The 10 Best Self-Help Books to Read in 2021

Get motivated and inspired by these self-improvement books that will surely help you conquer your personal goals in 2021 and beyond.

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December 22, 2020

Jump-start the new year with a fresh perspective. Find the guidance you need to reach (and surpass) your version of success, replace your bad habits with good ones and bring your dream life to fruition with our list of must-read self-development books for 2021. Check out our top picks for life-changing self-help books for meditation, motivation and everything in between in the links below.


Life is too short to spend another year without self-love. Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King is a must-read for anyone on a mission to transform their negative inner dialogue and manifest lasting happiness in 2021. Vex inspires readers to change their lives by implementing positive lifestyle changes and overcoming self-doubt to reach their full potential.

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Achieve big things in 2021 with The Science of Self-Discipline. Author Peter Hollins outlines actionable methods that teach readers how to maintain motivation, focus on long-term goals, build self-discipline and execute plans from start to finish. Add Peter's book to your reading list and flip through its pages each time you need a little push to stick to your health, career or financial goals.

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The secret to success? Reaching for the stars, believing you can fly and reading The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz. The top-rated read shares how self-confidence, practiced optimism and resiliency can transform your spirit and lead to success in all avenues of life. Snag a copy for yourself and pick up a second (or third!) for the entrepreneur, business owner or creative in your circle.

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Artists, designers and creatives — this one is for you! Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic by best-selling author and illustrator Lisa Congdon shares actionable ways for artists to tap into their one-of-a-kind style and cast away self-doubt along the way. The book features a mix of interviews with professional artists, a collection of inspiring personal essays and practical advice from the author. Oh, and the fierce cover art and vibrant illustrations within are a bonus, too.

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Treat yourself or your partner to a fresh start in the new year with this best-selling book. Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven shows how small, seemingly insignificant actions, like making your bed each morning, have the power to change your entire life. In the inspiring book, the retired Navy Seal shares tales of courage, determination and honor from his military career and provides actionable advice on building a better life.

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Banish negativity in 2021 with A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel. This inspiring read is packed to the brim with encouraging anecdotes, positive affirmations and journaling exercises that explore topics of kindness, love and self-respect. Pick up a copy and make self-reflection your new favorite part of your morning routine.

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It’s oh-so-easy to blame external factors for creating chaos in our lives. That said, sometimes it’s not our partner, toddler, pup or our nosy neighbor’s fault and — let’s face it — more often than not, it’s our own choices and behaviors that make life more tumultuous than it needs to be. Get Out of Your Own Way by Mark Goulston and Philip Goldberg offers readers guidance and actionable steps to combat their self-defeating patterns like chronic procrastination, envy, codependency and more.

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Interested in learning more about meditation in 2021? Treat yourself to a copy of Practicing Mindfulness by Matthew Sockolov. The friendly book offers readers 75 unique meditations to reduce stress, cultivate calm and lead a life of mindfulness and gratitude each day.

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No self-help reading list for 2021 would be complete without this work of art. Untamed by Glennon Doyle is a must-read memoir that explores and celebrates female empowerment, intuition and unapologetic self-love. The transformative book has sold over 1 million copies around the world and has 30,000 (and counting) positive reviews on Amazon alone. Snag a copy for yourself and share it with your best friend, sister-in-law or mom when you’re done.

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Atomic Habits by James Clear is a one-stop-shop for personal growth. The book serves as a comprehensive guide that outlines how to break bad habits, how to build better ones, methods to self-motivate and ways to create a space that supports success. Best part? James also provides readers with tactics to refocus and push forward when they find themselves slacking on their goals.

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