This is the month for smashing your goals, holding yourself accountable and stepping out of the past. You can make huge changes in your life if you just put yourself forward and try. Nothing is set in stone, there’s nothing you can’t do. That’s something I’ve realized so far this year, by working out and pushing my body hard, I realized that I can be the kind of girl who enjoys going to the gym.
By pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I realized that the traits I thought were unavoidable for me, were actually just habits I needed to work on. Sometimes you just need a new way of looking at things, which is why self-help books are so popular. With strategies and insights on everything from organizing your home to being more grateful, this is the era of self-care. If you want to make the most of it, check out our list of the best self-help books to help you create something amazing this month…
1. Atomic Habits
This book is a best-seller for a reason. James Clear has built a system to help you get 1% better every single day, so stop thinking you can change bad habits overnight. With this strategy, all it takes is a small amount of effort every single day, and in no time at all, you’ll have changed your life. It’s all about habit stacking, finding out what your atomic habits are and starting to work towards them. Want to know the secret? Find it here.
2. Change your schedule, change your life
It’s not you, it’s your schedule. If you’re struggling to sleep well, manage stress, or get in good health, don’t feel bad. It’s not about the things you’re doing, it’s about the times you’re doing them. Dr. Kshirsagar shows how, by listening to your body’s rhythms, you can change your entire life and undo bad habits your schedule had created. Find it here.
3. Dare to lead
Leadership is not about titles, status, and power over people. You don’t need to have a manager title to lead. Leaders recognize the potential in people. Leading can open so many doors up, but it requires you to first have the courage to have difficult conversations, do bold work, and make a change. It’s all about how much you’re daring to do. And this book will teach you how. Find it here.
4. The courage to be disliked
At the heart of everything is our desire to be liked and accepted. It’s why we choose certain things, why we have our hair cut a certain way, make certain jokes. Humans are social animals, and fitting in is part of our social structure. However, what could happen if you suddenly decided you didn’t mind if you were disliked. If you freed yourself of expectations? It’s a liberating concept, you can be anything you want to be, forget about the past, forget about the labels others have given you, just be! Powerful stuff. Find it here.
5. The financial diet
If you need to get good with your money this year, learn about a spending detox, how to live on your salary, and what investing is all about. This is your financial bible. Finance isn’t just about money, and this book will teach you that it’s about investment purchases, negotiating your salary, and having the perfect cocktail recipe aside to celebrate your new salary. Find it here.
6. Girl, wash your face
You’ve seen this book, or excerpts of it, on Pinterest. This book is all about that feeling that everyone else has their lives together, and you don’t. It’s that feeling, amplified by social media, that you’ll never have what they have. This book takes a fresh approach by breaking down the twenty lies that hold us back from living our best lives. Find it here.
7. The year of less
This story sounds familiar, right. You earn more, you want more, you buy more. Well, for Cait Flanders, even after clearing almost $30,000 of debt, she still got stuck in a bad cycle of buying more, more, more. So she set herself a challenge. She decided that for an entire year, she would not shop. This book blends her story with insights and practical advice if you want to try it yourself. Find it here.
8. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck
Not every self-help book was created equally. Maybe a super positive holistic approach isn’t for you, maybe you prefer to see things as they are and work through them anyway. If so, Mark’s your guy. “F*ck positivity,” he says, “Let’s be honest, sh*t is f*cked and we have to live with it.” While this might sound bleak, and a little aggressive, the true genius of this book lies in the fact that you can still have an amazing life, do you, and be the best you can possibly be while accepting that sometimes things are just crap. Find it here.
9. The miracle morning
This book has been passed around our office a few times. The idea is, what if you could wake up tomorrow morning and any, or every, area of your life was beginning to transform? What would be changing? There are six habits that will transform these areas of your life, before 8 AM in the morning. You can have the perfect morning routine. Find it here.
10. The 7 habits of highly effective people
I bet you didn’t know that all successful people have seven habits in common? Stephen Covey did, which is why this is a worldwide best-seller. He identified seven things that successful people do that helps them to stand out, and get ahead. With problem-solving techniques and insights on things you might not even have considered, this is one you definitely have to pick up if you want to be successful. Find it here.
11. Judgment detox
In this book, Gabrielle Bernstein examines judgment. Judging others and fear of being judged is one of the main things that holds us back, and once you free yourself from judgment and detox yourself from those negative thoughts. Who knows what you could achieve? Find it here.
12. No more fighting
Sometimes, you need a bit of self-help in your relationship. Why not? A strong relationship is one based on honesty. A little guidance can go a long way, try these fun and insightful exercises with your other half and see how your relationship could grow even stronger in just twenty minutes! Find it here.
13. Off the clock
If you always answer “so busy” when a friend asks how work is, this is the book for you. You need to work on getting stuff done while being less busy, it’s about working smart not hard. You can be busy and relaxed, you know. Laura will teach you how to clear your calendar, tackle your top priorities, and really be in the moment, instead of rushing through it. Find it here.
14. When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing
Timing is everything, and perfect timing used to be a myth. Until Daniel Pink looked into it, that is. It turns out there is a secret to perfect timing, and it’s all about spotting hidden patterns in every day to make a real difference. Find it here.
15. Get Your Sh*t Together
Part journal, part practical handbook. This new addition by Sarah Knight will help you work through some of the pre-conceived notions you have about yourself, and decide how to cut the bullsh*t and win at life. Starting off by identifying your personality type, each piece of advice is tailored to the kind of person you are. Find it here.
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