The 7 Best Motivational Books, According to Mental Health Experts November 29, 2022 – Posted in: Uncategorized

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

Pros

  • Great for readers who feel stuck in old habits
  • 40 million copies sold

Cons

  • Some find the writing preachy and dogmatic
  • Advice is not applicable to all readers

Despite being written over 30 years ago, this book has held up over time and is now known as a classic in the self-help space. It is written to be inspirational and motivating, and it uses real-world examples and anecdotes to distill seven basic tips that you can use in your life to achieve success.

It’s easy to read and, more importantly, easy to learn from.

“The One Thing” by Gary Keller

Pros

  • Dedicated to goal setting
  • Teaches readers how to focus
  • Uses clear analogies

Cons

  • Specific topic
  • Somewhat repetitive
  • A longer read

If you struggle to find motivation because you’re never sure where to start, this is the book for you. It focuses on one subject—goal setting—but it does so in a way that helps you prioritize your ambitions.

After reading it, you’ll know how to set priorities, get started on tasks, and keep your motivation going until you achieve the outcome you desire.

“The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

Pros

  • Explains the science of how habits work
  • Gives actionable advice for changing routines
  • Written by an award-winning business reporter

Cons

  • Author is not a psychologist

If you’ve ever tried to create a new routine for yourself, you’re well aware of how difficult that can actually be. New routines are hard to stick to, and before long, we’re slipping back into our old habits.

This book breaks down the latest scientific research on how habits work and what we can do to change them. That way, we can create new routines for our lives and our business.

“You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

Pros

  • Easy to read
  • Engaging exercises
  • Accessible voice

Cons

  • Could be more empathetic

Don’t let fear get the best of you with this book by Jen Sincero. The book is easy to read and will remind you to show yourself more self-love and care, so you can find the motivation to go after your goals.

Best of all, this book contains some engaging, motivating end-of-chapter exercises that you’ll come back to time and time again.

“Own Your Anxiety” by Julian Brass

Pros

  • Based on medical research and personal experience
  • Easy to read

Cons

  • Some advice feels general

The author uses his personal experiences and medical research to provide readers with actionable tools to help cope with their anxiety. His goal with this book is to help readers harness their anxiety and use it to motivate themselves to live a healthier, happier life.

The chapters are short and easy to read. The tone is compassionate.

What Experts Say

“Reading motivational books when you have anxiety can be helpful because you can learn about someone who has been through a similar situation to yours. Maybe they went through something really difficult in life, like a divorce, and they had to find the light in the middle of the darkness. Reading a book about someone who is going through something very challenging can offer help and inspiration and even make you feel grateful for the good things in your life. Motivational books are helpful when you feel hopeless.” — Katie Ziskind, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

“Work Simply” by Carson Tate

Pros

  • Targeted tips aimed at different productivity styles
  • Easy to read
  • Encouraging voice

Cons

  • Promotes signing up for a class
  • A longer read

When it comes to getting motivated, no two people are exactly alike. That’s because, as this author explains, people have different productivity styles—they’re either arrangers, visualizers, planners, or prioritizers. So if you want to get productive and develop better time management, the first step is to figure out what style you are—and this book can help you do that.

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