Our self-motivation can, at times, be very high – driving us forward to our goals with all the power of a rocket ship. But on occasion, we all need a helping hand. The following books are ones that we challenge you to read and not find that they get you fired up and ready to take on the world! Great for anyone at any point in their life – from the young, go-getting entrepreneur to the older person who wants to live the very best life they can…
1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff – by Richard Carlson
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life is all about getting rid of the ‘clutter’ that most of us have filling up our lives and minds.
We’re all familiar with the feeling of being driven crazy by ‘stuff’ that, when we stop and think about it, isn’t really that major. But when it’s happening to you, it can be a real challenge to prevent it having a massive effect. This emotional clutter is a major culprit when it comes to causing demotivation. Carlson’s book delves deep into exactly why we let this happen – and more importantly, how we can stop it affecting our lives.
The book is an easy read and will show you exactly how to put events into perspective by making simple-to-achieve changes in your daily life. The aim of the book is to create a lifestyle that’s calm and unencumbered by the stress and haste that’s so typical of 21st-century living.
This downsizing of emotion frees the mind, allowing the space you need to focus on the aspects of life that are truly important. And once you re-take control of this space, the freedom then allows your motivational juices to flow uninhibited once more.
2. The Magic of Thinking Big – by David J. Schwartz
Read by millions, The Magic of Thinking Big has become a classic amongst those who want to know the secrets of success. Written by one of the leading experts in all things motivational, the book provides you with the secrets behind how to get what you want to out of life.
An advocate of how to turn anything negative into a positive, Schwartz explains that attaining success and happiness is not about intellect or high talent, but that it’s more about learning the habits and thinking mechanisms that will get you to where you want to be. And these can be learned by each and every one of us if we put our mind to it.
Whatever your aims, be they financial, physical, spiritual, or whatever, the book provides you with a carefully designed program that will change your mindset – and your success rate – forever!
3. Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill
If you think that books written decades ago can’t possibly have any relevance today, then think again. Think and Grow Rich was penned by Napoleon Hill back in 1937 during the Great Depression. It was successful by the date of his death, in 1970, selling over 20 million copies. But the greatest number of books has been sold since then – with a massive 50 million more (and counting) sold since that date.
The book is all about the behaviors and processes that the super-successful have in common. Hill interviewed 40 millionaires, including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, to find out what it was that they shared, and that could be understood as major reasons for their success. These are then discussed in detail, along with simple to follow steps as to how you can apply them to your own life.
The book is just as valuable for those looking for spiritual and emotional gain, as well as those whose driving force is for monetary riches.
4. The 48 Laws of Power – by Robert Greene
A cult classic, The 48 Laws of Power might seem an odd choice to place in a list of motivational books. However, this book is one of the most requested by American prisoners, and if being incarcerated isn’t a time that you need motivation, then when on earth is? More importantly, this book illustrates the laws that the rich and powerful use to gain and keep hold of what they want.
The laws stated within the pages include such as the value of confidence, and that of self-preservation. It also covers in depth the powers of successful negotiation. Whatever the need for power is or isn’t your first priority, understanding the psyche behind those that do is key to figuring out how other people think. A super book for anyone with ambition to get to the top of their chosen field.
5. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – by Daniel Pink
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us draws from four decades of scientific evidence regarding motivation. The book is unique in the fact that thanks to this proven research, we can see that there’s a massive gulf between usual corporate practice, and what really drives us as human beings.
Pink discusses the three pure motivational elements that science has discovered we all share: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. He debunks the theory that it’s reward itself that drives base motivation (the so called, ‘carrot and stick’ approach), instead advocating that true motivation comes from the basic human needs to direct our own lives, of creativity and learning, and the desire to better both ourselves and the world we live in.
Provocative and insightful, this New York Times bestseller may well change everything you’ve ever thought about where true self-motivation comes from.