The Art of Possibility
I just wrapped up one of the best books I've read all year. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. The book was first published in 2000 so I'm a little late getting around to it. I first learned about the book this year as it came up in some discussions at work. I was impressed with some of the things being said, so I ordered me a copy and was finally able to finish it this morning.
This is a book that you can and will spend a lot of time contemplating. The book teaches you a series of practices that help you overcome obstacles and tough situations by seeing other possibilities when our nature is to give up hope on the situation. As you read it, the passion and energy that the authors have comes out. Reading the book makes you feel positive, optimistic, and empowered to handle anything.
To get a taste of what the book is like, here is a talk Benjamin Zander gave at the TED conference.