Top 10 Motivational Books to Push Those with Itchy Feet to Finally Get Going

We all know everything we need to know to succeed in life. Yet, we don’t. A large part of success comes from taking action and from taking that first step. Yet, we procrastinate, wallow in self-doubt, and never inch forward towards our goals.

Some of us do try, but eventually stop. We don’t bring in all that we need to so that we see things through. Thankfully, there’s no dearth of some really motivating books that can get us going through these thoughts and liberate you from the inertia of not doing anything.What you need is motivation. You’d need to rework your psyche. You need that much needed push.

Here is the list of 10 best inspirational books to motivate you if you have itchy feet and if you’ve been rearing to go, but you haven’t, for some reason.

10. The Compound Effect, By Darren Hardy

First Published: 2010

What It’s About:

There are no magic bullets in life. No matter what you choose to do or believe, the only way forward – on the path to your success – is by taking action. It only happens when you put in the work. There are no secrets, tips, or hyperbole. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy drags you by the collar and help you take everyday decisions that’ll matter tomorrow. The Compound Effect is a distillation of some of the most fundamental principles that’ve been the guiding factors for phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, work, and more.

Why You Should Read It:

If you’ve been looking for a simple, easy-to-use system that can help you take action, make decisions that matter, and to multiply your success, pick up The Compound Effect and create the exact kind of success that you’d be happy with. The book reveals how some seemingly insignificant changes you make to your life creates huge differences in the outcome, just like the power of compounding.

Best Quote:

“If we need to succeed, we need to recover our grandparents’ work ethic.”

9. Just Start, By Leonard A. Schlesinger

First Published: 2012

What It’s About:

You can’t predict your way to success. If you can’t, how do you then achieve your goals? The answer: you don’t predict. You don’t theorize. You just do. Just Start by Leonard A. Schlesinger is written by a trio of accomplished business leaders that combines research with proven, real-world practices to start and advance towards your goals.

Why You Should Read It:

The world is as uncertain as it gets today and there’s no way you can predict what’s going to happen tomorrow. You are either riding the wave or you are falling off it. If you fall, it’ll hurt. You don’t want that. Are you a go-getter? Or are you pining to be one? Do you want to succeed? Do you want to attain the pinnacle of success? Just Start helps you succeed by helping you determine the best strategy and tactics, especially when the future is uncertain. It helps you minimize risks of failing along the way.

Best Quote:

“Treating an uncertain world as if it were certain only gets you into trouble.”

8. How Successful People Think, By John C. Maxwell

First Published: 2009

What It’s About:

The best way to learn to get ahead in life, to start doing things that matter, is to tread on a path that others before you have done. It’d be nice if you can duplicate the levels of success (as much as you can) that some of the greatest people have achieved. How Successful People Think is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller and it helps you to tap into your creative potential, develop the mindset you need, and pick up just the right mojo from people who’ve already done this before you.

Why You Should Read It:

If you’ve been curious how some people — with barely any skills and hardly any talent — achieve monumental success, pick up How Successful People Think and you’ll know it all. It’s your ticket to attain levels of success you’ve only dreamt of and by following the tips and practical insights within, you’d have your way to exactly where you want to go. The book is a perfect way to derive lessons from the past to help build a future you want.

Best Quote:

“If you want to be a sharp thinker, be around sharp people.”

7. The Power of Now, By Eckhart Tolle

First Published: 1999

What It’s About:

The Power of Now is one of the best books, ever. More than 2 million copies sold, it’s a book in which every sentence is truth and power to you. Eckhart Tolle’s specialty is powerful writing without being too preachy. He won’t set himself into a discourse and he won’t drown you with “do this and do that”. He eases you into an easy, simple but powerful message: live in the now. Experience this moment you are experiencing. Don’t relive the past and don’t race into the future.

Why You Should Read It:

Everyone should grab Eckhart’s powerful, soul-enriching, and possibly life-changing writing. No other book does justice to his writing than The Power of Now. It’s not necessarily “spiritual” and it’s not even preachy. It’s just powerful. Generally, it’s hard to follow Eckhart’s teachings. He is tough and following his teachings are like an extreme boot camp. Yet, there’s wisdom in it all.

Best Quote:

“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.”

6. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

First Published: 2012

What It’s About:

We are what we think and what we do. Consciously or subconsciously, we end up doing a lot of things we shouldn’t be doing or that are detrimental to the very path we chart out to get the things we need. The New York Times Business reporter Charles Duhigg digs deep into research, delves into stories, and reveals the true nature of human habits. How do we create habits? How do we form them? How do we break them? Charles gets as deep as how and why we behave the way we do to why companies are run in a particular way and more.

Why You Should Read It:

Have you been suffering from a habit that’s been killing you slowly? Do you find yourself “not doing something”, or “doing something you shouldn’t” or have you never had the chance to do something better? It’s all about your habits and Charles’ The Power of Habit is a true revelation about your own habits and about those who you work with or even how companies and governments are run.

Best Quote:

“The Golden rule of habit change: You Can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”

5. Awaken the Giant Within, By Anthony Robbins

First Published: 1991

What It’s About:

There’s just something about Tony Robbins as he sets about taking the herculean task of motivating millions of people worldwide. But he is unlike other motivational writers. He focuses on training your psyche, your mind, and your body itself and not just go rah rah on morals. Awaken the Giant Within is all about digging out the best of you from within you. It’s about you being the best you can be. No one can put it better than Tony can.

Why You Should Read It:

Awaken the Giant Within is all about you taking immediate control of yourself, your mind, your body, and also your destiny. The book is a must read for those looking for emotional, physical, and financial destiny. Tony Robbins dwells big on the science of peak performance and the book is full of tips, techniques, and insights for mastering all those things you’ve always wanted to.

Best Quote:

“If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”

4. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz, PhD.

First Published: 1959

What It’s About:

Let’s be honest: You don’t need empty promises. You can do better without all that constant belittling that happens everywhere around you – at work, at home, and in your social circles. In The Magic of Thinking Big David J. Schwartz sets out to prove that you can achieve all that you ever wanted without having to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain success. David coaches you on how you can think and behave as if you already got there.

Why You Should Read It:

If you’ve been looking for a kick of a lifetime and if you want to get the most out of your job, your business, your life in general, from your marriage, and from other relationships, the book is for you. The Magic of Thinking Big is about “Big” in everything that relates to you and matters to you just as much.

Best Quote:

“Think big and you’ll live big. You’ll live big in happiness. You’ll live big in accomplishment. Big in Income. Big in friends. Big in respect.”

3. Who Moved My Cheese?, By Spencer Johnson M.N

First Published: 1998

What It’s About:

Who moved my cheese is an amusing but deep and illustrating book that has a simple message for all of us: change is inevitable, deal with it. The book is so popular that it’s often used as material for onboarding new recruits and for managers as a motivational tool. It’s the story of two mice who struggle to find cheese, until both the mice realize that the cheese has been moved. The lessons come in just after the mice realize that.

Why You Should Read It:

The only thing that’s constant is change. The word “change” itself can rattle some of the toughest of the people. But you have to endure change. In fact, you have a need to thrive. It’s a quick, short read, and it states the obvious. Beware of feeling slightly insulted since most people don’t like anything “obvious but still profound” to be rattled off at them. Don’t read the book if you don’t like taking advice though. It’s short and gets to the point pretty quick.

Best Quote:

“He was happy when he wasn’t run by his fears.”

2. The Power of Positive Thinking, By Norman Vincent Peale

First Published: 1952

What It’s About:

The Power of Positive Thinking has been written for the sole purpose of motivating us, the readers, and it’s the precursor to The Secret. It’s already helped millions of people fulfil their dreams and take action. The practical tips in the book compel you to take action, take strides forward despite any of your own setbacks, and helps you reinforce your beliefs in life. You’ll achieve goals, create better personal or professional relationships, and control what happens to you.

Why You Should Read It:

Stress is a killer and it usually surfaces because we find ourselves unable to achieve things we want to – mostly due to our own inactions and self-limiting beliefs. The Power of Positive Thinking – a classic by Normal Vincent Peale is a true life-changing guide to help you bring about remarkable results.

Best Quote:

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

1. Think and Grow Rich, By Napoleon Hill

First Published: 1937

What It’s About:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a legendary classic. It’s a “Must-have” on your book shelf and in your life. Although written decades ago, every word still holds true. The momentum of narration in the book is powerful that should tell you why the book sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. The book lists out 16 laws for you to follow on your path to achieve success.

Why You Should Read It:

If you should pick just one book from the entire lot of books on motivation available to you, it’d be this one. Peppered with motivational stories and numerous instances of achievements against all odds, Think and Grow Rich has been so influential that none of the actual text has ever been changed even in later editions. It’s old, but it’s gold.

Best Quote:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

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Conclusion

We humans have incredible potential within us. While your ambitions might not be that grand, they are still what they are, and they mean a lot to you. Any of these inspirational books listed above could set you off on a path you deserve to be on.

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