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11 Powerful Books That Will Set You On A New Positive Direction

Perhaps you feel like you’re chasing tail and can’t seem to place your finger on that something that’d set things right. Seize the initiative by picking one of these evergreen books to snap you out of it and help you get it together.

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If you’re on this page, chances are you aren’t one of those who have it all figured out. Apparently, they have plans from A stretching the entire alphabetical street to Z. Such that even if things aren’t going great, a contingency plan is readily available to save the day.

On the flip side, you have just had the heart-wrenching realization that you’ve lost the North Star and are drifting aimlessly at sea. It’s a hopeless situation and no one would fault you for panicking. But you have two options—throw your hands in the air and resign to “fate” or decide it’s about time you right the ship.

If you choose the latter option, you’d need some kind of self-help guide to get you going in the right direction again. Take your pick from the expansive list recommended below. These books cover diverse facets including understanding why things are messy at the moment, practical steps to get out of a rut, as well as inspiring stories to strengthen your resolve.

#1 Change Your Life! by Allen Klein

This book I wrote has inspiring words of wisdom from some of the world’s greatest thinkers. It will inspire readers to not only live their life to the fullest but also has the potential to be life-changing. Kipling once said that words are the most powerful drug used by mankind ― the words in this book are the prescription readers need to renew and reinvigorate their lives.

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Contributor: Allen Klein 

#2 The 12 Steps for Everyone by Ryn Gargulinski

Getting your life together starts by fixing what’s wrong inside, rather than outside, yourself. The 12 steps achieve exactly that. This workbook I authored, is a fun and light-hearted take on the 12 steps that helps anyone, anywhere use them to enhance their lives, whether they’re in recovery or not. You’ll learn how to eliminate resentments, mend relationships and let go of everything from age-old baggage to the need to create drama where none actually exists. Once you’re insides are in order, it’s pretty amazing how everything outside falls neatly into place.

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Contributor: Ryn Gargulinski from Ryndustries

#3 The Garden of Peace: by Rabbi Shalom Arush

Although this book is considered a religious Jewish book, the concepts and principles can be applied to all religions on how to live a peaceful, grateful life. This is the only book I have ever read four times...it's that helpful in my life. I have purchased it for many other friends who are not religious. Pay it forward kind of book. Available in English, Hebrew, Russian, and Spanish.

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Contributor: Marcel Finkelstein from Century 21

#4 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

This book by Marie Kondō will help you get your life together by getting your stuff together. If you notice the space around you getting disorganized and that your brain is consequently jumbled, then this book is for you. It provides the necessary steps to organize your living space in a way that allows the organization streak to continue long-term, and it will help you figure out which items you actually gain from in your home.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#5 Ready, Set, Go! by Nick Nanton, Brian Tracy & J W Dicks

Ready, Set, Go! is a compilation of leaders who have tried, tried, and tried again. The reader gets perspectives from accomplished individuals with a wide range of experiences: a pearl diver from Hawaii, a previously homeless person, a farm girl from South Dakota, an Emmy winning producer, a productivity expert, and more.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this book is that the reader can find an inspiring chapter for any situation they're facing from financial struggles to personal challenges. It's terrific!

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Contributor: Laurie Richards

#6 What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018 by Richard N. Bolles

This book by Richard N. Bolles will give you solid advice on how to go about your job search. It includes timeless suggestions as well as ones updated to reflect social media and other technology trends. And as it covers everything from resumes to interviews to networking and the actual job search, it’s a one-stop-shop for moving your life forward.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#7 You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This classic best-seller written by the Grandmother of Metaphysics has helped millions of people across the world! Jennifer Lopez and Oprah Winfrey both credit Hay’s book for transforming and healing lives. This book guides the reader through ideas to consider, exercises exploring health-related topics more deeply, and introduces the concept of looking at root cause” and treating it versus the “symptom.” It combines personal responsibility with inspired action for life-changing results in all areas of life. A true guide in getting life back together again.

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Contributor: Sandra Filer from The Happy Goddess 

#8 Happy Singlehood by Elyakim Kislev

Stop thinking about being single as a negative! It's a societal trap that increasingly, people aren't falling into. Being single can be Awesome. That's part of why it's becoming more and more common. That's why I'm recommending this book.

In Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living, Elyakim Kislev aims to: shine a spotlight on the mechanisms behind the rising trend of accepting and celebrating solo living, help readers to foster and embrace the joys of single-hood, and ultimately to propel individuals, researchers and policy makers to think about and pro-actively engage with the evolving ways in which human beings around the world are organizing their social and family lives.

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Contributor: Ross Schwartz from Openly Unconventional 

#9 Working My Way Back To Me by April Kirkwood

A little girl born into a dysfunctional lower middle class family filled with addiction, molestation, and adultery now is beginning conversations about what happens after we realize our life is a mess. A beacon of light for healing: Why Women Let Men Use them and the Solution to Fixing it?

This is a cinematic book that lays out in harsh technicolor all that is fake, brutal and life-snuffing about American culture. Celebrity worship, spousal abuse, sexual abuse, adultery, false religiosity, and innocence interrupted all converge into a roiling brew that boils over into one heck of a story you can't put down. A must-read in this #MeToo movement we are experiencing.

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Contributor: Katherine Fleischman from Blink PR

#10 The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

We tend to think that charisma is something some people have, while others don't, and this can cause problems in our personal lives. We also tend to have a narrow view of what charisma looks like. This book helps you find your own charismatic style so that you can develop better relationships. I'd definitely recommend for anyone who finds that many of their challenges stem from a lack of confidence or communication skills.

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Contributor: Catherine Giese from Fundera 

#11 Limitless by Laura Gassner Otting

This book focuses specifically on the question of “what if success didn’t equal happiness?” Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn't even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we Lean In - and we still feel incomplete. When we don't define success in our own terms, finding our purpose and carving our own path becomes impossible. The only way to break the cycle so that you can be better at work and life is to figure out what give you – specifically, uniquely you – consonance. And that comes from a combination of calling, connection, contribution, and control.

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Contributor: Laura Gassner Otting from Limitless Possibility 

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