A compilation of the top books on making a change
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM
Authors: Hal Elrod,
If someone tells you that when you wake up tomorrow your life will miraculously be better, what would change? Your work pattern? Your relationships? Or your bank balance? Hal Elrod reveals a 6-minute secret that can change every aspect of your life for the better. This simple morning practice is going to give you the life you’ve always wanted.
Who Moved My Cheese?
Authors: Spencer Johnson,Kenneth H. Blanchard
Cheese is what makes life sweeter — marriage, job, wealth, for example. The maze is where the cheese is found. In a story-like style, Spencer Johnson shares the story of four mice who live in a maze and are constantly looking for their cheese, and how they react to obstacles and changes along the way. What they learn by the end of their race is simple, but it will change your life.
Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Authors: Timothy Ferriss,
An urgency to discover his own purpose in life made Tim Ferriss consult some of the world’s greatest performers. What he learned from them changed his life forever. Now he shares those lessons with you so you can changes yours too. Unleash a clarity and sense of purpose like never before, develop mindfulness and learn more than 50 morning routines.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Authors: Timothy Ferriss,Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tools of Titans is unlike any other book. Its pages only contain tried-and-tested tactics and habits of some of the world’s biggest personalities from all fields. Based on his popular podcast, the author reveals the morning habits, favourite books, workout routines and other insights into the success habits followed by Titans.
Principles: Life and Work
Authors: Ray Dalio,Jeremy Bobb
Ray Dalio started as a boy from a middle-class family in Long Island and went on to become one of the 100 most influential people of the Time magazine. He believes everything in life, from management to economics, follows principles than can be learned and mastered. In Principles, he teaches you the art of innovation, team-building and effective decision-making.
What to Say When You Talk to Your Self
Authors: Shad Helmstetter,
You’re always talking to yourself, sometimes even without realizing that you are. But this self-talk is often negative and crippling. It is the reason why you aren’t where you are destined to be in life. Shad Helmstetter puts an end to this and gives you five life-changing levels of self-talk so that you can reclaim your life from the shackles of negativity.
Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts — Becoming the Person You Want to Be
Authors: Marshall Goldsmith,
Triggers will help you identify the environmental factors that cause you to lose control over your reactions, and then show you how you can control these reactions. When you’ve mastered this, you’ll find that change isn’t as hard as you thought it was. It is a comprehensive and effective book that teaches its reader self-control and the power of effort.
Eat, Pray, Love
Authors: Elizabeth Gilbert,
Despite having everything a woman could want, Elizabeth Gilbert experienced a void in her life. It made her realise that happiness doesn’t depend on what society says it does. This book is about her journey around the world in search of the real meaning of happiness and of life.
Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions
Authors: Gary Klein,
Conventional decision-making strategies ignore skill and experience. So for years, Gary Klein studied firefighters, pilots, and chess masters to conclude how they make decisions, especially when it is hardest to do so. In Sources of Power, Klein teaches us to make better decisions and to identify the strengths we possess that can facilitate even the most difficult tasks.
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World
Authors: William H. McRaven,
Extracted straight from the memoir of a military officer, Make Your Bed is a simple but phenomenal book that will help you get past any hurdle in life. Based on the core content of his speech that gained over 10 million views on YouTube, Admiral McRaven delves deeper into the 10 principles that prepared him to change the world.
This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True
Authors: M.J. Ryan,
Change is something everyone yearns for at various moments in life. It could be to lose weight, save more money or to become a better parent. M. J. Ryan’s advice is for when that desired change doesn’t last and your old habits kick in. She shows you how you can make any change truly last a lifetime.
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
Authors: Chip Heath,Dan Heath
The decisions we make are often affected by our biases, confidence, and emotions. The brain is an extraordinary organ but when presented with an opportunity to make a decision, it becomes pretty useless on its own. In Decisive, the Heath brothers use extensive research and answer the questions that plague our mind during the burdensome task of decision-making.
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts
Authors: Annie Duke,
Annie Duke shows you a smarter approach to decision-making, where you analyze the odds of your decision failing and prepare for failure as well. Not only will this guarantee success in the long run, it will also boost your confidence and help you remain calm even when circumstances change completely.
The Slight Edge
Authors: Jeff Olson,
Unlike other self-help books that give you strategies you must learn, The Slight Edge is a book that helps you achieve the results you want with what you are equipped with already. Olson influences your mindset so you can start working on making your dream a reality, by small changes to your daily activities and using only what you already have within you.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Authors: Charles Duhigg,
Whether it’s to increase your productivity or to lose weight, you only achieve your goal when you make a habit out of it. Award-winning reporter, Charles Duhigg illustrates the science behind habit formation and provides stories from the boardroom of Procter & Gamble to civil rights moments. Discover how habits are formed, how they can be changed and how to use this to reach your potential.
High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way
Authors: Brendon Burchard,
Based on extensive research conducted on high-performance individuals, Brendon Burchard gives you the 6 habits that have proven to be the cause of long-term success. These 6 habits, along with Burchard’s expert advice and exercise, will improve the quality of your life and help you achieve high performance in everything that you do.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Authors: Susan Jeffers,
Often, fear stops you from pushing forward in life. Dr. Susan Jeffers offers some practical advice on how you can combat your fears and guides you to self-empowerment. To do this, she helps you understand the causes of your fear and assists you in effective decision-making. As a result, you will enjoy a carefree, liberated and happy life.
Change: What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation
Authors: Jeffrey A. Kottler,
Jeffrey Kottler gives you the most comprehensive guide to change. He infuses religion, psychology, and even your body’s biology to make you put an end to all the negative habits in your life. Learn how to cope with failure, stress, anxiety and even physical disability and make your life one worth living.
Authors: Danny Wallace,
It all started when a stranger on the bus advised Danny to “say yes more”. Ever since, Danny decided to say yes to every opportunity and hurdle in his life. His new habit took him from a vacation in foreign waters with new people, and brought him all the way up the altar for marriage. His story opens your eyes to the magic in life, that is just waiting for your approval to appear.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Authors: Chip Heath,Dan Heath
Your rational mind wants to go to the gym. Your emotional mind wants to sleep longer. This conflict is the reason why most people struggle to make desired changes in their lives. Switch provides a pattern you can use that will assist you in making that change. It starts by uniting the rational and the emotional.
Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward
Authors: Henry Cloud,
Some decisions are hard to make. But they are essential for growth — personal and professional. Henry Cloud aids you in making those life-changing decisions, to correct what is wrong in your life and to move on. Necessary Endings will clear the way of hurdles and prepare you for the success that awaits you.
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
Authors: Robert Maurer,
Two thousand years ago, Tao Te Ching said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Robert Maurer shows you why this is true by guiding you towards making big changes in your life. He does that by focusing on the small things that you don’t even pay attention to. This book will combat fear and make your dreams come true.
59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
Authors: Richard Wiseman,
Conventional methods of changing don’t really work. That’s why Robert Wiseman came up with a strategy that can show immediate results in your life — from your job to your parent-child relationship and your self-esteem issues. Wiseman gives the answers to the questions that plague your mind every day and gives you a faster route to success.
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
Authors: Lysa TerKeurst,
Lysa TerKeurst gives you some easy ways of saying no to certain people and situations and of developing a biblical understanding of love. The Best Yes gifts you with a wisdom that will change the way you make decisions from now on and remove the repercussions of hard choices from your life.
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
Authors: Lysa TerKeurst,
If you are looking for a way to control your emotions rather than having your emotions control you, your quest is complete. Unglued shows you how you can fix the problems that occur in your close relationships, communicate your thoughts and feelings better and develop a habit of being calm even when you are made to face the worst.
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Authors: Richard H. Thaler,Cass R. Sunstein
From what to eat to how to spend our money, almost every situation in life requires making a choice. In Nudge, the authors use years of research into human behavior to illustrate how these choices are made and how they can be improved. Their findings will change the way you make decisions whether it is for yourself or the entire society.
Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
Authors: Tom Rath,
His silent battle with a severe illness gave way for Rath to contemplate on three of life’s most important actions – eating, moving and sleeping. Based on thorough research, Eat Move Sleep will make you consume better food, move about more frequently and maintain a healthier sleep schedule.
No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline
Authors: Brian Tracy,
Tracy’s insights will prove to you that luck and talent are secondary, and why it is self-discipline that really guarantees success in people’s lives. No Excuses! is a book that will stop you from envying those who reached the top, by making you work just as hard to do the same – without making any excuses!
The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
Authors: Darren Hardy,
Success isn’t a product of luck or magic. Rather, it’s the product of small day-to-day decisions that we don’t give much thought to. Based on this principle, The Compound Effect gives you a complete guideline on how you can speed up your journey to success, assess your performance on the way and make any dream your reality by compounding the impact of small actions.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Authors: Stephen R. Covey,
Stephen Covey’s 7 life-changing habits along with his advice, insight and amusing real-life stories guarantee success in your life. Covey argues that integrity, service and human dignity are what creates better opportunities in your life. His holistic guidelines will give you control over your life, your time and even your personal relationships.
Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success
Authors: John C. Maxwell,
In the midst of regretting what could have been done yesterday and overestimating what should be done tomorrow, most people lose the most valuable day of their life — today. Maxwell gives you 12 disciplines, or what he calls “the daily dozen”, that will help you make the most of today. Inevitably, success is the result of it.
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Authors: Robert A. Glover,
Being the nice guy is good. But after a point, neglecting your own needs to please everyone around you will lead to an unhappy life. Dr. Glover reveals the truth behind the “Nice Guy Syndrome”. He claims it will result in unexpected bursts of rage, an unsatisfying sex-life, an inability to express emotions, and very unhealthy relationships.
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
Authors: Marshall Goldsmith,Mark Reiter
If you want to discover the hidden habit that is stopping you from achieving more, this book has the answer. Expert trainer Marshall Goldsmith shares some of the core beliefs of successful people along with the most common behavioral problems that tie us down. He also gives you a carefully outlined set of guidelines that will help you change your behavior for the better.
Authors: Matthew Kelly,
Sometimes in life, you experience resistance. You procrastinate, ignore your dreams and choose the easy way out, despite knowing that what you have given up will grant you happiness. These experiences are normal, but that doesn’t make them valid. Matthew Kelly shows you how to navigate through them and open the doors of happiness in your life.
Year of Yes
Authors: Shonda Rhimes,
Shonda Rhimes is the mother of three and the producer of three groundbreaking TV shows (including Grey’s Anatomy!). Year of Yes is the story of how she overcame anxiety, forced herself to go out and explore the world despite being an introvert, how she accepted all of life’s challenges and fell in love with her authentic self.
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
Authors: Joe Dispenza,
Dr. Joe Dispenza shows you how you can change those habits you thought you would take with you to the grave. He puts together his knowledge about neuroscience, biology and quantum physics to reveal some mind-blowing techniques that will help you change yourself and design a life of your own choice.
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
Authors: Melody Beattie,
If you keep losing track of your own life because you are too busy tending to other people’s problems, you may have codependency issues. You are also the person Melody Beattie is addressing in this profound book. She shows you how you can shed that trait and liberate and heal yourself.
Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes – But Some Do
Authors: Matthew Syed,
In the United States, every year over 400,000 deaths are caused by avoidable medical errors. That should prove how frequently even the most professional people make errors. Matthew Syed shows that while mistakes are inevitable, it is possible to avoid them repeating. This book will help show you how.
Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck
Authors: Jon Acuff,
According to Jon Acuff, you haven’t spent enough of your time perfecting your skills at work. So in this book, he shows you how you can master these skills. The book shows you how it is ok to do things over, when it helps improve your skills and your success rates.
Changes That Heal: The Four Shifts That Make Everything Better And That Anyone Can Do
Authors: Henry Cloud,
Dr. Cloud will introduce you to four guaranteed healing strategies. Bond with each other, develop an identity of your own, filter out the bad in your own life and in the lives that you touch, and finally, become an adult. Once you’ve mastered these habits, your life is sure to change. Then you will realize why you’ve been feeling stagnant all along.
Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success
Authors: Kerry Patterson,Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Most people will tell you it’s because of a lack of willpower that you find it hard to stick with your resolutions. But if that’s all it takes, then why do people with the best intentions still struggle to make progress with their initiatives? This book holds the answers to these questions and the most realistic keys to transforming your life.
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work
Authors: Marilee G. Adams,
The first step to growth is to ask questions. These questions will portray your intelligence, your understanding, and your objectives. But how do you know which questions will have this desired impact? This is what Marilee G. Adams teaches you in this book. You will discover a whole new potential in your life, and it starts by asking all the right questions.
Change Your Life In Seven Days
Authors: Paul McKenna,
What is your definition of success? Is it to have a lot of wealth? Or to be happy no matter what? Or is it a life where your passion is also your livelihood? Paul McKenna shows you how you can achieve ALL of this by changing your behavior in no more than seven days.
May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
Authors: Gabrielle Bernstein,
Gabrielle Bernstein promises to give you a miraculous transformation in your life within 40 days. These miracles can occur in your personal life such as in relationships, your dietary habits, and your self-esteem, or even in your workplace. You will learn to release all the negative energy that has been tying you down so that you can rise with happiness, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives
Authors: Brian L. Weiss,
Dr. Weiss was astounded when he encountered a patient who had managed to breach the gap between her present life and her previous one. He discovered that this was the cause of her panic and anxiety and introduced a groundbreaking therapy called “past-life therapy.” In this book, he delves deep into this concept.
Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits
Authors: Wayne W. Dyer,
Excuses are endless. If it isn’t being too old or too young, it’s about family drama or lack of money to live the life of your dreams. In this book, Dr. Dyer uncovers all the causes for these excuses and guides you towards the best part of your life. His advice will take you closer to the life of your dreams.
The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level
Authors: Gay Hendricks,
Gay Hendricks has figured out life. He is successful both in his work and personal life. He has wealth, a happy marriage and a deep, spiritual understanding of his inner calling. In this book, he shares with you the secrets he has discovered during his journey. You will learn to face anything in life with courage and wisdom.
Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions
Authors: John S. Hammond,Howard Raiffa, Ralph L. Keeney
Making decisions is one of the most challenging tasks in life. Whether it is the purchase of a new vehicle or a change of career, John S. Hammond shows you how you can make wise choices. His strategies will make every moment of your life more fulfilling and less regretful. He gives you a way to remain firm even in the face of the unknown.
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
Authors: Kelly McGonigal,
You’re always asked to strengthen your willpower. However, what is willpower? Kelly McGonigal answers this question, but she doesn’t stop there. With compelling insights, she shows you how you can master your willpower and learn to fulfil all of your goals, such as having a better body, better health, and even better career performance.
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits – to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
Authors: Gretchen Rubin,
Ever wondered why it’s so hard to build a habit, even if it is something you love to do? Gretchen Rubin provides the most practical solutions to your daily habit-building challenges. She shows you how you can build a habit and make it last. You’ll also learn how you can encourage someone else to do the same.
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
Authors: Pema Chodron,
According to Pema Chodron, everyone possesses intelligence, warmth, and openness. In this book, she shows you how you can uncover these hidden traits. Once you’ve done so, you will find an easy way to deal with issues such as anger, hatred, and addiction. In essence, this book will transform your life in every way possible.
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results (Mini Habits, #1)
Authors: Stephen Guise,
If you’re tired of failing, and you’re drowning in self-criticism, Stephen Guise’s book might save you. He was just like you until he developed a new strategy for change. After that, all he experienced in life was growth. His workout pattern, his reading habits, and even his career transformed completely — and it all started with one mini habit.
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Authors: J.K. Rowling,Joel Holland
Your favourite author, J.K. Rowling, gives you more reasons to love her in this book. Drawing from her very own experiences in life, she shows you how failure can redirect you towards the success that awaits you. The creator of Harry Potter reveals the power of imagination and how it can transform the world one person at a time.
The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers: Grow Yourself FIRST to Grow Your Business FAST (The Miracle Morning Book Series)
Authors: Hal Elrod,Pat Petrini, Honoree Corder, Ray Higdon
If you want to change your life, you have to start by changing each day. If you’re going to change your day, you have to start by changing your morning routine. This book shows you how you can change your morning, your day, and gradually, your whole life. It is a treasure all working people, especially network marketers, ought to hold on to.
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