You know, that sense of wonder, the goosebumps, the moment when your creativity seems to know no limits and you imagine yourself facing all of your challenges – and succeeding. You should have that feeling more often. Maybe you’re in between jobs and feeling a little stuck. Maybe your business has totally zapped your sense of purpose and drive. Either way, you’re in need of some inspiration. Now’s the perfect time, then, to dive into a book! Whether you’re looking to get more organized, need guidance on making a career change, or need a 101 guide on how to live the life you’ve always wanted — the perfect book is probably right at your fingertips. Sometimes a reminder that it’s OK to take a breath and reset from time to time isn’t such a bad idea. Seeking self-help, personal growth, or just a boost of motivation? These inspirational books will guide you to a better future—and a better you.  

1. Never Finished by David Goggins

This is not a self-help book. It’s a wake-up call! Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins’ smash hit memoir, demonstrated how much untapped ability we have, but was merely an introduction to the power of the mind. In Never Finished, Goggins takes you inside his Mental Lab, where he developed the philosophy, psychology, and strategies that enabled him to learn that what he thought was his limit was only his beginning and that the quest for greatness is unending. The stories and lessons in this raw, revealing, unflinching memoir, offer the reader a blueprint they can use to climb from the bottom of the barrel into a whole new stratosphere that once seemed unattainable. Whether you feel off-course in life, are looking to maximize your potential, or drain your soul to break through your so-called glass ceiling, this is the only book you will ever need.  

2. Power of One More by Ed Mylett

You’re one more intentional thought and action away from discovering your best life In The Power of One More, renowned keynote speaker and performance expert Ed Mylett draws on 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and coach to top athletes, entertainers, and business executives to reveal powerful strategies to help you live an extraordinary “one more” life. In The Power of One More, you’ll:
  • Learn why you’re closer to your dreams and goals than you think and why using The Power of One More strategies will help you cross the finish line in whatever race you’re running
  • Understand the psychology and science of how to use The Power of One More in every part of your life to help you solve problems and achieve levels of success you never thought possible
  • Discover time-tested and unique solutions to challenges that will remove the mental roadblocks you’ve been battling for years
Perfect for anyone who wants more bliss, wealth, or better relationships, The Power of One More is an indispensable roadmap to realizing and exceeding your personal and professional goals by tapping into the superpowers and gifts you already have inside you. Ed Mylett is a globally recognized entrepreneur, performance coach, and speaker. He got his start in the financial services industry, achieving incredible success that eventually earned him a spot on the Forbes 50 Wealthiest Under 50 List. Since then, he has spearheaded a range of ventures, spanning technology, real estate, health, food/nutrition, and more  

3. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits is the most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, break bad ones, and get 1 percent better every day. If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don’t want to change but because you have the wrong system for change. This is one of the core philosophies of Atomic Habits: You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. In this book, you’ll get a proven plan that can take you to new heights. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories about Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field. Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits—whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, and achieve success that lasts.  

4. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

The fastest way to change your life The 5 Second Rule is the secret to changing anything about your life. You can use the Rule and its countdown method to break any bad habit, interrupt self-doubt and negative self-talk, and push yourself to take the actions that will change your life. If you struggle with motivation… If you are tired of doubting yourself… If you know what you want but can’t make yourself go get it… You NEED The 5 Second Rule. The secret to changing your life isn’t knowing what to do–it’s knowing how to make yourself do it. It’s a simple tool, backed by research, and it has changed the lives of millions. It will work for you too. Using the science of habits, riveting stories, and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a five second decision. You’ll also meet and be inspired by hundreds of people around the world who are using the Rule to achieve their goals, reach their potential, and chase their dreams. Get The Motivation and Courage You Need To Change Your Life In the book, you’ll learn the inspiring and relatable story of how Mel invented the 5 Second Rule during the worst moment of her life when her anxiety and finances were so bad, she could barely get out of bed. Since creating the Rule, Mel has shared it with audiences around the world, the most respected brands, and people who want to make real and lasting change.  

5. Money Bitch – Nicholle Overkamp and Sarah Blankenship

Successful women want to know and understand their money but haven’t had a place to turn to in the past. This is not your father’s financial planning team. This book dives into how women want independence, security, honesty and integrity. They also want freedom from financial stress and anxiety. We’ve been there and done that. We became financial experts because of our own struggle with money.  Now, we’re on a mission to teach other women how to own their financial futures and make the power moves to build wealth and independence. With a mix of humor, the authors’ down-to-earth personalities and a little bit of tough love, Money Bitch – A no-BS guide for Smart Women Who Want to Own their Financial Future gives women a real life look at the emotional side of money. Readers are encouraged to seek financial knowledge and personal awareness so that they can push through the mindset blocks that have prevented them from creating the financial freedom that they have been yearning for. Through the stories in this book we open up about the factors that are unique to females in the financial world and how they can be overcome. We want to empower women to own their financial future and that means putting yourself first and taking care of your own money struggles so that you can reach your financial goals. Whether you are single, a mom, a happy couple, facing divorce or a widow, this book is for you if you are looking to build wealth, get out from under pesky debt and start feeling free. Reading books can be an incredibly powerful way to increase your motivation and focus on achieving success. Whether you’re looking for a career change, personal growth, or just want to stay motivated in life, these books are sure to provide the inspiration and guidance that you need. They will help you gain clarity of thought, learn from others’ experiences, understand how successful people think differently than those who aren’t as successful and push yourself further towards your goals. Not only are these reads gripping in a can’t-put-it-down-whoops-I-stayed-up-past-my-bedtime kind of way, but they will also totally prepare you to take the world by storm. Some of these picks will teach you about the lives of certain kickass professionals, and others will motivate you to get your life in order stat. Are you ready to have your life changed?!