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A fresh start of the spring: 5 motivational books to read this March

Springtime tiredness, the first few weeks of a new semester, and this sluggish era of reduced opportunities we live in currently can all contribute to a general feeling of lethargy and demotivation. Sometimes you may find it difficult to bounce back from such a state of being without the external help of someone or something, and that is perfectly natural.

We as humans have an inherent craving towards social interaction, liberty and good advice, and while some of those desires can hardly be fulfilled nowadays, there are several authors who set out to provide help in the form of motivational books to those who find themselves stuck in the realm of unproductivity. Here you can find a list of some of those books worth checking out if you feel like you could do with a little push.

Kelly McGonigal: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

It seems to be common knowledge that strong willpower is one of the foundations upon which you can start paving your way to success. It is just as important in your professional career as it is in your personal life. While this is probably not a new information to anybody, a lot of people still have trouble mustering up enough willpower to achieve the goals they set for themselves. If you have ever found yourself in a situation where your dwindling willpower prevented you from reaching the greatness you otherwise deserve, Kelly McGonagall’s book is perfect for you. With one key principle discussed in each chapter, this manual will guide you in your search for balance in terms of attention, emotions, and dreams. Following the advice of this brilliant health psychologist is bound to be of help in many different areas of life; be it finally going to the gym, giving up smoking, quitting harmful habits, or getting your dream job.

Brian Tracy: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

If you can only listen to one person in regard to self-development and personal success, that person should be Brian Tracy. He is a world-renowned motivational public speaker and consultant, having authored more than 80 books about the subject. One of his most famous works is “Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time”, which is available in more than 40 languages all around the world. The book contains information and data derived from 30 years of widespread research about time management, making it one of the most comprehensive works of the topic. In it, Tracy urges readers to leave their comfort zones, stating that solving difficult problems is not possible without doing so. Unlocking hidden reserves in yourself, effectively structuring your priorities, and improving your planning skills are all achievable feats with the help of Tracy’s counseling. This book makes it clear: there are no limits to what you can achieve, it all depends on the methods you choose to employ.

Steven R. Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Steven R. Covey is probably responsible for writing one of the most influential books about self-motivation and success. His 1990 publication, entitled “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change”, garnered widespread publicity and popularity by endorsing the ambitious mission of altering people’s consciousness about effectiveness, success, and the world at large. A lot of people are motivated by those who are the public faces of success. Covey utilizes this and exposes the hidden habits of the successful to help those who want to follow in their footsteps. His tips and insights will help you excel at any part of your life, leading you on the path to triumph one step at a time. No wonder this book has been selling like candy for the past 3 decades!

Steve Rizzo: Motivate This!: How To Start Each Day With An Unstoppable Attitude To Succeed Regardless Of Your Circumstances

Another bestseller, Steve Rizzo’s book emphasizes on resiliency. His main goal is to provide extensive help in difficult times, highlighting abilities and methods that will come in handy when situations get dire. His ideas about happiness, work-life balance, humor, and positive mentality will come as refreshing and relatable, making this book just as enjoyable as it is useful. Reflection questions and action items will help solidify the core principles that are crucial for motivation and positivity. With a change to your mindset, regaining passion, enhancing focusing abilities, and so many more smart techniques will be added to your ever-growing arsenal of motivational tools. Have fun reading!

Jordan B. Peterson: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Jordan B. Peterson is without a doubt one of the most influential thinkers of the last decade. As controversial as he is prominent, this Canadian professor of psychology has gained popularity (and according to some, notoriety) by standing up for certain viewpoints and ideas that are vastly underrepresented in the current academic and scientific scene. Disavowed by the media and countless institutions, Peterson still managed to influence millions of people through his bestselling books about self-improvement and motivation. One of his most important works, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” centers around combining ancient wisdom with modern scientific prowess into a profound guide for a self-respecting and distinctive life. His 12 rules venture from setting up principles regarding responsibility and adventure, to discussing sincere ideas about respect and faith. Thought-provoking, smart, and unmistakably Peterson-esque, this volume will have a firm grip on its readers and won’t let go without leaving permanent marks.

Don't give up, you got this!

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