10 Best Self-Improvement Books For 2023

At Edit Republic, we believe books can change and move you, and that’s why we put together a list of our 10 best self-improvement books that will help you become your best self. We’ve got you covered with books about developing positive habits, building resilience, manifesting your ideal life, and lots more. We’re all for finding ways to cultivate a more positive mindset and live the most happy and successful life possible. Whether you want to improve in personal or professional areas of your life, these books will help you unlock your full potential. Check out our recommended reads below. 

1. Be Your Future Self Now by Dr. Benjamin Hardy 

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Psychologists used to believe that a person’s life and career today is a result of one’s past. Research now, thankfully, proves that a person’s actions and behaviours are not dictated by their past. With a clear vision of what we want and who want to be in the future, we can be carried forward. In Be Your Future Self Now, psychologist Dr. Benjamin Hardy shows how to visualize the person you want to be and how to be that person in the present. Your imagined Future-Self will direct your current behaviour, and help shape answer your goals and priorities so you can be the driver of your own life. That sounds amazing to us!

2. Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present by Nick Trenton

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Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness because racing thoughts lead to sleepless nights, make people feel stuck in the past, or worry too much about the future. In Stop Overthinking, acclaimed author Nick Trenton understands the exhausting mental trap people get into when they overthink situations, and how the anxiety and stress entangles them in thought loops. This book provides techniques to help you rewire your brain and control your thoughts, change the way you think and feel about yourself, and keep your mind off the things that don’t matter. This book is for anyone who needs help being present and free from overthinking so they can achieve more and feel better about themselves and the world around them.

3. Disruptive Thinking: A Daring Strategy to Change How We Live, Lead, and Love by T.D. Jakes

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This New York Times bestseller for leaders, thinkers, doers and creators, encourages people to unleash disruptive thinking and create breakthroughs in their lives. Disruptive Thinking aims to shift one’s mindset for meaningful change, inspiring readers to think differently and find the courage to follow their own path and make their own rules to arrive at the lives they desire. Bishop T.D. Jakes provides practical skills to turn readers’ ideas and visions into reality. Through his experiences as a pastor, entrepreneur and creator, he has gained much insight into how people’s minds and emotions work. Jakes shares his wisdom on how to change your mindset, and the tools you will need to relate to the world and people around you in a more meaningful way, and to create groundbreaking change to transform your world and the world around you.

4. The Greatness Mindset: Unlock the Power of Your Mind and Live Your Best Life Today by Lewis Howes

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Anyone who has listened to Lewis Howes’s podcast, The School of Greatness, one of the top podcasts in the world, is familiar with how raw and vulnerable he gets on his show, sharing personal stories with his listeners and followers. In The Greatness Mindset, he continues that tradition by revealing personal stories along with science-based strategies and guidance to help you squash self-doubt, overcome fear, and build a vision of the person you want to be. Howes encourages readers to unleash their greatness, live their most authentic lives, find their purpose, and propel themselves into the life of their dreams.

5. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits is one of our all-time favourite self-improvement books. Hands down. In fact, we make a point to read it every year because it is so rich with research, case studies, and real-life stories of how people have made life changes. The author, James Clear, is a world-renowned expert on habit formation, and in this book, he shares actionable strategies anyone can take to improve their lives. Not only will you learn how to create new habits and overcome low motivation and willpower, but you’ll learn what to do if you have a setback. We’re only human, right? Whether you aspire to grow your confidence, change a negative thought pattern, reduce stress, or any other desired outcome, this book will help you achieve your goal.

6. The Art of Clear Thinking: A Stealth Fighter Pilot’s Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions by Hasard Lee

Hasard Lee has made a career of making high-stakes, split-second decisions as a U.S. fighter pilot and a flight commander on over eighty combat missions. In The Art of Clear Thinking, Lee teaches readers to apply his combat-tested techniques to make confident and clear decisions quickly to help you in life and in business. He shares his firsthand experiences from his time as a fighter pilot and the training that helped him cultivate mental toughness and to make choices and take action. Lee has used and taught these techniques in both the cockpit and the boardroom, teaching CEOs, astronauts, CIA agents, students, parents, and many others. The Art of Clear Thinking is a book that will help you become more decisive in business and in life, which is so important because clarity always leads you forward.

7. Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness by Steve Magness

Performance expert, executive coach, and author Steve Magness provides readers with a book that many authors, including Malcolm Gladwell, have called a “must-read.” Author Christie Aschwanden calls Do Hard Things “a master class in how to develop resilience, persistence and confidence under pressure.” It’s a great book for parents, coaches and anyone else wanting to build resilience and mental and physical toughness. Magness provides a new perspective on what it means to be tough, and how to build that toughness to overcome challenges and achieve greatness in all areas of life and work. The strategies in the book draw from mindfulness techniques, military case studies, sports psychology, neuroscience, and many other areas to provide a roadmap for navigating life’s challenges. 

8. Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life by Roxie Nafousi

Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life was an instant international bestseller when it first came out last year. Roxie Nafousi has been hailed as “the manifesting queen” by Forbes and The Financial Times. Manifest is an essential guide for anyone wanting to lead a more empowered and positive life. Nafousi is a self-development coach, inspirational speaker and manifesting expert who has shared her practical guide to manifesting with some of the world’s largest companies including Google and Rothschild. This book will help you to better understand the art of manifestation in seven easy-to-follow steps. You’ll learn to get clear in your vision, remove fear, and trust in the universe. If you’re looking for a practice to help you reach your goals and live and design a rich and fulfilling life, pick up this book and embrace the magic of turning your dreams into reality.

9. Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within by David Goggins

To say David Goggins is an impressive human being feels like the understatement of the year. He’s a retired Navy SEAL and the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. He travels the world sharing his philosophy and advice on how to master the mind. In Never Finished, Goggins shares personal stories and lessons developed in his Mental Lab to provide readers with strategies to maximize their potential, break through their self-made glass ceiling and achieve greatness by not backing down. Goggins speaks from the heart and doesn’t hold back in this raw and inspirational book that will motivate readers to push through even when things seem impossible.  

10. Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most by Adam Alter

Are you feeling stuck in your life or career? In Anatomy of a Breakthrough, Adam Alter has created an invaluable guide for those wanting to break free from limiting or negative thoughts, situations, jobs, relationships or habits that hold them back from reaching their full potential, and from feeling true contentment. When people feel stuck,  there’s a mixed bag of emotions including fear, anxiety, anger, uncertainty and numbness. No one needs to stay in this uncomfortable place, right? Alter weaves research that he has spent the past two decades collecting with anecdotes, interviews and his own personal insights to help people move past obstacles and regain momentum to unleash change and meaning in their lives. 

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