Do you want to be a better you in 2018? Get inspired with the 10 best self-improvement books of 2017.
I’ve included five books that I’ve read and five more that I’ve heard great things about and can’t wait to read. In some cases, I’ve even had the privilege of interviewing some of these amazing authors on the My Instruction Manual podcast.
Agree / disagree with the list? Scroll down and let me know in the comments.
Best Self-Improvement Books of 2017: Five books I’ve read
Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz
Schwartz used to be an always-on, often-angry fashion consultant. Then she discovered mindfulness meditation. She’s opened a drop-in meditation center in Los Angeles to make the practice more accessible. Written with a similar goal, the book is a fantastic primer for anyone wanting to learn the basics of meditation without all the spiritual mumbo jumbo. (Amazon: Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers)
We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee
Most self-help books about talking include tips for people who are introverted or socially awkward. This book is geared more to those who don’t know they have a problem. Put it under the tree from ‘Santa’ for that person who talks much but listens poorly. (Amazon: We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter)
Celeste was my guest on a recent episode of the My Instruction Manual podcast. Listen here:
The One Minute Workout by Martin Gibala
Martin is perhaps the world’s leading expert in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The one-minute work out is a bit of an exaggeration. It’s actually three 20-second all-out sprints inserted into a low-intensity workout. It sounds easy, but I tried it and it nearly killed me. (Amazon: The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter)
Martin was my guest on a recent episode of the My Instruction Manual podcast. Listen here:
Hiding in the Bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele
It’s possible to thrive in business without being an always-on extrovert. Morra outlines how in this book. (Amazon: Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home))
Morra was a guest on a recent episode of the My Instruction Manual podcast. Listen here:
The Ripple Effect by Greg Wells
This book is crammed with useful tips on how to improve your fitness, diet, sleep and mind. (Amazon: The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better}
Greg was my guest in a recent episode of the My Instruction Manual podcast. Check it out here:
Best Self-Improvement Books of 2017: Five Books I can’t wait to read
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Brené is amazing. Enough said. (Amazon: Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone)
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
I’m a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin. Her book The Happiness Project inspired a lot of what I do on My Instruction Manual. This book provides a fascinating new paradigm for understanding an individual’s relationship to goals, and why they motivate people differently. (Amazon: The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too))
How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
I haven’t read this one yet, but YouTuber Lilly Singh is a powerful force for positivity and my son Connor loves the book. (Amazon: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life)
Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson
We keep hearing that meditation is good for us. This book presents the science to back that up. (Amazon: Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body)
Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferris
Ferriss has re-defined the self-improvement industry with his “Four-Hour” series. He says this book might be his best yet. (Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World)
Have you read any of these? What did you think? What am I missing? What else should be on the list of the 10 best self-improvement books of 2017? What should I be adding to my own Christmas list? Please scroll down and let me know in the comments.