Throughout our lives, we face many hardships and opportunities to grow. However, sometimes we find ourselves directionless, lacking motivation or out of alignment. However, do not fret - that is all a part of the human experience. We are here to live, learn and develop. Self-help books are an excellent roadmap that helps us reach our full potential, see the world with fresh eyes and heal from our past.
Reading personal development books is one of the best practices to invest in yourself. Taking the time to read or listen to ways we can come into alignment is a beautiful thing. There are probably tens of thousands of self-growth and personal development books on the market today, from personal experiences, philosophy, psychology, wellbeing and spiritual growth to books that help improve your cognition and productivity. We are here to round up the best self-help books that cover a range of topics to help you on your way.
So, if you find yourself stuck in a rut or simply teeming with inspiration, here are the best self-help books to help you reach your full potential.
Best self help books for personal development
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” ― Eckhart Tolle
If you are ready for a change of perspective, A New Earth by Eckhard Toll is a beautiful piece of work to sink your teeth in to. It provides the spiritual framework to understand better yourself, your ego and how to reach your full potential. This book is a follow-up to Eckhart Tolle's ground-breaking multi-million copy bestseller The Power of Now. Follow Tolle's guidance to happiness and health, how to channel hardships into something positive and manifest your dreams.
How To Do The Work by Nicole LePera
“The familiar feels safe; that is, until we teach ourselves that discomfort is temporary and a necessary part of transformation.” ― Nicole LePera
Clinical psychologist Dr Nicole LePera, also known as The Holistic Psychologist, has created a community of 5.3 million self-healers on Instagram. Here, she provides helpful content on how to heal and consciously create a new version of yourself. This book is a guide filled with personal anecdotes, journal prompts and tools which allow readers to break free from destructive behaviours and take back the power to recreate their lives. This manifesto will help you recognise your patterns, heal from your past, and change your approach to mental wellness and self-care.
The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
“In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.” – Dr Bessel van der Kolk
From one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress, this New York Times bestseller written by Dr Bessel van der Kolk aims to heal the mind, brain and body from trauma. We store trauma in the body, and this book offers a progressive new paradigm for treatment, moving away from pharmaceutical and traditional talking therapies and providing an alternative method that heals the mind, brain and body.
When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress by Dr Gabor Mate
“Shame is the deepest of the “negative emotions,” a feeling we will do almost anything to avoid. Unfortunately, our abiding fear of shame impairs our ability to see reality.” ― Gabor Maté
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr Gabor Maté is known for his expertise on various subjects, including addiction, stress and childhood development. This book addresses the mind-body link and how stress and our emotions play in common diseases. Discussing diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome and multiple sclerosis, this book presents case studies and stories which show the cost of hidden stress and how it can manifest into physical illness if not properly dealt with. A truly enlightening read that shows that the mind, body and soul must work as one to be truly aligned.
Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
"Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can." - Michael A. Singer
If you’re looking for an inward journey toward understanding who you are and what you’re capable of, this book will guide you on releasing yourself from your ego. As well as harness your inner energy and expand beyond yourself through flow and surrender. Spiritual teacher and bestseller author Michael Singer help us through the importance of reducing habitual and self-limiting thoughts. This book’s ultimate lesson is that we are the cause of our unhappiness, and by finding our inner peace and serenity, we can start on the path of true freedom.
The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success by Dr Deepak Chopra
“The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called ‘the present.” - Dr Deepak Chopra
This short read works as a guide on achieving success through Chopra’s guiding principles, which teach us to become more productive and creative and fulfil our dreams. Chopra communicates the idea that success is not defined by hard work or ambition but by our understanding of our true nature and our ability to follow the natural laws of life, which govern all of creation. These seven simple principles will help you achieve your deepest desires through the path of least resistance.
The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
“A healthy feeling of inferiority is not something that comes from comparing oneself to others, but from one’s comparison with one’s ideal self.”― Ichiro Kishimi
Part of the Courage To series, this book is part of the Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons we can use to liberate our authentic selves and find lasting happiness. Interpreting the theories of psychoanalytical therapist Alfred Adler, this book is a fresh and liberating take that encourages you to take control of your own path and follow your soul's purpose regardless of past experiences and the expectations of others.
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr Joe Dispenza
“To be empowered—to be free, to be unlimited, to be creative, to be genius, to be divine—that is who you are…. Once you feel this way, memorize this feeling; remember this feeling. This is who you really are….” ― Joe Dispenza
Dr Joe Dispenza bridges science and spirituality in his work, and this book showcases a new science emerging that can empower you and help you shape your dream life. This book will help you to manifest any reality you choose and make positive changes from the inside out. Dr Joe Dispenza is a renowned author, speaker, researcher and chiropractor who combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology and genetics to show you what is truly possible. A must-read for spiritual meets science enthusiasts.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
“The universe is energy, energy that responds to our expectations.” ― James Redfield
If you loved The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, this is another spiritual adventure fiction that will teach you how to refresh your approach to life with a new understanding, energy and optimism. In this novel, James Redfield discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas rooted in multiple ancient Eastern traditions and New Age spirituality which shows that everything is energy. This adventure plot also functions guidebook that demonstrates perceptions of why you are where you are in life will bring in new energy and optimism.
Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
“We either get success or lessons. If we learn our lessons successfully, we get both.” ― Anodea Judith
This book provides a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system and adapts it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics. Each chapter concentrates on a different chakra and its characteristics, what childhood developmental pattern and traumas it is associated with and how to heal and maintain balance and alignment. If you love psychology and philosophy and are interested in learning about the chakra system, this will help you to learn how to stay in alignment.
The Energy Codes by Sue Morter
**“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ― Sue Morter
The Energy Codes is a seven-step road map to help you experience deep healing. Filled with practical exercises, including yoga, breathwork, meditations, plus Dr Morter's proprietary B.E.S.T. protocol, this book will help you channel untapped energy and neurocircuitry in your body to become one with your true authentic self. Change your energy, change your life.
The Wim Hof Method by Wim Hof
“We can do more than what we think." It's a belief system that I have adopted, and it has become my motto. There is more than meets the eye, and unless you are willing to experience new things, you'll never realise your full potential.” ― Wim Hof
'The Iceman' Wim Hof shares his remarkable and inspirational life story and powerful lessons on harnessing the cold to build your immune system and mental and physical resilience. Plus, lessons on breathwork and mindset to achieve what you may have thought was impossible.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” ― James Clear
In this book, James Clear lays out the foundation on how you can make life-altering changes in life by making lots of small decisions. He calls them atomic habits. The book delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience of the science of tiny habits to stay productive, motivated, and fulfilled as well as simple hacks on how to get on track. Small simple changes will go a long way and have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships, and your life.