I can’t tell you how many times I open my Believe and Create email and find someone who’s writing to me saying, “Help! I’m having a difficult time right now and my life is a mess. Life is just too hard. I’m having a problem with ABC.” What I’ve found over the years is that “ABC” boils down to a handful of problems that most of us face at one point or another in our lives.
We struggle with confidence … relationships … painful mistakes … money … procrastination … stress … grief … loneliness … depression … messy break-ups … career problems … and more. It really all comes down to dealing with pain and wanting more happiness in your life.
The quality of life your life depends on your with your willingness to learn and grow. Life will take you outside your comfort zone, whether you want it to or not. So, it’s best to face whatever’s going on with an open mind and heart.
If You Want Anything in Your Life to Change, Change the Way You Look at Things
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
If you want to improve ANY area of your life, it begins with taking a look at how you’re thinking about your life and your challenges. Thankfully, no one has to go it alone when there are so many great mentors and teachers out there who can guide us through life’s challenges and difficulties.
I’ve identified 21 major areas in life that most of us struggle with from time to time and provided a book recommendation that addresses the specific “mess” or problem that you may be facing.
If you’re ready to experience meaningful change in your life, begin the process by selecting one (or more) of these life-changing reads.
When Your Life Feels Too Hard, These Books Will Help …
Problem: Cluttered Mind and Cluttered Life. You Feel Disorganized and Overwhelmed
Solution: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Problem: You Struggle with Self-Acceptance
Solution: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
Problem: You Don’t Like Yourself Very Much, and Your Self-Talk Is Critical and Mean
Problem: You’re Just Not Happy
Solution: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Problem: Life Feels Lackluster. You Long for a Life of Deeper Meaning
Problem: You’re Not Very Disciplined and You Need the Motivation to Change
Solution: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
Problem: You’re Not Confident in Yourself and You Want to Believe in Yourself More
Solution: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Sincero
Problem: You’re Lousy with Money and You Know It’s Time to Do Something About It
Solution: Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want by Kate Northup
Problem: Your Life is So Busy and Frantic. You’d Like to Simplify and Slow Down
Solution: Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
You Are Stressed to the Max and You Need Relief … Now!
Solution: The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Martha Davis and Elizabeth Robbins Eschelman
Problem: You’ve Picked Up Some Horrible Habits and You need to Break Them
Solution: Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Most are Five Minutes or Less) by S.J. Scott
Problem: You’re an Introvert and Others Don’t “Get You”
Problem: You’re Undergoing Deep Grief and You Need Some Encouragement and Support
Solution: Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief, by Martha Whitmore Hickman
Problem: You Hate Your Body
Solution: Love Your Body, by Louise Hay
Problem: You Want to Be More Successful in Life, Both Personally and Professionally
Problem: You’re Just Facing a Whole Lot of Problems and You’re Confused
Problem: You’re Struggling in Your Relationship with Your Significant Other
Problem: You Find Yourself Depressed and Unhappy Far Too Often*
Problem: You’re Lonely Far Too Often
Solution: Leaving Loneliness Workbook: Building Relationships with Ourselves and Others by David S. Narang
20. Problem: Everyone in Your Life Seems to Take Priority Over You
Problem: A Relationship Ended that You Didn’t Want to End, And It Still Hurts
Solution: Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You by Susan J. Elliott
ONE MORE BONUS BOOK …
From the founder of Believe and Create, this final book will help you kick your worry habit and live a happier life (available exclusively in Kindle format) …
22. Problem: You’re a Worrier and It’s Taking a Big Toll on Your Life. You’re Ready to Be Happier!
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*This side does not give medical advice.