13 Motivational Books For The New Year That You Should Know About

Many people aim to keep their New Year’s resolutions, whether it be to eat healthier, make time for exercise, or break any nasty habits that have accumulated throughout the years. With the New Year, there is no better time to create a new you. Here are thirteen motivational books to contribute to a healthy lifestyle change.

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The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements is a life-changing book based on ancient wisdom from the Toltec Indians in Southern Mexico. The agreements are simple in text, but difficult to apply. However, if one can master these agreements, life will forever be altered and enlightened. Agreement 1: Be impeccable with your word. Agreement 2: Don’t take anything personally. Agreement 3: Don’t make any assumptions. Agreement 4: Always do your best.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

This allegorical novel follows Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd on a quest to find a treasure that has been in his dreams. The treasure represents his destiny, and the teaching of the book implies that when a person really wants something to happen, they can manifest destiny and the universe will conspire to help them. The Alchemist is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most translated book in the world.

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Yoga Girl, Rachel Brathen

Yoga instructor-turned-public figure, Rachel Brathen started her rise to fame through Instagram. With over 1 million followers, Brathen has been respected for her views on peace, love, healthy living and her alternative yoga lifestyle. Her New York Timesbestselling book, Yoga Girl, takes readers through Brathen’s life and the turn of events that led her to yoga. The book also offers healthy recipes and yoga instructions.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

Written in 1989, but completely effective in any year, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a must-read for those on a quest for self-improvement. Covey explains a ‘paradigm shift,’ where the readers become aware of the many different perspectives of people that surround them. The habits are: ‘Be proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw.’© BalboaPress

Find Your Happy, Shannon Kaiser

Author Shannon Kaiser takes the reader on a journey of candid experiences and describes methods to help break through moments in life where one finds themselves ‘stuck.’ Offering stories alongside personal exercises, Find Your Happy gives a fresh perspective to help remove emotional and physical roadblocks. Kaiser shows readers how to choose a happy life filled with passion and purpose.

Miracles Now, Gabrielle Bernstein

New York Times best selling Author, Gabrielle Bernstein has put together a book with 108 techniques to combat problems that we are presented with on a daily basis. People get stressed, burned-out, frustrated, jealous, and experience resentment. Bernstein’s goal is for Miracles Now to help the reader achieve peace and actually experience miracles. Spiritual-based principles, meditations and practical tools with step-by-step guidance are what readers can expect from this book.


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The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

Elkhart Tolle is an author who went from sleeping on a park bench to being one of the most reputable motivational writers and speakers on the planet. The Power of Now is a book (and audiobook) that helps the reader move through pain, stress, depression and anxiety with the help of ancient teachings and modern thought to help balance life. The book focuses on how presently the reader is living in the moment, and offers practices to help attain being fully present.

The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point was New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell’s first book. Readers will go through a near-sociological examination of how things move from being on the threshold to becoming a trend. He describes mysterious phenomenons in an organic and logical way. He also universally groups people as ‘connectors,’ ‘mavens’ and ‘salesmen.’ This book gives readers insight into both society and themselves.


The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Positive Thinking was originally published in 1952 and has withstood the test of time. Author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a founding pastor at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, and continued teaching there for over 52-years of his life (the church still practices the light of his teachings to this day). The book carries a message of transformation: showing you how to believe in yourself, how to break the habit of worry, how to be kind to yourself, and how to develop the power to reach goals.The Power of Positive Thinking is an international best seller with over five million copies in print.

10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, Dr. Wayne Dyer

The late Dr. Wayne Dyer stated that we have enough information in society, but it’s spirituality that is lacking. 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace unveils to the reader that material success is not the real achievement of life. The book’s main thesis is that success in life is actually understanding oneself on a deeper level, therefore achieving a richer life experience.

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Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson, M.D.

This book is written in the style of parable, and features two rats and two little humans who live in a maze and are on a quest to find cheese, which represents happiness and success. Through this parable, Johnson unveils to the reader that change is ever-constant and what matters is the attitude we have when it occurs. Through his characters, he shows the reader how to anticipate change, let go of the old and successfully deal with the changing of times.

The Daily Love, Mastin Kipp

Spawned from a website and daily newsletter, The Daily Love offers readers positivity, inspiration, and know-how on how to live life with an authentic purpose. Kipp shares his story of being a record label executive who lost everything and ended up living on a friend’s couch. In having regrouped and repurposed his life, Kipp is able to help other readers through the hardships of their lives.

Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins

Tony Robbins gives his readers transformational advice and tools on how to take control of their mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny. Robbins provides readers with a step-by-step program that teaches the fundamental lessons that enable readers to discover their true purpose and take control of their life.

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