Anyone else remember when self-help books had such a bad rep? I’ll never forget the episode of Sex & the City where an embarrassed Charolette heads to the book store to find a book on starting over after divorce…they refer to the self-help section as the “self-hell” section. I don’t know why, but that episode has always stuck with me. I never thought I’d be reaching for the self-help books because of it.
However, I have found that I actually love self-help books. They are motivating, offer a new perspective, and make you think about your life and what you truly want out of it. The books below are some of my favorites. While these are more motivational books than self-help, they still fall into the same category and I am not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I read them. Or that I love them!
I wanted to share some of my favorite motivational books with you as of late, in hopes you will pick them up and get something from them as I did!
5 Must Read Motivational Books
I have been very into the whole idea that, if we can control our minds/thoughts/ego, then we can control everything else. This book dives deep into that concept. While it is a little hard to read at times, it really makes you think about how we currently live versus if we were to fully live in the present. It’s a book about enlightenment that will no doubt give you a new perspective on how we deal with our emotions. The amount of reviews/rating of this book on Amazon speaks for itself, but if you are looking for a book that makes you think or a book that will help to change your thought process, I promise it won’t disappoint.
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This book has been covered a million times over, but it really is a great book. Especially when you are needing a little motivation. While reading I always highlight things I find important or inspiring and with this book I was constantly reaching for my highlighter. Jen preaches a lot about self-awareness and how to get out of your own head. She provides great examples, stories and exercises, all with a bit of wit. If you are new to the self-help/motivation genre, this is a great place to start.
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This was one of the first “self-help” books I read and is still one of my favorites. As someone who always denied that I was any type of creative, I loved that this book took into account any and all types of creatives. There is an emphasis on writing, but it doesn’t overpower. It’s an honest look at what it means to be creative and what “creative living” is truly about. It’s motivating and encouraging. An easy read, but definitely worth it if you’re looking for a little push to pursue your creative desire.
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Within the first few pages of The Happiness Project, you can relate to what Gretchen Rubin is talking about. Gretchen isn’t depressed or sad about her life, but feels there is something more she could be doing to be happier on a daily basis. This book is her journey to do just that. It’s a book about appreciating the little things and spending more time on the things that truly do make you happy. About growing as a person to better your life and your lifestyle. It’s her journey, but it is incredibly inspiring. You’ll no doubt want to do a happiness project of your own when you are finished reading this book.
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I actually have not read Daring Greatly, but it is next up on my “Must Read” list. Every podcast I listen to, at some point or another, references Brené Brown and this book. The interview she did on Oprah’s podcast had me sold and I can’t wait to dive in. Daring Greatly is all about vulnerability and how being vulnerable can lead to some truly amazing things. It’s about facing our fears and no longer watching our lives from the sidelines. There are over 2,000+ reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 star rating, so there must be something about this book people love and I can’t wait to find out.
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