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Last Updated on March 2, 2021

11 Best Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

11 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 11 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

      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.

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      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.

          “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. The Full Life Framework – The Essential Guide, Leon Ho

              Rather than a book that I’ve read, this is actually a book that I’ve written.

              Back in 2005, I was a new entrepreneur trying to grow my aspiring blog Lifehack, which is what you’re now reading, into a real business and career. As it turns out, growing a business from scratch, while managing thousands of readers… while starting a family was a pretty tough balancing act. In my quest for success, I almost lost everything in the process.

              Through it all, I learned a crucial, valuable, life-changing lesson — balancing your life for the sake of balance will get you nowhere.
              In fact, when we try to “balance” everything… what happens instead is that we lose ourselves. We lose touch of what really matters.

              In this book, I will share my experience in trying to balance different life aspects so as to achieve the kind of success that I want. I will also share with you what actually takes to live a “Full Life,” so when you’re struggling like I did, you can try my tested method to live a happy and successful life on your own term.

              If you order this book on our site now, you can get it for free! Grab your free copy here.

              7. 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.

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

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

                  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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                  9. 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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                    10. 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?

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                      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.

                      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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                      11. 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 11 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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                        10 Warning Signs of Low Self-Esteem and a Lack of Confidence

                        10 Warning Signs of Low Self-Esteem and a Lack of Confidence

                        Self-confidence can be defined as a belief in one’s abilities and maintaining a sense of competence. On the other hand, low self-confidence can be defined as a lack of faith in one’s abilities and competence.

                        Self-confidence can fuel success, while low self-esteem can impede it. To avoid falling into patterns of low self-esteem and a lack of confidence, consult the following warning signs.

                        1. Checking Your Phone While Alone in Social Situations

                        You find yourself unable to sit still during social situations with little or no friends. Instead, you find yourself desperately checking your phone to appear more socially connected.

                        Tip: Try exercising an affirmation such as “I am loved.”

                        2. Backing Down During a Disagreement to Appease Another Person

                        You find yourself backing down in conversation often; you negotiate your views so as to avoid conflict. You would rather avoid experiencing rocky waters than express yourself honestly.

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                        Tip: Try an affirmation such as “my opinion matters” or “I live authentically.”

                        3. Unable to Leave the House Without Make-Up or Primping

                        You gain a false sense of self-esteem from wearing make-up or primping. Instead of feeling self-esteem from within, you feel a need to primp in order to feel good about yourself.

                        Tip: Try a daily “I am beautiful” affirmation.

                        4. Taking Constructive Criticism Too Personally

                        You tear up in the bathroom after a coworker gives you constructive criticism about your job performance; you wind up yelling at friends when they criticize your choice in a date. Instead of taking criticism objectively, you react emotionally.

                        Tip: Try counting to 3 before responding to criticism.

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                        5. Afraid to Contribute Your Opinion in Conversation

                        You find yourself second guessing what you want to say before you say it, instead of diving into conversation without a thought. You may find yourself stuttering and engaging in negative self-talk.

                        Tip: Focus on your breath when you begin to second guess yourself to avoid over-thinking.

                        6. Being Indecisive in the Midst of Simple Decisions

                        You change your mind after coming to a simple decision, such as what activity to do with a friend or what food to eat. Then once you come to another decision, you change your mind over and over.

                        Tip: Vocalize the affirmation “I am assertive and in control of my life.”

                        7. Cannot Handle Genuine Compliments

                        You reflect when someone pays you a genuine compliment, instead of graciously accepting the compliment.

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                        Tip: Practice the affirmation “I am worthy of love” or “I have many good qualities.”

                        8. Giving up Too Soon

                        You give up on your goals and dreams before you have hardly started. You lack confidence in your success, so you give up all together.

                        Tip: Practice the affirmation “I am a success seeker, not a failure avoider.”

                        9. Comparing Yourself With Others

                        You pay extra attention to those you deem more successful than you, and let your own self-worth take a plummet as a result. Instead of focusing on your journey and your journey only, you constantly look at everyone else’s.

                        Tip: Declare the affirmation “I am more than enough.”

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                        10. Slouching

                        You display a low body stance: you do not stand tall, but instead let your body slouch downwards, sending the message that you are not proud of yourself.

                        Tip: Take a few minutes each day to focus on your body posture. Take a look at these 10 Graphs That Help You Improve Posture In No Time.

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