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Motivational Books for When You Need A Boost

Sometimes motivation can be hard to find. Whether you're feeling down, struggling in your home or work life or just a bit worn out, we all need a little push in the right direction now and then. However you're feeling or what you're struggling with, a good motivational book can definitely help. So, if you're in need of a great motivational book to flick through in the mornings to make you feel inspired and ready for the day ahead, we have loads of options. To narrow it down a little, here is our selection of the best motivational books for when you need a boost...

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Motivational books for life

1. Rising Strong

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Brene Brown

This incredible book focuses on the power of failure and the importance of rising back up ever stronger than before. Brene Brown knows it takes courage to put yourself into a position of vulnerability and reminds us that if we keep aiming higher we will eventually fall. This motivating and powerful book reminds you not to lose that courage to try something new and, most of all, never fear failure.


2. The PMA Method

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Faisal Abdalla

If you're looking to improve your routine to improve your body and mind then Nike master trainer Faisal Abdalla has created the ultimate guide for keeping you motivated to stay fit and healthy. The book outlines three areas to work on to help you feel stronger and happier - diet, fitness and Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). Through the power of PMA you can change the way you think and become motivated to keep up your new routine in just 14 days. Try it for yourself and see how quickly your motivation increases. 

3. Practical Ayurveda

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

Ayurveda is an Indian well-being practice that translates to "life-knowledge" and though following the recipes, exercises and techniques in this book you can helps you can reduce stress, renew your energy and get longer sleep. All of this combined will make you feel more motivated to take on the day-to-day life struggles. If you need a read to get you started with practising self-care then this is the book for you. 


Motivational books for a better future

4. Pause

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Danielle Marchant

Danielle Marchant's book aims to help you detach from the technology of the modern world and press pause on your terms. The idea of this pausing is to make sure you check in with yourself regularly and connect with your emotions. With exercises to ground you and tips to settle your anxieties, this is a book that will keep you motivated to feel good and put your own mind and feelings first. 

5. Make Your Own Bucket List

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Andrew Gall

Lots of people have bucket lists but not everyone's bucket list looks the same. With this fun book you can design your own unique list filled with the things you really want to do. But, even if you're not sure what you'd put on a bucket list, don't worry, the book comes with 200 prompts to help you figure that out. Learn what you truly want in life and find the ways to aim for your goals with this fantastic book.

Motivational books for work

6. How to be Confident and Assertive at Work

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Suzanne and Conrad Potts

Take on every tricky situation in your workplace with Conrad Potts' helpful guide. Learn to ask for what you want and how to say "no" and gain the motivation to check you’re being valued at work. There are step-by-step instructions for handling common difficult problems so soon enough you'll be confident enough to do anything you want in your career. 

7. Drive

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Daniel H. Pink

This revolutionary book will change your understanding of how motivation works. Daniel H. Pink uses interesting examples to show how the human need to be in control of our lives is what really motivates us. Discover how when you know how motivation really works it can help you achieve a better work life and learn how to motivate others around you.

8. The Assertiveness Guide for Women

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Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD

Julie de Azevedo Hanks knows that it can be a struggle to find the right place on the assertiveness scale - between doormat and passive-aggressive - but in her brilliant book she shows you how you can be just the right amount of assertive in order to get what you want. With her advice coming from ideas based in mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy, you'll never struggle with assertiveness ever again with this motivating guide to achieving your goals.

Motivational books for feeling good about yourself

9. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

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Jes Baker

Blogger and activist, Jes Baker, focuses her sights on making all women - whatever shape and size - feel confident and empowered. In this series of essays Jes encourages you to put mental health first and feel motivated to enjoy your life regardless of how you look. This comedic and unique motivational book is a must for all women who need a little more confidence in themselves.

10. The Secret 

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Rhonda Byrne

Rhonda Byrne has discovered the way to improve your life, from your general happiness to saving money and staying healthy, and this method is known as The Secret. In order to learn The Secret, you need to read this well-loved book. We can't tell you too much because the contents of this book are... well, a secret but we can tell you that once you've learnt The Secret, you'll be well on your way to living a more fulfilling life. 

We hope these books get you feeling motivated to take on just about anything, whether in your personal or work life and to give you inspiration on techniques and practices you can use to improve your self-care and general well-being. With these reads on your bookshelf, you'll be able to take on the world with motivation, confidence and drive to give every opportunity your best shot.