Have you ever dreamt up the perfect daily schedule?

How long did you stick to it? ?

Many of us have grand aspirations about what our lives should look like.

We kick it off by devising a hardcore fitness and healthy eating plan, telling ourselves that this time, we’ll stick with those good intentions ‘til the bitter end.

All too often, however, the motivation reserves run dry and we haven’t signed up for the gym, we’ve meditated half-heartedly once, and we’re still shoving takeout boxes deeper into the trash in shame.

Some people go through this experience a few times and completely give up on the idea that people can change.

The more optimistic types keep repeating the same cycle over and over again. But as the old maxim says:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. 

If someone hasn’t been working in the past, something needs to change. You need a different set of tools—a new approach.

But how do you get that?

With knowledge.

Whatever wellbeing, diet, or fitness goals you want to conquer, the 10 reads I’ve listed below—the most popular on Blinkist this year—are sure to help you realize them.

1. Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath

Eat-Move-Sleep-193x300Being healthier needn’t mean revolutionizing your whole way of life. On the contrary, little changes can go a very long way. By making small but important adjustments to your eating, fitness and sleeping habits, you’ll be able to lead a healthier and more prosperous life without having to reinvent yourself entirely—it’s easier than you think and Eat, Move, Sleep will show you how!

Read the 15 minute Blinkist version of Eat, Move, Sleep here for free.

2. The Secret Life of Sleep: An exploration of what happens after we close our eyes by Kat Duff

the secret life of sleepIsn’t sleep the greatest thing ever? It gives you renewed physical energy, it rejuvenates your mind, it makes you happier, and it just feels so darn good. In The Secret Life of Sleep, Kat Duff examines why sleep is so fantastic, helping you understand how and why it works so that you get the most out of each and every night.

With Blinkist you can just read the key lessons of The The Secret Life of Sleep.

3. The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time by Arianna Huffington

The-Sleep-Revolution-199x300Most of us will be familiar with this vicious cycle: you don’t get enough sleep, so you’re not as efficient and must work longer hours, which in turn results in even less sleep – lather, rinse, repeat. And yet, it’s impossible to overstate how important sleep is to our productivity and well-being. The Sleep Revolution will help you break out of the cycle so that you can face the world well-rested each morning.

Not enough time? Read the insight’s only in Blinkist’s book summary of The Sleep Revolution.

4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Pocketbook Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra

TheSevenSpiritualLawsOfSuccess-200x300Whether it’s at home, in the workplace, or anywhere else, your quest for success shouldn’t be separated from spirituality. Success is in large part a state of mind, so it follows that a spiritual approach will also result in greater prosperity. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success teaches you how to learn deeper truths about yourself and how to connect with those around you on a more fundamental level as a way of achieving your personal dreams.

A smarter you in 15 minutes: read the Blinkist version of The Seven Spiritual Laws.

5. 30 Ways to Reboot Your Body: A Complete User Manual for Getting the Most Out of the Human Body by Ben Greenfield

30-Ways-To-Reboot-Your-Body_Cover-cover-235x300Being physically fit is actually a lot easier than most people think. But by letting ourselves go, we make it more difficult to get back in shape. It’s time to reboot our bodies! With the 30 techniques outlined in this book, you’ll be able to efficiently enhance your health and performance, turning previously unimaginable goals into an easily attainable reality.

Prefer just getting the top insights? Read Blinkist’s version for free here.

6. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Cover_Grit_to_Great1-200x300Don’t give up is easier said than done, right? Not necessarily. By fundamentally changing the way we perceive our goals and our abilities to reach them, it becomes a lot easier to persevere in pursuing our dreams. It turns out that in life, effort is more important than talent, and Grit will help you find the motivation to keep at it even when the going gets tough.

Just want the tips to become more motivated? Read Blinkist’s summary of Grit here.

7. The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner

ThePractisingMind-188x300Anxiety can be our biggest enemy when we’re working towards our goals. We want to be great achievers, yet sometimes our fear of not meeting our own high expectations can be so strong, we cripple ourselves along the way. As outlined in The Practicing Mind, however, a more levelled and in-the-now approach to work is all it takes to overcome our own minds.

Read the key lessons from The Practicing Mind in 15 minutes for free on Blinkist.

8. The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health by Dr. Romy Block / Dr. Arielle Levitan

TheVitaminSolution-196x300Our moms were giving us excellent advice when they told us to take our vitamins. However, it’s not enough to just have plenty of vitamins in your diet—you also have to make sure to get the right vitamins, which varies from person to person. Rather than just buy a lot of vitamin supplements at random, you should read The Vitamin Solution and find out which ones are right for you and why.

Read the big takeaways from The Vitamin Solution in 15 minutes on Blinkist for free.

9. Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude: Discover the Secret of Making Your Dreams Come True by Napoleon Hill

success-through-a-positive-mental-attitdue-192x300What is the secret to success? In order to answer this age-old question, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude compiles the findings from interviews with hundreds of famous and successful people, offering a theory of success based on empirical evidence. Napoleon Hill’s book first debuted in 1960 and to this day remains one of the most read and trusted manuals for success ever published.

Learn how to fulfil your potential in just 15 minutes with Blinkist’s summary of Success.

10. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

meditations-marcus-aurelius-198x300The emperor Marcus Aurelius wasn’t just one of the Roman Empire’s greatest leaders. He was also a talented philosopher who used theory to inform his governance. Meditations offers some of the most influential insights on finding one’s place in the world and leadership.

Learn the most important ideas in Meditations for free with Blinkist.

Found something that fascinates you? For a more filling serving of what each of these books has to offer, you can read the condensed, 15-minute versions of each of them in the Blinkist library for free.

This piece was originally published on Blinkist.