These are my picks for the best motivational books of 2018! If your mojo is missing or your motivation took a leave of absence, these motivational books are going to turn your life around.
I’m still working my way through this list, but so far there’s just so much awesome here, it cannot be contained. You need to read these books!
Every year I load up my “to read” list and every year it sits untouched. In 2016 I wrote a post about my favorite personal development books. My list was a lot shorter that year, but this year I wanted to step up my game!
I am making this list of motivational books that I would love to read this year. Am I likely to finish all of them? Nope! But that’s okay. I think that when it comes to motivational books, sometimes even a little bit is better than nothing at all. Do you agree?
We are 16 days in to the new year and my motivation is maaaajorly lacking. It took me THREE days to write this post. It isn’t even a long post! So what’s going on? Chances are you, like me, are suffering from a little post-holiday motivation. It might even be a case of the winter blues. But if you’re here looking for some of the best motivational books for the new year to get your booty in gear, then come sit by me, because I am driving the struggle bus and it needs to make a U-turn pronto.
Who’s with me? Are you ready to get motivated?
These are my favorite picks for the best motivational books of 2018:
You are a Badass at Making Money is the sequel to the equally creatively titled You are a Badass. The first book I read a couple years ago, and ever since I heard this one was coming out it’s been on my list of books to read. I love Jen Sincero’s humor and optimism. She takes a topic that is normally very “woo-woo” in my mind-the whole concept of “manifesting and mindset”. In this book, the focus obviously shifts from personal life to business. I just picked this one up and I can’t wait to dive in!
This book speaks to me as it promises to help us find our truth. What’s our purpose in life? Who do we want to be? My favorite principle of this book is the underlying theme that we are not broken and do not need “fixing”, something refreshing in the self-help or personal development realm, which often seems to thrive on telling us the myriad of things wrong with our lives and selling us solutions on how to fix them. This book claims to guide us to our true self and allow us to live un-apologetically without all the perfection that is demanded of us (whether by others or ourselves). All the glowing reviews on I am That Girl have helped solidify its place on my reading list.
The Miracle Morning is not a new book, but it’s been one that has been swirling around in the back of my head for a couple years now. I first heard about it in a planner group of all places. Lots of people who bullet journal as a form of planner/art therapy use The Miracle Morning’s strategies in their planner in and create Miracle Morning trackers to observe their progress.
This book is full of “best practices” that are “guaranteed” to transform your life. I’ve heard so many positive things about this book that I have been dying to read it for a while. My only reluctance is that I’m the antithesis of a morning person, so I wonder how beneficial it would be for me. But I think I might give it a go anyway!
One of my favorite personal development books of 2016 was Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell. If you haven’t read that one, DO IT NOW. You might recognize a page from the book with a passage about how “you are not for everyone” that was often shared around Facebook with viral fervor. That passage is from LITNB and the rest of the book is just as awesome. Rise Sister Rise looks to be just as awesome. Rebecca talks about healing our inherited fears and patters and teaching women how to trust their intuition.
I’m not gonna lie, this one initially caught my eye simple because the title made me think “say what now?” But once I started reading the synopsis, I knew that Girl, Wash Your Face belonged on my 2018 reading list. Rachel Hollis, the blogger behind The Chic Site gives us a peek into her mind and how she tackles the lies she once believed about herself that fostered a limiting mindset and crumbled her self-confidence. Rachel sounds like the “lift-you-up” girlfriend we all need in our lives. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one as well.
This is a brand new book, only released on January 2nd, 2018 and already it’s a top seller on Amazon! Your Best Year Ever focuses on the big picture. Getting past the daily struggles and looking at your bigger goals. If you don’t have a 5 year plan, this is the book for you. And me. Which is why it’s on my reading list for 2018! When was the last time you had a BIG goal? When was the last time you took steps towards realizing those dreams? If the answer is “too long”, you need to get your hands on this book.
If you roll your eyes at the usual self-love, feel-good motivational books, or if you are tired of being unsatisfied and wondering why all the bad stuff “ONLY” ever happens to you…you might need this book. Maybe It’s You cuts the crap, and gives you that no-nonsense, tough-love talk you wish your friends would give you.
While this approach certainly isn’t for everyone, if you find yourself looking for the answers in all the wrong places and are starting to wonder if in fact, Maybe It’s You, then this might be the snap back to reality you’re looking for. It may be harsh, but I feel like this has the potential to be one of the best motivational books I’ve read in a while!
For me, this reading list is ambitious. I struggle to find the time and motivation to read. Usually when I try to read, I struggle to focus and pay attention, mostly due to my ADHD, but when I do actually settle down with a book, I often tend to lean towards personal development books. Nothing wrong with a good novel or fiction read every now and then, but with the new year already in full swing, I wanted to share with you some of my favorites for the best motivational books for 2018.
Have you read any of these? Which books do YOU think are the best motivational books? Which would you add to this list? I would love to hear about it below!
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