The Best Self-Help Books By Indie Authors

Sometimes we all could use a little bit of motivation. If you’re looking to fuel your inner fire, start with our most impactful self-help books! This curated collection shares a diverse list that will help you tackle life’s challenges, take control of your life, and reach your potential. Personal, mental, and spiritual growth begins here.

You Have Everything You Need To Get What You Want by Zach Touchon

Zach Touchon’s writing is both heartfelt and powerful, and he shares the essential tools to help you reach your full potential. This book is so meaningful because its practical advice is relevant for anyone, no matter their background. Touchon’s workable approach to self-development will help you identify your purpose, gain from a loss, recognize what’s holding you back, and so much more. Remember that you are capable of achieving your goals. And sometimes you need more than a reminder.

You need practical advice. You get that with this book. While reading You Have Everything You Need To Get What You Want, I was pleasantly reminded that I am the writer of my story. Since I’m writing, I could change the next chapter. This was a pretty powerful realization, and personally it has helped me face obstacles and adversity. If you are looking to transform your life but don’t know where to start, take a moment to check out this book. You might find that the resources you need are hiding in plain sight!

Pardon Me Ranger There’s an Elk in my Sunset by Jim Leligdon

Pardon Me Ranger There’s an Elk in my Sunset is a must-have book that tackles perceived external limitations. By the way… talking about limitations, the author was born with congenital cataracts in both eyes, but being legally blind hasn’t slowed him down in the slightest. He believes that “we each have some type of perceived limitation. Once we examine and understand it, we can successfully navigate beyond it”.

If you have ever struggled with facing your fears, this is the book for you. Through the lens of his own life experiences, Jim uses anecdotes to explore perceived limitations and follows with questions to help you reflect. You’ll soon be examining your own life experiences, personal feelings, perspectives, and goals. Jim reminds us that regardless of the circumstances we face, we can always move forward in a positive direction. After reading it, you’ll never settle again. Why? Because you’ll have an ever-present reminder that you are both strong and capable once you master your mind.

Gratitude by James Lucas

Embark on a journey to understand what genuine gratitude looks like! This insightful book dives into gratitude – what it really means, and what it looks like in practice. Everyone understands what gratitude is, but few truly practice it as an art. Far too many people are inclined to look at the negative aspects of life, and take the good for granted – leading to ignorance of the positive around us. This book shares a remedy for this damaging human tendency.

All of the wonderful insight in this book is complimented with tangible action. James Lucas shows how gratitude could be practiced – from small actions to larger ways that require some more creativity. Practicing gratitude can change your life, and this book will guide you along that journey. You’ll find that you are doing so much more than improving your own life. You also are improving the lives around you. Learn to master the art of giving and receiving appreciation today! It makes a world of difference.

Outside Noise by Alesha D. Fitzgerald

This is such an important book to help you become more present in life. Outside Noise shows us how being internally distracted prevents us from being available. When we are not available, we are less likely to be aware of others’ needs. However, processing outside noise is hard. That’s where this book comes into play – you will learn how to handle it. After reading, you’ll find that you are more present in your life and with others. When you learn how to manage outside noise and stress, goals become more achievable, and life becomes more fulfilling.

Alesha Fitzgerald reminds us that outside noise and distractions can be paralyzing to our dreams. It’s easy to get stuck, and it’s hard to get un-stuck. If you are feeling stuck, welcome this book as a necessary piece of self-care. Soon, the outside noise will be quiet, and you’ll be achieving your dreams and goals.

Lightwork by Tori Nix

Lightwork is filled with rich guidance to help you grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. One of this book’s best qualities is its relatability. Author Tori Nix provides real, approachable, and compassionate steps that she created and used for herself to overcome her darkest moments. Through sharing this, she teaches readers concepts to identify and address trauma so they could achieve their own aspirations.


The book shares daily affirmations and actionable steps to help with self-actualization. We all have faced some form of struggle and trauma. And after reading this book, you’ll find that neither should stand in your way of development and success. Emotions, after all, should not be tucked away. You cannot forget your problems. You have to face them – head on. Putting this into practice can be difficult, and this book offers a great place for you to start taking the first step.

Stroke of Genius, Between the ZZZs by Richard Kritzman

This is a unique and fascinating work of non-fiction. Author Richard Kritzman started writing this book to be a self-help book to share advice from the time someone gets up until the time they go to sleep. However, when he had a stroke, everything changed. His life was wiped clean, including his hopes of finishing the book. But then he decided to revisit each section from the standpoint of a stroke survivor.

If you or any loved ones have suffered from a stroke, this book is simply must-read. It offers sound advice and lessons to not only rebuild your life, but also live a meaningful life post-stroke. There are gold nuggets for everyone in this book. It is rich with guidance and advice from a man with a truly fascinating perspective on life. Whether you are a business professional, college grad, or a stroke survivor, you’ll find this book to be rewarding.

The Four Minute Formula by Eddie Slowikowski

Author Eddie Slowikowski is the 169th American to break the 4 minute mile with a time of 3:58. How did he do it? The answer is a lot of hard work and a success-driven formula. Success was no accident; it was the product of thoughtful preparation. The true embodiment of triumph and perseverance, Eddie is a game-changing leader who is filled with invaluable insight that changes lives.

In this book, he shares his tried and true 7 step formula that teaches you how to live your best life. This book is a necessary blueprint for you to find both personal and professional success. As a Peak Performance Expert, Eddie has impacted countless people throughout his career. He has presented to Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations, professional athletes and teams, and so many others. He’s one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers and with his book, you have the luxury of learning directly from a dynamic and driven leader. After learning his framework to success, you’ll be equipped to handle whatever life throws at you. The information in this book will both improve you quality of life and enhance the oh so important relationship that you have with yourself.

Mastering Your Life by Malti Bhojwani

Malti Bhojwani takes you on a path to mastering your life, and it makes all the difference. This incredible book will change the way though think about yourself and the world around you. It will change how you act, how you process emotions, and how you evaluate your purpose. The most profound aspect of this book is that it reminds us that mastering our lives is not an outlandish concept. Instead, the life we’ve always wanted already exists and we’ve dreamed it into creation. Now, we simply must vibrate within its same frequency for it to become reality.

If you ever find yourself living in a constant state of stress, fear, and anxiety, you need this book. So much of our lives are spent running and surviving. It’s time to realize that life is not meant to be endured, it is meant to be enjoyed. With the help of this book, you’ll be able to break free from the constant cycle of routine. With tangible practice and routines that will help you rewire your brain, you can change your life. You deserve joy. You deserve happiness. This is certainly a life-changing book that will help you turn your desired life into your life. This book helped me get in touch with life’s greatest joys!

Dream and Achieve by Lance Tanaka

After 20 years of coaching over 800 executives from top global companies, author Lance Tanaka realized that happiness could elude us. We all want to be happy, but so many of us struggle with purpose, legacy, career balance, and passion. Far too many find themselves wondering how they can become more authentic as leaders and human beings.

This book was written to address some of these challenges and help people become authentic leaders. It helps you identify your gifts so you can discover your passion. The book also shares action plans with effective steps you can take. Lance Tanaka is a known difference-maker who is also the author of Stories from the Top and Tend Your Garden. His game-changing advice will help you become a more authentic leader and a more fulfilled person.

The Happy Zone by Steve Gehrmann

Happiness isn’t just a luxury; it is something that can be found in every day life. Steve Gehrmann’s book, The Happy Zone, offers a deep dive into the power of joy and how to achieve it. It’s a wonderfully fulfilling book filled to the brim with inspirational stories from interviews with people of all ages. Sometimes, we all could use a reminder of what matters most in life. This book does just that, and will help you focus on the positive each day.

The stories in the book are relatable and practical. After reading, you’ll never forget that happiness is within you. Sometimes you just need to do a little bit of work to unlock it. We all face adversity, but it doesn’t have to bring you down. With this helpful book, you’ll learn how to conquer all of life’s challenges, and do it with a smile. If you’re struggling to find happiness, get this book and experience dramatic positive changes.

No One Could Tell You Who You Are Except You by Pier Pagano

Everyone needs this book. It helps you examine the past, and let go of what no longer serves you. A big part of living a meaningful life is loving and valuing yourself – this book will help you do that. Author Pier Pagano shares practical advice to inspire, motivate, and drive you to make peace with your past and take full advantage of the present and future opportunities.

Get empowered! Remember that some of your greatest traits are hidden, and it’s up to you to discover them. Learn how to look deeply within yourself and uncover the blueprint you were born with that will help you create the life you deserve. Everything in this book will help you develop an authentic relationship with yourself, release the pain that’s held you back, and achieve a fulfilling life.

Feedback Mentality by Dr. Shanita Williams

An intentional development of a healthy Feedback Mentality is the key to unlocking and unleashing potential. Dr. Shanita Williams’ book is an empowering guide that takes an honest look at the feedback experience and its influence on your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and decisions.

What makes this book stand out is that it directly challenges readers to honestly assess their ability to deliver, receive, possess, and apply the feedback they encounter. After learning from Dr. Williams, you will be able to unleash your full potential. Feedback is a key element of the human experience and when you learn how to appropriately handle it, there is no limitation to what you can do. Throughout her career, Dr. Williams has been empowering people to maximize their potential. With her game-changing book, you gain access to her invaluable teachings.

I Will Not Be Silenced by Megan Besler

This book is unlike any other on the list. It blends self-help with autobiography and is a powerful story about overcoming struggle and abuse. In the book, Megan Besler shares her story fighting through a tragic divorce, abuse, and depression, anxiety, and loss. After going through extreme darkness, she found herself staying tall and strong on the other side.

This true story has universal appeal and will help you overcome the struggles you face on a daily basis. If you have ever endured abuse, divorce, loss, or any tragedy, you can overcome it. This book is the perfect companion for those who need support amidst the darkness. Megan is on a mission to change the world and this book offers a step forward in doing that. You’ll learn to overcome hurdles, love yourself, and stay true to who you are no matter what. Megan would not be silenced, and neither should you. This transformative book offers the blueprint to overcome whatever life throws at you, and maybe even share your own story. Reading may lead to some tears, but don’t worry, tears are not always a bad thing. Get empowered today and remember how strong you are.

There’s so much value to every book on this list. I hope that you could identify with at least one of them and learn how to make positive changes that last a lifetime. Remember that it’s always okay to ask for help, and some books could provide the help you need.

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