Personal Motivation: 10 Books to Motivate You to Become Your Best Self

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As you move through life as an adult, you will find that there are constant obstacles in your path to self-development and growth and it is often hard keeping up your motivation. You may have tried to seek motivation from friends and family around you and to your dismay found out they were dealing with more heavy distressing stuff. However, before you just clam into yourself and give up on becoming a better person, here are ten great books to help you out:

1. Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
If you have found yourself struggling to find your talent or even depressed by your seemingly lack of talent, this book by Geoff Colvin is a must read for you. It comes with the impactful message that your personal success is not dependent on your talent or genetics and that with willpower, perseverance and deliberate practice you can soar beyond your wildest dreams. This book will show you practical ways how you can succeed by taking stock of your progress and learning from your mistakes.

2. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
This wonderful motivational book by Peale has become a revered classic in its own right. Though written as far as 1956, the inspiring content remains valid in this present time. The book illustrates how positive thinking can change your perspective on life and how this positive mindset can lead to a life of success and contentment. Sometimes, all the negative things you spend time dwelling on do not eventually happen and you cannot get back all those wasted times to invest in something else that would yield positive results.

3. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
You would have to admit that no man is an island even though we live in modern times where people tend to keep to themselves more. However, there comes a time in your life when you will need people and it can be quite frustrating to find out suddenly that you are all alone. This book by Dale Carnegie uses practical analogies to show you how to manage interpersonal relationships which will have a bearing on your personal betterment. You will learn how to show genuine interest in others and influence them when you need them on your team.

4. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani
Most people sometimes find that motivational books tend to go over their heads with formulaic expressions. However, Vision uses everything unconventional to ditch that officious snobbery and introduces you to basics on how to take control of your personal life and improve your experiences. You will be reading many personal stories that prove the possibility of you making a headway just as these people did.

5. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cordone
While this book is mainly around sales and marketing, you will find its subject also relevant to your personal life and prodding you to become better. You will see how obsession which is often a negative trait can be used for good. It will point out how being persistent beyond understanding, creative to the point of appearing magical and having an insatiable determination to win can bring out the best in you and others around you.

6. Mastery by George Leonard
In this book, you will find the path to long-term fulfillment and success. The author uses his experience as a martial artist and the knowledge garnered from Zen philosophy to analogize how you can attain a higher level of personal excellence. Leonard emphasizes that with mastery you can achieve success in all aspects of your life. However, ultimate mastery is never complete as it is a lifelong process.

7. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Robbins in this book outlays practical techniques which you can use to secure control over your financial, emotional, physical and mental life. The author does not just talk from an abstract point of view but also engages the reader with his personal challenges and how he was able to overcome them.

8. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Things you find yourselves doing over a long period of time have a way of staying with you and affecting your decisions and results. In this book, Duhigg shows how you can let go of these habits that are drawing you back and avoid the resultant setbacks. You will be able to discover the habits controlling your life and also learn from people’s examples who were able to transform their life by changing their habits.

9. Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy
All too often many people pass through life just going through daily routines with no sense of purpose or passion. However, if you do not take your life into your hands, things are not going to automatically change for the better. Living Forward uses practical illustrations to lead you into taking charge of the course of your life and steering it in the right direction. Hyatt and Harkavy’s major premise in the book states that your destiny is in your hands.

10. The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger
You do not have to be a bodybuilder to benefit from this book as it goes beyond that range to tell a dynamic story of determination and how an unknown boy with nothing from a small Austrian village became a success and achieved his dreams. You can learn from Arnold’s perseverance and belief in the face of obstacles and apply it to your personal life to become the best.
These 10 books to motivate you to become your best self and a better person. You’ll also improve every facet of your life, develop a unique mindset, amazing skills and confidence that can help you scale through any problem and achieve your goals. It’s very simple! When you are inspired, you will want to stay focused, and this will result to living a happy and fulfilling life.

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