Karl Henry: The 10 Inspirational holiday reads that have the power to empower you
I hope you enjoyed some of last week’s workouts and games for families. This week, I thought I would tap into something nearly all of us do on holiday: reading. It’s the perfect kick back and relax pursuit.
Many people love to escape into fiction, while others have been saving a must-read book until they have the time to do it justice. However, in order to truly return from holiday rejuvenated, I advise people to pick up something that will not only help to improve your health, but also your motivation and drive. The following 10 books all have the power to empower you:
Shoe Dog by Phil Night
It’s great to learn from others, especially in business. This is the story of Nike and I was gripped from the start — it’s a tale of hard work but with lots of twists and turns you don’t see coming.
I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice
Of all the books on this list, this is one of two that elicits a strong emotional response. It describes how finding that break from an incredibly stressful situation can become something so much more. It’s a tear-jerking and sometimes laugh-out-loud read that offers time for self-reflection.
Time to Fly: Seven Exhilarating Lessons to Take Your Life to the Next Level by Neil O’Brien
Every now and then I love a good self-motivation book, but often the American ones that fill the book shop shelves can be a little too full-on. Meet Neil O’Brien, an Irish motivational speaker and coach. This book looks at different aspects of your life and gives you practical ways to improve it. No nonsense, just straight-forward suggestions and useful tools.
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is the original and the best motivational guru. Read any of his books and you’re on to a winner. This is one of his newer titles and even if you put just one of the tips into action, it will make a big difference to your health.
Who Dares, Runs by Gerry Duffy
Smoker, drinker, overweight and unhealthy, Gerry set himself a target of running 32 marathons in 32 days and this book takes you on that journey, inspiring in so many ways.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Okay, so this one is a little bit different, but trust me, it’s a must-read. It describes the spiritual science of yoga and meditation, as they were popularised in the west by Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda.
My Journey by Jim Stynes
Jim Stynes was a successful Irish Aussie Rules player who made the transition from Gaelic football. He was then diagnosed with cancer. This is an emotional read, which has a big impact on motivation too.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
This is a classic. What are the habits and processes of people who have been successful in their fields and how can you integrate them into your life? It’s one I have reread several times over the years and pick up tips each time.
The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Okay, so this one is a little bit more of a manual and less of a reading book, but if you have time on your holiday and are looking to learn the skills to make some proper changes to your life, you would make a great start by reading this.
Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Dr Spencer Johnson
We all hate change but this short book (you will read it in an hour or so) shows you simple ways to deal with that scary change, with some really funny analogies.