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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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                                            How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                            How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                            We live in a world that constantly tells us what to do, how to act, what to be. Knowing how to be true to yourself and live the life you want can be a challenge.

                                            When someone asks how we are, we assume that the person does not mean the question sincerely, for it would lead to an in depth conversation. So telling them that you are good or fine, even if you’re not, is the usual answer.

                                            In an ideal world, we would stop and truly listen. We wouldn’t be afraid to be ourselves. Instead, when we answer about how we are doing, our mask, the persona we show the world, tightens. Sometimes even more so than it might have been before. Eventually, it becomes hard to take off, even when you’re alone.

                                            Imagine a world where we asked how someone was doing and they really told us. Imagine a world where there were no masks, only transparency when we talked to one another.

                                            If you want to live in a world that celebrates who you are, mistakes and all, take off the mask. It doesn’t mean you have to be positive or fine all the time.

                                            According to a Danish psychologist, Svend Brinkman, we expect each other to be happy and fine every second, and we expect it of ourselves. And that “has a dark side.”[1] Positive psychology can have its perks but not at the expense at hiding how you truly feel in order to remain seemingly positive to others.

                                            No one can feel positive all the time and yet, that is what our culture teaches us to embrace. We have to unlearn this. That said, telling others you are ‘“fine”’ all the time is actually detrimental to your wellbeing, because it stops you from being assertive, from being authentic or your truest self.

                                            When you acknowledge a feeling, it leads you to the problem that’s causing that feeling; and once you identify the problem, you can find a solution to it. When you hide that feeling, you stuff it way down so no one can help you.You can’t even help yourself.

                                            Feelings are there for one reason: to be felt. That doesn’t mean you have to act on that feeling. It just means that you start the process of problem solving so you can live the life you want.

                                            1. Embrace Your Vulnerability

                                            When you are your true self, you can better self-advocate or stand up for what you need. Your self-expression matters, and you should value your voice. It’s okay to need things, it’s okay to speak up, and it’s okay not to be okay.

                                            Telling someone you are simply “fine” when you are not, does your story and your journey a great disservice. Being true to yourself entails embracing all aspects of your existence.

                                            When you bring your whole self to the table, there is nothing that you can’t beat. Here’re 7 benefits of being vulnerable you should learn.

                                            Can you take off the mask? This is the toughest thing anyone can do. We have learned to wait until we are safe before we start to be authentic.

                                            In relationships especially, this can be hard. Some people avoid vulnerability at any cost. And in our relationship with ourselves, we can look in the mirror and immediately put on the mask.

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                                            It all starts with your story. You have been on your own unique journey. That journey has led you here, to the person you are today. You have to be unafraid, and embrace all aspects of that journey.

                                            You should seek to thrive, not just survive. That means you do not have to compete or compare yourself with anyone.

                                            Authenticity means you are enough. It’s enough to be who you are to get what you want.

                                            What if for the first time ever, you were real? What if you said what you wanted to say, did what you wanted to do, and didn’t apologize for it?

                                            You were assertive, forthcoming in your opinions or actions to stand for what is right for you, (rather than being passive or aggressive) in doing so. You didn’t let things get to you. You knew you had something special to offer.

                                            That’s where we all should be.

                                            So, answer me this:

                                            How are you, really?

                                            And know that no matter the answer, you should still be accepted.

                                            Bravery is in the understanding that you still may not be accepted for your truth.

                                            Bravery is knowing you matter even when others say that you do not.

                                            Bravery is believing in yourself when all evidence counters doing so (i.e. past failures or losses)

                                            Bravery is in being vulnerable while knowing vulnerability is a sign of strength.

                                            It’s taking control.

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                                            2. Choose Your Attitude in Adversity

                                            You can take control of your destiny and live the life you want by being true to yourself. You can start anytime. You can start today.

                                            You can start with one day at a time, just facing what happens that day. Most of us get overwhelmed when faced with the prospect of a big change. Even if the only thing we change is our attitude.

                                            In one instant, you can become a different person with a change of attitude. When you take control of your attitude, you become able to better understand what is around you. This allows you to move forward.

                                            Originally, you may have had a life plan. It could have started when you were little; you were hoping to become a mermaid, doctor, astronaut or all three when you grew up. You were hoping to be someone. You were hoping to be remembered.

                                            You can still dream those dreams, but eventually reality sets in. Obstacles and struggles arise. You set on a different path when the last one didn’t work out. You think of all the “shoulds” in your life in living the life you want. You should be doing this…should be doing that…

                                            Clayton Barbeau, psychologist, coined the term “shoulding yourself.’[2] When we are set on one path and find ourselves doing something different. It becomes all the things you should be doing rather than seeing the opportunities right in front of you.

                                            But in all this disarray, did you lose sight of the real you?

                                            It may be in our perceived failures and blunders that we lose sight of who we are, because we try to maintain position and status.

                                            In being who we really are and achieving what we really want, we need to be resilient: How to Build Resilience to Face What Life Throws at You

                                            It means that we do not see all possibilities of what might happen, but must trust ourselves to begin again, and continue to build the life we want. In the face of adversity, you must choose your attitude.

                                            Can attitude overcome adversity? It certainly helps. While seeking to be true to yourself and live the life you want, you will have to face a fact:

                                            Change will happen.

                                            Whether that change is good or bad is unique to each person and their perspective.

                                            You might have to start over, once, twice, a few times. It doesn’t mean that everything will be okay, but that you will be okay. What remains or should remain is the true you. When you’ve lost sight of that, you’ve lost sight of everything.

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                                            And then, you rebuild. Moment after moment, day after day. We all have a choice, and in this moment, that matters.

                                            You can choose to have a positive attitude, seeing the silver lining in each situation and, where there is none, the potential for one. Maybe that silver lining is you and what you will do with the situation. How will you use it for something good?

                                            That’s how you can tap into yourself and your power. Sometimes it happens by accident, sometimes on purpose. It can happen when we aren’t even looking for it, or it can be your only focus. Everyone gets there differently.

                                            You can rise, or you can remain. Your choice.

                                            When the worst happens, you can rely on your authenticity to pull you through. That’s because Self Advocacy, speaking up to let others know what you need, is part of finding the real you.

                                            There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Or sometimes, helping others can help us deal with the pain of a hurtful situation. You decide how you’re going to help others, and suddenly, you become your best self.

                                            3. Do What Makes You Happy When No One’s Looking

                                            Being the best version of you has nothing to do with your success or your status. It has everything to do with your Character, what you do when no one’s looking.

                                            In order to create the life you want, you have to be the person you want to be. Faking it till you make it is just a way to white knuckle it through your journey. You have the fire inside of you to make things right, to put the pieces together, to live authentically. And Character is how you get there.

                                            If you fall down and you help another up while you’re down there, it’s like you rise twice.

                                            Along with attitude, your character is about the choices you make rather than what happens to you.

                                            Yes, it’s about doing the right thing even when obstacles seem insurmountable.  It’s about using that mountain you’ve been given to show others it can be moved.  It’s about being unapologetically you, taking control, choosing your attitude in adversity and being the best version of you to create the life you want.

                                            How do you know what you really want? Is it truly status or success?

                                            Unfortunately, these things do not always bring happiness. And aspects of our image or “performance driven existence” may not achieve satisfaction. Materialism is part of our refusal to accept ourselves as enough. All the things we use to repress our true selves are about being enough.

                                            “Enoughness” is what we truly seek, but ego gets in the way.

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                                            Ego is the perception of self as outer worth. It’s not REAL self worth.

                                            Ego represses our true self with a new self— the self of chasing ‘“Am I ever enough?”’ questions. And instead of filling our true selves with self-love and acceptance, when we “should ourselves” and chase “enoughness,” we feed the ego or our image.

                                            It’s important to realize YOU ARE ENOUGH, without all the material trappings.

                                            Stanford psychologist Meagan O’Reilly describes the damage of not thinking we are enough. One of her tactics for combating this is to complete the sentence,[3]

                                            “If I believed I were already enough, I’d ____”

                                            What would you do if you felt you were enough?

                                            By believing you are enough, you can live the life you want.

                                            So many fake it to try to get there, and they end up losing themselves when they lose more and more touch with their Authenticity.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            By being yourself, you are being brave. By acknowledging all you can be, you tell the universe that you can until you believe it too. The steps are easy, and you are worth it. All of it is about the purpose you are leading and the passion that is your fuel.

                                            Being true to yourself is all about mastering how to live life authentically rather than faking or forcing it. Having the life you want (and deserve) is about being trusting in yourself and the purpose you are living for. Both need passion behind it, fueling it each second, or you will experience burn out.

                                            When you are authentic, you can call the road you walk your own. When you live your life for you and not just the results of all your actions (faking it till you make it), you can let go of what you don’t need. This clarifies and pushes purpose to you, living for something that is greater than you.

                                            You will find that making decisions based on what will actually achieve your goals, will help you attain the life you want, and your success with each step, will allow you to enjoy the process. Good luck!

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