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The New Advice and Self-Help Books Best for Every 2021 Goal

The New Advice and Self-Help Books Best for Every 2021 Goal

To help you keep your new year’s resolutions, maybe some expert input would be useful. But what to read that will actually make a difference in making progress toward our 2021 goals? Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of the new advice and self-help books that are best for help achieving every type of 2021 goal. Let’s do this!

What are the best new advice and self-help books for our 2021 goals?

As we roll into 2021 – finally – we are all still reeling from the aftermath of 2020. How can we possibly put our best foot forward into the new year, when we have barely processed the past twelve months?

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and keeping New Year's resolutions.

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and keeping New Year’s resolutions.

January is often a good time to look towards self-improvement, but right now we have no idea where to begin.  We don’t just want some help – we need it.

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If 2020 has left us with anything positive, it’s the knowledge of the places in our lives where we struggle.  After ten months in quarantine, we are all too aware of our personal weak spots.

And maybe, just maybe, the first month of 2021 is the perfect time to face them.

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and keeping New Year's resolutions.

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and keeping New Year’s resolutions.

No matter how you’re feeling right now, consider this your virtual backpack of supplies.  These twelve recent book releases will get you back on track so that you can accomplish all your goals this year. You already have everything you need to meet this year’s challenges head-on, and you don’t have to do it alone.

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and keeping New Year's resolutions.

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and keeping New Year’s resolutions.

What are the best new self-help books to read for the year 2021?

Here are our top 12 picks of the new advice and self-help books best to read for every 2021 goal and New Year’s resolution.

1. Working From Home by Karen Mangia.

 

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and keeping New Year's resolutions.

 

In terms of what to read to best help achieve 2021 goals and New Year’s resolutions, we begin with one of the best self-help and advice books about work and making a living. If you are still really struggling with remote work, Working From Home: Making the New Normal Work for You is here to help. By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll know all the tips and tricks needed to stay focused while you work from home, and maybe you’ll even start to see some silver linings.

Everything – even zoom calls – can be seen as an opportunity to move forward in your career, and this quarantine-themed book is here to show you how.

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2. Clever Girl Finance by Bola Sokunbi.

 

The new advice and self-help books best for every 2021 goal and New Year's resolution.

 

Self-help means something different to everyone. And for many of us, it means practical, actionable advice that can help us better understand an intimidating topic. Enter Clever Girl Finance: Learn How Investing Works, Grow Your Money. This personal finance platform from founder Bola Sokunbi is here to demystify wealth-building practices.

Follow along for an approachable and engaging entrance to the world of finance, and you’ll be saving money before you know it.  If to you, self-help means getting and staying out of debt, this is the first book you need to read this year.

3. The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile.

 

If you’re feeling a little lost right now, it may not only be a result of the pandemic. As explained in The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices, today’s society has left many of us without a sense of spiritual wellness, and without a way of finding meaningful community. But all of that can change.

Casper ter Kuile will show you how you can turn the things you do every single day – whether it’s CrossFit or reading a favorite book – into intentional practices, and rediscover a sense of purpose in your life. If your soul feels in need of some nourishment this New Year’s, turn towards this beautiful book.

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4. Right at Home by Ronda Kaysen and Michelle Higgins.

 

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, our homes have gone from the places we sleep at night, to the places we work, relax, and spend ninety percent of our time. So if we’re going to take the next step towards self-improvement, we first need to turn our homes into more supportive environments.

This is the perfect moment to pick up Right at Home: How to Buy, Decorate, Organize and Maintain Your Space. In this aptly-timed release, we can learn straight from the experts. Discover how to best shop, redecorate, and transform your space into the organization haven you need.

5. Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies by Tara Schuster.

 

In Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals To Fix Your Life from Someone Who’s Been There, Tara Schuster of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Key & Peele offers advice on how you can learn to love yourself. Working from her own experiences with anxiety and depression, her book is a crash course on personal growth.

Along the way you’ll laugh, heal, and start to feel an abundance of gratitude and self-kindness. A happier life is out there, and this book will help you find it.

6. The Power of Discipline by Daniel Walter.

 

Do you want to get an early start on your New Year’s resolutions? With the help of The Power of Discipline: How to Use Self Control and Mental Toughness to Achieve Your Goals, the life you envision may be within closer reach. In it, the author shares his knowledge about how to find focus by teaching you to target specific areas of your brain.

Self-discipline is a practice, and it’s one you can learn. Read this now to get started on achieving your dreams.

7. You Were Born For This by Chani Nicholas.

 

Even if you aren’t familiar with the world of astrology, you must put this at the top of your 2021 reading list. From well-known astrologer Chani Nicholas comes a book that is all about finding your purpose.

Rather than telling you what to do, You Were Born For This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance shows you how to use astrology to find your own path and take control of your life. If you’ve been feeling existentially adrift, it’s time to find your way.

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8. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst.

 

Sometimes, the things we need the most help with are totally outside of our control. When somebody hurts you, it might feel impossible to move on without an apology.

Using therapeutic insights, Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That’s Beautiful Again will help you to find peace with your most painful memories. Healing is hard work, but you have the power to do it.

9. Be Water, My Friend by Shannon Lee.

 

You may know Bruce Lee for his martial arts prowess or his career in film, but you may not know that he was also a deeply philosophical person.

In one of the best self-help books for 2021, Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee, his daughter Shannon elucidates her father’s teachings in a beautiful volume. Here, we learn how being like water can help in everyday life.

10. What A Time to Journal by Chidera Eggerue.

 

At the end of the day, the only person who can change your life is you. That’s why we’re recommending this excellent interactive journal from the author of What a Time to be Alone.

What A Time to Journal: Work Out Why You’re Already Enough will help you set your goals, let go of what’s not serving you, and get ready for the next step. It may be up to you to make this leap, but her wise words will guide you the whole way there. You can do this.

11. Breaking Bread with the Dead by Alan Jacobs.

 

Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind makes the case that engaging with the strange and wonderful writings of the past might help us live less anxiously in the present. In other words, the Old School ones may actually be the self-help books we need in 2021.

He addresses historical questions that are still urgent matters today. What can Homer teach us about force? How does Frederick Douglass deal with the massive blind spots of America’s Founding Fathers? Sometimes the voices from the past can help us gain perspective and grounding with our current challenges.

12. Feline Philosophy by John Gray.

 

The new advice and self-help books best to read for every 2021 goal and for keeping New Year's resolutions.

We close our what to read guide and list of the top 12 self-help and advice books for reaching our 2021 goals with a book about the the wisdom of cats.

Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life takes us into the inner lives of cats to show us a way of living that is unburdened by anxiety and self-consciousness. Sounds good, right? We hear the true stories of cats like Meo, the Vietnam War survivor with an unshakable capacity for “fearless joy.”

You might be surprised that cats have wisdom that can lead us toward a life without illusions and delusions. Showing us how we can endure crisis and adapt to a change. As cats have always done.

What are the best new self-help books to read to reach our 2021 goals?

Those are our top picks of the new advice and self-help books best to read for every 2021 goal and New Year’s resolution. What’s at the top of your to-do list heading into the new year? Whatever it is, we are wishing you good luck!

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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