These Motivational Books Will Make 2022 Your Best Year Yet

Published on January 9, 2022

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Looking to make 2022 your best year yet? The journey to becoming your best self includes feeding your mindset with inspiring, empowering and educational content that will set you up for success in the new year. That’s why we’ve rounded up five of the best motivational books to help you reach your full potential in 2022.

Motivational Books to Help You Uplevel Your Life

Reading motivational books is one of the best ways to uplevel your life in all areas. When you find a positive message that resonates with you, it can help to open new doors in your life that may have been previously closed.

Sometimes, all it takes to create a miracle in your life is a shift in perspective. Expand your mindset in the new year and become your best self by reading one (or all!) of these motivational books:

1. Can’t Hurt Me

In “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds”, athlete, author, speaker, retired United States Navy SEAL and general certified badass David Goggins shares the inspiring story of how he overcame poverty, racism, depression and other major life obstacles to become the success he is today. If you’re hoping to cultivate greater mental toughness, build resilience and tap into your full potential in 2022, this is one of the motivational books that will help you get there.

2. Make Your Bed

Also penned by a decorated Navy SEAL, Admiral William H. McRaven, “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World” is based on the inspiring viral commencement speech he gave at the University of Texas in 2014. The book is definitely one of the most motivational books on the market and includes some of the life skills and lessons McRaven learned during his time as a SEAL, including starting each day off by completing a simple task: making your bed. The theory behind this simple life rule is that learning to master the small things will help to set you up for success with the big things.

3. The Happiness Advantage

In “The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life” author Shawn Achor explains why cultivating happiness in your daily life can help achieve success and greater fulfillment at work, in relationships and any other area of your life that needs improvement. Although we tend to believe that happiness will follow once we get the job, lose the weight, or meet your partner, “The Happiness Advantage” explains why this is a fallacy. If we hope to see better results in our life, we should first be focusing on rewiring our brain to adopt a more positive outlook before going for our goals. Add this to your list of motivational books to read this year and watch your mindset transform.

4. The Mountain Is You

Hoping to finally kick that bad habit to the curb in 2022? Then “The Mountain is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery” by Brianna Wiest is one of the best motivational books for you. Using the mountain as a metaphor for our own internal obstacles, this book can help you navigate self-sabotaging behaviors by building emotional intelligence, releasing trauma and acting as your highest potential self. 

5. Stop Overthinking

As the 2020s continue to unfold, overthinking has become an extreme sport — but it’s also one of the main causes of unhappiness. If you’re prone to ruminating about past failures, embarrassing moments, or the fearful, uncertain future, “Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present” by Nick Trenton is one of the best motivational books to help you ditch the stress, improve your emotional wellness and start living your best life.  

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.