Camille Styles

12 Books to Read If You’re Feeling Stuck and Unmotivated in Life

August 8th, 2018

“I want to change, but…” “I want to get in shape, but…” “I want to move, but…” 

I once heard Gary Vaynerchuk say that we all need to remove the word ‘but’ from our vocabularies entirely, because anything that follows usually has negativity tied to it. These counterproductive thoughts can hold us back from taking risks and reaching our personal goals. When I’m feeling stuck, deciding to move forward is usually the hardest part. We worry about doing the wrong thing and obsess over inconsequential details because we’re afraid to just do something. So what’s the solution to this super-glued feeling all of us experience at different times in our lives?

Enter: “the bicycle principle.” According to this source, “the bicycle principle means that it’s easier to make changes in life once you’re moving. Just as with riding a bike, you can steer more easily once you’ve picked up the pace. And if you try to steer while not moving, you’ll probably fall down. So just start pedaling and see where you end up. Remember that it’s not about the final destination; it’s about the direction.”

We’ve gathered a list of our favorite books that inspire us to get our bicycle pedals going—perfect reading for anytime there’s an area of your life where you’re feeling a little stuck.

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  1. MEG TRA says:

    Another recommendation would be “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis – – Seriously changed my life!

  2. I can’t wait to look into some of these! Thanks for the suggestions.


  3. Eva says:

    I’m currently reading the 5 Second Rule – it’s super cheesy, but it’s working to help me make some changes to my habits and overall life trajectory. Also, I kind of have soured on that book You Being a Badass (disclaimer, I haven’t read it), but it got into the hands of my impressionable 20-year-old cousin and she subsequently quit university thinking she just has to believe in things to make it happen. A year later she is still floundering, but more obstinate than ever. Of course a book can’t be all to blame for that, but there was certainly a big change. My point is, not everyone should believe blindly in themselves at all cost, a good balance of meaningful perspective also counts for something.

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  4. This list couldn’t have been compiled and posted at a better time. I’ve been stuck and stagnant for a while now and have been looking for a way to spruce up my life. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Katherine Fluor says:

      So happy to hear this, Tam! They all truly have such great advice that I’ve found have helped me in multiple different areas of my life. Happy Reading 🙂

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  6. Such an amazing list! I really like “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo” and I got very curious to read Gabrielle Bernstein’s book! ?

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