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Transform your life: 7 personal development books to help you thrive

Books on personal development can help you find your purpose in life and point you in the right direction. Here are a few books that you must read to transform your life for the better.
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One of the most important decisions you can take for yourself is to follow the path of self-growth or personal development. The journey towards self-growth is a lifelong process, and you are likely to face many obstacles along the way. However, taking this journey is critical for self-improvement and happiness in life.

Constantly improving yourself through well-defined personal development goals gives you more confidence and makes you a happier and more satisfied person. You become more self-aware, develop emotional intelligence and embrace the idea that challenges are new opportunities to grow and evolve.

A great way to kick-start your journey towards personal development is by reading some inspiring books to guide you in that direction. These personal development books can also help you find your purpose and suggest ways to accomplish your goals by unleashing your true potential.

Here is our list of the best personal development books that can help you grow and transform your life for the better.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R Covey

This highly acclaimed book is based on the belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our perceptions. To change a given situation, we must first change ourselves. And to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions. The author encourages you to explore your true character and take responsibility for your decisions. He outlines seven useful habits that can help you attain success both personally and professionally. The book urges you to look within yourself for the solution to any problem and take strategic actions to solve it. Its key insights help improve your motivation, energy and work-life balance. If you want to lead a purposeful and fulfilling life, adopting the principle-based approach discussed in this book can genuinely help you.

Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry

In this book, the author takes you through the process of discovering what makes you unique and sets you apart from the rest. He calls this uniqueness the “authentic voice.” According to Henry, those who identify and develop their authentic voice gain more attention and exert more influence. He offers a strategy for developing and courageously using your authentic voice to create something you are proud of, which also resonates deeply with others. Whether you are a writer, a businessman or a manager building a brand, the clearer and more compelling your voice and vision, the better your message will connect with your audience. This book can help you find your true self and what you need to do to grow as a person.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is a wonderful personal development book and a must-read for stress management and personal growth. Ruiz talks about the various scenarios that can help you make positive changes to your life. He suggests practical ways to free yourself from your inner critic, who, like an authoritarian ruler constantly monitors your every move, finds fault in everything you do, and punishes you for a mistake over and over again. The way out of this nightmare according to Ruiz is to commit to the “four agreements”—to be impeccable with your word, to never take anything personally, to not make assumptions, and to always do your best. When you honour these agreements, you will find yourself on the path of personal freedom, which will allow you to work on your shortcomings and evolve as a person.

Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

This personal development book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Charles Duhigg talks about the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, learning to manage how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. Duhigg stresses that productivity relies on making certain important choices that others often overlook. It lies in the way we make our daily decisions, the big ambitions that we embrace, and the easy goals that we often ignore. The ability to set goals intelligently is what distinguishes a productive person from a busy person. This book can help you succeed in life by getting more done without sacrificing what you care about the most.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

This 1946 book by Viktor E Frankl has captivated readers with its vivid descriptions of life in Nazi concentration camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Frankl chronicles his own experiences as an inmate and argues that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed hope. He discovers that in life, we need three things to derive meaning from—purposeful work, love, and courage during times of difficulty. He urges readers to find a purpose strong enough to get them through any challenge that life throws at them. The book also emphasises that you have a choice in how you want to respond to a particular situation, and your choice makes all the difference.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey

In this personal development book, renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey explains the mind-body connection and how the brain changes with physical activity, which can be transformative for a better life. The author urges you to think of exercise as a prescription for overall health and wellness. He emphasises that exercise holds the key to helping your body ward off chronic stress, depression, anger, addiction, and much more. He uses science-backed data that conclusively shows that exercise doesn’t just lead to a better body, but also a better brain. This book will forever change the way you think about your morning run, and inspire you to improve your cognitive ability through exercise.

Your Inner Will: Finding Personal Strength in Critical Times by Piero Ferrucci

This bestselling personal development book by psychotherapist Piero Ferrucci talks about the unrecognised potential of willpower and how it can be consciously developed and accessed, especially during challenging times. Focussing on the different aspects of inner will, each chapter opens with a lesson or a fable selected from various cultures and closes with an exercise that draws on the techniques inspired by spiritual meditative practices. Read this book to learn how resilient people recover from tragedies and setbacks and how anyone can develop a similar mastery over their fear and anxiety.

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