Great self-help books should be in anyone’s toolbox who is trying to get their whole life.
The great thing is you don’t have to be completely down and out to pick up a self-help book. You just gotta have the desire to be better. Reading (and applying the concepts from) self-help books shifts your mind, can stir your spirit, and can ultimately change your life.
So, what I’ve done is round up a few of these life-changing books for you. These self-help books have completely changed the way I see purpose, the way I see self-love and wellness, and the way I view goals and achievement.
In this list of inspirational self-help books, I’ve included the mainstay heavy-hitters, easy but powerful reads, and a somewhat unique variation from the norm.
Let me know what you think of this short collection in the comments!
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best self-help books to crush your goals!
1. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.
This self-help book has to be first. I’ve heard nothing but good things, both at work and in my personal life. So, I decided to pick it up the other day. It’s been about a day since I put it down, and I can’t wait to get back to reading the rest of it. It’s super easy to read, firstly. And, second, because this book is already helping me re-evaluate my habits. I’m already evaluating the effectiveness of my habits to ultimately help me achieve my goals. And I’m only two chapters in!
Amazon ranks it #8 most read self-help books! Get it here!
2. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.
Coelho is a story-telling genius. The way he tells this exhilarating story of a young man’s journey to find his true purpose will have you on the edge of your seat, anxious to turn the page. But it will also secretly inspire you to find and create your purpose. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready to start on your own purpose journey toward fulfilling it no matter what.
Millions of copies have been sold around the world. Grab your copy here!
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3. The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra.
Warning! This one can be a bit overwhelming – but in a good way. I’d pick it up to read it, read a few sentences and had to put it back down for the day due to the sheer amount of processing I’d have to do. It hit super close to home on various points and helped me go deeper with my personal struggles (which is necessary to take your purpose and goals to the next level). Chopra did well with this self-help book, and it’s one I think should be in every personal development library. It’s only $9.99 right now!
One of Chopra’s “most profound” works. Click here to get your own copy.
4. You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero.
I ate this self-help book alive, y’all. It flowed so well and had me wanting to get up and run around the block. I was so inspired and motivated to move toward my dreams. I’ve doubted myself for a long time, and I was truly moved by Sincero’s insightful, yet hilarious, words. “In order to kick ass, you must first lift up your foot” best sums up her relatable style.
#1 New York Times bestseller for a reason. You can get yours by clicking here.
5. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz.
This is a deeply stirring and life-changing self-help masterpiece. It’s based on Toltec wisdom, but very much applies to present-day. The idea is to learn to adopt the four agreements taught in this book, practice them in daily life, to ultimately arrive at what Ruiz calls “personal freedom”.
It’s an Amazon bestseller. Check it out by clicking this link!
6. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Frankl has constructed a sobering non-fiction book about the struggle to find and create a positive and fulfilling purpose. In this unconventional self-help book, he documents his own experiences as an Auschwitz camp inmate. Without spoiling anything for you, what he ultimately concludes is that even though he’s found himself in the worst of circumstances, he still has the ability to choose to use his suffering to his benefit. The only way to survive is to have meaning.
“One of the ten most influential books in America.” See it on Amazon here.
The second, third and fourth books listed are probably running for my favorite. Hope you enjoy them all!