Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.~ Joseph Addison
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.Mortimer J. Adler
In order to do that, you’re going to need some self-help motivation books. Books are to the mind what fruits and vegetables are to our bodies, provided we select the right books.Would you like to turbocharge your success? Study top motivational books!
I thought I would share some of the books that have had the biggest impact on me. I thought I would share my 5 top motivational books, and then I will add a wish list of 5 more books I hope to read in the near future.
If I had no other book to read, I would choose the Bible. The Bible, I believe, is God-inspired and authoritative direction for my life. It has the greatest answers to my life, and it is the rule for faith and practice in my life. I’ve read many versions of the Bible, but most recently I have truly enjoyed reading the New Living Translation. I recommend the NLT Study Bible (Bible Nlt).
If you would like to look up any Bible Passage, you can go to Bible Gateway.
If you enjoy listening not reading, I would recommend the Daily Audio Bible. (free: it’s a podcast and an app)
And for a portable reading of the Bible, complete with reading plans and many different versions, I recommend YouVersion (free app).
Brian Tracy’s writings on achievement and personal success kick-started my journey of personal self growth and development. Mr. Tracy sold me through his bio and life experiences. Once I read all that he has accomplished, I knew I wanted to learn what he had to teach.
Prior to founding his company, Brian Tracy International, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of a $265 million dollar development company. He has had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development and syndication, importation, distribution and management consulting. He has conducted high level consulting assignments with several billion-dollar plus corporations in strategic planning and organizational development.
In this book, Anthony Robbins was very effective in breaking down some of the leading insights from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) into easily understandable ways to increase performance effectiveness. From asking the right questions, to planning a compelling future, to changing your limiting beliefs, you’ll want to add this to your library of top motivational books.
This book has been my favorite resource to look back and assess the past year, while preparing to put together a balanced personal growth plan for the upcoming year. This year I plan to use this book along with the fitness program, P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Program – 13 DVDs, Nutrition Guide, Exercise Planner to get a head start on the new year.
The next two books are my favorites for planning your life mission and purpose.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life, by Laurie Beth Jones.
For career planning you must clarifying your passions, interests, and abilities, and who/what you want to work with, and the type of environment you want to work in. Therefore, Richard Bolles’ classic book is a MUST! I’ve gone through this book at least three times during my career span, and it’s been very helpful for me in identifying my career niche.
You’ll also be interested in checking out his other book, How To Find Your Mission In Life.
Any successful journey has obstacles, setbacks, disappointment, and failure. It’s vital to arm yourself with a healthy perspective on failure and resilience if you want to cross the finish line strong. Dr. Maxwell provides an exhaustive resource on how to turn your setbacks into stepping-stones to success.
It’s been a while since I read through this book, but what I like most about it is that it encourages mindfulness in day-to-day living. Ms. Cameron’s premise is that, when we are spending time in self-reflection, we will live true to our values and purpose. Using her supplemental workbook,The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal, is a great way to incorporate this practice into your everyday life.
Christian Spiritual Growth and Development
Finally, living out my faith is very important to me. I have a long way to go, but the following two resources have been very valuable to me in living out my Christian faith.
For a philosophical rationale behind Christian living, I have loved reading Dr. Dallas Willard’s book, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives.
Dr. Richard Foster has done a great job of bridging theory with practice, in his classic book, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.
So there you have it, my top 11 books of all time. There are more, I am sure, that I have left out some other classics.
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I wonder, what are your top motivational books of all time?
Which authors have helped shape your life philosophy and outcomes?
Please comment below!