3 Motivational Books to Inspire You To Take Action

3 Motivational Books to Inspire You To Take Action

Sometimes I prefer to get pep talks from books rather than people.

We all need the occasional pep talk when we feel stuck or like nothing we do matters. We can’t always get it from the people around us, but books always got your back. Here are three books that I found highly motivational. But, remember that just reading these won’t be enough. The information might not even be new to you. Most of the time we know what we should be doing, but hearing or reading what we need in the right format and tone that ignites some fire in us can make us start. Here we go:

1. The Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power by Brendon Burchard

As the title of the book says, this is actually a motivation manifesto. It’s not a book that offers tips and tricks or advice, it asks questions and looks at being motivated as a choice. It uses rhetoric and poetic language to inspire and excite. For me, it was the perfect ‘speech’ when I felt down. It didn’t give me any tremendous insights about life, but it made me take some actions that I’ve stopped doing, so from that point of view the book served its purpose. If you are usually annoyed by motivational speeches, this might not be your piece of cake, but if you feel stuck it’s worth giving it a try. I recommend trying the audiobook as well, which is read in a passionate tone.

2. The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. by Robin Sharma

I’ve heard so much about this book that I didn’t want to read it for a long while. Just the idea that if you start waking up at 5 AM will change your life made me cringe. I usually reach out to some self-improvement books when I feel like I need some perspective in my life because I stopped seeing the positive parts. We all do it sometimes. So, I’ve read a book I didn’t want to read. It was not that bad and I didn’t expect it to be written like a fiction story with real-life advice. Two struggling strangers who meet an eccentric tycoon who becomes their secret mentor, navigate the mindset of the most successful people. While there is an emphasis on waking up early, that’s not the core of the book. I recommend this book if you are struggling to create routines and if you feel like your days just pass by you.

3. The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy

If you are not into measuring progress or your struggle to be consistent (guilty), you might find this book annoying because it’s putting it like it is. Basically, the compound effect is the strategy of getting huge rewards from small, seemingly insignificant actions that are done consistently over long periods of time. It emphasizes the need to take 100% responsibility for everything that happens to you. And one of my favorite pieces of advice is that “You don’t need more knowledge. You need a new plan of action”, which is so true. It points out very well how every choice compounds over time, something we are usually blind to. From an extra alcoholic beverage weekly to practicing something for 5 minutes daily, after 360 days you will see an outcome, and most of the time, especially when the result is an undesirable one, you will not blame your weekly habit. This book made me value consistency even more and reconsider my everyday choices.

While self-improvement books are tricky, and I am usually skeptical when I start reading one, I try to let my biases aside and use what applies to my lifestyle. Not all of the content will be relevant for you, and you don’t need to blindly follow one author or another. The best way to use these books is to compile what you need and make your own strategy to get motivated, energized, inspired, or anything else you might need in your life. Any thoughts on these books? What would you add to the list of books that can light that spark in you?

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