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The Best Motivational Books To Read When You’re in a Rut

Summer is almost here and while we all love to spend it unwinding at the beach, it’s also the perfect time to fuel your inner fire, especially if you’ve been stuck in a rut lately. No matter what your vibe is, these books offer the perfect blend of relaxation and motivation. If you’re feeling a little restless and ready to make some big moves in your life, we’ve got a list of the best motivational books to get you chasing after those dreams and attracting all the good and yummy things in your life. 

1. Vivid Vision by Cameron Herald

Ever feel overwhelmed by vague goals and unfulfilled aspirations? Cameron Herald’s book proposes a clear and actionable solution. His six-step process guides you in crafting a detailed, three-year vision for your business or personal life. This “Vivid Vision” goes beyond goal-setting. It encourages visualization, incorporating all your senses to paint a picture of what success looks, feels, and even sounds like. Imagine walking through your dream office, interacting with happy client, or celebrating a major achievement. Herald argues that by vividly describing this future state, you’ll ignite passion, attract the right opportunities, and stay motivated throughout the journey.

2. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

A personal FAVE of our EIC – Erika De La Cruz! It’s not uncommon that sometimes we end up mysteriously self-sabotaging our own success. In “The Big Leap”, Gay Hendricks discusses the concept of “Upper Limit Problem,” a self-imposed ceiling that holds you back from achieving your full potential. The book explores the root cause of this fear-based behavior, such as a fear of failure, disapproval, or even success itself. Hendricks talks about practical tools and exercises to identify your Upper Limit Problem and develop strategies to ‘break free’. By understanding and overcoming these limiting beliefs, you can finally take the “Big Leap” towards achieving your true desires.

3. Radical Confidence by Lisa Bilyeu

Tired of the “fake it ’till you make it” approach to confidence? Lisa Bilyeu challenges this sentiment, advocating for creating genuine self-worth as the foundation for unshakeable confidence. Her book dives into the concept of “radical self-acceptance,” encouraging readers to embrace their flaws and imperfections. Bilyeu provides actionable exercises to help you identify your core values, develop a positive self-image, and silence your inner critic. With this newfound confidence, you’ll be empowered to tackle challenges, pursue opportunities, and live life on your own terms.

4. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

If you’re feeling stuck and uninspired, Rachel Hollis‘s book delivers a refreshingly honest and direct dose of motivation. Her straightforward advice tackles self-doubt, procrastination, and the excuses that often hold us back. Hollis encourages readers to take responsibility for their lives, develop healthy habits, and pursue their goals with relentless drive. While her approach might not be for everyone, her no-nonsense style resonates with those seeking a kick in the a** to get moving and build the life they desire.

5. Open by Andre Agassi

Forget the sugar-coated sports biographies. Andre Agassi‘s autobiography pulls no punches, offering a seriously candid account of his tennis career. He exposes the grueling training regimens, on-court rivalries, and personal struggles that shaped his path to becoming a legend. This raw and honest portrayal offers valuable insights into the dedication, mental resilience, and ability to overcome adversity required to achieve greatness in any field.

6. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

The co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight, chronicles the company’s incredible journey from a shoestring operation to a global powerhouse. Knight’s memoir goes beyond the typical “rags to riches” story. He dives into the early days of the hustle, the constant innovation required to stay ahead of competition, and the internal conflicts that arise as a company scales. “Shoe Dog” is a testament to perseverance, the power of believing in your vision, and the importance of building a strong company culture.

7. Gutsy by Natalie Frank

Feeling limited by societal expectations? Natalie Frank‘s book profiles a diverse group of trailblazing women who defied the odds and shattered glass ceilings. From astronauts and activists to entrepreneurs and athletes, these stories showcase the power of resilience, determination, and the audacity to dream big. “Gutsy” is a wellspring of inspiration for anyone facing challenges or seeking the courage to pursue their own ambitions.

Now that you’ve found the perfect book to keep you company, check out our list of The Best Coffee Shops in LA to get comfy, grab a yummy drink and start reading!