Life is all about being the best person you can be. And this, no matter who you are, is always a work in progress. Self-improvement is something we should all strive for, and to assist us, there’s a multitude of books that’ve been written on the subject.
As with every type of literary topic, there are some that are good, some that are bad, and some that are simply mediocre. In addition, there are some books – just a few of them – that are completely awesome. And it’s books such as these that really can help you make those all-important choices and decisions that help you to improve as a person.
Self-improvement takes a lot of forms. Perhaps you want to be happier, more successful, change career, find a new relationship, quit a bad habit, get over a life mistake… It actually doesn’t matter exactly what it is about yourself and your life that you want to improve. Because what it boils down to is that in pretty much every case, the basis behind all human success is the same.
The following 9 books are ones that are not only hugely effective, but also enjoyable to read. They’re books that we should all read at some point in our lives. Each can offer real advice as to how to take steps that help lead to being the best you possible.
1. Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway
A superbly titled book written by Susan Jeffers Ph.D. called Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway is a true classic that has helped millions of people around the globe. This is a practical, humorous guide that explains not only how to face your fears, but to understand why you have them in the first place.
It teaches you in easy, enjoyable chunks, a dynamic method that stops fear being a controlling factor in your life. And once learned, you stop allowing fear to make your decisions. Instead, you can re-take control, stop being a victim, learn how to make good decisions, and create more meaning within your life.
2. Better Than Before
By Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before is a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller that tackles the issue of habits. Because, according to the author, the way we make change for the better in our life is to change our habits.
Said habits, be they good or bad, exert a massive influence over our lives. And, hard as it might be, it really is possible to break destructive ones and create new ones that then exert positivity throughout our lives. The book goes into detail, firstly about understanding why our habits are so important, and then how to make and break them so we can take advantage of what positive habits bring to our lives.
Well written and compelling, this is a book that delves deep into the human psyche and covers many aspects that other similar books often fail to address.
3. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem
The Six Pillars Of Self Esteem has been hailed as the leading and most significant work on the subject of self-esteem. Written by Nathaniel Branden and based on his lifetime’s work of clinical practice and study, the reader learns how self-esteem is crucial to achievement, psychological health, happiness, and positive relationships.
Hailed as a classic, this is a great book for both the professional (such as teachers, managers, therapists), and anyone else who has a personal interest in self-esteem and self-improvement.
4. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
With its self-explanatory title, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey has been wowing people for over quarter of a century. Millions of people have been captivated by the thought process and reasoning behind why such behavior can lead to success. From presidents to CEO’s, parents to students, the wisdom contained within the pages is relevant to anyone who wants to improve their life by improving themselves.
5. Live The Best Story Of Your Life
Written by Bob Litwin, a leading Wall Street Performance Coach and a world champion tennis player, Live The Best Story Of Your Life is all about how to realize the powerful potential of positive shifts in your life. It applies to every aspect of life: from career to relationships, and is broken down into 33 personal coaching sessions that really can help bring about positive change to your life – and bring it around fast.
6. Failing Forward
With a complete title of Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones For Success is all about learning to deal with failure. But not only learning to deal with it – but how to turn it into a blueprint for success. Written by New York Times bestselling author, John C. Maxwell, the book blows away the belief that failure is a destructive thing.
Instead, it helps you realize that whilst failure in life is a given for all of us at some point, it’s not the act of failure that’s negative, but our method of dealing with it. Once you discover how to face the fear of failure, then it can be turned around into something positive.
7. You Can Heal Your Life
Written by leading figure in the self-help field, Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life has been helping people since it was first published in 1984. And the information contained within is as relevant today as it was back then.
The book centers on the link between mind and body, and how by understanding what’s wrong with our mental aspects, this can have a massive effect on the physical body as well. Hay has appeared on Oprah and Donahue, and the massive success of this book has seen her become one of the best selling authors in history.
8. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom takes the reader on a journey based on ancient Toltec wisdom. Written by New York Times bestselling author, Don Miguel Ruiz, the book explains all about the self-limiting beliefs so many of us have. By following a code of conduct (The Four Agreements), we learn a powerful code that can help to rapidly transform our lives and bring about true happiness and contentment.
9. The Secret
Following the release of the film of the same name in 2006, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne unravels the great mystery of the universe. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the book has changed the lives of countless people around the world thanks to its insight into The Law of Attraction and how it can help us in our everyday lives.
The book explains about this ‘great secret’, which has been pieced together over the centuries through various religions, philosophies, literature, and verbal traditions. The premise of the book shows the reader how to utilize this knowledge to influence the quality of your own health, wealth and happiness.