5 Books To Motivate Lasting Change

Change is a perpetual presence in our lives. Whether the shift is in or out of our control, whether it’s big or small, transformations shakes up a brew of feelings like fear, anxiety, excitement, and anticipation. To put it simply, change is generally not easy. A little assistance and support can go a long when when we’re on the journey to transform ourselves or an area of our life. Books have long been used as a source of inspiration and motivation, and there are plenty that tackle the subjects of ambition and change. If you’re feeling resistant or stuck in your quest for change, pick up one of these books to help embolden you to keep moving forward.

  1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business; Charles Duhigg Published in 2012 by Pulitzer-prize winning author Charles Duhigg, this New York Times Bestseller book helps us understand why habits are at the core of our actions, how to change them and how it will impact our life. Duhig explains that not all habits are created equally, but willpower is one of the most important, so it’s worth spending extra time to cultivate it. With the winning combination of scientific research and compelling stories demonstrating powerful change, this book is a go-to for anyone who wants to make or break a habit for good.

  2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F#ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life; Mark Manson Do you cringe at the thought of a ‘self-help’ labeled book? If so, pick up Manson’s cleverly disguised title that provides unfiltered, raw truths about the pitfalls of seeking happiness, always trying to be positive and constantly running from problems. Instead, Manson advises to focus on finding what’s truly important and letting go of everything else. Refreshingly honest albeit sometimes crude and vulgar, the book’s core message is that the key to a good life is not caring about more, it’s caring about less. The goal is to care about only what is true and important. Read this book and find out what’s most important to you.

  3. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life; Jen Sincero “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.” Get I get an Amen?! Organized into 27 bite-sized chapters, Sincero’s blunt sense of humor shines through inspiring stories and her no-nonse advice. This book challenges you to become more self aware, more bold in going for what you want, and more unapologetic to anyone who doesn’t support or believe in your dreams. If you’re ready to make a big change in your life, this book serves as a great resource, cheerleader, and motivator.

  4. Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin The author of New York Times bestsellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles the big question of ‘how do we change?’ in this book. In researching for this book, Rubin quickly realized there is no one-size fits all strategy for developing good habits and eliminating bad ones. She developed the habit tendency framework and a quiz that helps readers identify their tendencies based on how they respond to inner and outer expectations. Whether your quiz results show you’re an upholder, rebel, questioner or obliger, Rubin has practical advice and strategies on how to build healthier and happier ways of living that last. Informative, easy to read and great for anyone wanting to make a change for the better.

  5. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing; Marie Kondō If you haven’t heard about this book, you must be lost in a sea of clutter in your home. That’s all the more reason to pick up this book. Japanese organizational consultant and author Marie Kondo shares her personally developed KonMari Method, which consists of gathering everything one owns by category and keeping only those things that spark joy. This book encourages you to analyze your relationship with things (clothes, books, furniture, etc) and focuses on tidying up as an act of “restoring balance between people, their possessions and the house they live in.” Looking for a more calm, peaceful and spacious home environment? Commit to the KonMari method and watch the magic unfold!