5 Books for Turning Over a New Leaf

It’s time to ring in the New Year, and you know what that means–resolutions! Many of us will take a look at the previous year and wonder how we can evaluate ourselves and do better next year. If you’re in need of some ideas for turning over a new leaf, we’ve got a few New Year resolutions, each with an inspiring self-published book to give you the inspiration to tackle each goal.

power of1. Think Positively

If you’re interested in focusing more positively on life, try out Power of Positivity by Fred Von Gunten. Gunten is writing for those with Bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and similar disorders–but anyone can use a heavy dose of positive thinking and tips on regaining control of their lives. Through the story of how Gunten learned to cope with his own bipolar disorder, readers can learn how to focus on the good in their lives and the support systems available to them. It’s a handy guide on how to achieve a better-balanced look at life. What better time than the start of a new year?

slow2. Get a Better Handle on Time

If you feel like you’re drowning under work and obligations and asked Santa for more hours in a day this year, you might want to pick up Slow Time by Waverly Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald discusses the natural rhythm of nature–the moon cycles, the cycle of the day and more–and proposes a more natural relation to time than counting the hours left on a clock or days on a calendar. For example, how can getting in touch with your body’s circadian rhythm help you to get out of bed in an easier, less-stressful way than a blaring alarm clock? This book teaches you the answers and encourages creative thinking when it comes to forming a schedule and plan of action–a great way to kick start the year!

becomming3. Gain Confidence

A huge goal for so many people is to gain a little more confidence or to become a better leader. If this sounds like something you’d like to work on, check out Gerald Weinberg’s Becoming a Technical Leader. This is a great book for the business-savvy either in or striving for professional leadership positions in a technical field, but by teaching the skills of mindfulness, motivation and problem-solving, it stands as a great guide for anyone who needs motivation to better world or live alongside others.


simplify4. De-Clutter Your Life

Hoarders beware: it’s time to stop seeking happiness through accumulation and possessions. Not only can finding security through objects be expensive, but accumulation can make one feel cluttered, stifled and stressed as well. So let Simplify by Joshua Becker be your last life-changing purchase! This book teaches you how to approach minimal living and making more with less. Broken down into 7 principles, Simplify is easy to digest and a relatively quick read–so ring in the New Year by putting quality over quantity!


overcoming5. Dream Big

The previous books and resolutions detailed above all focus on improving traits within yourself. But maybe you have another goal in mind: a dream job, or a relationship, saving up for a new house or something else external. When you need inspiration for tackling a long term goal–and this might be the year!–get inspired by Antonio Webb’s inspirational memoir Overcoming the Odds. Webb details his journey from a destitute childhood to the Army, college, and finally a rewarding career in the medical profession. Webb now serves as a mentor for underprivileged youth, but his book serves as example for anyone that they can achieve their dreams even when the odds are stacked against them.