When it comes to my individual self-improvement, reading has probably been the best habit that I have picked up on.
Wow, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever find myself saying that.
Throughout grade school, I had probably read a total of twenty books on my own time. Sure, there were the books that I had to read for school, but I am talking about reading books that I actually wanted to read.
In college, that number feel to one. Actually, it wasn’t even a full book as I never finished the last few chapters. Instead of finishing the book, I relied on the movie to tell me how the ending turned out.
Yeah, this isn’t something that I am necessarily proud of, but reading was just never a big hobby of mine. Instead, I mainly just played video games and watched TV like so many of my friends did.
But as I started my whole “self-improvement” journey, I decided to give reading one more try. And after just one self-improvement book, I became hooked. Now it has become reading that has filled my past time while video games are now whats collecting all of the dust. Maybe I enjoy reading so much because I can let my imagination run wild, or maybe it’s because reading provides knowledge, and knowledge is power.
Either way, I want to share with you what I believe to be the 5 best self-improvement books that I highly recommend reading. They have helped to change my life, and I believe that they will do the same for you.
#5. You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
This was the first self-improvement book that I read, and honestly, it is the one that got me hooked. It’s a perfect book for anyone who is looking to drastically change their lives as it provides amazing and quality tips for how to do so.
As someone who was on the verge of being homeless, Sincero walks you through strategies on how she changed her mindset and her life.
#4. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven
This is a short and easy to read book that offers advice that Admiral William H. McRaven used to change his life and helped to set himself up for success. The best part is that it all started by making his bed every morning.
See, when you complete a task right away in the morning, you feel this sense of accomplishment – one that gives you a boost of confidence and carries over throughout the day. Even doing something as simple as making your bed will help to spark your confidence.
#3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is probably the most popular self-improvement book out there, and for very good reason. Everything that we achieve or fail at in life all starts in our minds. Whether we think we can or can’t, we’re right.
If you want to grow rich like those who you admire, then you need to start thinking rich. You need to believe in all of the strength that you possess, and you need to envision yourself living the life in which you wish to live.
The mind is our most powerful tools, and when we use them correctly, there isn’t anything that will be able to stop us from achieving our dreams.
#2. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
Number one and two are a toss-up for me.
But the reason that I loved The ONE Thing so much, is because there is only one thing that you need to ask yourself every day that will help you to change your life: what is the one thing that you can do, such that by doing so, everything else will be easier or unnecessary? From there, just do it. Do that one thing today that will set your future self up for success.
#1. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
5,4,3,2,1 do it anyways. Don’t feel like working out? 5,4,3,2,1 do it anyways. Don’t feel like working? 5,4,3,2,1, do it anyways.
The more we think about our decisions, the less likely we are to actually fulfill them.
Mel Robbins is absolutely incredible, and she gives amazing advice on how to make a decision in 5 seconds or less, and no matter how you feel, you just do it anyways. The less you think, the less time you allow your fears to set in, and the more action that you take on your decisions.
The 5 Second Rule is my all-time favorite book out there, and if I had to narrow this list down to just one book, this would be the one that I would recommend the most.
There you have it, these are the top 5 self-improvement books that have changed my life over the course of the last six months.
Of course there are other books out there that I have yet to read, but out of the ones that I have read so far, these are my top choices.
If you are looking to increase your knowledge and change your life, this list will help you to do just that. So what are you waiting for? Get started and change your life.
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