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. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You, by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation not only involves the mind, but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your mind without transforming your body and soul.
Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.
“The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra
7. The Greatest Salesman In The World, by Og Mandino
This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?
This book doesn’t really tell you how to be a great salesperson. It will; however, give you some fantastic tips on how to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.
The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.
“My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” – Og Mandino
8. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson
This book helps you to manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.
“True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson
9. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, by Chip & Dan Heath
Have you ever tried to lose weight or get fit and never reached your goal? You know that you have to make changes in your life, but you don’t know how?
If you are nodding in agreement, then you need to read “Switch“. If I had to recommend one book that shows you how to create and maintain lasting change in your life – then it would be “Switch“.
In this book, Chip and Dan share the Secret as to how you can create and sustain change in your life.
Hint: It has something to do with knowing how to “Direct The Rider”, “Motivate The Elephant”, and “Shape the Path.”
This book, without a doubt, will show you how to change your life.
“When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.” – Chip & Dan Heath
10. The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown
Do you ever feel that you are just not worthy enough, intelligent enough, or courageous enough to live a fulfilled happy life?
Do you have secret dreams that you hold deep inside of you that you don’t share in case someone thinks they are silly? Or are you too scared to follow your dreams because you fear that you may fail?
Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, will show you how to find your courage, as well as rediscover your self-belief and self-worth.
This is the book that will get you prepared to embark on your journey of change. “The Gifts of Imperfection” is about you learning how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown
The Bottom Line
These 5 books were key to helping me change my life. I rediscovered my purpose and my strength. I hope that by reading these books, you will find the same inspiration and motivation to your challenges in life.