Imagine that you couldn’t clear the only exam that you have been taking for the past four years in order to prove yourself. After all these years of ‘failure’, your friends have started recommending you places to work for, some references that they have so that you don’t waste your time in giving the exam again.
Demotivating isn’t it? I am sure most of you have faced a situation in your life where friends, family and close acquaintances have stopped believing in your dreams. They think that it is time to move on. Listening to them, you feel that maybe what they are saying is right. Maybe you should actually move ahead in life, leaving on the only dream that you had, working your ass off for years only to get a ‘failure’ as the last result.
But when you start with a new venture – maybe a job, a startup, or some other exam, you feel that it is really very difficult to make your brain understand that things aren’t the same as they were. You cannot pick up the test series again and start solving questions. The newspaper you are reading is not going to be used to make notes. In fact, you are not supposed to read the newspaper because you have to take off your brain from ‘the usual stuff’ which failed you.
When there is no source of inspiration, the only thing that can help you overcome all the miseries in life is a little 300-paged book, which is actually a lifetime experience. A ‘successful’ person, or at least an experienced one, in all the proximity that you can gather to the author through his/her book, explains to you how they were in the same situation as you are in, but somehow they escaped this level of illusion! This is why reading books – especially the ones sharing a life-experience with all their ups and downs, is important. Inspirational and Self-help books is the best way you can bring the positive change you are seeking currently. So what are you waiting for? Here are 7 inspirational books which I think can bring the change within you –
- The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J Schwartz
‘Think big’ is the most important conclusion that I gathered by reading this book. No matter what the circumstance, if you think big, you’ll have all the happiness in life, all the success in life, all the friends in life, all the respect in life. Every event of life is big if you think big. Upgrade your thinking, only then can you upgrade your life. Success, as he says, is not determined by the size of the brain, but rather by the way you think. Detailed book summary can be found here.
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
No matter what you do, it is very important to believe in what your heart says. Our heart and soul are power sources, and no matter how circumstances change in your life, you never have to give up on what your heart thinks.
I have had a number of ‘blocks’ in my life, asking me to give up, to leave the journey in between and pursue something new. Even though I haven’t tasted success yet in my life, my dreams stand. No matter how many times I fail, because that is where my heart and soul will take me every time.
What does your heart say? Let me know in the comment section.
3. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson
The book is like a guide helping you manage the small pains in your life. Book is filled with practical suggestions to lead a peaceful life. The three things that clung to my thought process after reading this awesome book is –
- To remember that life isn’t as complicated as we make it up, not an emergency situation for sure.
- Relax – there should be no procrastination on relaxing.
- Treat others well, give them a break. Stop judging ‘why they did this’, instead say ‘there must be a reason’.
Just relax. Appreciate what you already have. You may be a 22-year old working your ass off for a project whose client might not know you ever. You might be a 60-year old pensioner who is cribbing at how the government is asking taxes for taking out your own savings! You need to chill. There are a lot of other things happening which needs to be appreciated first. Everything will get a solution, and there’s no point stressing about it.
4. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin gives herself a one year time to experiment on ways to get happier, without crazy actions like moving to an isolated island, quitting the job, or starting to smoke up. She doesn’t recommend flying away from all the ‘materialistic pleasures’ in life. Being happy can come with daily efforts, no matter how small they are. A method that she employs is a ‘Resolution Chart’, which keeps her motivated about daily ways of keeping herself happy. Getting doses of mental energy boosts through exercising, or sleeping early and waking up early, quitting nagging habits, etc. are some recommendations.
5. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You, by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra asserts that each cell in our body is comprised of two invisible amazing ingredients – one is energy, and the other is awareness. Our body has the instinct of changing and renewing itself. But transforming the body isn’t enough. This body transformation has to be complemented with the change in the soul. When body and soul start transforming, it paves the way for more creativity, brings in more intelligence, transcending the mental obstacles and unfolding the miracles that your living encompasses.
6. The Art of Happiness, by Dalai Lama
Everyone, undoubtedly, is in the pursuit of happiness. But this happiness can be attained only by self-reflection. When you self-introspect, trying to go deeper into the realities of yourself, is when you find true happiness. But why is seeking happiness important?
It is because life needs a purpose to live. This purpose is necessary in order to attain clarity, vision, and a mission for your life. The journey of life can be embarked only when you possess clarity on the happenings of life, and how you wish to bring a change.
7. The Success Principle, by Jack Canfield
The book focuses on three major principles for success –
Take 100 per cent responsibility for every experience that you had in your life.
a. Every action of yours should be intended and in lines with the highest goal, highest principles, and highest values that you attach too.
b. ‘Making complaints’ should be replaced with taking actions, or making requests.
c. The idea that I draw from this book – believe in yourself, and the efforts that you put in. This would make sure you have faith in what your heart says.
When we change the beliefs that we behold within us, we make personal breakthroughs. But what is the way to do it? Anthony Robbins says that associating pain to the older beliefs, reminding yourself how the old belief has caused you all the pain in your life, and can further cost you in the present, and ultimately the future. Adding to this, the need is to adopt a self-belief and to further associating this with tremendous pleasure.
Find inspiration that you need to change your life around by reading these books.