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

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.

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2. Escape Your Invisible Prison

Susan Armstrong

This book tells Susan Armstrong's life story and starts with how she was homeless, addicted and abused and how she turned things around to become a speaker, author and an award-winning trainer. Read her story and learn how she broke free from her invisible prison that was stopping her from living the life she wanted and learn how you can too destroy your own prison and find true happiness.

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3. Driving Miss Norma

Tim Bauerschmidt

Norma's husband died 2 days before she was diagnosed with cancer. From this dark place Miss Norma, at 90 years-old, decided to live life to the fullest and took to the road. Travelling across America with her son, Tim, his wife, Ramie, and their poodle, Ringo, they had many crazy adventures and became internet sensations. This hilarious and moving book, written by her son, is a motivating reminder to make the most of your life and never let anything get you down, even when you're in the darkest of times.

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Motivational books for a better future

4. The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer

Dr Bertil Marklund

Take a leaf out of Sweden's book with this brilliant guide to living longer. Dr Bertil Marklund introduces the idea of 'lagom', to live your life in a well-balanced way. In this book, you will find motivation to live a better life with loads of tips and advice backed up by scientific research, and see Dr Bertil debunk various myths. This great little book can really help you make a positive change to your life and have a longer future.

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5. Make Your Own Bucket List

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.

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Motivational books for work

6. The Chimp Paradox

Dr Steve Peters

Dr Steve Peters has acted as a psychiatric consultant to lots of big companies and institutions, including the England football team, and now he has brought his expert advice to you. With his ideas on mind management, you can learn to overcome impulsivity and self-doubt to achieve the best in your professional life. Dr Steve introduces complicated concepts in simple ways, using interesting analogies, such as the 'chimp' that lives in your head that encourages you to make irrational choices. This book will help you stay motivated and reach your full potential at work and in your personal life too.

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7. Drive

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.

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8. Scrappy

Terri Sjodin

Terri Sjodin's brilliant motivational book teaches you to be scrappy - to work hard and be fearless in your working environment. Find your fighting spirit and put your mind to work by finding smart solutions to all your working problems with Terri Sjodin's great advice. Using examples, interviews and her personal experiences, Terri shows you how to be scrappy and motivate yourself to achieve anything you want.

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Motivational books for Women

9. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

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.

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10. The Assertiveness Guide for Women

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.

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If you still need more to get your mind motivated then browse our full range of motivational books.

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    Your personalized list of things to do before it's too late Sure, some people dream of seeing the pyramids, owning a Ferrari, and swimming with sharks, but that doesn't mean that you do. Make Your Own Bucket List isn't just someone else's list of exciting activities, interesting people, and wonders of the world. With this book, you will follow your wildest passions, explore unforgettable destinations, and go on adventures you've never imagined - all on your own terms. By answering the 200 entertaining prompts, you will come up with personalized options for where to visit, what to do, who to see, and, most important, what risky stunts to pull before you bite the big one. When you die might not be left up to you, but with Make Your Own Bucket List, what you do beforehand will be.
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    Prof. Steve Peters, consultant psychiatrist to Liverpool FC, Sky ProCycling, Ronnie O'Sullivan and the England football team describes how he helps his clients manage their minds and fulfil their potential in his bestselling book The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness.

    Dr. Peters knows how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can change people's lives in both a professional and personal capacity, and in this book he shares his mind-management programme that has helped everyone from the likes of Steven Gerrard to senior managers conquer their fears and grow in focus and confidence.

    Using real-life case studies and memorable analogies such as the 'chimp' - the seemingly irrational and impulsive being that inhabits our minds - to explain seemingly complex concepts, this book will help you understand your own behaviour and natural responses to people and situations, control your emotional impulses and help you live a happier life both at home and at work.
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    Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world. Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation, and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.
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    "Bravo, Norma! I love you." (Paulo Coelho). Two days after her husband of sixty-seven years died, nonagenarian Miss Norma was diagnosed with cancer. When told about her treatment options - surgery, chemo and radiotherapy - she rose to her full five feet and said in the strongest voice she could muster: "I'm ninety years old. I'm hitting the road." Driving Miss Norma is the story of her inspirational road trip across the US in a thirty-six-foot motorhome with her son, Tim, his wife, Ramie and their Poodle, Ringo - showing us that it's never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope or become a trailblazer. Based on a social media phenomenon with 500K devoted Facebook followers, it follows Miss Norma's transformative journey of finally spreading your wings and living life on your own terms. With each adventurous stop on her cross-country journey a once timid Miss Norma said YES to living in the face of death - trying oysters for the first time, experiencing a pedicure, and taking the hot air balloon ride her late husband never found time for. With each passing mile (and one hilarious visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma's health improved and conversations that had once been taboo began to unfold. Norma, Tim and Ramie bonded in ways they could never have anticipated, and their definitions of home, of family and friendship expanded as strangers became friends and showered them with kindness. Bursting with Miss Norma's generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma ignites a renewed sense of life, family, fun and self-discovery - at any age.
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    Escape Your Invisible Prison. If you're reading the back of this book you already know what it's about: the invisible prison of our own creation that we keep ourselves locked in. Based on the life of Susan Armstrong, this book answers the question of how she went from addicted, abused and homeless, to international speaker, award-winning trainer and author. Using a mix of examples, stories, and easy-to-read principles this book provides you with techniques and tips that will allow you to finally break free of your invisible prison. And stay free.
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    Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for people of all sizes and ages. With her trademark wit, veteran blogger and advocate Jes Baker calls people everywhere to embrace a body-positive worldview, changing perceptions about weight, and making mental health a priority. Alongside notable guest essayists, Jes shares personal experiences paired with in-depth research in a way that is approachable, digestible, and empowering. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is an invitation to reject fat prejudice, fight body-shaming at the hands of the media, and join this life-changing movement with one step: change the world by loving your body. Among the many Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls that you don't want to miss: 1. It's Possible to Love Your Body (Today. Now.) 2. You Can Train Your Brain to Play Nice 3. Your Weight Is Not a Reflection Of Your Worth 4. Changing Your Tumblr Feed Will Change Your Life 5. Salad Will Not Get You to Heaven 6. Cheesecake Will Not Send You to Hell If you're a person with a body, this book is for you.
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    The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and Rising Strong, our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom and hope.
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    When you're assertive, you're able to communicate your needs and wishes clearly while respecting yourself and anyone else involved in the interaction. But when you aren't assertive, you may stop yourself from saying anything when your needs aren't being met, or end up lashing out in hostile or hurtful ways. People with different attachment styles struggle with being assertive for different reasons, and even women with a secure attachment style may have difficulty expressing emotion when faced with challenging circumstances. Using strategies based in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), The Assertiveness Guide for Women can help you understand the attachment styles that keep you from asserting yourself. You'll learn about the three communication stances-from the passive Doormat to the aggressive (or passive-aggressive) Sword to the assertive Lantern-and find practical examples that show you how to apply your new communication and emotional awareness skills in your own life. Rather than being caught in a cycle of rumination and regret when you're unable to express yourself or even acknowledge your own needs, you'll be ready to assert yourself and get what you want. Whether you're anxious and overwhelmed by the intensity of your emotions, avoidant and struggle to identify your emotions, or otherwise have difficulty expressing yourself, this book will help you become more aware of your own thoughts and feelings, and empower you to ask for what you need, set boundaries, and speak your truth for a more fulfilling life.
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    You've lived the hygge way, now take some inspiration from Sweden and find out about lagom - a well-balanced approach to living a healthier and happier life.

    Written by Dr Bertil Marklung, a doctor and researcher at Gothenburg University, this essential book makes the most of contemporary research to provide you with pragmatic and realistic advice that will make a difference to your future.

    Debunking many myths (it turns out coffee is good for your health, after all!), the compact guide explains how the things we have been told are bad for us can sometimes be quite the opposite.
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    For those times when hard work and persistence just aren't enough, Terri Sjodin offers an inspiring guide to getting scrappy and beating the odds. Terri Sjodin loves scrappy people -- those who beat the odds with a blend of cleverness and fighting spirit. People who see big problems and come up with big solutions. People like the clever Girl Scout who sold 117 boxes of cookies in two hours outside a medical marijuana dispensary, or the entrepreneur who turned his home into an indoor jungle to sell investors on the Rainforest Cafe Restaurant chain. It can seem like these successes are just one-off acts of ingenuity or isolated flashes of brilliance. But today it takes more than just creativity, more than just persistence, more than just a dream to reach big goals -- it takes a mindset and a strategy. Sjodin explains the common elements behind every successful scrappy effort. Drawing on research, interviews, and her own personal experience, she identifies the practices that will help you develop the right mindset. She shares stories of scrappy tactics that have worked, and those that have crashed and burned, to help readers pursue their own vision. Whether you're a sales rep looking to close that big deal, a job-seeker trying to land your dream job, or a CEO who wants to reach the next level of success, the fastest way to get what you want is to get scrappy.