“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Arthur Ashe
I don’t know about you all, but the best and the only way that I can describe my motivation is by comparing it to a “bell curve.” Sometimes I am at my peak, and other times I trail off trying to muster up an inkling of drive to keep me going throughout the day. I know most people struggle with this, but the trick is finding a strategy to help you recover quickly when you are feeling demotivated so that you spend less time twiddling your thumbs or procrastinating, and more time getting things done.
When you’re thinking about ways to increase your motivation on a day-to-day basis, don’t try to “reinvent the wheel.” Study the habits/ practices of those who you admire, and apply those things that relate to you.
Reading “Self-Help” books is such an awesome and fulfilling practice because not only are you gaining valuable advice on how to improve yourself, but you are also indulging in a great self-care activity.
So, the next time you’re at Barnes & Noble, or your favorite local bookstore, switch it up a little from your usual genre of reading and dive into a thought and action-provoking book that will change your life for the better.
If you’re new to the genre, or just interested in adding more skills to your repertoire, check out this list below:
- Warrior of the Light: A motivational book written by the incomparable Paulo Coelho, that serves as a manual on how you can find your inner warrior, and become the best version of yourself. This book is only 160 pages, so it is a super quick read, but it very substantive in its message.
- You are a Badass (How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life): Most, if not all of us suffer from some sort of insecurity that acts as a roadblock in our journey to success. In this book, author Jen Sincero offers relatable and feasible advice on how we can stop doubting ourselves in order to reach our full potential. Her accounts on the topic are hilarious and will leave you wanting more. This book is 256 pages of tips and tricks on how to stop sabotaging your way out of success.
- I Don’t Belong to You: This is a relatively new book written my social media icon, singer, actress, and TV host, Ke Ke Palmer. This book is definitely a representation of our obsession with the digital age, as the pages are filled with emoji’s, hashtags, and everyday slang words that we use to communicate with one another. This book is such a jewel because Ke Ke takes us on a journey through her life and experiences, and gives readers advice on how to “silence the noise, and find your voice.” This book is 320 pages, but I promise you, you won’t want to put it down.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People: This book is a classic as it has been in print for over 75 years, but the teachings of it resonate today for anyone who is trying to build lasting, effective relationships with people. Each chapter is a principle that should be remembered and stored, and it is a guidebook for everyday social interactions. This book is 288 pages, and after reading you should feel more confident about making an impactful impression on those you come in contact with.