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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
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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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                        17 Traits That Make a Successful Person Stand out from the Crowd

                        17 Traits That Make a Successful Person Stand out from the Crowd
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                        If you are like most people, you probably have big goals and dreams that you would like to succeed in — you want to be the top in your career, live a healthy lifestyle, or flourish in your relationships.

                        Everyone dreams of a positive future, but most people don’t realize the secret to a truly successful life:

                        You determine your future in the way you spend your everyday moments. If you want to be a successful person, you must consistently develop good daily habits. As Aristotle pointed out:

                        “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”.

                        Building positive daily habits is a huge challenge, but can you imagine the amazing things you could accomplish with just a little commitment and determination?

                        Creating lasting, healthy habits is the real key difference between people who are successful in life and those who are unsuccessful.

                        You might be wondering which specific habits make the biggest difference. Not to worry, I’ve compiled a comparison list to help you get a jump start on a successful future.

                        1. Successful people embrace change. Unsuccessful people fear change.

                        Change is a constant for all of humanity, and it is important that you develop a positive relationship with it.

                        When unexpected or unwelcome changes arise, ask yourself how you can embrace it instead of running away. A few practical ways to reverse a change-fearing mindset include:

                        • Take a moment to recognize and address any fears associated with the upcoming change.
                        • Communicate with a person you trust about your negative feelings toward change.
                        • Practice positive thinking, which you can read about in the next section.

                        2. Successful people exude joy. Unsuccessful people think, say and do negative things.

                        A joyful, positive disposition can seem like a distant reality in today’s cynical world, but it may be easier to achieve than you think. All you have to do is notice the good things around you and practice being thankful.

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                        Mindfulness and gratitude are not just buzz words – choosing a positive attitude can honestly change your life. Many studies have found that thankfulness leads to greater happiness. Furthermore, research indicates that gratitude may even have a lasting positive impact on the brain and overall mental health.[1]

                        3. Successful people forgive others. Unsuccessful people hold grudges.

                        As a human being, you have likely been offended or hurt by others plenty of times. Don’t give in to the temptation to hold a grudge. Let it go.

                        Note that forgiving someone does not equate to giving up your boundaries (which are very important) or even admitting that the offending party is right. You should choose to let go for your own peace of mind.

                        4. Successful people track progress. Unsuccessful people just criticize.

                        Some kinds of criticism, such as constructive criticism, are good for personal and professional development. The kind of criticism I’m talking about is the pessimistic, nagging, unhelpful variety. This is the kind of criticism in play when you are unfairly harsh to yourself or others.

                        Toss unfounded criticisms aside and consider tracking your “wins” or your progresses, no matter how small. Take mental notes or keep a progress journal.

                        If you have a solid sense of what you have achieved, you will be less tempted to be hard on yourself.

                        5. Successful people share information, data and ideas. Unsuccessful people hoard.

                        If you have useful information or generate brilliant ideas on the regular, your first instinct may be to keep it all to yourself for personal gain and solo recognition.

                        Instead of hoarding bright ideas, share them with your team. Your talents will be on display for the team, and the team will be able to support you and make your ideas a reality.

                        6. Successful people are humble. Unsuccessful people talk more than they listen.

                        Humility is key. The ability to listen to other people, really listen and understand, is essential to success in both work and relationships — and to listen you have to be humble.

                        Everyone has experienced the frustration of being in a one-sided conversation. When someone approaches you with a question or concern, put your own world aside for just a moment and give them the kindness of your full attention.

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                        7. Successful people take risks. Unsuccessful people take the easy way out.

                        The next time your heart is racing and you want to walk away, consider embracing the risk. You never know what might happen if you take a chance.

                        Embracing risks looks like accepting the speaking engagement even though it seems a little scary. Success takes the courageous route, not the easy route.

                        8. Successful people learn, improve and read every day. Unsuccessful people stop learning.

                        Instead of binge-watching a show tonight, save an hour before bed to read a book and expand your mind.

                        Unsuccessful people are afraid to be flexible – they don’t challenge themselves to learn new things. Avoid this pitfall by exposing yourself to new thoughts and ideas every day.

                        9. Successful people handle problems well. Unsuccessful people act before they think.

                        The next time you run into a problem or even an emergency, try to work through your initial panic reaction with a few deep breaths.

                        Instead of acting rashly, think through your next actions as quickly but as logically as you can.

                        Learning to handle problems thoughtfully is an absolutely essential tool in the successful person’s toolbox (that’s you!).

                        10. Successful people accept responsibility for their failures. Unsuccessful people blame others.

                        Along with a previous tip about humility, this is one of the hardest things you’ll ever learn to do – but also the most rewarding. When you’ve failed, you must fight the urge to pass the blame. Successful people are able to fail honestly and gracefully.

                        And, hey, don’t feel bad about failing. Some of the most successful people in the world have failed too many times to count. It’s all a part of the process.

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                        11. Successful people work with passion and commitment. Unsuccessful people have a sense of entitlement.

                        A short and sweet lesson for you:

                        You should never expect to achieve the things you want without working hard.

                        Follow your passion and stay committed to pursuing it. Work hard and stick to your habits every day. You’ll earn your reward.

                        12. Successful people spend time with the right people. Unsuccessful people think they already know it all.

                        A lot of people miss out on useful relationships and information sharing because they think they can do it all alone.

                        Spend time with people who inspire you, spur you to be a better person, and remind you that you can’t go it alone.

                        13. Successful people make to-do lists and maintain proper life balance. Unsuccessful people waste their time.

                        Ah, time management. Unsuccessful people never master the art of organization and planning.

                        Here are a few tips for you when it comes to time management:

                        • Make to-do lists. Seriously, this will help you. Make time to do it every morning, evening, or whenever you are able.
                        • Keep track of your time. Are you happy with the way you are currently balancing things? What changes can you make?
                        • Keep a calendar full of your long-term goals (see next tip).

                        14. Successful people write down goals and think long term about their burning desires. Unsuccessful people get distracted every day.

                        Why is it so important to keep a long-term goal calendar? Here’s the deal:

                        The things you are passionate about today need a backbone.

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                        Give your passionate ideas sustainability by writing down goals and staying on task instead of succumbing to distraction.

                        15. Successful people compliment others. Unsuccessful people try to bring others down to their level.

                        There is no greater confidence than saying “no” to sudden jealous or envious feelings and choosing to sincerely admire someone’s talents instead.

                        Unsuccessful people live in a world driven by competition, but successful people know that building people up is far more rewarding than bringing them down.

                        16. Successful people want others to succeed. Unsuccessful people secretly hope they fail.

                        In the same vein as the point above, this tip is all about good intentions.

                        Care for the people around you. Encourage them toward their successes. Hoping that others fail will not help you at all.

                        17. Successful people know their purpose and mission. Unsuccessful people don’t know what they want to be.

                        The last thing that differentiates successful people from unsuccessful people is one of the most important:

                        Keep your mission in mind.

                        Don’t be swayed to and fro by passing emotions and events. Know who you are and pursue your dreams wholeheartedly.

                        Final thoughts

                        Above all, stay confident. Truly believe that you can be and are successful. Strive to prove it in your day-to-day habits and activities!

                        What are you waiting for? Choose one of the habits above and get started today.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Berkeley University of California: How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

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