If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. And sometimes, you can look to inspirational books to create a positive change in your life.
If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out:
“All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” — Anthony Robbins
In order to transform your life, you will experience discomfort and pain. Change can be a painful process, but the rewards of going through the change are priceless.
Before I focused on running my own Lifehack business, I was a full-time manager in a software company. I was offered another promotion after succeeding in a project. But I wasn’t thrilled about the opportunity. That was when I realized something wasn’t going quite right in my life. Why would I not be excited about such valuable opportunity? Wasn’t that what I wanted?
I felt like all these times my effort in my job was wasted because it didn’t seem to be what I wanted most for my life.
I was lost and didn’t know what to do, so I started to look for ways to get out of the rut. The shrinking free time remaining was spent poring over hundreds of books about motivation, productivity and communication.
And through reading, I found my purpose in life and how to break free from my limitations to live the life I truly want. Here’re the 5 books I recommend you reading too to get inspired.
1. Awaken The Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins
The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power right now to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already have the power to achieve it.
“You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams” – Anthony Robbins
2. Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life, by Richard Branson
Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you better perspective of what the journey of change can be about. Richard Branson is into reinvention and as a result, he embraces change.
This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.
“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live” – Richard Branson
3. The Art of Happiness, by Dalai Lama
There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.
“The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection.The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.
Knowing what happiness means to you, gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.
“Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama
4. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
“The Four Agreements” are Don Miguel’s code for life.
“The Four Agreements” provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements”. This book will show you how to attain a happy fulfilled life.
5. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J Schwartz
According to Dr Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and your attitude.
The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.
“Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” – David J. Schwartz.