Check Out These Books

I am passionate about mental fitness and am constantly reading and finding new books to recommend. Below is a short list of books to get you started with mental fitness. Beside each is a description of why they are recommended. Each book can be purchased through amazon by clicking the “Buy Now” button. Full disclosure – these are affiliate links and I do make a small profit if you purchase using the link provided at no additional charge to you. If you like the content I provide on this website and would like to pay me back somehow, using the affiliate links below is a great way to do it! Thanks in advance! If you have a book you think I should read, please let me know. Also, I would love to hear your comments on the books from the list. Happy reading!

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

Baumeister, Roy and Tierney, John.

Baumeister is one of the best known experts on the subject of willpower and self-control. His research is proving the importance of these characteristics. He provides encouragement to those who are willing to set realistic goals and stay on track even if the results are slow to materialize.


The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.

Canfield, Jack.

Canfield’s book has a list of principles that can be applied to our personal and professional lives. This is a practical guide to get us on the road to success. The book includes a number of true stories that help to inspire us to achieve our dreams.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.

Duhigg, Charles.

Over 85% of what we do is a result of habits. That’s why they are so hard to change; they become a natural part of life. The good news is that we can change them. It takes a lot of hard work and being able to find something else that’s satisfying to put in its place, but it can be done. Duhigg gives us a process for changing those habits we’re looking to get rid of.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Dweck, Carol.

Dr. Dweck’s book is in alignment with the concepts of choice theory in that she has evidence that proves our beliefs matter. If we believe we can be successful, we will. On the other hand, if we believe that we are born with a talent and there’s nothing we can do to improve, our actions will prove that belief. It will do us well to develop a growth mindset and believe that we have the power within ourselves to achieve what we want.


Take Charge of Your Life: How to Get What You Need with Choice Theory. Psychology.

Glasser MD, William.

Dr. Glasser developed choice theory and his concepts are the basis of my practice. This book provides an explanation for human behavior and helps us to understand that our feelings are merely signals and that we have the choice in how to respond to them. By learning to fulfill my basic needs and following this model for human behavior, I was able to take charge of my life.


Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.

Grant, Adam.

The philosophy that we are more likely to succeed if we’re a giver than a taker is one that has resonated with me for many years. We need people in our lives and how we treat them, no matter their status, does affect our success. We’re much more willing to help someone who has helped us in the past than someone who has taken advantage of us. It is comforting to learn that there is evidence that proves givers can be more successful than the takers.


The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.

Mischel, Walter.

Self-control is another skill that I value. When we give in to our impulses, we miss out on enjoying the whole experience; especially the wait. Mischel conducted some of the earliest studies and self-control and followed the subjects of his tests through school and adulthood. The results provide sound evidence that it pays to be able to exercise self-control. The pre-schoolers who were able to beat the temptation that was offered in anticipation for a larger reward were found to be the most successful later in life.


Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success.

Vaden, Rory.

I love the premise of this book, which is that short cuts don’t pay. It’s human nature to try to do things the easy way, but more often than not they don’t work out quite right. Taking the stairs is a metaphor that if you want to succeed, you’re going to have to put in the work. Quit looking for ways to avoid the work and just buckle down and get it done!


Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.

Breggin, Peter R. MD.

Dr. Breggin looks into the reason for our legacy emotions of guilt, shame and anxiety. Due to man’s need for sociability, these emotions evolved to keep us within our family units. In modern days, these emotions no longer play a useful role. He guides the reader in ways to reject these legacy emotions so they do not control our lives.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Pink, Daniel.

Conventional wisdom states that we have to reward (aka bribe) people to get their work done. Pink provides evidence in his book which proves this method is ineffective. The successful manager understands that employees work best when the motivation comes from inside of them. This is some of the best evidence that external control psychology does not work.


The Book of Zentangle.

Roberts, Rick and Thomas, Maria.

I have always wanted to learn to draw, but didn’t have the patience for it. I recently discovered the art of Zentangle, which fulfills my need for creativity. You don’t have to be an artist to tangle. Engaging in this pastime also has meditative features, which help me to wind down after a long day.