We’ve all been there. We start on a path of second-guessing ourselves that leads us to the self-help section of Barnes & Noble. It can sometimes feel embarrassing to be seen there, but you do it anyway. This book will change my life, you think. But a few months later, there you are again, back at the register with another uplifting title.
We found some self-help books that can actually help you make a change in your mindset and get on the right track to living a life you’re proud of. (Some of them can even make you laugh.)
“The Hero” by Rhonda Byrne
“Whatever circumstances you were born into, whatever family life and education you had or didn’t have, you came here to make your dreams come true, and no matter where you are now, you are fully equipped with everything you need to do it!” -Rhonda Byrne
If you need a jolt of inspiration, pick up this book. It’s written by the same woman who penned “The Secret,” which is about visualizing the life you want to live and receiving it from the Universe. “The Hero” is full of success stories from people all over the world, and each page offers a glimpse at a life that could be if enough effort is put into achieving it. This book is aimed toward helping people find their passion, so if you’re in need of direction, Byrne’s words make a perfect compass.
“Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Patience…is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
No matter where you read this, it makes you feel like you’re on a beach somewhere. It’s a short and sweet staple of any self-help section, as it offers the author’s wise reflections on life, love and happiness. Each chapter contains a unique, beautifully written sea metaphor, which makes it even more relaxing to read. It’s also written in more of a novel-style, avoiding the typical self-help language that can be overdone at times.
“You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero
“You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.” -Jen Sincero
This book is both funny and extremely insightful. In its 243 pages, Sincero packs hundreds of straightforward ways to take control of your life and stop feeling guilty about it. It feels like it has an answer for any problem a person is dealing with, and it tells you exactly how to start living the life you’ve dreamed of. The biggest takeaway from this book is if you don’t want to change badly enough, things will stay the same.
“The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz
“Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally…Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.” -Don Miguel Ruiz
I like this book because it’s simple and to the point. It outlines four “agreements,” or pledges to yourself, to follow in order to improve your life. The four agreements are: be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; and always do your best. Although these are straightforward, they are pretty hard to put to action. It really makes you reevaluate the way you live your life.