Reading List: Setting Goals and Driving Change on a Personal Level

Reading List: Setting Goals and Driving Change on a Personal Level
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Each of these offers slightly different insights that may fit specific challenges a person is having with setting and achieving goals. Take a look a the short descriptions to see which book might be the best recommendation for you or someone you want to empower.

  • Atomic Habits- An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear (2018) - Explains how small, incremental changes help develop good habits and achieve goals. Helpful focus on how to string together small habits to establish new ways of living.
  • The One Thing- The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (2013) - Explains the importance of focusing on one goal or task at a time, prioritizing it above all other distractions, in order to achieve extraordinary results. Deciding what we won't do is just as important as deciding what we will do.
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey (1989) - How to focus on prioritizing tasks, set clear goals and find proactive ways to work towards achieving your goals.
  • Goals!- How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy (2003) - Step-by-step approach for setting and achieving goals, from determining what you want to developing a plan and taking action.
  • Mindset- The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck (2006) - Introduces the concept of the growth mindset, the understanding that we can develop new abilities by persistent work and learning from failure, and go beyond whatever limitations we thought we had.
  • The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale (1952) - This classic teaches readers how to use the power of positive thinking to overcome challenges and achieve goals.
  • The 12 Week Year- Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington (2013). Shares a framework for setting and achieving goals in shorter time frames, using a 12-week year instead of the traditional annual cycle.
  • Eat That Frog!- 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy (2001) - Practical tips for overcoming procrastination and increasing our productivity so we can achieve our goals more effectively.
  • Grit- The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (2016)- Explores the importance of perseverance and resilience, and how passion and determination can help us overcome obstacles and achieve our long-term goals.
  • Smarter Faster Better- The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (2016) - Productivity insights for achieving goals by focusing on specific habits and improving our decision-making processes.