14 Books On Dealing With Habits That Hold You Back In Life

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You might have gotten over many obstacles in life but, there’s still something holding you back. Trying to achieve your many life goals is hard enough without having habits that hinder you. In this article, whether you know what’s holding you back or not these books will give you the answers and advice you need.

#1 SheFactor: Present Power – Future Fierce

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The SheFactor book outlines a roadmap for young women who are looking for some guidance, direction and motivation to help them take that next step in their life, whether it be in their careers, love life, friendships, or beyond. Written by Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of the million dollar brand, Camp Bow Wow, SheFactor’s mission is to inspire young women to live a life of purpose with greater authenticity, empowerment and fulfillment and break through barriers, stigmas, and old habits by organizing goals and their approach to success.

#2 The Gift of Crisis by Bridgitte Jackson Buckley

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In retrospect, I had to let go of the parts of myself which blocked conscious decision – making and forward movement. The resistance to let go of wounded aspects of myself played a part in keeping me where I no longer wanted to be. For example, in order to have the follow through to apply for the volunteer position while I was unemployed, I had to begin to let go of identities associated with who I thought I was supposed to be. I was not supposed to experience no response to my resume. And I surely was not supposed to be in a volunteer position at this age. Or was I?

There was something in me that knew I had to volunteer, even if at that time I didn’t fully understand why. On the surface level, it appeared as merely being prompted to volunteer in spite of not having a job. On a higher, more expansive level, I was prompted to have trust in the inner knowing that was introducing a new way of being in the world and new form of self-trust.

The fact that the intuitive prompt to volunteer spoke so loudly suggests it had already connected with the larger possibility. I just had to get out of the way and have trust to take encouraged action. If I want to move into a higher experience of myself and life, I would have to learn to be emotionally and spiritually nimble; to not be lulled back into old patterns of fear and distrust. I would also have to let go of inhibiting mental habits to become psychologically flexible to try new approaches.

Each decision, or action, offered in the intent to increasingly become a better version of yourself, helps to soften the mental rigidity which keeps you bound to old patterns, habits and perceptions. However, you shouldn’t deceive yourself by assuming the process of releasing what no longer serves you is a one-time event. It’s not. It’s a continual process which requires ongoing self-reflective inquiry of what needs to stay and what needs to go and re-choosing to be better and do better. From this place of renewed clarity – you can begin to imagine, grow, and if necessary, begin again.

#3 Notes on a Nervous Planet

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It is no surprise that social media is questioning our idea of happiness. Matt Haig’s digestible way of writing about the planet’s obsession with social media, reading the news and other factors (that undoubtedly make us question our decisions, lives and encourage us to compare our lives to others), is remarkable. This book really opens up your eyes up to how far social media has come in controlling and conditioning our lives, and more importantly, how it knowingly and unknowingly jars our idea of happiness.

Haig details what it is that makes his anxiety heighten, and describes his experiences in relatable ways to make you stop and think: should I really be telling the world about my every move, when I could be enjoying it for myself? This book provides a self-help guide you didn’t even know you were looking for, or needed – and makes you really think about what to prioritise to truly make you happy, one step at a time.

#4 Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

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In this book, James Clear, a world-renowned habits expert, talks about how to break out of bad habits and create life-transforming good habits. He believes that making small changes in your daily life is all that is required. He calls simple ‘good’ habits (for example, doing two push-ups a day), atomic habits and theorises that they will help you break out of your bad habits, be it waking up late, procrastination, etc. Furthermore, he introduces you to various life hacks such as the Two Minute Rule.

#5 Searching for God in the Garbage

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Experience what goes on inside the mind of a Harvard grad who broke the habits that were imprisoning her in this raw, candid, and fascinating memoir about overcoming food addictions. Learn how to fill the inner emptiness by nourishing your uniquely beautiful soul.

#6 Emotions Of The Mind: Breaking The Cycle

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I am a Mental Health Advocate and Author of “Emotions of The Mind” serves as a guide on how to thrive despite the trauma. It will also empower readers and raise awareness about the impact of mental and emotional health issues. The transparency of my journey will inspire readers to evaluate their own mental and emotional health.

#7 Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies

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If you’re turning to sugar for comfort, energy, or convenience, you’re setting yourself up for weight gain, anxiety, diabetes, and a pile of other health problems that will hold you back from being and feeling your best. This is the flagship book to help defeat the cravings, and to guide you towards new healthier habits.

#8 Let My Legacy Be Love, A Story of Discovery and Transformation

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In this book, I share my story as an example of what is possible when we take a step back to view ourselves and the patterns that are holding us back from a different perspective. Each individual story is followed by a section called Discovery where I share what I learned. Publisher’s Weekly said, By chronicling past difficulties and revealing “discoveries” that came later, this impactful memoir will help any reader struggling with self-confidence.

#9 The Kinky Vanilla Love Project

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  • Learn how to have a juicy love affair with your partner
  • Unleash your sexy, lovable, and multidimensional self
  • Discover how roleplay can heal betrayal and ignite more passion in your relationship
  • Take the monotony out of monogamy
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  • Ignite your feminine powers and know your soul

#10 Are You A Monster or a Rock Star

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#11 The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

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This book is like the Bible for self-control and willpower. It outlines quite a few techniques that you can use to get rid of bad habits and install new ones.

It works for habits like smoking as well as simple habits like procrastination. It is backed by scientific research and also by stories of students who used it to change their lives.

Kelly’s course on willpower at Stanford University was one of the most popular public causes in the university ever. she had to change the classroom for the course several times due to the ever-growing number of students enrolling.

Since this book contains many methods, you are likely to find something that will work for you. Not every method works for everyone but this book has enough methods to ensure that you will be able to break out of those annoying habits that hold you back.

#12 Feeling good by David burns

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This book explains a procedure called CBT ( cognitive behavior therapy) that is known to cure depression better than most prescribed drugs.

David explains how a normal person can apply CBT techniques to break habits such as worrying, anxiety, procrastination, etc. It introduces you to the concept of cognitive distortions. They could be defined as a belief that holds our bad habits in place. This Book shows you how to identify the cognitive distortions behind your habits and how to replace it with a rational response.

#13 Power Of Habits by Charles Duhigg

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This book explains the process behind our habits. we can interrupt this process in order to break them as well as form useful ones. It also has other tips like how we can prepare in advance to avoid pitfalls in your journey to success.

#14 Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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This is a powerful book because the author, Gretchen Rubin, gives an overview of her Four Tendencies which gives readers an opportunity to step out of themselves in order to view their behaviours with fresh eyes. She offers a wide range of approaches and insights that make it possible for anyone to find a starting point for their journey.

Written by Eve O'Rourke

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