Motivating, Self-Development Books for 2022

Written by Brenna Lovequist, Senior Marketing Consultant at Heinz Marketing

You may be wondering “Where’s the next batch of the B2B Marketer Quick Start Guide?” You might not wonder about it but either way I decided to take a little break and write about something different. We are in the second week of 2022 and I usually plan my goals for this year. However, I’m currently reading Atomic Habits by James Clear and this got me thinking about goals. I’ve decided to take a different approach this year, and while I’m still planning on setting goals, I’ll also include a plan for how to achieve those goals as well as identify new habits I want to incorporate into my daily life—including bad ones I’d like to get rid of.

This post is not about the goals though. I wanted to compile a list of books that can help put you in a great mindset for 2022. After our past two years, I know everyone could use at least a little help. I really enjoy reading these types of books before my work day. I find I’m more motivated, feel more productive, and ready to perform today. This may not be the case for everyone but either way, reading books like Atomic Habits helps us mentally and emotionally improve not only our personal lives but also at work. You can just go up from here! Perhaps this should be the slogan for 2022…

Let’s deal with it! Below is a list of books on my reading list with a brief summary.

Reading List 2022

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, break bad ones, and improve 1% every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts in habit formation, is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied in daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven insights from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide to making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible.

I have almost finished this book and I highly recommend it. Here’s a summary and lessons learned from a former Heinz Marketing employee.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Deep work is the ability to focus without getting distracted in a task that requires a lot of knowledge. It is a skill that allows you to quickly master complex information and achieve better results in less time. in a deep work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative around influence in a connected age. Rather than arguing that distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. By dividing this book into two parts, I make it clear first that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will yield tremendous benefits. Then he introduces a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules” to change your mind and habits to support this skill.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam M Grant

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is an expert at opening other people’s minds — and our own. He makes it one of his guiding principles to argue as if he’s right but listen to him as if he’s wrong. Through bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to fraught conversations, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners. If knowledge is power, then knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.

The Miracle Morning: The Unobvious, Guaranteed Secret to Transforming Your Life by Hal Elrod

What if you could change any aspect of your life, just by changing the way you start your day? What do you want to change? This book gives you the simplest and most effective step-by-step process for waking up each day with more energy, motivation, and focus to take your life to the next level. She’s been here in front of us the whole time, but this book has finally brought her back to life.

Dare to Drive by Brian Brown

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to get the right answers; We stay curious and ask the right questions. We do not see power as finite and hoard it; We know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We do not avoid difficult conversations and situations. We tend to get weak when it’s necessary to do a good job. But bold leadership in a culture known for scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires building skills around deeply and uniquely human traits. The irony is that we choose not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we strive to know what we have to offer so that machines and AI can do a better and faster job. What can we do better? Empathy, communication and the courage to get started.

Coming Complete!: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Work and Life by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Jesse Lynn Stoner

With a beautifully written and engaging story about two people who struggle to create visions – both for the company where they work and for their own lives – Blanchard and Stoner detail the essential elements of creating a successful vision. They provide numerous examples of effective insights and show exactly how to create a lasting vision that will guide you on a daily basis.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S Dweck

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford psychologist Carol S. Dweck has discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this fascinating book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and every area of ​​human endeavor can be greatly influenced by the way we think about our talents and abilities.

This should be a good list to start with, if you plan on reading any of the books on my reading list. Last year, I set a goal to read one self-development book every quarter, so this year I’ll increase it to one book every two months. We hope this reading list will provide you with some motivation or even a starting point if you are interested in reading books like this one.

Are there any books you’ve read or are on your reading list that you would add to this list? If so, let me know!

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