12 Books that can add value and perspective to your life going into a new year
2020 is about to come to an end (thank God) and a new year is right around the corner. Now, usually I don’t jump on the whole “new year, new me” bandwagon, but this year has gone wrong in a lot of ways. I don’t think I have ever been so happy for a year to come to an end and for a new one to start.
Things aren’t just going to magically disappear all because we are in a different year, I know this. But, it is a new year, and when a new year comes around, many more people are optimistic and hoping for a change — which is good!
If you want to make the most out of your time, I believe educating ourselves when we have some free time is a great approach.
2021 is a great time to bring new information, create new perspectives, seek new ways to better yourself and just make a smart investment into yourself.
Here are 12 Must Read Books Going Into 2021
Shawn Stevenson has an excellent Podcast called the Model Health Show and it is is definitely worth a peak. Some of the issues that we deal with have a lot to do with our nutrition.
In Eat Smarter, Nutritionist, bestselling author, and #1-ranked podcast host Shawn Stevenson breaks down the science of food with a 30-day program to help you lose weight, reboot your metabolism and hormones, and improve your brain function.
Most importantly, he explains how changing what you eat can transform your life by affecting your ability to make money, sleep better, maintain relationships, and be happier.
“When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep.” – Shawn Stevenson. Sleep is vital towards our overall health and it is something that is too casually overlooked. Sleep Smarter is definitely a must read book going into 2021. Improve your sleep, improve your life.
The Obstacle Is The Way
Based on the timeless philosophical principles laid down by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and a rich trove of unexpected historical examples. The Obstacle Is The Way presents an infinitely elastic formula for turning our toughest trials into our greatest triumphs.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
Improvement takes time and there are principles behind true change. Stephen Covey shares the most important 7 habits people should focus on in order to achieve lasting change. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a classic and has captivated readers for over 30 years.
I first read this book a few years ago, I later needed to read it again to really take in the message. The Alchemist is another timeless classic that teaches us about the wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens that are presented to us throughout life.
Make Your Bed
Based on a Navy SEAL’s inspiring graduation speech, this #1 New York Times bestseller of powerful life lessons “should be read by every leader in America” (Wall Street Journal). Make Your Bed teaches us that it’s the little things throughout our days that we accomplish, that bring about the biggest results.
The Wim Hof Method
There is power in taking cold showers in the mornings. It is a great habit to pick up and implement into your daily and morning routines. Wim Hof is the God Father of teaching people around the world the power of harnessing the cold.
Didn’t See That Coming
2020 has shown that when adversity strikes, too many are just unprepared. Adversity is not easy, but we all need to learn how to pivot when things take a turn for the worse. This becomes easier said than done, but Rachel Hollis in Didn’t See That Coming has a great book on dealing with changes that come in life — the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, and more. A great must read book in 2021 for sure.
Think Like A Monk
Jay Shetty is a social media superstar, and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose where he goes over timeless wisdom that he learned through his journey of being a monk. Think Like A Monk is filled with great practical information that people can adopt to live a more meaningful life.
How To Adult A Practical Guide
Life is complex and whether you are still a kid growing up, or an adult who is still trying to put the pieces together, this is a great book to pick up. How To Adult A Practical Guide is more of a manual on handling key areas of your life such as advice on living, working and finance.
Rich Dad Poor Dad
The first time I read this book, my view on money changed. This book helped me form a completely new paradigm when it comes to financial responsibility. Rich Dad Poor Dad is a must read book going into 2021. Understanding and improving our financial responsibility is important to say the least. This book sheds light on the lack of financial education we are receiving, and how to turn that around for ourselves through a telling story.
The Ride Of A Lifetime
Robert Iger, became CEO of the Walt Disney Company in 2005. With a 5 star rating on Amazon and over 7,000 reviews, The Ride Of A Lifetime is a book filled with extremely valuable lessons that he took with him as he exited his tenure of 15 years. Reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and finding the people to bring that magic to life is what his experience was all about. An inspirational story, with a wealth of wisdom and knowledge to go along with it.
If we are healthy, years will come and go, time will pass you by regardless of what takes place in your life. It is important to continue to grow with life, stretch and soak in as much as we can while we still have it.
Books are a great way to add new perspectives to your life, and understand new meaning that you didn’t even know existed, but has been sitting in front of you the whole time.
Make it a priority within your daily routine to pick up a book and feed your brain for a few minutes each day. Start small, focus on the implementation, and focus on the consistency — the knowledge will come.