Read these ten books to be better in 2019

Here are my ten books that will help you unblock yourself, reduce your anxiety and help you find inspiration to live your life as your true self.

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Activate Your Life

Based on the revolutionary therapy and life coaching model Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT).

ACTivate Your Life focuses on helping you to be more open, connected and engaged with your life, demonstrating how Acceptance Commitment Therapy can be used to tackle a range of problems such as low self-esteem, anxiety, anger and depression, as well as providing skills for life enhancement and self-development.

No matter if you feel a little bit stuck, or if you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or caught in the deepest depression. The simple structure of being Open, Aware and Active will get you back on track to living your life again.

The Happiness Trap

Staying on the theme of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training.

Dr Russ Harries shows us how popular ideas about happiness are wrong and in many cases harmful to our mental health.

The Happiness Trap shows us how millions of people are stuck in the trap of striving to be happy.

But the more they strive to be happy the worse they feel. Instead using the power of ACT Russ shows us how we can escape the happiness trap and start to build lives full of genuine happiness.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

A beautifully written book that takes you to places within yourself to understand who you are and consider the different aspects of yourself.

Spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness.

By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realisation.

Love is letting go of fear

Every moment of every day you have a choice to act from a place of love or to act from a place of fear.

What will you do in this moment?

This is a book I’ve bought for my friends and family.

After more than thirty years, Love Is Letting of Fear continues to be among the most widely read and best-loved classics on personal transformation.

Both helpful and hopeful, this little gem of a guide offers twelve lessons to help us let go of the past and stay focused on the present as we step confidently toward the future. 

Never Too Late To Be Great: The Power of Thinking Long

We tend to overestimate what we can achieve in a year but underestimate what we could achieve in ten years.

If you are like me, hitting middle age and still panicking that you’ve not yet done anything substantial with your life then this book gives you confidence that there is still time.

At the age I am now, many famous and remarkable people were only just getting into their stride – thus you have more time than you think to achieve your goals.

It’s never too late to begin the journey of being or doing something remarkable. This book will show you how.

Take the Leap

Are you stuck in a rut in your career? Would you like to make a change do something different?

No more 9-5 with hours of commuting at either end of your day?

Sara’s collection of sixty-five stories will inspire you that it is possible to leave the rat race and do something that you would love to do.

Take the Leap features inspiration and advice from people who transformed their lives—and with this guide, so can you. These are game changers, rule breakers, and side hustlers who once stood where you are now, wondering if they should take a risk.

Success Habits

Proven Principles for Greater Wealth, Health, and Happiness

Despite having died nearly five decades ago, Napoleon hill still manages to put books out there.

An amazing feat to be so successful that you still manage to have influence beyond the grave.

In this book you’ll find never released gems and peals of wisdom transcribed from a series of radio interviews with Hill.

Coming in January 2019 it is on my new year reading list.

The Kindness of Strangers: Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow

Another feel good inspiring book to restore your faith in humanity.

Travel is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves, travel opens our minds and hearts to the world.

This is a collection of stories from accomplished travellers that provide tales that will make your heart grow.

And remind us that despite the bad news in the media, in fact, the world is full of kindness and compassion.

Finding Life Beyond Trauma

Another book using the tools of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training to help you overcome trauma in your life.

At the age of 46 my own trauma of losing a parent at the age of nine hasn’t gone away.

Instead, I use the tools of ACT to help me move through my painful emotions when they arrive. By using mindfulness and being open to my emotions I’m able to sit with my experience rather than try to avoid my pain.

Another book proving that ACT is a revolutionary approach to living your life.

Radical Acceptance: Awakening the Love that Heals Fear and Shame

Although Tara’s book isn’t focussed on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training, the skill of acceptance is a key component of ACT.

In my own practice of using ACT I’ve found the concept of being accepting of my current situation and events profoundly life changing.

In fact, when I am struggling most it is because I’m not in a state of acceptance of my current emotions and thoughts.

Acceptance will change your life once you understand how to do it.

Gary Bridgeman