A Few Words on Mindset & Change
It's a brand new year, and with that, comes a fresh start. For many of us, that could be contemplating a new role/job, thinking through how to better use your leisure time, taking up a new hobby, or vowing to learn something new.
It sounds cliche, but you have to be in the right mindset to read the books below. If you're not open to change, then reading any of these books isn't going to help you. In fact, I know people that have read a book or two from this list that have come back and said, "I didn't like it."
I could've told you they'd respond that way before they even picked up the book. Their attitude wasn't in the right place.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to pick one of these up. Why? Because you then have the same amount of time as everyone else (the rest of the year) to try some new things. It could be as simple as taking a walk everyday to let some stress out. The books below aren't going to give you the perfect 10-step process on how to proceed, but they'll hopefully stir up some ideas in your head on how YOU should proceed.
I'm not going to break these out by "best motivational books for men," as an example. Books are often marketed to men, women, teens, etc. The reality is that every book speaks to people in a different way. While more women may read books by Brene Brown, there are plenty of men that have benefited from her wisdom (and rightfully so).
Remember: Action leads to action. Do something today that will change tomorrow.
10 Personal Transformation Books to Read in 2023
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Written by Stephen Covey and first published in 1989, this book is a bestseller and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.
The book presents a holistic, principle-based approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Covey argues that personal effectiveness can only be achieved by aligning oneself with certain fundamental principles that he identifies as being universally applicable.
Covey outlines seven habits or practices that he believes are essential for developing a strong character, building healthy relationships, and achieving success in all areas of life. These habits are:
Begin with the end in mind
Put first things first
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Sharpen the saw
The first three habits focus on personal effectiveness, while the next three focus on interpersonal effectiveness, and the final habit is about maintaining a balance between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life.
Throughout the book, Covey provides practical examples and exercises to help readers apply these habits to their own lives. The book has been widely praised for its emphasis on character development, and its holistic approach to personal growth and success.
2. Awaken the Giant Within
Written by Tony Robbins and published in 1991, this book is aimed at helping individuals achieve personal and professional success by understanding and controlling their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
The central idea of the book is that by taking control of one's thoughts and beliefs, one can unleash their full potential and achieve great success in all areas of life. Robbins argues that everyone has the power within themselves to achieve their goals and create the life they desire, but that most people fail to do so because they lack the awareness and tools necessary to overcome their limiting beliefs and fears.
Throughout the book, Robbins offers practical advice, tools, and exercises to help readers take control of their lives and achieve their goals. He emphasizes the importance of setting clear goals, developing a strong sense of purpose, and taking massive action to achieve success.
Robbins also provides insights into how to manage emotions, overcome limiting beliefs, and develop positive habits that can lead to long-term success. He encourages readers to focus on continuous improvement, to learn from failures and setbacks, and to constantly push themselves to become their best selves.
3. The Power of Now
Written by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and published in 1997, this book is centered on the idea that living in the present moment is essential for personal growth, happiness, and spiritual awakening.
Tolle argues that most people live in a state of constant mental chatter, worrying about the past or future, and as a result, they miss out on the beauty and richness of the present moment. The book encourages readers to embrace the present moment, to let go of their attachment to the past or future, and to focus on the here and now.
Through a series of simple and powerful exercises and teachings, Tolle shows readers how to cultivate a state of mindfulness, how to quiet their inner dialogue, and how to connect with their true selves. He emphasizes the importance of letting go of negative emotions and limiting beliefs and of cultivating a sense of inner peace and presence.
Throughout the book, Tolle draws upon insights from various spiritual traditions, including Buddhism and Taoism, and presents them in a practical and accessible way. He encourages readers to see beyond the illusions of the ego and to connect with the deeper truth of who they are.
4. Man's Search for Meaning
This is a powerful book written by Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and psychologist. The book provides a unique perspective on the experiences of those who suffered in concentration camps during World War II. Frankl argues that even in the most difficult and unimaginable circumstances, humans have the ability to find meaning and purpose in their lives. He shares his own experiences and the experiences of others in the concentration camps, and explores the concept of logotherapy, a form of psychotherapy that focuses on finding meaning in life. This book is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of the human mind to overcome adversity.
5. Daring Greatly
"Daring Greatly" is a book written by Brené Brown, a research professor and author who explores the topics of vulnerability, shame, and courage. The book focuses on the idea that vulnerability is not a weakness, but rather a source of strength and courage. Brown argues that by embracing vulnerability, we can become more authentic, resilient, and connected with others. The book is based on extensive research and personal anecdotes, and offers practical advice for individuals, families, and organizations to cultivate a culture of vulnerability and courage. "Daring Greatly" is a powerful and insightful read for anyone who is seeking to live a more authentic and fulfilling life.
6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Written by Mark Manson, this book takes a unique approach to the self-help genre. The book challenges the traditional positive thinking and "you can do anything" mentality, and instead encourages readers to embrace their limitations and focus on what truly matters to them. Manson argues that life is inherently difficult and painful, and that the key to happiness is not to avoid discomfort, but to embrace it and find meaning in the struggle. Through humor, personal anecdotes, and practical advice, Manson offers a refreshing and honest perspective on how to live a more fulfilling life. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" is a thought-provoking and entertaining read for anyone who is seeking to live a more authentic and purposeful life.
7. You Are a Badass
This book focuses on helping readers identify and overcome the self-limiting beliefs that are holding them back from achieving their goals and living the life they want. Through a combination of personal stories, humor, and practical advice, Sincero guides readers towards greater self-awareness, confidence, and motivation. The book encourages readers to embrace their unique qualities and strengths, and to let go of their fears and doubts. Ultimately, "You Are a Badass" aims to empower readers to take control of their lives and create the kind of success and happiness they desire.
8. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
This book explores the idea of the "growth mindset" versus the "fixed mindset" and how these mindsets can impact an individual's success and well-being. Dweck argues that individuals with a growth mindset believe that their abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard work and dedication, while those with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities and intelligence are predetermined and cannot be changed.
Throughout the book, Dweck provides numerous examples of individuals with both mindsets and how their mindset impacts their approach to challenges, relationships, and personal development. She also discusses how individuals can shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset and the benefits that come with doing so.
9. The One Thing
This book focuses on the idea that success is achieved by simplifying one's approach to work and life. The book emphasizes the importance of identifying the most important task or activity that will have the greatest impact on achieving one's goals, and then focusing all of one's energy and efforts on that task. The authors suggest that by doing so, individuals can overcome distractions and achieve extraordinary results in their personal and professional lives. The book provides practical strategies and tips for identifying and prioritizing the most important task, overcoming obstacles, and achieving success.
10. Atomic Habits
This book, published in 2018, aims to provide a comprehensive and practical guide to creating good habits and breaking bad ones. The author argues that small, incremental changes in behavior, known as atomic habits, can have a significant impact on personal development and success. Through scientific research, real-life examples, and actionable advice, Clear shows readers how to transform their habits and achieve their goals. The book emphasizes the importance of consistency, motivation, and self-awareness in the process of habit formation, and provides strategies for overcoming common obstacles and setbacks.
Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Changing anything in your life starts with some new ideas, and you don't need to read an entire book in one sitting. A good habit is to read 10 pages a night. This both calms you down and instills some positive thinking that you can take into the next day.
What other books have helped you make positive changes in your life? Feel free to add them in the comments section below.
For other great books on mindset and motivation, check out our Best Motivational Books page here.
John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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