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20+ Amazing self-help books that will improve your life

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Over the last couple of years, I have really been reading a lot and one of the types of books I enjoy reading are self-help books. I have read a lot of them in all different areas of self-improvement. From financial help, marriage help, business and organizational help and more. Since I have found so many of these books to have made an improvement to my life I wanted to share some of the amazing self-help books that will improve your life. 

I hope that you will check out a couple of these amazing self-help books . I think too often people are hesitant to read self-help books but they are wonderful.

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We can’t possibly know everything or know all the answers. Reading books about areas of our lives we want to improve gives us information and advice we may not have. 

By the way, I love  using GoodReads to track my reading. You all were right! It is really motivational to see my progress! You can check out what I’ve read lately on goodreads. 

15 amazing self-help books that will improve your life

1.Love your life not theirs by Rachel Cruze 

This was such a helpful book on learning good money habits. Rachel Cruze is Dave Ramsey’s daughter and she has grown up learning about money and watching her dad work. As a wife and mother, she has had to learn some good money habits on her own. 

2.Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist 

After finding herself overwhelmed by the business and sick of the way she was feeling by living this busy and overburdened life. This book is about simplifying and making life happy by doing less and focusing on being present in the life you have and not striving for perfection. 

3.Essentialism by Greg McKeown 

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by [McKeown, Greg]

This book was recommended by so many bloggers and entrepreneurs that it was a must-read for me and a book you should really check out as well. It’s all about learning to focus on what is essential and really important in life and not all the excess busy tasks of life. 

4.You are a Badass by Jen Sincero 

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by [Sincero, Jen]

This was one of the best books I read in 2016 and I plan to read it again this year. It was so inspiring and I ended up highlighting so many great things and pieces of wisdom from this book. The full title of this book is You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. That is exactly what this book did. It gave me so many ideas on how to start living an awesome life. Out of all the amazing self-help books that I’ve read that will improve your life this one is my favorite. 

5.The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes 

Lewis Howes runs a successful podcast and is a business coach and speaker. After an injury ended his football career he was lost and had to start over. So he started reaching out to successful people to learn tips on making a successful life outside of sports. What he learned he began to teach others. This book will teach you so much. 

6.Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin 

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by [Rubin, Gretchen]

This book by the great Gretchen Rubin is all about how to create habits and learn to stick with them. Our lives are made good or bad by the habits we have and this book teaches you all about the magic of habit making and keeping. I’m a huge fan of Gretchen and have read and loved all three of her books. 

7.The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks 

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by [Hendricks PhD, Gay]

Check out this book is about learning how to deal with your fear. Fear can really hold you back from achieving your goals and being successful. So this book will help you learn how to deal with it and break down your walls to success. 

8.The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by [Kondo, Marie]

This book will help you if clutter and disorganization are a problem in your life. You will learn from Marie how to finally combat the clutter issues you have. So that you can live a more peaceful and orderly life. To go along with the books you can also follow along with many people who have gone through this technique. Just search for it on Pinterest or Google. 

9.The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg 

Another amazing book about why habits matter and how to make them work and how to make good habits a regular part of your life. In this book, it is shown all the areas of your life where good habits can make you more successful From improving your business, relationships, your health and more. 

10.The War of Art by Steven Pressfield  

The War of Art by [Pressfield, Steven]

This book is so inspiring and will really help you break down any barriers and inner resistance when it comes to being creative and pursuing your dreams. If you struggle in a creative field or business this is a must-have book. 

11.Rising Strong by Brene Brown 

I love Brene Brown. If you haven’t heard of her than you have been missing out. She is an Oprah favorite and has written many incredible books. This was one of my personal favorites. 

12.The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod 

This book will teach you the power of making the most of your mornings. For a non-morning person like me, I learned a lot and even started making the effort to get up earlier so that I could have more of my mornings. 

13. The four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin  

This book is so amazing and one of my favorite books I read in 2017. Reading it really helped me to understand not only myself better but understand the personalities and behaviors of the people in my life better. 

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by [Rubin, Gretchen]

14.  Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 

This book is all about the lies that we believe that end up holding us back in life. Learning to stop believing these lies can open us up to living a better life and becoming who we are meant to be. 

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by [Hollis, Rachel]

15. Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield Thomas 

This book is about breaking down some of your money blocks so you can start manifesting a better and more successful life. I am a big fan of Denise’s and have been for a while. This book was really helpful in my life and I learned a lot about how I’ve been blocking my success. I’m still working on fixing my blocks to make my life even better. 

Lucky Bitch: A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success by [Duffield-Thomas, Denise]

16. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger

I get lots of emails on books that are popular or recommended to me and this was one of them. I didn’t know if I would really get much out of this book but I wanted to give it a read.

I’m so glad that I did because this was a fantastic read. It was super interesting to read bob’s life working in entertainment and eventually running Disney.

He shares tons of great advice and information about being successful as well as lots of interesting behind the scenes information about running Disney and interactions he had over the years.

17. Atomic Habits by James Clear

One of the best books on habits that I’ve read. Learned a lot of things I didn’t know about how to make good habits.

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

18 The Joy of Missing Out by Tayna Dalton

In 2020 I didn’t read many amazing self-help books mostly because I was reading very light books this year. I did read this book though and it was fantastic.

Tanya Dalton, CEO and productivity expert, offers you a liberating shift in perspective: feeling overwhelmed isn’t the result of having too much to do — it’s from not knowing where to start.

Doing less might seem counterintuitive, but doing less is more productive because you’re concentrating on the work you actually want to be doing. Through this book, you can learn how to:

  • Identify what is important to you and clarify your priorities.
  • Develop ways to streamline your specific workflow.
  • Discover your purpose.

19. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference between Success and Failure By Grant Cardone

If you are looking for a book to hepo you achieve more, especially achieve big things then this is a book you need.

While most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action-if you’re after big goals, you don’t want to settle for the ordinary. To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action. This 4th degree, also know as the 10 X Rule, is that level of action that guarantees companies and individuals realize their goals and dreams.

The 10 X Rule unveils the principle of “Massive Action,” allowing you to blast through business clichés and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. It also demonstrates why people get stuck in the first three actions and how to move into making the 10X Rule a discipline. Find out exactly where to start, what to do, and how to follow up each action you take with more action to achieve Massive Action results.

20. Rich as F*ck: More Money then you Know What to do With By Amanda Frances

After hearing so many people mention how great this book was I knew I had to give it a read. This is a fantastic money mindset book and if you struggle with finances I recommend giving it a try.

For too long, the subject of money has been shrouded in fear, secrecy, and anxiety. It’s time to look behind the curtain at money, while stepping into the empowered financial reality that is available to you. Reading Rich As F*ck is sure to ignite an avalanche of change in the most important areas of your life. Once you finally see money for what it is and realize your power over your finances, life will never be the same. It’s time you know the truth about money. It’s time for you to have more money than you know what to do with. This is your blueprint.

21. Untamed By Glennon Doyle

This was a very inspiring and powerful read and one of my favorites of the year.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table.

And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is. 

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