Boy do I love to read a good book! I can pretty much read anything too. As much as I jump on the latest and greatest books that hit the shelves, I’m thoroughly entertained by, and learn much from, books that are a decade or even a century old!

Today’s post is brought to you by Belinda Quail, who brings you 4 classic (and somewhat classic) motivational books to help get you back on track when you need that extra umph. Enjoy!

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Classic Motivational BooksPersistence, action, learning, positive thinking, hard work, time management – most of us understand the fundamentals of what characteristics breed success. But in the daily hustle of life it’s easy for the ideas, beliefs and thoughts that motivate us to live our best lives to get lost in our physical priorities. When we need a daily reminder or some assistance navigating our life path, sometimes a great book can do the trick to help us stay clear-minded and true to who we are as we endeavor life’s challenges.

Whether you’re seeking inspiration in managing money, pursuing goals or finding happiness, these classic motivational guides are sure to take you from thought to action.

“Discover the Power Within You: A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within”

Released in 1992 by spiritual leader and teacher Eric Butterworth. “The hope of mankind today lies in the great undiscovered depths within. The time is at hand when men everywhere must forsake the fruitless search of the world at the circumference of being and embark upon a courageous quest into inner space.” The introduction of the book wastes no time diving into the profound and inspiring thoughts of discovering the divine in all people and allowing us to see the potentials locked away deep within. Many readers say the book changed their lives.

Creator and editor-in-chief of the blog Give Love Create Happiness said, “It is not an exaggeration to say that this book changed me. It took God outside of the box for me and for the first time spoke about the divine in a way that actually makes sense and that I could understand.” An easy read at only 256 pages, the book has sold more than 250,000 copies.

“In the Zone”

This a motivational guide for those on a quest to living a life of God. Written by mega Pastor Ed Young, the book gives insight of how to channel the principles of the Bible into leading a balanced life free of materialism so all people can live thankful for the resources God has placed on the earth. Pastor Young tackles money management, debt, has a sermon series and study guide available for separate purchase that really helps guide readers to in-depth, introspective thought.

“As a Man Thinketh”

James Allen’s literary essay pioneered the self-help movement in 1902. The title comes from Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” from the Bible. It expresses that all thoughts create a person’s character and transfer into molding their reality. “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind,” from Chapter Two, Effect of Thought on Circumstances.

“A New Earth”

In 2008, Oprah picked this up for her book club, shortly followed by a 10-week online seminar where the TV mogul and author Eckhart Tolle spoke live to audiences seeking change, enlightenment and inspiration. Released in 2005 as a follow up to Tolle’s “The Power of Now,” it attempts to go beyond conscious thought to show readers how to reach true happiness. The book explains that the ego is to blame for dysfunction, suffering and life problems and that accepting this and learning how to navigate it can help bring peace and love into your life. The book can be a tough read; most people only get through a few pages at a time. But don’t let that stop you!

Belinda Quail is a painter, caretaker and writer who loves reviewing new books, films and fashion shows. However, she’ll jump at the occasion to write about anything in general.

Over to you…

Stuart Wilde, a metaphysical writer, said, “Each moment of our life, we either invoke or destroy our dreams.” Choose to invoke your dream. Choose who you want to be. If your dreams include securing your financial future, becoming goal oriented or finding your spiritual happiness, go to your local library or book store and pick up a copy of the book that seems right for you.

Have you read any of the above books before? What’s your take on them? Do you have other good motivational classics you’d suggest?


Wassuper, it’s yo girl, Kesha and I believe we should Be the Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios because life is more interesting when you dare to be different and challenge what’s “normal!” I am wildly passionate about helping highly driven women pursue fantabulous relationships, juicytastic careers/bizzes, and authentically inspired lives.

Classic Motivational Books To Get You Inspired
  • I have read a new earth by Echart Tolle, and it was great. I have also read a few books by Anthony Robbins. But it’s been a while since I read a great motivational book. It’s time to add your picks to my wishlist 🙂


    • Hey Jens! Oh how I love Eckhart Tolle’s books and I don’t think I’ve read Robbins’ books but have heard him on audio. I’ll check him out and see what he got going on these days. 🙂

  • I read As a Man Thinketh. Nice easy read that resonated deeply at a time in my life when I really needed to hear its message.

    • Hey Suzie, yes, As a Man Thinketh is a must read for EVERYbody! 🙂 I can read that one over and over again (and I do periodically). Do you have any other good classics you’d recommend?

  • Kerry

    I haven’t read those books, but I’ve read Power of Positive Thinking ( a few times) and See You at the Top, to name a few.

    see you at Beech next week

  • I have on my list of books to read as a man thinketh and A new earth … Brian Tracy is great at getting your butt in gear … there are also a ton of books I have on my shelf to read that do some or all of the above.

    • Hmmm, sounds like we need to swap books. I have books I’ve read several times that I can now give away and you probably do too! 🙂

  • Out of the entire list, my personal favorite is “As a Man Thinketh”. It is a great little book about positive thinking and attitude. I have needed to ponder this book a bit and see how to apply it better. I agree with a great deal of this book. Our society likes to place blame on everyone but oneself. If one is poor; it is become of the economy. If one is rick, it is luck. Where is the dependence on self-reliance? I like the features of this book that discuss personal responsibility and positive attitude towards one’s circumstances. Nicely written post!

  • “A New Earth” is an amazing book. It changed how I look at life. I read a lot of “self-help”, “spiritual insight” books and this is one of the best I have ever read. I just finished it and I feel like reading it all over again. I love the way Tolle writes – it is very easy to understand, clear and simple and he shares insights that you can use in your life immediately. One of my favorite list includes “The Republic” by Plato. You should try and read that once.

  • Daniel

    Great list Lakesha! Though I have not read any of the books you have mentioned here, but definitely I am adding them to my “Want to read list” so that I can read once I am done with “Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life” by Nick Vujicic. It is a great book and very inspiring. It makes you understand a better meaning of life and how to make the most of it. Nick has written a brilliant book and I recommend people to read it. Hoping to finish up with this book my this weekend.Cheers!


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