Motivational Books for a New Year!

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

As we ring in this exciting year, we are faced with a fresh, new year brimming with opportunities and goals. The journey of a thousand miles indeed begins with the first step and as with any goal, the first step is to simply start. The process of starting to work on a goal is quite often daunting, yet exciting. The first few days and weeks, we are kept on track of our goals fueled by excitement however, if the light flickers and fades we are often left to battle our self-doubt, procrastination and distraction. During these times, we need a boost, a breath of fresh motivation to awaken ourselves to stay motivated to reach our goals.

As an avid reader, I often turn to books for inspirational wisdom and a pep-talk. Many of my mentors live within the books I read and guide me throughout my day with their striking words of wisdom that I catch while reading. To help you on this journey of improving and growing, I have compiled three books which have helped me strengthen my determination and drive. Consider picking one of these books up when you need some inspiration, some wise words or simply something interesting to read!


“Who Will Cry When You Die? Life Lessons from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma

This is one of my my favorite books because it felt as though the author was speaking directly to me about the challenges I face when my journey gets tough. One of my favorite quotes from this book reads:

I call the habit of self-discipline “Tough Love” because getting tough with yourself is actually a very loving gesture. By being stricter with yourself, you will begin to live life more deliberately, on your own terms rather than simply reacting to life the way a leaf floating in a stream drifts according to the flow of the current on a particular day. The tougher you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you. (Sharma, 9)

When you to stick by your goals, you grow as a person in the sense that your determination grows, and your resolve is strengthened. Often, getting started requires more self-discipline but, the rewards of pushing yourself to realize a goal can be priceless.

“How to Become a Straight-A Student” by Cal Newport

Even if you’re not in school, this book is still for you! Through interviewing straight A students, Newport was able to get a glimpse into their world and how they think. One key take-away from this book that can be applied to anyone’s life is: balance is key. Rest, work and play can all be enjoyed and in fact, should be enjoyed every day, to bring balance and harmony to one’s life. For students about to embark on a new semester, it is important to remember that rest and play are just as important as work. No matter how stressful a schedule may get, it is important to step back, pause and take a break.

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

There’s a reason why this book makes it to almost every inspirational book list ever made. A truly classic book, Napolean Hill’s Think and Grow Rich has stood the test of time. Every principle discussed in this book can be directly applied to our lives.

An important quote I believe is necessary for achieving goals is

“Our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means with which no man is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts” (Hill, 48).

There is so much power in positive thinking. Throughout the new year, focus on thinking positively. The more often you think positively about something, the greater the chance of achieving it.  In thinking positively, you eventually gravitate towards opportunities and ideas you may not have seen before.

These books all have one thing in common – they can help increase motivation for achieving your goals. Don’t let your New Year’s resolution lapse! Realize that you only need to take it one step at a time to achieve your goals during the journey of 2018!

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