Now, round the beginning of January, is usually when people start settings goals and making new year’s resolutions. It’s always an exciting and motivating time of year. But usually by June, July many people have given up on their good intentions. We’ve all done it.
So I decided to put together a list of books that will help both you and I have the best year and be our best selves, keeping us focused on our goals and our dreams alive.
Please don’t limit yourself to just these books, there are literally thousands of inspiring books just waiting to be read, the trick is to find what works for you.
1. Oh all the places you’ll go – Dr. Seuss
If I had to pick just one, this is by far my favourite book. Oh the places you’ll go is a beautiful and inspiring writing that speaks about the potential each of us holds. It has the quirky character one would expect from any Dr. Seuss book, along with all his gorgeous illustrations.
2. The Happiness Project – By Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project is the PERFECT book for when you are setting new year’s goals and resolutions. In it, Rubin tells of her experience as she dedicated a whole year to being a happier person. It is a brilliant read (and as you can tell from the worn corners I took this book everywhere). One very important thing I took to heart from this book was that we are all really just looking to be happy. We do this by striving for growth in ways that vary from person to person.
3. Better than before – By Gretchen Rubin
This is a book that will help you conquer the habits you wish to instill within yourself. Full of personal experience and techniques that help you to discipline yourself and set habit changing goals that are suited to you. It is definitely one of the best books to start the new year with.
4. The Little Paris Bookshop – By Nina George
This also sits at the top of my ‘favourite books’ list just for the beauty and style with which the book is written. It is a story that will help teach you to let go of the past and to live your best adventure now. Set in France, it is a tale about a man who has missed out on the last 20 years of his life, mourning for his lost love. In the end he realizes that instead of mourning the fact that she was no longer his, he should cherish the memories he had with her and live as passionately as he could with the life he now has.
5. Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – By Robin Sharma
This is a book I am still currently reading and LOVING. It is set with a number of chapters only 1 or 2 pages in length, each with a different lesson of life. It acts as a reminder to live the best life I can, as simply and fully as I can.
6. A Planner – This one is from Typo (but you can get yours anywhere)
Ok so this isn’t a ‘book’ per say but I think it is essential to start the new year with a planner (your phone calendar/planner thingy works too – I’m just old-fashioned and prefer pen and paper) for the simple reason that it helps you monitor yourself, your new goals and the habits you want to create. If you don’t want a daily planner a weekly one will do just fine, or even a calendar. I feel that the best way to start your New Beginning is to plan that new beginning in some way or another and any planner will help you do just that.
7. Journal/Sketch book/Visual diary – Bought this one at the Irene Market in Centurion
So again this isn’t really a book but it is a place where you can write down your own story, your own inspirations, goals, dreams and thoughts. A daily/weekly journal can be anything you want it to be. It can be a place where you write down your favourite quotes, where you scribble your daily thoughts or where you sketch your daily happenings – you can make it what you want. I promise that keeping a journal of some kind will help you organize your thoughts and feelings and even simply express yourself. I use mine to sketch in, take not of things I’m grateful for, write down quotes and sketch to my hearts content, it doesn’t need to be anything specific, it is just what it is and I have loved making it that way.
I hope that you enjoyed this list and that you’ll consider reading some of these great books for yourself, even if you’re not so into the whole new year, new goals fad – these books will be worth your while. If you have any other books you have read that have helped you to make new beginnings, please comment below and share.