8 Motivational Books to Help You Start Fresh in the New Year
While the time in between Thanksgiving and the New Year may be filled with holiday cheer and celebrations, it can also prove difficult to stay motivated when it comes to work, health goals, and personal aspirations during these weeks. Biting winter weather can keep you cooped up inside, and extended time with family can end up causing more stress than comfort. So how can you stay motivated and spring into the New Year with a greater sense of purpose than the year before?
One place to start is with a good read. Let the art of the written word be your compass as you near the end of another year and prepare for what’s to come. Whether you’re in need of a little extra confidence, a bit of mentoring, or a reminder of your creative abilities, there’s a book to help you out along the way. Define the next chapter of your life with these motivational books that topped Amazon’s motivational self-help best seller list.
When You Need a Pep Talk…
The Book: Let world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero motivate you with a dazzling combination of humor, advice, and actionable steps in her book You Are a Badass. Learn how to change your mind and behaviors to create the life you want right now. Put self-doubt and uncertainty in the past and give this New York Times best seller a read.
The Reviews: “This book is life changing and empowering. Looking forward to reading it again and again to remind myself of what a Badass I am,” writes Elizabeth Fortin.
When You Need to Refocus…
The Book: For some no-nonsense advice that gets straight to the point, read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by blogger Mark Manson. In this book, you’ll find that trying to stay positive all the time may not be the answer to life’s problems after all. According to Manson, letting go of this notion is the key to being happy, and he has the academic research and life experience to prove it.
The Reviews: “Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** employs a witty use of profanity laced with satirical comedy that’s bursting with philosophical wisdom. … He reminds us that life is too short to react so passionately about every little thing,” Amanda Henry writes.
When You Need a Mentor…
The Book: Why have one mentor when you could have 100? In Tim Ferriss’ motivational book Tribe of Mentors, you’ll find life advice from over 100 people varying from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, TED curator Chris Anderson, and country musician Tim McGraw. Learn the secrets to happiness and success from people who have found these coveted qualities throughout their scattered life paths.
The Reviews: “This is one of those books that I will continue to read for the rest of my life. I know that no matter what I am going through or what new goals I hope to accomplish, that this book will be there for me,” says Brandon Fong.
When You Need a Lesson in Intentionality…
The Book: If you feel overwhelmed by the demands of your day-to-day life, A Simplified Life may contain the advice you need. Written by mom, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Emily Ley, this book provides realistic strategies for permanently decluttering, prioritizing, and living with intention. It covers everything from home and cooking to finances and parenting.
The Reviews: “It is like a handbook of turning your life from mass chaos to peace and being able to enjoy all that is beautiful about life,” writes one Amazon user.
When You Need Confidence…
The Book: According to Mel Robbins and her book The 5 Second Rule, it takes just five seconds to gain confidence, break through self-doubt, and feel happier. It all has to do with something Robbins calls the “push moment” and learning exactly how to push yourself and find courage every day.
The Reviews: “The 5 Second Rule has helped me stay on tasks, get going in the morning, find my mind when it feels gone, and focus on my business. Best of all—happiness and hope are a big part of my life again! The 5 Second Rule has helped me feel alive when I needed it,” writes Tim Bivins.
When You Need to Simplify…
The Book: In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo provides detailed advice on how you can simplify and organize your entire home for lasting results. Her categorical cleaning method is so popular that there is a three-month waiting list. If you don’t have time to wait for an in-person consultation with Kondo, her book is the next best thing.
The Reviews: “It’s a breath of fresh air and positive energy that brings real joy to the process of ‘tidying up,’” an Amazon user writes.
When You Need a Creative Outlet…
The Book: If you’re looking for a place to put your creative energy, pick up a copy of Meera Lee Patel’s Start Where You Are. It’s an interactive journal that allows you to cultivate your own creativity and mindfulness by encouraging you to understand yourself and your dreams. In between inspirational quotes are prompts and exercises for you to complete. It’s perfect for anyone looking to reflect and reconnect with who they are.
The Reviews: “The art in it is beautiful, and what I have done so far has really opened up my mind and helped me kind of learn more things about myself that I haven’t put much thought into in the past,” writes Bianca Paris.
When You Need a New Routine…
The Book: Even if you don’t consider yourself an early riser, you’ll want to give The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod a read. Based on the belief that you can transform your life every morning, this book offers a daily morning ritual to help you achieve your goals and gain energy through a simple daily practice. You may just find yourself wanting to wake up earlier every day.
The Reviews: “I adore this book and the ideas it has gotten me to incorporate into my life. A few weeks ago I was exhausted in tears thinking I didn’t have ‘me’ time. What time alone I had at the end of the day I just wasted watching TV. Now I’m centered and rich with ‘me’ time, thanks to TMM,” writes Lindsey Stephenson.