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There seems to be a lot of self-improvement books out there this days-no matter what kind of self-improvement you are looking for! But, what about those of us who sometimes have a hard time staying motivated? Or, what about those of us that are easily distracted? No fear, there is hope for us too!
All the books on my list are books that I have personally read and feel strongly about. I have not incorporated every idea they present, but I always take a lot away from them. And trust me, some of the books here are effective even if you only take only one thing away from it and incorporate it into your life! I have taken only one idea from one of these books in particular, but HOLLY COW has it made a difference in how I do things! Can you take a guess which one it is? Ps-These books are not in any certain order 🙂
Self-Improvement Book #1
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
Eat That Frog is such a quick read but has some great takeaways! I have talked about this book here, and I can’t recommend it enough. Being a quick read, I was able to read this book in only a few nights. Brian Tracy will give you some quick background about himself and then jumps right into how to be more productive. He gives great examples of how people have incorporated his suggestions into their work days and the success they have doing so. But, don’t think this book is just for business, it can also be applied to everyday life. The key thing I remember from this book is “eat the biggest frog first.” In other words, tackle your most difficult task first and the others will not seem as bad! This is great for people who tend to procrastinate. Brian also has written a book about setting goals that is great: Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
Self-Improvement Book #2
Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt is well known as an efficient, goal planning guru. He will help challenge your way of thinking about accomplishing things! If limiting beliefs and bad habits really get the best of you, this book will be helpful This book will help you find your “Why?” and lay out the processes to get to your end goals. No longer will your dreams get clouded up by everyday tasks, just to be forgotten about in a few weeks. This book will break through those barriers that have been holding you back-and will help you get past them! Make your dreams quit-proof! Michael also has a podcast and planner if you need more inspiration!!
Self-Improvement Book #3
Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill
This is an oldy, but goody book. I think the thing I love about this book is the way it was researched. This book is from the 1930’s, so please keep that in mind when reading about the influential individuals in the book. Anyways, Napoleon interviewed self-made millionaires in addition to those who were not millionaires, but rather far from it. What was the difference? He took what he was told and developed the 13 characteristics that these millionaires had to get them where they were. The characteristics are a good baseline of how to grow into what you want to be, even though the book is over 80 years old! There is a reason this book has been around and popular for so long. If you are looking for something more current, there is also an updated version of this book for women, Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance as well as The Think and Grow Rich Workbook: The Practical Steps to Transforming Your Desires into Riches (Tarcher Master Mind Editions)
Self-Improvement Book # 4
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life & Business- Charles Duhigg
Have you ever seen that episode of The Office where Jim trains Dwight with the altoids? It just goes to show how(do I dare say easily?) habits are formed! This book obviously looks at habits and how we may tie things we do together with other things. The example from the book(which is great) was how the author ate a cookie every afternoon and socialized with co-workers. Once he realized he craved the socializing part every afternoon and not the cookies, he “fixed” the habit. Perhaps you want to start exercising or you want to be more aware of what you are eating, this book will help you do so. The book shares a lot of personal stories to go along with the science of habits. It is fun to read and made me want to look more at my own triggers of habits!
Have you read any of these self-improvement books? What is your favorite self-improvement book, I would love to hear about it!