6 Best Self Improvement Books

Written by Dragana Ivanovska


Posted on March 19 2020

During the self-isolation period, after a couple of days, you might feel like you are going out of your mind. Anxiety and panic may overtake you as the situation with the coronavirus further escalates. That's why we recommend working on stabilizing yourself, calming yourself, and instead of panicking to focus your thoughts and efforts towards something more productive, like improving yourself.

Plus, what better way to improve yourself, and prevent anxiety from getting to you than picking up a book? Today, we are sharing with you the best self-improvement books that we have picked up and helped us immensely to create our own damn magic. Stay healthy, safe, and read up on some awesome books!

1. Real Help: An Honest Guide to Self-Improvement by Ayodeji Awosika

A lot of the self-help and self-improvement books usually start off with what you will learn, and with a guarantee that they are going to help you change your life if you use their principles. However, unfortunately, not everything works for everyone. What we loved about this book is that the author was very honest from the very beginning. He didn't make empty promises, he said it as it is. And this book deserved its name - Real Help because it does provide real help for improving yourself. And although it's not very easy to walk the path of self-improvement, with this book in hand, you'll have a real ally to help you on your way - even if it isn't pretty.

You need to understand how inspiration and motivation actually work. You'll need to recognize the inevitable pitfalls in your way, and hot to avoid them. Most importantly, you'll need to learn how to spot bullshit and lies, both from society at large and the ones you tell yourself. You need to understand how the world works. Sometimes the world is unfair, and things outside of your control affect your life. You'll also need to understand how much responsibility you have for your current circumstances. Even if your life isn't entirely your fault, some of it is. This won't feel good in the short term, but it will liberate you in the long term.

Ayodeji Awosika, Real Help: An Honest Guide to Self-Improvement

2. Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior by Mark Goulston

The best way to self-improve is to analyze yourself and to see how much of what you do brings benefit to you, and how much of what you do brings harm, and sabotages your progress. In this book, you get sort of a list of things that you should or shouldn't do, and each subject is addressed with a deeper understanding of the issue, and some straightforward tips to break out of it. At first glance, the list of things might seem like nothing especially new, like it's common sense - however pushing aside these issues on the side, and not dealing with them appropriately might be the very reason for your slump. Which is why this book is not only a must-read if you want to work on self-improvement, but also a must-act and implement the tips daily.

Self-defeating behavior occurs when we fail to learn the lessons that life tries to teach us. It represents the victory of impulse over awareness, immediate gratification over lasting satisfaction, relief over resolution. Self-defeating behavior invariably begins as an attempt to make ourselves feel better. It is a coping mechanism.

Mark Goulston, Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior

3. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

To self-improve, you have to be more aware of yourself - where you are and how you are. Only by doing so you can address the parts of yourself that need improving. To do so, you have to embark on the journey of self-exploration, and explore how you perceive the world and yourself - how close to the truth is your perception? In the Four Agreements, Ruiz will help you understand yourself better, understand the world better, and through that understanding to improve yourself. It's definitely one of the best books to this date that we have read, so make sure to pick it up!

If you live in a past dream, you don't enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self-pity, suffering, and tears.

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

4. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

If you want to improve every day little by little, steadily, then pick up Atomic Habits. Atomic Habits is a book that will teach you how to deal with lack of motivation or willpower, or even to create an environment where you will want to improve, and you will thrive. An amazing book that has helped us to improve ourselves and create our own damn magic. A must-read!

When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.

James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

5. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

One of the most common misconceptions about this book is that this is a book only to attract wealth. However, that's not true! Think And Grow Rich is an amazing book that can help you improve yourself in every aspect of your life. It's a gem of the book that can help you become rich, but not only with physical wealth and abundance, but also a spiritual one - through self-improvement. We wholeheartedly recommend picking this book up!

Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by "opinions" when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking.

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

6. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Self-improvement is a choice. And almost everything in our lives comes down to our choices. They create our environment. To further improve yourself, it's important to make the right choices. Int his book you will learn all about the different thought processes that we possess, how we make choices usually, and how to make better ones in our lives. It's the perfect book to help you bring the right decisions, and improve your thought-processes.

Mood evidently affects the operation of System 1: when we are uncomfortable and unhappy, we lose touch with our intuition. These findings add to the growing evidence that good mood, intuition, creativity, gullibility, and increased reliance on System 1 form a cluster. At the other pole, sadness, vigilance, suspicion, an analytic approach, and increased effort also go together. A happy mood loosens the control of System 2 over performance: when in a good mood, people become more intuitive and more creative but also less vigilant and more prone to logical errors.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

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