13 Must Read Books To Improve Your Habits and Life

• Mar 23 2018

Happy Friday Shockers! We hope you had a great week!  Team Pavlok has an exciting weekend ahead with our founder and CEO Maneesh giving a TEDx talk on the greatest story ever told.  You can hear his outline of the speech here.

While we typically reserve Friday’s for sharing interesting stories around the web, a fellow Shocker recently asked what some of the best books on habits were, so our team put together some of our favorites.

As you know, habit change and personal growth are a never-ending journey – there’s always more we can learn!

While not all these books are specifically related to habits, we’re confident you’ll find a gem or two to help you take your habits and life to the next level!

The Power of Habit – Easily one of the most popular habit books in the last ten years, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg shares the latest scientific discoveries on how to change your habits and behavior. If you haven’t given this a read yet, cancel your weekend plans.

Mindset:The New Psychology of Success – Written by Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., this incredibly successful book put the concept “growth mindset” on the personal development map. Dweck shares some of the best insights and strategies to live an exceptional life.

The One Thing – With so many apps, hacks, and strategies pulling us in thousands of directions, it’s no wonder it’s so hard to make lasting change. The One Thing challenges us to hone our focus and make daily strides in the areas of our lives that matter. If you’ve struggled to stay focused on your big picture goals this book is for you.

Drive – Understanding motivation and how it affects your day to life is essential in building a life in which you’re growing and improving every day. In this excellent book, Daniel Pink shares the latest research on motivation and why it’s so misunderstood. You’ll walk away with a new understanding of the world after you finish this one.

Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Quit Smoking – One of the most popular books on how to quit smoking every written, Allen Carr takes a unique approach to how to quit smoking for good. If you’ve struggled to quit smoking no matter what you’ve tried, this book will give you the mindset needed to become a non-smoker once and for all.

Make It Stick – Learning how to learn is one of the most beneficial investments you can ever make. Unfortunately, we rarely take the time to examine how we’ve been taught to learn and whether or not what we have been taught is effective.  Drawing on the latest psychology and cognitive science, you’ll learn how to be more productive in your personal and professional life.

The Miracle Morning – One of the best selling books in recent memory, and for good reason, Hal Elrod shares his incredible transformation from having a morning routine. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a ‘morning person’ this book is packed with actionable insight on how to get the most out of your day.

The Motivation Myth – “Motivation” is perhaps one of the most misunderstood concepts in science and personal development today. What’s the real ‘secret’ to motivation? Are people born with the ‘motivation’ gene? One of INC.com’s most popular columnists shares a deep dive of the latest research on motivation, and his findings will surprise you.

The Now Habit – Procrastination is a habit. The Now Habit shares actionable steps and strategies to help you stop delaying and get to work. With dozens of inspiring stories from ‘lifelong procrastinators,’ there’s plenty to take away and apply in your life. While we all procrastinate from time to time, this book will show you how to be more productive and get more done than you ever thought possible.

Nudge – With the average person making hundreds of choices each day, everything we do from what we wear to our bedtime routine can change the quality of our life. Nudge shares the latest research on how to make high-quality decisions that will create positive ripples throughout every area of your life.

Predictably Irrational – One of the most popular books among the Pavlok team, Dan Ariely shows how irrational humans are. Why do we spend hundreds of dollars on a night out, but cut out coupons for the grocery? Why do we have such counterproductive habits when it comes to romantic relationships? This book is a true masterclass in human behavior.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull – This short story about a seagull committed to living his best life is sure to move you to think about how you can take your life to the next level. It didn’t sell millions of copies around the world on accident. If you’ve ever struggled to fit in especially when it comes to your personal development journey pick up a copy today.

The Compound Effect – Small actions add up over time. Instead of swinging for the fences with your habits, finances, and fitness, invest in the long term and take small actions each day. If you’ve struggled to lose weight, quit smoking, or move up in your career, this book is a must-read.

That’s it for our special edition of #LinkFriday.

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next week!

-Team Pavlok

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