10 Best Self-Help books every woman should read to feel motivated and inspired
Updated: Mar 7
I spoke to some of my favourite ladies in my life and it seems that 2021 left some of them a bit unmotivated and that the lockdown changed their mindsets. Everyone is struggling with low energy levels, lack of drive and zero patience, whether it is in their home or work environment things are just not sitting well. When you wake up in the morning, you want to feel excited about the prospect of a new day. The trouble is, for many people now it can often feel there’s not much to get excited about. Yes, it’s technically a new day when you consult the calendar, but, mentally, it feels like the same day you’ve been reliving since Covid-19 first struck (particularly if you’re working from home).
It feels like everyone’s on the hunt for one, elusive thing: motivation. “When someone feels disconnected between the things that matter to them, their innate passions and the things going on around them, that can cause a lack of motivation,” explains psychotherapist Anthony Turi. “There's a sense that you're just going through the motions, you're just doing things to fulfil what's needed out there, but it's not really connecting with what matters to you inside.”
Sound familiar? Thought so. But fear not, finding motivation in 2021 is not impossible.
I thought it would be worth a shot to try some of the self-help books to get you a bit motivated and going again. Whether you’re looking for a great book to motivate your next big life change, a book to inspire your creativity, a book to boost your attitude and/or self-confidence, you’ve come to the right place!
So…are you ready to cosy up on a weekend afternoon with an inspirational book to truly inspire your soul? Let’s go....📖
Here are the best ones that I recommend reading no matter how old you are:
Winning starts at your beginning. And your first hours are where the great heroes are made. Own your mornings and you’ll master your life.
Legendary leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma introduced The 5 AM Club concept over twenty years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity. Now, in this life-changing book, handcrafted by the author over a rigorous four year period, you will discover the early-rising habit that has helped so many accomplish epic results while upgrading their happiness, helpfulness and feelings of aliveness. Through an enchanting—and often amusing—story about two struggling strangers who meet an eccentric tycoon who becomes their secret mentor, The 5 AM Club will walk you through: ■ How great geniuses, business titans and the world’s wisest people start their mornings to produce astonishing achievements ■ A little-known formula you can use instantly to wake up early feeling inspired, focused and flooded with a fiery drive to get the most out of each day ■ A step-by-step method to protect the quietest hours of daybreak so you have time for exercise, self-renewal and personal growth ■ A neuroscience-based practice proven to help make it easy to rise while most people are sleeping, giving you precious time for yourself to think, express your creativity and begin the day peacefully instead of being rushed ■ “Insider-only” tactics to defend your gifts, talents and dreams against digital distraction and trivial diversions so you enjoy fortune, influence and a magnificent impact on the world
How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness
A beautifully designed book full of inspiring quotes and tried-and-tested wisdom on using positivity to create a life you love.
How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness? In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to: * practice self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing * cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation * change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life * manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques * overcome fear and flow with the Universe * find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others With this book, Vex will show you that when you change the way you think, feel, speak and act, you begin to change the world.
Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day
Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life.
When you think like a monk, you’ll understand: - How to overcome negativity - How to stop overthinking - Why comparison kills love - How to use your fear - Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it - How to learn from everyone you meet - Why you are not your thoughts - How to find your purpose - Why kindness is crucial to success - And much more... Shetty grew up in a family where you could become one of three things—a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. His family was convinced he had chosen option three: instead of attending his college graduation ceremony, he headed to India to become a monk, to meditate every day for four to eight hours, and devote his life to helping others. After three years, one of his teachers told him that he would have more impact on the world if he left the monk’s path to share his experience and wisdom with others. Heavily in debt, and with no recognizable skills on his résumé, he moved back home in north London with his parents. Shetty reconnected with old school friends—many working for some of the world’s largest corporations—who were experiencing tremendous stress, pressure, and unhappiness, and they invited Shetty to coach them on well-being, purpose, and mindfulness. Since then, Shetty has become one of the world’s most popular influencers. In 2017, he was named in the Forbes magazine 30-under-30 for being a game-changer in the world of media. In 2018, he had the #1 video on Facebook with over 360 million views. His social media following totals over 38 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos which have amassed more than 8 billion views, and his podcast, On Purpose, is consistently ranked the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk.
Creative Living Beyond Fear
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Gilbert offers insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy
The Good Girl's Guide to Being a D*ck
The Art of Saying What You Want and Getting the Life You Deserve
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Gilbert offers insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder
In a book inspired by her popular TED talk, New York Times bestselling author Reshma Saujani empowers women and girls to embrace imperfection and bravery.
Imagine if you lived without the fear of not being good enough. If you didn't care how your life looked on Instagram, or worry about what total strangers thought of you. Imagine if you could let go of the guilt, and stop beating yourself up for tiny mistakes. What if, in every decision you faced, you took the bolder path? Too many of us feel crushed under the weight of our own expectations. We run ourselves ragged trying to please everyone, all the time. We lose sleep ruminating about whether we may have offended someone, pass up opportunities that take us out of our comfort zones, and avoid rejection at all costs. There's a reason we act this way, Reshma says. As girls, we were taught to play it safe. Well-meaning parents and teachers praised us for being quiet and polite, urged us to be careful so we didn't get hurt, and steered us to activities at which we could shine. The problem is that perfect girls grow up to be women who are afraid to fail. It's time to stop letting our fears drown out our dreams and narrow our world, along with our chance at happiness. By choosing bravery over perfection, we can find the power to claim our voice, to leave behind what makes us unhappy, and go for the things we genuinely, passionately want. Perfection may set us on a path that feels safe, but bravery leads us to the one we're authentically meant to follow. In Brave, Not Perfect, Reshma shares powerful insights and practices to help us override our perfect girl training and make bravery a lifelong habit. By being brave, not perfect, we can all become the authors of our biggest, boldest, and most joyful life.
When bad things happen to good people, you don't need to be caught without a plan. Turns out, you can prepare for the unexpected. In Keep Calm and Carry the F*ck On, bestselling author Sarah Knight offers a practical, customizable game plan for taking all bumps on the road of life in stride, no matter how big, small, absurd, or deeply real. From accidents to job loss, breakups to deaths in the family, or even the disappointment that your local grocery store has stopped carrying your favorite ice cream, a toolbox full of customizable tips, stories, and advice is your best armor against the crazy world we live in. In a nerve-wracking era, it's harder than ever to keep yourself together, but Sarah shows you just how to handle everything life throws at you. Told with her trademark irreverence and warmth, Keep Calm and Carry the F*ck On is a call to action against paralysis and an emotional insurance policy for an uncertain future.
How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free Life
Life is weighing us down. Each day we add more possessions, more commitments, more worries, more stress to our lives. Striving for fulfillment, our closets become overstuffed, our calendars overscheduled, and our spirits overwhelmed. Instead of feeling happy, we just feel heavy. Lightly offers help. Whether you want to strip down your life to a backpack or free up some space in your closet, overhaul your schedule or gain back an hour in the evening, Lightly helps you identify what you treasure, while letting what’s unnecessary fall away. You will learn to lighten: Your Stuff: advice on how to declutter what’s weighing you down Your Spirit: release the worries and emotional baggage that can be just as burdensome as possessions Your Stress: reclaim your time and strive not to get more done, but to have less to do Your Step: reduce your consumption and make the planet as beautiful and clutter-free as your home Without a strict regimen, Lightly puts the power back in your hands to take control of your life.
The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions.
How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together comes more straight talk about how to stand up for who you are and what you really want, need, and deserve--showing when it's okay to be selfish, why it's pointless to be perfect, and how to be "difficult."
Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us struggle to live on other people's terms instead of our own. Rather than feeling large and in charge, we feel little and belittled. Sound familiar? Bestselling "anti-guru" Sarah Knight has three simple words for you: YOU DO YOU. It's time to start putting your happiness first--and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can't be done. And don't panic! You can do it without losing friends and alienating people. Knight delivers her trademark no-bullsh*t advice about: The Tyranny of "Just Because" The social contract and how to amend it Turning "flaws" into strengths--aka "mental redecorating" Why it's not your job to be nice Letting your freak flag fly How to take risks, silence the doubters, and prove the haters wrong.
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