Top 8 Self-Improvement Books That Changed My life

When I was 19, I was going through a particularly hard time. I remember listening to the audiobook of Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins. I have vivid memories of being out in the snow, all bundled up with my black lab, Halle, running around as I took in the wisdom I still live by today. This book and many like it have changed me in terms of self-improvement and allowed me to course-correct as needed so that I can continue forward.

As this particularly difficult year comes to a close, I think I can speak for a large majority of us who are looking forward to a new beginning, a fresh start. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of the Top 8 Self-Improvement Books that I give a lot of credit to for the growth I’ve experienced. 

Self-Improvement Books


Think and Grow Rich 

This was a powerful self-improvement book to give me some knowledge and time to reflect on the ways that I am not supporting my growth towards financial freedom. In my opinion, as you journey through self-discovery I strongly suggest that Think and Grow Rich should be high on your list of books to read. 

The Power of Now 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is really simple look at how to find happiness and enlightenment. The concept is simply but implementing is not necessarily easy (just like any other habit). 

Awaken the Giant Within 

I really can’t say enough good things about this book. The most important thing this book did for me was put me back into the driver’s seat of my life. I was able to look at different beliefs and thought processes that were holding me back. If you are looking for a book that will make you take a good hard look at yourself– this is it! 

The Universe has your back 

Gabrielle Bernstein does a great job illustrating how moving from fear to love (or faith) is the way to live a life beyond your wildest dreams. This self-improvement book uses meditation, mantras, and more to bring your connection to faith and joy back and move you away from fear. 

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits is one of those books that hits you right away with gems and you’re determined to keep going because you’ve got a taste of the insightful, life changing knowledge the books has to offer. I bet, within the first three chapters you will have picked up a piece of information that will dictate how you proceed in your life. 

The Alchemist 

I couldn’t write this list without including the Alchemist. I’ve read this book numerous times, and what I will say is that it always has a different effect. When I’m in different stages of life I receive different messages from the book and I’m so grateful for the teachings every single time. 

The Celenstine’s Prophecy 

A dear friend recommended this book to me. He had to mention it a few times before I actually sat down and read it, but when I did, it was a game-changer. This book lead me to realize the ways we interact with each other and how our past influences the way we interact. If someone asked me to recommend only one book. This book would be it! 

These books are near and dear to my heart. I hope that they help you the way they helped me. Don’t forget to spread the word and if you find something useful in one of these books let someone know! 

Chelsea Alphonso

Digital Content Strategist

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