and sustain change in your life.

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                    Hint: It has something to do with knowing how to “Direct The Rider”, “Motivate The Elephant”, and “Shape the Path.”

                    This book, without a doubt, will show you how to change your life.

                    “When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.” – Chip & Dan Heath

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                    10. The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown

                      Do you ever feel that you are just not worthy enough, intelligent enough, or courageous enough to live a fulfilled happy life?

                      Do you have secret dreams that you hold deep inside of you that you don’t share in case someone thinks they are silly? Or are you too scared to follow your dreams because you fear that you may fail?

                      Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, will show you how to find your courage, as well as rediscover your self-belief and self-worth.

                      This is the book that will get you prepared to embark on your journey of change. “The Gifts of Imperfection” is about you learning how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

                      “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown

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                      The Bottom Line

                      These 10 books were key to helping me change my life. I rediscovered my purpose and my strength. I hope that by reading these books, you will find the same inspiration and motivation to your challenges in life.

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                      Published on November 20, 2019

                      14 Personal Goals for a Better You Next Year

                      14 Personal Goals for a Better You Next Year

                      Personal goal setting starts with having a destination in mind.

                      If you don’t know where you’re going, why bother moving forward? You’ll just get more lost or find yourself back where you started again.

                      “If you don’t know where you’re going, every road will take you there.”- Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland

                      You have to have a destination of who you want to become in order to get there.

                      Personal goals will be easier to make if you know where you want to go.

                      You must start with how to get there and break down the steps. These steps must be realistic.

                      That doesn’t mean you can’t dream big; in fact,

                      “Shoot for the moon, and if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.”

                      Dream big no matter what but be realistic at the same time. Be open to detours, too.

                      According to Action for Happiness[1], ways to make goals include deciding on goals, writing steps down, telling someone about it and plan out each step.

                      Here I will outline 14 personal goals that can help you become a better you:

                      1. Live Authentically

                      You don’t have time to be living your life as someone else. All you can do is be yourself. You must choose to be who you really are. That’s the best way to live.

                      Being yourself is not easy though. It requires dedication to your values and dreams. You won’t be able to be authentic without losing your fear of what others think of you.

                      There’s only one way to be successful in this life and it’s if you do it for the right reasons. It’s if you choose yourself. It’s not until you find that you will be free.

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                      Get inspired by my other article: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                      2. Take Time for You in Self-Care Prioritization

                      Self-care is not something you should take for granted. Often, we don’t prioritize it well enough. Some examples include finding time for yourself, do things that make you feel good. Get dietary advice to eat healthy and exercise to improve your health.

                      Take a break. Go outside. Relax. Read a book or watch a good movie with someone you love. It’s about rewarding yourself with your joys and hobbies.

                      You can find more examples here: 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

                      Self-care is not selfish. It’s important to find time for yourself so that you CAN give more of yourself to the areas of life you need to. You deserve it. You are worth it. Remember that.

                      3. Don’t Take Things Personally

                      The less you are concerned with others, the more you can focus on doing what matters most to you. What others say does not reflect the real you. It is just their perception, which may not be the full picture or the truth.

                      People who try to hurt you are not happy.

                      “Happy people don’t try to bring other people down.” – Anonymous.

                      That’s why it’s just not worth holding on to their words.

                      When you refuse to take things personally, it’s because you know who you are.

                      4: Decide What You Stand for

                      4. Decide to Be Who You Are Meant to Be

                      Look for things you are passionate about. Advocate to make yourself and others heard. Join groups that support your beliefs.

                      “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”- Anonymous.

                      So, decide what you value and what you stand for. Then, you can do anything.

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                      Take a look at this guide if you aren’t sure what you’re passionate about: How to Find Your Passion and Live a Fulfilling Life

                      5. Find the Silver Lining

                      Find happiness in any situation by finding the silver lining. You can decide to be happy because of the good you find. You must choose to look at the good.

                      People often think about the bad first, and they dwell on it. It’s human nature, but if you can look for the good or the silver lining, you will be happier for it.

                      You can learn from any situation or use any situation to better yourself or humanity. Take that and you will overcome it all.

                      6. Do Something Good for Someone

                      Instead of just focusing on your problems, do good for someone. It will not only take your mind off what problems you have, but also help you see that you are capable of doing good — right, you still have things to offer.

                      There are many opportunities to do good. Volunteering, checking on a friend or family member, get involved in a project that serves your community, etc.

                      The more good you do, the better you will feel.

                      7. Practice Daily Positive Self Talk

                      Every day is a new day. The way you talk to yourself is how you can ensure you build resilience and endurance through any challenge.

                      Here are some positive self talk examples:

                      “Things may have not gone my way but I can see the good in the situation still.”

                      “At least I am alive. I have my health, my abilities and the opportunities to use what I have for good.”

                      “I am worthwhile.”

                      “I can do it.”

                      Even more here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

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                      The more you practice positive self talk, the more you will overcome and accomplish.

                      8. Surrender, When Necessary

                      When you surrender, you give in to the current rather than fight against it. It means you value inner peace most of all. You don’t sacrifice your inner peace for anything. You know your worth, and you are willing to see how a situation unfolds. You don’t try to force solutions either.

                      Instead of forcing solutions, you allow the best ones to come forth. You also know how to use what you have. You don’t fight against your situation. You instead use it.

                      When you surrender, you are accepting what is. This makes it easier to move forward.

                      9. Ask for Help in One Area of Your Life

                      We are often taught that needing help is a sign of weakness but it is actually a sign of strength. It’s developing skills that you might not be as well versed in. It’s developing mentor/mentee relationships to help you succeed.

                      Success is subjective to every individual. When you are developing yourself, you need others’ input. You need help to be who you are meant to be.

                      There is no shame in asking for help. Asking for help instead opens doors for you that you may not have been able to open yourself.

                      10. Never Stop Learning

                      Learning is meant to be lifelong. You can follow your interests, and everything is a “Internet Search Engine” away. But how to really commit to this? Take another class, sign up for a workshop, read books on the subject of interest, develop new hobbies…

                      In Success Magazine,[2] Ramit Sethi, author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich suggests 3 techniques to never stop learning:

                      “1. Embrace the Mind of a Child.
                      2. Put yourself in the hands of a trusted teacher.
                      3. Read, read, read.” Overall, be responsible for your own growth in life.

                      You are never too old to learn something new. Start today.

                      11. Set Boundaries and Say No When Appropriate

                      Having boundaries can feel uncomfortable because we are telling others what we do not accept. It is also necessary for healthy relationships. You will use them to protect yourself, your heart and your mind.

                      No one can make you do anything. If you are uncomfortable with something, you have a right to say no. Those who truly care about you will not be offended. You are also setting the bar high, or setting an example for others who are too scared to have boundaries too.

                      You will make better choices if you have better boundaries: How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

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                      12. Follow Your Gut

                      Trust your instincts. They are trying to tell you what to trust in.

                      You may not want to do something but feel pressured to do it. Your gut is the one speaking to you, telling you not to do it if you don’t want to. It can save you from many things, for example preventing you from making poor choices.

                      When you follow your gut, you preserve your interests and secure yourself.

                      13. Do What You Love

                      Are you doing what you love? You must choose what you can’t live without. Don’t sacrifice that for anything. Life is too short.

                      Your best also comes out when you are doing what you love. You can give more, do more if you’re happy with what you are doing.

                      So, do what you love. Don’t question it: Why You Should Always Do What You Love (And How to Do It)

                      14. Appreciate What You Have

                      Good Deeds Day defines gratitude as,[3]

                      “Gratitude allows us to recognize good in our lives. Focusing and appreciating the good in our lives constantly reminds us about the great things all around us… Gratitude allows us to see that the sources of that good are usually close by. Practicing gratitude allows us to recognize those who bring goodness into our lives and humbles us in order to give credit to those we are grateful for.”

                      At the end of the day, you need to recognize what you do have rather than focusing on what you don’t have. You must choose gratitude as your attitude in order to live a happier, better life. You will win then.

                      Counting your blessings everyday will help you bring in more blessings. You are limitless. You will overcome more too if you have that positive perspective.

                      Appreciating what you have starts with the simple things in life. Recognize what’s working. Find your reason to hold on. And then change the world.

                      Here’re 32 Things You Should Be Grateful For if you need some reminders.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Goal setting is about finding what will better yourself and lead you to happiness. You will find peace with yourself when you are on the right path.

                      You have to make the decision to make the best of everything, and you have to remember what really matters. Your goals will shape you for the rest of your life.

                      Good luck!

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