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14 Books That Can Change Your Mindset and Your Life

There is a lot to be said about the power of a good book. Sometimes, the right book – at the right time – can have a profound effect on your personal growth, your mental health and the guiding philosophies of your life. 

If you’re looking for a good book to while away the rest of winter, we have a list of titles that can challenge and inspire you, and possibly reshape the way that you perceive the world. Here are some life-altering books that have the potential to revolutionize your thinking and, as a result, your life:

1. “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek

Sinek’s book explores the concept of starting with a clear sense of purpose and inspiration – the “why” that can become your driving force in life – before delving into the “how” and “what.” By understanding the deeper motivations behind your actions and decisions, you can start to cultivate a sense of purpose that will transform your future.

2. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig 

This book takes readers on a transformative journey of self-discovery and inquiry. As the author navigates his journey on a motorcycle trip through the American Northwest, he ponders the philosophical landscapes of quality, values and the nature of existence through a Zen Buddhist lens. Ultimately this book explores the intersection of technology, art and the pursuit of a meaningful life. 

3. “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod

Could changing up your morning routine really be that powerful? This book says that a structured approach to the start of your day can help bring purpose and intention to your life and vastly increase your productivity. It is also a way to shift your present  mindset so that you can embrace your personal power. This book may be especially appealing if you like a clear, practical roadmap for positive change.

4. “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser

No matter what you do or where you go in life, learning to effectively communicate with other people can be transformative. Zinsser’s book is a guide to effective writing, as it emphasizes clarity, simplicity and conciseness of purpose. While Zinsser is both an editor and a writer, his book is not just for creative types; it can help anybody who wants to be more confident and compelling when they put words on a page.

5. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari

Do you ever wonder about the underlying forces that shape human society? Do you want insight into what lies ahead for our world? “Sapiens” provides a comprehensive overview of the history of humanity. By understanding the evolution of societies and cultures, you can gain insights into the forces that have shaped the modern world – and perspective on your own journey through life.

6. “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

This is the book that will have you asking yourself what really matters the most to you – and then it shows you how to prioritize your energy and make choices that align with what is truly important. Learn to break free from the overwhelming demands of a non-stop, multitasking culture and instead embrace a life of purpose and a deeper sense of satisfaction in life.

7. “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner

“Blue Zones” are sometimes called places where people “forget to die,” because many live full, productive lives into their 90s and onward. This book will challenge your notions about aging, and it can inspire you to make positive changes in your own life as you learn to see the connections between your lifestyle, the environment and your health.

8. “Quiet” by Susan Cain

Are you an introvert who bristles at all of the advice columns and books telling you how to break out of your shell because you’re perfectly content in your own bubble? If so, this is the book for you.

Cain’s book explores the power of introversion in a culture that often values extroversion. It highlights the strengths and contributions of introverts and encourages a reevaluation of social norms and an affirmation of introvert power.

9. “Expert Secrets” by Russell Brunson:

Brunson’s book delves into the art of marketing and sales, emphasizing the importance of positioning oneself as an expert in a particular field. By understanding the psychology of persuasion and storytelling, individuals can effectively communicate their message and build a loyal audience for their particular brand.

10. “The Hero With A Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell:

Myths are woven into the fabric of human identity. Understanding the underlying patterns of many mythos can also serve as a guide for your own personal growth and self-discovery while helping you recognize your own “story arc” in your life. That can help you embrace challenges as part of a transformative process.

11. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear:

Clear’s book focuses on the power of tiny habits and how small changes can lead to remarkable results over time. Learn a practical framework for understanding what it takes to shape good habits and break negative ones. When you’re seeking actionable strategies to improve your life, this is a great place to turn.

12. “The Psychology of Money” by Morgan Housel

Are you trying to save up for something big, like a new home? Are you frustrated at your lack of progress? Understanding the psychological biases and behavioral patterns that affect money management can help you make significant changes to your thought processes and improve your financial well-being.

13. “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff

The book provides a lighthearted and accessible introduction to Taoism, encouraging readers to embrace simplicity, mindfulness and the natural harmony of the world. Using familiar characters from A.A. Milne’s stories, the narrative offers a charming way to think about the joy of simply accepting yourself as you are and living in the moment.

14. “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

Are you haunted by past regrets? Does anxiety about the future keep you paralyzed from positive action? This book is a roadmap for letting go of both so that you can feel the freedom of simply living in the moment. If you are looking for a more conscious existence that will reduce your overall stress and anxiety about life, this could be the right guide. 

Books like the ones recommended above are powerful tools that have the capacity to reshape your mindset – and shifting your thought processes can change your life. If you’re ready to start a journey of self-discovery, personal development and transformative change, pick up one of these books and see what happens!