No matter how you want to improve in 2021, there’s a book for that. We’ve rounded up some of the top self-help books for transforming your finances, relationships, wellbeing, and more.
1. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
Author: Hal Elrod
Let’s start from the beginning — the beginning of your day, that is. Author Hal Elrod teaches a morning routine that helped him turn his life around and achieve massive goals even in the face of overwhelming setbacks. In this book, you’ll learn how to carry out your own morning routine with the S.A.V.E.R.S. approach: silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing (writing).
2. Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day
Author: Jay Shetty
This book condenses the knowledge of author Jay Shetty, who gave up a typical path of striving and success to train as a monk in India. Read this book if you want to improve your ability to be mindful and calm and rise above destructive thought patterns.
3. The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life
Author: JL Collins
Sometimes finance can seem like a needlessly complicated topic. Starting with the title, this book promises an alternative. Each chapter breaks down finance and investment topics in a way anyone can understand. Packed with plenty of examples, this is a great book for anyone, whether you’re aiming to gain a little more control over your finances or you’re striving for full financial freedom.
4. Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
Author: Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
Financial independence can give you the freedom to live your life the way you want and pursue a purpose that enriches your life and the lives of others. Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez’ popular financial book aims to help you change the way you look at money and align the way you use money with your deepest values.
5. The Friendship Formula: Add Great Friends, Subtract Toxic People and Multiply Your Happiness
Author: Caroline Millington
Everyone could use more friends, especially in today’s increasingly solitary and isolating culture. The Friendship Formula uses the idea of “kindfulness” to help readers gain new levels of satisfaction with the quality of their relationships.
6. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Already a well-known fiction writer, Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic imparts insights from her own experience about surpassing fear to dive into and cultivate one’s own creativity. This is a great book to read if you’ve been mulling over the idea of a big creative project but need the motivation to start.
7. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Author: James Clear
Behind every audacious goal, there are daily habits. In this science-backed book, author James Clear gives you a framework for crafting habits that you’ll stick with to help you achieve the goals that matter to you.
8. Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
Author: Anne Bogel
If you’re at all interested in the Myers-Briggs or Enneagram personality assessments, this is the book for you. Anne Bogel delves into a number of personality frameworks and shares how knowledge of these frameworks can affect every area of your life.
9. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Author: Brené Brown
Embracing flaws can sometimes seem at odds with an overly filtered, curated modern world, but Brené Brown’s book aims to teach you how and why to do just that. Read this book if living authentically and learning to be at peace with imperfection sounds attractive to you.
10. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion
Author: George J. Thompson, Ph.D., and Jerry B. Jenkins
You probably already know that good communication skills can help you in every area of your life, but do you actually know how to hone those skills? This book aims to teach you how to skillfully navigate and come out on top in just about any communication situation life throws at you.
Pick one or all of these books to add to your reading list and prepare for extreme transformation in 2021.