It’s already 2022 and I know most of us are in the 2020 mood. Damn, its 2 years to covid-19 and many unsuccessful attempts to make new year resolutions, goals setting and habit formation. We happen to google search and try finding solutions to our breakaway habits and often end up spiraling back to the same old loop-hole. The best in such a case is to pick a self help book of your kind, something that just gets rid of your bad habits and helps you advance to a new journey with some reshaped good one’s.
Here are a list of 22 books for this year. There is something for everyone. If you are someone who struggles waking up early in the morning, pick the 5AM club. If you are someone who unconsciously or consciously( mostly that’s what happens) procrastinates till the last minute, Eat that Frog is your bible. Bad habits have overpowered your life and you cannot just get out of the phase, James Clear made it easy with Atomic Habits. Let’s just dive in and understand why you should pick one of these in 2022.
1.)Atomic Habits- “You don’t not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your system. “
When I picked this book, I pre-assumed it to be like any other self help book out there. For someone who has been struggling with habit building and has been the queen of procrastination, I really didn’t have high hopes from this one either. The methods mentioned here, the language, the psychology and everything a human perceives before picking up a new habit is totally true. Habits are a compound interest of self improvement. Just try to improve by 1% daily.
If you want to build good habits, follow these 4 laws:-
- Make it obvious
- Make it attractive
- Make it easy
- Make it satisfying
Clear difference between goal formation and habit formation. The underlying belief system about habit formation and how often get confused and fall in trap of building goals and stacking it up than habits.
2.)The 5 AM Club- If you are someone who struggles to get up early in the morning or wants to establish a morning routine. This book by Robin Sharma apparently tops the list of all self help books in this category.
The book navigates through a schedule and a practical approach towards bringing this to reality. A must read if you want a more productive and powerful morning. He clearly states that 66 days of getting up early does not make it automatic but how the three step formula completely changes the game starting from 20/20/20 formula to 80/20 principle. Every step in this book accounts for sheer self development.
3.) Ikigai- Ikigai means “Life to be worthwhile” or “Purposeful Life”.
Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world and a region named Okinawa in Japan even have higher life expectancy than the national average. This book has some practical insights and case studies which might help you understand why Japan has the most number of supercentenarians in the world. Apart from living a longer life, knowing your ikigai can help you:
- Design your ideal work lifestyle
- Create strong social connections at work
- Create a healthy work-life balance
- Pursue your career dreams
- Enjoy your work
4.) How to Win Friends and Influence People- Classic lessons learnt from the book How to win friends and Influence People;
Principle 1: Don’t criticize, condemn or complain- The effective leader should keep the following guidelines in mind when it is necessary to change attitudes or behavior and make it a point to help others.
Principle 2: Give honest and sincere appreciation
Principle 3: Arouse in the other person an eager wants
10.) The Psychology of Money- There can’t be a better year to take hold of your finances, and start your journey with investments. Morgan Housel explains the importance of compounded results in investing and how your money decisions can turn the tables upside down in the years to come. There are breakthrough real life examples which will give you definite insights about your behavior with money. Money management is deeply connected to psychology and one should refine their relationship with money. Statistics he shares are amazing and a must have for one’s who are naive and looking to start with investments. An easy read, powerful examples, wonderful insights and best for beginners. If you are in your 20’s, embrace every bit, every corner, every chapter of this book. Consider it your bible for money for managing money.