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The Best Motivational Audiobooks to Kickstart Your 2024 Goals

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Ah good old January, the universal clean slate for everyone. It’s the perfect time to reset our homes, sign up for that gym down the road, and lay down some personal goals to make the most of the year ahead.

But for those in need of a little direction on how and where to start, a motivational book written by an inspiring individual is always a safe bet.

We know you’ve got a lot on your plate already, trying to get back into routine after a festive holiday season, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best motivational audiobooks to listen to, so you can continue to get back into your routine while kick-starting your 2024 goals.

1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Eager to make a change in the new year but not sure where to start? James Clear’s life-changing book Atomic Habits is here to help you make that change – and stick to it. Break bad habits with this astonishingly simple yet effective guide, helping you reach new heights, and make positive changes while doing it. The audiobook is read by James Clear himself, making this life-changing audiobook all the more captivating.

2. Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k by Mark Manson

Written by famous blogger Mark Manson, this generation-defining self-help guide cuts through the nonsense to show us how we can become better, happier people without trying to be "positive" all the time. Telling it exactly like it is, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat anything in this #1 New York Times Bestseller – which is exactly why over 10 million copies have been sold.

3. The Courage To Be Disliked by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi

Based on the work of 19th-century psychologist Alfred Adler, who established that happiness lies in the hands of each human individual and does not depend on past traumas. The Courage To Be Disliked unpacks this theory by telling the story of an unhappy young man, who visits a philosopher on the outskirts of his city. Throughout five conversations, the philosopher helps him take control of his own life and happiness – teaching you how to take control of yours.

4. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

This memoir from Nike’s founder Phil Knight shares the chronicles of the famous brand’s history. From its inception as Blue Ribbon Sports and the trials and tribulations which followed, to its evolution into one of the world's most recognisable companies. A tale of picking yourself up and trying again, Shoe Dog will leave you feeling inspired from the moment you press play.

5. How To Talk To Anyone by Leil Lowndes

This collection of useful tips will allow you to master the art of conversation. Read by Leil Lowndes and Joyce Bean, this actionable guide provides 92 little tricks that will have you conversing confidently in any situation you may find yourself in. Build rapport, make new connections, and feel heard with this definitive communication encyclopaedia.

6. Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett

Raw, honest, and emotional, this candid thought-provoking account of life as a CEO through Steven Bartlett’s lived experience provides valuable insights into leadership, personal growth, and the challenges that go into building a successful business. Whether you’re looking to start a business yourself, or after inspiration on self-development, the Diary of a CEO audiobook is a great place to start making those positive changes.

7. The Mountain is You by Brianna Wiest

More often than not, we are our own worst enemies, stopping ourselves from thriving and excelling to our full potential. Brianna West’s compelling book The Mountain is You focuses on barriers between you, and the life you want to live. Using a mountain as a metaphor to explain how your insecurities, experiences, and hardships you’ve faced have built up over time, forming a personal challenge which you must overcome to grow.

8. How to Do the Work by Dr Nicole LePera

Heal your body and your mind with holistic psychologist Dr Nicole LePera’s hands-on guide How to Do the Work. This insightful book teaches you to notice and acknowledge your thoughts and feelings without judgement, and to practise mindfulness to achieve inner peace. Sharing anecdotes from her own personal experience, Dr LePera gives you the tools to live a happier and healthier life by taking control of your self-destructive patterns.

9. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle’s captivating memoir Untamed, shares her personal journey to finding inner peace and strength by challenging life in all areas. From parenting, personal growth, and work, this inspiring book shares not only her lived experiences, but tools to empower women to embrace their true selves and break free from societal expectations.

10. The House That Joy Built by Holly Ringland

For anyone with goals to create in the new year, look no further than Holly Ringland’s The House That Joy Built. Centring around the transformative power of finding joy through creativity, and teaching you to deal with the natural feelings of vulnerability, and imposter syndrome that come with being creative, this inspiring book teaches you how to combat those fears so you can flourish creatively.

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