Since the breakdown I suffered in 2015, I have read and listen to a lot of mindset change books. In this blog, I share my favourite mindset change books in the hope that you will find something you love and learn from. I would love to hear which books you have enjoyed and have helped you improve your mindset.

If you find a mindset change book you love, all you have to do is click on the picture of the book and you can get right to it. I would love to hear from you about your favourite mindset change books too.

​Innercise
John Assaraf

If you are reading this blog, you are probably already aware that your mind has to be on board if you want to achieve success and get the best out of life. Innercise is a great book to help you do that. This book works with the concept of neuro-plasticity. This is the idea that our brains can be rewired for success through mind exercises we carry out.

Innercise is full of simple but effective tools to help you rewire your mind and achieve what you want in many aspects of your life. Alongside the activities, there are many stories of people who have used the techniques to overcome obstacles and achieve success. 

If you want to rewire your mind for success, this is a great read.

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Atomic Habits
James Clear

I have read a number of books on habit change and this one has a similar them to some of the others I have read. The theme is that it is best to start any habit change as small as possible. 

In Atomic Habits, James Clear shares his comprehensive guide on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day. The book is full of self-improvement strategies which are backed by science. James teaches us how to make the small changes that will transform your habits and deliver remarkable results.

Whatever change you are looking to make Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits. Whether you are looking to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress or change any other habit to be your best, Atomic Habits will help you achieve success that lasts.

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The 5 Second Rule
Mel Robbins

One of the best things about this book is that it gives you a takeaway strategy that you can start to use TODAY! Mel Robbins reads the book herself which makes it utterly engaging to listen to. For me, everything she said made sense and I could relate to a lot of it in my own life. 

Mel tells the story about her own experience of struggling to get up, procrastinating and generally ending up very stressed and unhappy. I won't spoil the story except to stay that the application of The 5 Second Rule revolutionised her life and helped her get out of the slump she was stuck in.

I highly recommend this book if you are stuck in a rut, not getting things done and feeling success slipping away. And the bonus is, there are some laughs to be had along the way too.

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The Compound Effect
Darren Hardy

The Compound Effect is a book I have listened to a couple of times. It is a book about the importance of habits. In a world where we are surrounded by 'get rich quick' and 'get flat abs today' claims, many of us have lost the ability to create success because we are not willing to put in the persistence and time that takes. 

Darren Hardy tells us that the key to success is routine and repetition. He even uses the famous Aristotle quote, 'We are what we repeatedly do'. In the book, we learn that in every aspect of life, consistent change is what makes the difference. And these changes do not have to be large. Whether improving your habits or letting lose and adding unhealthy habits to your routine, the changes which seem small at the time build up to huge changes over time. 

The Compound Effect is a must read book if you want to change your life one habit at a time.

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Counselling for Toads
Robert de Board

If you love a great story which teaches you something then Counselling for Toads is for you. De Board has written the book very much in the style of The Wind in the Willows', an old childhood favourite of mine. The book takes you through the story of Toad receiving counselling for depression.

This book gives great insights into how we become who we are from childhood onwards. It tells how our experiences and relationship particularly when we are very small make us who we are. It is a great tool for anyone needing support with their mental health. For anyone considering counselling, the book gives an overview of what that journey might look like.

Apart from all that, it's a great story read very well which gives moments to smile and reflect throughout.

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The Art of Being Brilliant
Andy Cope & Andy Whittaker

This brilliant book had me laughing out loud when I listened to it on audible. The book is a practical guide to positive psychology and positive thinking. It gives lots of tips to help you improve the way you relate to yourself and the world delivered with great British humour.

At various points in the book there are very funny footnotes which add even more humour to the delivery. I listened on audible but I am sure it reads very well too.

If you want to learn some top tips to be your best brilliant self whilst laughing your socks off, this book is for you.

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How Not to Die
Michael Greger, MD

This book has had me saying 'Wow!' over and over again. If you are interested in nutrition and how to eat the optimum diet this book is for you. If you would like to avoid some of the most unpleasant and degenerative ways to die then this book is for you. 

The book is packed full of science backed conclusions about the best way to eat in order to live a long and healthy life. It then covers in detail some key changes you can make to your diet to help you live a longer and healthier life. Highly recommended!!

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Loving What Is
Byron Katie

I listened to this book some time ago on Audible.

The main premise of the book is in the title. Byron Katie tells us that when something happens in our lives that we don't like or someone treats us how we don't want to be treated, we have a choice. Either feel good about it or feel bad about it. She stresses that this is our choice!

In many parts of our lives we have to experience things which may not be our preference but imagine what it would be like if we never let the things going on around us change how we feel.

You can save yourself a whole lot of stress by just 'Loving What Is'

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The Big Leap
Gay Hendricks

I recently listened to this book on audible. It is probably one which I will listen to again in the future.

In the book, Gay explains the concept of the upper limit problem. He says that this can stop us achieving our full potential. It is caused by our subconscious mind deciding that we belong in a particular income bracket, relationship, home etc. As we try to achieve success, our subconscious mind tries to stop us by making us behave in unhelpful ways.

Gay gives some great tips to help overcome the upper limit problem. Worth a read to get those tips and overcome the blocks which are stopping you fulfilling your potential.

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Mini Habits
Stephen Guise

Change your habits, get the life you want they tell us but it often feels that it is easier said than done. Dropping bad habits and installing healthy new ones is something we often try to do but fail.

In this brilliant book, Stephen Guise explains why his mini habit method is the best way to make a change without upsetting the status quo which is where our mind would prefer us to stay. By making very small habit changes, we can trick our mind into making bigger changes in the long term. Stephen explains how he took a one press-up habit into a regular workout in the gym to explain how this works. 

A must read if you want to make life changing adjustments to your habits.

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​The Sweet Spot
Christine Carter

I read  (well listened to actually as I love audible), 'The Sweet Spot' by Christine Carter PhD a few months ago and it is probably a book I will listen to again.  She talks a lot about establishing habits and how important they are to every aspect of your life. Once you have a habit in place, it becomes one less thing to think about like brushing your teeth - you just do it!

Christine Carter talks about how she took her life from stressed out chaos to something which is much easier for her to keep on top of by establishing great habits. She also talks about the best ways to establish new habits by making small changes so as to not disrupt and alert the subconscious mind that you are changing something.

If you want to change anything in your life, this is a great book to help you on your way.

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Kindfulness: Be a true friend to yourself - with mindful self-compassion
Padraig O'Morain

This book is all about being kind but just for a change it's not about being kind to others. This book is about being kind to yourself. The author believes that through the art of self-care and ensuring that you are living in the present, you can dispel the negativity in your life. As a result of loving and accepting yourself a little bit more, you will improve your relationships with others and become a more compassionate and happier human being.

This book is great for you if you just cannot get past that annoying negative, self-critical voice in your head. This book is for you if you would like to spend more time looking after yourself and feel good about who you are.

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The Effortless Sleep Method
Sasha Stephens

I read this book many years ago when my sleep was at its worst. I found the tips in this book really useful and I now use similar ideas to help my clients. The method is quite specific about what you have to do and when you have to do it but I think this is often the case when you really want something to change.

I recommend this book if you would like a prescriptive of tools to help you improve your sleep.

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The ​Happiness Advantage
Shawn Achor

We are all sold a lie from a very young age and the lie is 'When you are successful, you will be happy!' The idea of success that underpins this is a very traditional one. Once you pass that test, you will be happy. When you get your job you will be happy. As soon as you meet your targets at work you will be happy. At the point at which you reach a particular income level you will be happy. Once you have the perfect partner you will be happy.

Shawn Achor argues that the opposite is true. Study after study that he has conducted and read shows that the people who are happy first are more likely to be successful in the traditional sense of the word. These people are also more likely to create balance in their lives and find less happiness in material things rather than the joy of experiences. The Happiness Advantage contains many lessons we could all do with learning and teaching our children. A great read (or listen and highly recommended).

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