A lot of us shy away from admitting it, but we need the occasional nudge to keep going ahead. And what better way than a good motivational book to get us started. Even if we don’t agree with the general idea of a particular book, they still offer a number of takeaways. A single idea even enveloped in what one may think are the most ridiculous concepts can help reset certain beliefs that may be affecting motivation and the daily ability to get things done. So for those who believe and even those who don’t, here are the five best motivational books to help you ride the wave that is 2019.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles : Steven Pressfield
They say that we cannot be motivated every day, and that is why we need discipline. But The War of Art identifies that one thing that gets in the way of discipline too: resistance. Resistance is the battle we fight each day to get (sometimes the most basic) things done. Why do we resist good things? What gets in the way of our creative efforts? From the budding entrepreneur to the aspiring writer and artist, this book offers practical advice to readers to get out of the rut and find the motivation to achieve their goals.
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World : William H. McRaven
The first thing we ought to do in the morning is make our bed. That’s what William McRaven tells us we need to do if we want to get great things done. Why? Because if we start your day with a disciplined activity, the rest of your day gets off to a good start. And if we have good, disciplined days, we’re likely to have a productive life. Combined with 9 other important lessons that the author learned during his life as a Navy SEAL, Make Your Bed is an easy-to-read and understand guide to gaining the motivation you need to live a better life.
How to Get Sh*t Done : Erin Falconer
This one is especially for women who find themselves struggling to keep up with the roles expected of them in an increasingly demanding world. Erin Falconer’s book specifically tells women how to focus on the three most important areas of their lives and either manage or just stop giving a damn about the rest. She presents a model different from the traditional patriarchal model that men follow to achieve success. Based on her own life stories and career trajectory, Erin Falconer tells women how to be badasses and focus on themselves for a change.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Its All Small Stuff : Richard Carlson
It is often the small stuff that gets to us: not being able to find our keys when we’re leaving, being asked to finish just one more assignment before leaving for the day, the car breaking down on the way to a dinner date. But this is life, and Richard Carlson tells us exactly that in his book. All we need is to calm down a little and learn how to accept these little things as part of life. Focused entirely on reducing stress, this book offers easily implementable suggestions to slow down and help focus on the things that truly matter.
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life : Gary John Bishop
Aptly titled and in a similar vein as Richard Carlson’s book, this straightforward book tells readers how to get out of the negative mindset we have created in our heads. We tend to be the harshest on ourselves, learning to speak negatively to ourselves the most. This book aims to help put that perpetual negative voice in our heads to sleep and learn to be kinder and more positive towards ourselves.
Challenge the notion if you will, but motivational self-help books help us take a long, hard look at our lives as outsiders. We all need this perspective every so often to not only ensure we are getting things done but that we are doing them right. Use these books to give yourself that little push or to reevaluate entirely how you’ve been functioning so far, and you will find the motivation to get sh*t done!
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