Five Books to Read If You Are Serious About Making Lasting Personal Change

One of the main reasons for the failure of any change effort is the fact that we are seduced and misguided by popular media.

  • As an example take the tagline from Nike advertisements – “Just Do It”.  We all know that “Just Do It” is easier said than done!
  • Or take a look at any book or magazine cover and you will find different versions of – “Get rich/get thin/change your life/find your perfect mate in 15/30/45 days!!”  If it was that easy then we would all be rich, thin, and having a perfect life as well as life-partners!
  • Type a search term in Google search “How to change your life” and you will get 100 million listings!  Most of it is nothing but popular advice that has no scientific basis.

We all know from experience that making a personal change is hard.  It is easy to get discouraged when we make a real effort and still not get the results we were expecting.

What if we could learn from experts who have spent their entire life studying what works when it comes to personal change?  What if we could separate the really good advice from the fluff?  Well here are five books that fit the above description.  They can really help you understand the personal change process.  And when you have the right knowledge and the right tools that are tried and tested – your chances of succeeding increase exponentially.

1. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical & Financial Destiny! By Anthony Robbins



Anthony Robbins is the guru of the personal, professional and organizational turnaround. He has advised Presidents, Royal families, MPs, professional athletes and Fortune 500 CEO’s. Robbins teaches us that success is habit forming and the habit of success, once learned, is nearly impossible to forget.  How to prepare blueprint you need to follow to start changing your old patterns and replace them with new ones that empower you to achieve all your goals. Buy it at by clicking the link below:





2. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge


Norman Doidge is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.  In this book he explains the plasticity of the human brain and how with training the brain can overcome almost any obstacle, using real life examples of people who have overcome seemingly insurmountable physical and mental conditions.  This book will inspire you and give you tools to make that personal transformation you have always dreamed of.

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3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg


Here is what Financial Times has to say about this book – “Few books become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good.”  Duhigg explores what science has to teach us about how habits are formed, how they function, how they can be modified and how they influence our lives and our business world.

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4. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard Hardcover by Chip Heath and Dan Heath


Why do some huge changes, like marriage, come joyously, while some trivial changes, like submitting an expense report on time, meet fierce resistance?  We have two separate “systems” in their brains—a rational system and an emotional system. The rational system is a thoughtful, logical planner. The emotional system is, well, emotional—and impulsive and instinctual. When these two systems are in alignment, change can come quickly and easily (as when a dreamy-eyed couple gets married). When they’re not, change can be grueling (as anyone who has struggled with a diet can attest). In those situations where change is hard, is it possible to align the two systems? Is it possible to overcome our internal “schizophrenia” about change? We believe it is.

Through a simple analogy of the Elephant, the Rider and the Path – Chip and Dan Heath make this book not only a fascinating read, but also a practical guide to making change in any area of your life.

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5. Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron Mcmillan, Al Switzler


Why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year’s Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can’t people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

Based upon actual scientific findings, the authors of CHANGE ANYTHING will show that traditional will-power is not necessarily the answer to these strivings, that people are affected in their behaviors by far more subtle influences. CHANGE ANYTHING shows how individuals can come to understand these powerful and influential forces, and how to put these forces to work in a positive manner that brings real and meaningful results.

The authors present an array of everyday examples that will change and truly empower you to reexamine the way you go about your business and life.

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Take time to read and apply these tried and tested methodologies in these five wonderful books.  It will not only increase your understanding of how change really happens but also make your change effort a lot easier. 

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