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21 Powerful Short Books To Change Your Mindset And Improve Your Life

21 Powerful Short Books To Change Your Mindset And Improve Your Life

Summer’s here, and what better time is there to grab some short self care books to read and improve your life? Get outside, even if it’s just to a park, and spend a little of each day getting a leg up.

Here is a collection of short books, meaning less than 200 pages, that you can consume within a few hours. Most of them go deep, and you’ll probably want to read them more than once.

1. Rich Habits

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    Thomas Corley interviewed his wealthy clients over many years and compared their personal finance habits with those of poorer people. Ten simple principles are given in a step-by-step format that will help you become successful in business and gain financial success.

    2. Who Moved My Cheese?

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      Spencer Johnson wrote this book to help people deal with the rapid rate of change in today’s world. He deals with attitudes we have about change. It takes the fear and anxiety we have about the future, providing simple ways to move ahead in life. Johnson takes two mice and two sprite-like people living in a maze and writes a parable about how they adjust when the cheese moves every day.

      “Cheese” has been on the bestseller lists for over a decade and is the follow-up to his co-authored book, The One Minute Manager.

      3. Eliminating Stress, Finding Inner Peace

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        In this book, Brian Weiss mentions how stress has magnified in our modern world with harmful mental and physical effects. The book gives simple relaxation techniques in the form of scripts to help you calm down and find peace.

        4. Tao Te Ching

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          Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Book of the Way, the classic manuscript by Lao Tzu, explains life’s three treasures: simplicity, patience and compassion. In alignment with the Tao, one effortlessly achieves wisdom in action. Your mindset will change upon reading of the basic problems of being alive and how to gain balance when flowing in the Way.

          5. As a Man Thinketh

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            James Allen’s work, written over a century ago, is still an inspirational guide. It helps readers to find direction and purpose in life. His main theme is that your mind controls your fate. You need to take responsibility for your life. From this comes empowerment and success. Once you stop complaining about the outer circumstances in your life and begin the inner search you will come upon the thoughts that bring you rapid progress and ultimate success.

            6. The Greatest Salesman in the World

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              Og Mandino’s story of an inspired camel boy who becomes “The Greatest Salesman in the World” includes 10 spiritual principles that describe how to not only succeed in business, but also in life. It shows how to be certain of one’s destiny and have perseverance until it is achieved.

              7. Life Was Never Meant To Be a Struggle

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                Wilde reminds us that animals do not struggle. They make some effort for sustenance, but do not get emotional or desperate the way humans do. We have many false assumptions that are programmed, like “struggle ennobles the soul.” Wilde examines these, and the common reasons for and aspects of struggle. Then he presents eight ways for you to dump struggle in your life and to transcend it.

                8. You Are a Gift

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                  Edwin Shaw gives you simple instructions on how to do your own talent management. Part of your nature is to be talented at something, and probably at many things. But you tend to be unaware of your full potential. Using this step-by-step guide you will acquire a new mindset that will change the way you think and act. You will advance quickly in your career to success levels attained only by a very small percentage of people.

                  9. The Curse of Blessings

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                    Mitchell Chefitz brings you tales that are very simple yet express life’s most complex truths. He does this by way of a old master instructing his apprentices about life. The apprentices and the reader will be enlightened if they are open to what the master has to say.

                    10. How To Keep a Journal For Beginners

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                      Sarah Miller has written this book to describe journal writing. She tells you what the benefits are and goes on to give techniques so that even if you are a beginner you can get started. Life is so fast-paced today that too many don’t take the time for refection and recording of experiences. This is to your benefit for making important life changes and not repeating past mistakes.

                      Follow this book’s instruction and you will lead a more fulfilled life.

                      11. Thirty Pages to Change Your Life

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                        Shel Shamus has taken a broad spectrum of spiritual traditions, from ancient to New Age wisdom, presenting it in only 30 pages. You will learn transcend your normal self to become more peaceful, happy and successful.

                        12. Abnormalities

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                          Joseph Solar shows you the stories of many people to illustrate how small chance events make life-shattering differences. After reading this short book, you won’t dismiss any of your life’s events as inconsequential.

                          13. Life Changing Workbook

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                            Kellie Jo Holly presents you with the question: what in your life needs changing? You know that something is not right, but what? This workbook helps you determine that by teaching you to ask the right questions.

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                            Your subconscious mind hold all of your beliefs, including ones that are detrimental. With this workbook you will have the opportunity to examine and change old beliefs to create a new and better life for yourself.

                            14. 5 Steps To Reprogramming Your Subconscious

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                              Pat Kammer has provided five steps to reprogram your subconscious. Your subconscious has been laid down when you were very young and governs your beliefs, including those that hold you back in all aspects of life. Use this method to remove limiting beliefs in areas of health, finances, relationships and happiness.

                              15. Do Big Things

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                                Tony Baker provides empowerment, in this series of little books, to attain your goals. Every book in the series gives you success definitions, inspiring narratives, questions and action steps to move you along your path. You need to get yourself motivated and have faith that you can achieve what you want. High self-esteem and intention help, too. This book series helps you recognize these qualities in yourself.

                                16. How to be Happy

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                                  Are you unhappy? Even if you’re happy, you can always be more happy. In this book, Carla Stein gives you simple tools to a happier life. She has gathered information from research, read many books on the topic and learned from her own life experience. Stein explains the causes of unhappiness and the mistakes you make when looking for it. You learn the false assumptions that hold you back, and how to let go of what’s holding you back. She provides 10 techniques to create real happiness by adding meaning and purpose to your life. You can begin right away to add happiness to your life on a daily basis.

                                  17. Getting It Done, Now!

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                                    Hiram Tolworth’s book gives you a simple five step approach to making things happen. You will determine your priorities and with specific action steps begin right away to create accomplishments. You can finish your to-do list by getting rid of procrastination and excuses. Make a habit of getting things done!

                                    18. Goal Getting

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                                      Coleen Cook begins her short book by telling you the distinction between a goal-setter and a goal-getter. Reading this will give you Cook’s insights towards intention and achievement. When you get perspective, you see what your specific strong points are and prioritize your goals so that what you do on a day-to-day basis builds towards your long term goals.

                                      19. Thoughts Become You

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                                        Are you ready to to awaken your full potential for personal growth and development?. Mack Buckley shows you how to eliminate negative beliefs and develop positive ones. Determine what is keeping you stuck and learn how to use positive thinking and gratitude as vehicles to change your life. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their life.

                                        20. Dare 2 Change

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                                          With Omar Jarvis’s book, you have the opportunity to take the most pressing area of your life and change it for the better by forming new habits. All areas of your life can be changed by implementing this challenge, but it’s best to work on only one per 30 day period. By always keeping your eye on the goal, even though you are taking small steps, you do not lose your steam in the overall process.

                                          Jarvis says that starting is the most difficult part of the process. He guides you to make small daily positive changes. You will be empowered with a set of techniques and skills to change your life in very positive ways that will surprise you.

                                          21. This Ain’t No Self-Help Book

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                                            Jack Terry tells his story of his realization one day that his life was way off track from where it should have been. He made a long voyage of return. In documenting his experiences he includes his many mistakes and affirms that they are to be welcomed as part of the journey. Terry acknowledges that he cannot directly help anyone, but if you pay attention to what he has to say during his return, you might benefit from what he has learned.

                                            Featured photo credit: 20140719-BatteryParkCityNY/Joe Zlomek via morguefile.com

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                                            50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                            50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                            Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                            It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                            It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                            Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                            Quotes for self-assurance

                                            1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                              2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                                3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                                  4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                                    5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                                      6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                                        Quotes about positivity

                                                        7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                                          8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                            9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                              10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                                11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                                  12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                                    13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                                      Quotes for work and success

                                                                      14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                                        15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                                          16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                            17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                              18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                                19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                                  20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                                    21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                                      22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                                        23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                                          24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                            25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                              26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                                27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                                  28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                                    29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                                      30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                                        31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                                          32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                            33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                              34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                                35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                                  36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                                    37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                                      38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                                        39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                                          40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                            41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                              42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                                43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                                  44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                                    45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                                                      Quotes about money

                                                                                                                                      46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                                        47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                                          48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                            49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                              50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                                51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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