2019 is your year, you know that, right? And if you want to make it your year, you need to give yourself what you need. That means you need to learn new things, start something new, push yourself out of your comfort zone and do things that other people wouldn’t expect of you. Change their perception, surprise people, and do things just for you, not because anyone wants you to.
With that said, there’s something beautiful about cozying up with a life-improvement book and really getting stuck in, learning the strategies and tips to take your life to the next level and figuring out how you’re actually going to make that change. Here’s a list of ten best-selling life-improvement books you should try to get your hands on if you’re making a change in your life. They’ll give you inspiration, motivation, and get you ready to start making big changes in your life.
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
Get Your Sh*t Together available here
If you ever needed a reminder that there’s no time like the present to get your sh*t together, Sarah Knight’s new installation to her foul-mouthed straight-talking self-help books will give you that. The premise of this book is that you should stop worrying about what you should do so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do.
Guilt and obligations are what’s holding you back but this book will help cut yourself free. It’ll give you the tools you need to balance work and fun, save money, manage anxiety, and use negative thinking to become who you want to be. This book is self-help with a difference. Find it here.
You Are A Badass
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This New York Times Bestseller is a self-help book that understands sometimes you can’t just throw your entire life away in the name of making a difference. Success coach Jen Sincero writes 27 chapters of advice, anecdotes, stories, and wisdom.
First, you need to identify what actually needs changing, move past your fears to take measured risks, figure out how to make money, set big goals and reach them. This book will show you what you are capable of, and how to get it. Find it here.
Make Your Bed
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If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. That’s the famous quote that William McRaven coined at a speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas. His Naval career had taught him many lessons, and in this book, he expands on them.
He shares stories of his life, the people he encountered, the tough decisions made, and gives practical advice and wisdom that will help you achieve more than you thought possible. You’ll have no idea how the little actions you do every day can make a huge difference to your life. Find it here.
Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck
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Seth Godin always writes books that enlighten and inspire. His books on marketing are next level, but this collection of essays are applicable to any area of life. His writing will get under your skin and set a fire in you, reminding you that you want more and you can get it. It’s not about getting your ducks in a row, it’s about deciding what you’re going to do with that duck, anyway.
You will learn about how to think smart, create strategies for success, dream bigger, write better, and speak more honestly. Find it here.
Fooled By Randomness
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You don’t understand the world around you. This book is an investigation into luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making. This book will help you think about your day to day life in a way you’d never considered. We are so accustomed to looking at the world and seeing patterns that we don’t always understand, trying to see coincidences where none exist.
This book uses maths to explain how our brains work, how the world around us works, and why we’re so easily fooled by randomness. This will help you see the world in a completely new way, and give you that push to work harder for it. Find it here.
The 48 Laws Of Power
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What do great thinkers and leaders have in common? In this book, the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and historical legacies of warriors, statesmen, seducers and con men are picked apart to reveal the 48 laws of power. It’s described as politically incorrect but actually learning from these people can help you succeed and also spot narcissistic behaviors in others to be able to adapt and become successful.
There are some great lessons in this book, learn to control your emotions, have a plan B, learn from your past and learn that life is a game and you need to learn to play it. Pick this up if you want to learn the lessons of thinking powerfully. Find it here.
Thinking Fast And Slow
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This book will give you a tour of the mind and explain the two systems that drive the way we think. Thinking fast isn’t always a good thing, it can lead to bad decisions. You might not even know what you’re thinking process is, you can’t trust your own intuitions and thinking processes. In fact, you can’t trust your own brain period.
You need to read this book to know the techniques you can use to guard yourself against mental glitches, to help you think smart and make better choices. So, if you want to start thinking things through (really thinking it through) you need to read this. Find it here.
An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth
An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth available here
Colonel Chris Hadfield spent decades training as an astronaut. He’s lived aboard the Space Station, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and disposed of a snake with a knife while piloting a plane. His insights about life on Earth will help you look at the way you’re doing things differently, and make the impossible possible.
Chris has been trained to prepare for the worst and make every moment of it. Chris will teach you that actually, you might have to flip what you know and turn it on its head. For example, Chris says that you shouldn’t visualize success, you should care what others think, and you should sweat the small stuff. Read this if you want to think about the world you live on and the way you’ve been taught to do things. Find it here.
The Power Of Now
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Don’t be fooled by the byline, the path to spiritual enlightenment, according to the author Eckhart Tolle, lies in the power o now. Living in the now is the truest path to happiness, and chances are you aren’t doing it properly. Within the first chapter, you’ll realize that you’re letting your thoughts and emotions get in the way of your abilities, without you ever knowing.
It’s time to free yourself from the little thoughts and behaviors that are holding you back from living your best life. This book will help you do that, and make more time for the things that bring joy to your life. Find it here.
How Not To Die
How Not To Die available here
Lastly on this list, something a little different. This book reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death. Did you know that the vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple diet and lifestyle changes?
Dr. Michael Greger examines the fifteen top causes of premature death and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can free us to live healthier lives. You absolutely should read this year to make sure that you’re living your healthiest, longest life. Find it here.
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