Hello, December! This can mean only a couple of things: Christmas is
I know that some of you “don’t do resolutions” but set goals instead. Setting SMART goals is super helpful indeed. I know they helped me a lot. Either a resolution or a list of SMART goals, the purpose is the same: to set some targets for the next year and achieve them.
Do you know what your New Year’s resolution looked like and what you achieved?
I’ll be honest and I’ll admit I don’t have a whole process or even a list. I set more like mental goals (not too many – two or three, to make sure I can give my best shot achieving them) and I never ever publicly share my goals – not before achieving them. This is just how I work.
Related: Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
I’ve already started contouring how the end of next year should look like in terms of achievements. I started thinking about them probably from last year.
5 Books That Can Help You Achieve Your Goals
Throughout my reading challenges, I came across about some really eye-opening books that changed my perspective about the most basic beliefs. I think these books can help you get some clarity on how to set and achieve your dreams. Here they are!
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
I just finished this book and I have so many mixed feelings about it – which is good.
This book explains very good, basic principles of personal finances which every grown up should know. It will shake the deepest beliefs you have about finances, spending, school and career.
If you are struggling from a financial point of view, or your goals are focused on financial details, this book is an excellent start to define your relationship with money.
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
If you struggle with productivity or simply think there’s space for improvement – this book will be very handy.
It’s quite compact – there aren’t a lot of pages. If you don’t have time read a whole psychology manual about productivity and want lots of information fast and easy, Eat The Frog is your go-to solution.
The book doesn’t bring anything revolutionary in terms of productivity. It just lists a lot of different productivity methods (80/20, Pomodoro, Einstein window and many more) and it explains how they should be applied and what’s the principle behind each and every one of them.
In this way, you get to decide which one sounds most attractive to you and which could apply to your lifestyle.
Of course, the principle behind this book is to start with the least favourite thing to do, to get rid of it from the first place.
Yes or No by Spencer Johnson
Another tiny book with lots of valuable information.
The main purpose of the book is to teach its readers how to take better decisions. The principle is quite simple: you just have to answer basic questions. This process will help you find the answer you need.
What’s interesting about Yes or No is that it’s not the classic personal development book: it tells you the story of a guy who learnt this skill during a hiking trip.
I always find it easier to understand abstract concepts through a story. Don’t you?
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
You probably heard of this book before – and yes, it’s the same guy who wrote Yes or No I mentioned above.
Who Moved My Cheese? is a reference book for every motivational trainer or speaker. I often heard about it at different conferences or seminars about personal development.
To keep the trend going – this is also a short book as well.
Just like Yes or No it says a story of a mouse that gets stuck trying to find out who stole his cheese. It reminded me of one of those parable from the Bible we learn about in school.
I will make you see some obvious things about your comfort zone and the changes you eventually have to face. Achieving goals will need you to adapt to certain situations. This book can open your eyes about a thing or two.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
I left the best at the end. 🙂
I enjoyed this books SO much – gave it five stars on Good Reads, which says something.
In a few words, The Big Leap is telling and showing you how you self-sabotage yourself like a pro without even realising it. Things like school, family and society make us believe certain ideas without even passing them thought our own thinking filters – we just take them for granted.
Thoughts like “Oh, I will never get that job” or “I will never be paid with that amount of money because it’s too much” sound familiar, right? Maybe you don’t share them with anybody and you tell them just to yourself. You are self-sabotaging, my friend. Welcome to the club!
I will have to re-read it because it so good and it’s simply that type of book you keep coming back to because it has so much valuable information in it.
I tried to cover a little bit of everything: finance, productivity, self-motivation and clarity.
Even if some of the books are a quick read, take some time to truly understand and accept the ideas and principles. Otherwise it will be a complete waste of time.
Without any other rumblings – happy reading and start achieving those goals! Good luck!
Have you read any of these books? Which one is your favourite and why? Let me know in the comments below!