Books to Read When You’re Feeling Stuck

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”

photo-3At a certain point, everyone finds themselves in a very uncertain place in their lives.  The idea of where you should be conflicts with the reality of where you are, made all the more frustrating by the fact that you’re unsure of where you really want to be.  And it is at this uncertain and confusing time that our fears and insecurities surface, making it all the more difficult to move forward.  It sucks.  But, it’s okay.  If this is where you find yourself at the moment, you are most certainly not alone.  Take it easy, be kind to yourself, and browse through this selection of books.  I hope they provide some inspiration and guidance you may be searching for.

1. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht
Aliza Licht, a global fashion communications executive for DKNY provides advice, tips and personal stories about pursuing a career, following your passion, and making a positive change in your life. 

2. Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life by Roadtrip Nation, Brian McAllister, Mike Marriner, Nathan Gebhard
“This welcome antidote to the fusty, no-longer-relevant career guide answers an old question—”So, what are you going to do with your life?”—in a groundbreaking way. From the team behind the inspirational TV series and campus and online resource, it is presented in a motivational format that gets young people excited to think deeply about how they want to enter and thrive in the workforce by detailing how to take Roadtrip Nation’s interest-based approach and apply it to one’s life. Prompts for write-ins are interspersed throughout, making the reading process interactive and the discoveries personally impactful, and full-color charts and graphs offer a unique visual learning experience. With actionable, realworld wisdom on every page, it’s an essential tool for today’s young professionals and the parents, educators, and advisors seeking to inspire them.”

3. If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl
“… a wise yet lighthearted book that will speak to anyone who’s ever experienced being stuck in life and wanted to break free. With her signature clarity, wisdom, and warm heart, Kasl presents readers with seven steps that tap into life’s bigger picture: Notice Where You’re Stuck; Show Up; Pay Attention; Live in Reality; Connect with Others; Move From Thought to Action; and Let Go. Full of insight from Buddhist and other teachings that emphasize the joy that comes with letting go of attachments to events and things, If the Buddha Got Stuck is an inspirational and practical roadmap to a more joyful, peaceful, and fulfilling life.”

4. The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Pema Chodron outlines the ways in which we move past our fears and take control of our lives. You can find a summary of the key points here.

5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Organize your space and you organize your life. Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo presents her system for decluttering, organizing, and creating the lifestyle you truly want.

Are there books that you have found inspirational and helpful? Please leave your recommendations below!

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