10 Books to Jumpstart Your New Year's Resolutions

When the new year rolls around, you’ll likely have some resolutions you'd like to accomplish to improve your personal and professional lives. Make sure you begin the year with motivation and vision by reading these 10 inspirational books. With each turning page, you'll be changing your life for the better!

  1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Elizabeth Gilbert’s book addresses how we can overcome fear, accept it for what it is, and lead whatever a creative life means for us individually. It’s rich in examples from Gilbert’s life and the lives of other creative individuals, and the piece is beautiful from the first word to the last. It’s an excellent book to motivate you for the coming year.
  2. The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
    If you’re feeling lost, overwhelmed with your current career, or simply unfulfilled, then The Crossroads of Should and Must is the book to help you figure out the problem and find the solution. Elle Luna uses her own life experience and the experiences of other artists to depict how finding your “must” is more important than obeying your “should.” 
  3. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
    This is for those struggling with thoughts of inadequacy and the belief that they must be perfect. Brene Brown’s motivational book offers 10 guideposts to lead the reader to a place of self-acceptance and peace.
  4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
    After being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science, delivered his last lecture to a group of 400 students and colleagues. His lecture has been expanded into this book, which covers the lessons he wanted to impart to others, things he wanted his children to know about him, and the importance of leading your life in the right way so you can achieve your dreams. This is the book to read if you need inspiration and advice to reach for the stars in 2016.
  5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
    If you’re looking to have a more productive and pointed year, then Steven Covey’s book can provide you with the tools to solve your personal and professional problems. You’ll also learn how to adjust with the changes and take advantage of change.
  6. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
    Eckhart Tolle’s book comes with a ringing endorsement from Oprah Winfrey herself. It’s been an international bestseller thanks to its deep insights and advice. As the book's Amazon summary states, it “takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.” This is exactly what we all need to accomplish for the new year.
  7. The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zuvak
    Gary Zuvak discusses the changing meaning of power in our lives and how we can use that to follow our own paths of happiness. He discusses how you can give your everyday tasks meaning and importance so you can lead a life that means more to you. The new year is the time to create a more meaningful life, and this is the book to help you do it successfully.
  8. How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
    The author of Chicken Soup for the Soul provides a roadmap for readers to use on their journey to achieving goals and dreams. The 25 principles inside can be applied to all aspects of your life, including finances, romantic relationships, family life, and lofty career dreams. Reading this book can give you the boost and plan you need to create the life you want in 2016.
  9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
    No matter what your ambitions and plans for the new year, understanding the reasons behind your habits is the key to success. Duhigg explores human nature and what makes habits tick so that you can use that information to transform your life.
  10. Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie
    Gordon MacKenzie’s book, described as “the intersection of human creativity and the bottom line,” details how the author was able to reach a high level of creativity in his professional career and find personal fulfillment in his work. If you’re struggling to find the creative outlet you need in your job, then this book can help you discover its hiding place.