There are books that serve as special sources of motivation for anyone to achieve their dream or to discover the vision they are designed to achieve on earth. Here is a list of top 12 motivational books that can revive the spirit of creativity and doggedness in you to even achieve beyond your imaginations. Any of these books can make you refuse to settle for average life and aim high with a determination to get to the top.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
For those who want to improve their life with as little effort as possible, this is one book that will do that job with ease. Just take some tips from James Clear, whose international bestseller Atomic Habits reveals how making tiny everyday tweaks can create massive change. One of the most searched for and best inspirational books around, this is a great read to kick off your year.
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
Anyone who is wants to create more meaningful connections should just flick through the latest of bestselling author Brené Brown’s many inspirational books. The renowned vulnerability and shame researcher delves into the very human – sometimes very sticky – emotions that define and unite us, and begins to demystify the language of connection, bringing us one step closer to one another.
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
There’s a reason Brené Brown’s books are bestsellers. In Dare to Lead, decades of research have been distilled into another marvellous motivational book, in which she shares ideas around what it takes to be a truly great leader. From staying curious and never hoarding power, to learning how to lean into vulnerability, this read can help you achieve connection in the workplace.
Ikigai by Hector Garcia & Francesca Miralles
On the Japanese island of Okinawa, you’ll find the world’s longest-living people. The secret to their longevity? They say it’s a concept known as ‘ikigai’ – a life purpose, a raison d’être. Having a reason to get up and go in the morning is the key to living a more fulfilled existence, they believe – and in this, one of the gentler inspirational books on the market, the authors help you uncover your own ‘ikigai’ for a more passionate, purposeful life.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
If you love stories of tragedy to triumph, it doesn’t get much better than this. Once depressed, overweight and seemingly with no future, David Goggins used what he now calls ‘The 40% Rule’ to escape his poverty-stricken, underprivileged upbringing, master his mind and become one of the world’s top endurance athletes. Flick through the pages of one of the best motivational books around to learn his method – and maybe even change your life.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is undoubtedly one of the best motivational texts you’ll ever come across. Some of the very best inspirational books don’t fall into the ‘self-help’ category at all and Coelho’s The Alchemist is one such work. On the surface, it’s the sweet tale of a young shepherd going out into the world to find treasure – but the beautifully interwoven messages about following dreams, listening to the heart’s desires, and paying attention to the universe’s often subtle signs are what have made this a modern-day inspirational classic.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Who better to pen self-motivational books on creativity than those who are thriving in the space? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the wildly successful novel Eat, Pray, Love, spills her secrets to accessing the creative magic we all have within – and, surprisingly, it’s not as hard as you may think! Dive deep to learn her tips and tricks to write your own bestseller, or simply find more joy in the everyday.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This is for those who are in serious need for a confidence boost with a side of belly laughs. You Are a Badass is the non-self-help motivational book you need in your life! Written in a fun, light-hearted (and occasionally expletive-laden) way, this book teaches you how to put a new mindset in place so you can do away with limiting beliefs and cultivate a life you love.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
“Who were you before the world told you who to be?” This question is at the very heart of Glennon Doyle’s memoir-turned-life-guide. Hands-down one of the best inspiring books you’ll lay your eyes on this year, it’s a must for anyone in need of liberation from the world’s expectations and lessons in listening to and trusting your soul’s calling.
Make Your Bed by William H McRaven
Here’s one of the best motivational books written in easy to understand language. They say small things can lead to the biggest change and author William H McRaven believes it’s true after watching it work in his own life. He shares the 10 principles that got him through not only his hardcore Navy Seal training but also various tough times throughout his life, and reveals how you, too, can use these simple ideas to turn your own life around. Get the electronic or hard copy and read then see what happens in your life.
These books will lighten up your spirit and energize the creativity in you to achieve even beyond your own imaginations. You can pick up any of these books and read to get the motivation you need to achieve greater heights.