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Last Updated on January 20, 2021

14 Books To Help You Always Reach Your Goals

14 Books To Help You Always Reach Your Goals

You want to be successful. You want to achieve great things. You want to make a difference.

To help you get there, you need to read these time-tested and incredibly influential books. Whether people are telling you that you can’t, you’re trying to get over a learning curve, or just need that extra bit of expert motivation, these books will help you to always reach your goals and achieve your dreams.

1. Awaken The Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins

Awaken the Giant Within

    As you might guess from the title, this book is all about taking control of your life, of your abilities, and of your destiny. Robbins is renowned for his motivational and uplifting messages, and has been a life coach to some of the world’s foremost success stories, including Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey.

    Awaken The Giant Within presents his most effective strategies for changing your life and achieving your goals.

    2. Broken Eyes, Unbroken Spirit, by David Meador

    Broken Eyes, Unbroken Spirit

      A personal favorite of mine, Meador recounts his life of struggle and success. Blinded during a car crash just after graduating high school, Meador is forced to deal with life without sight.

      Along his path to success, he becomes a national blind golf champion and a top producer for his company, closing a sale a week for eleven straight years. Meador inspires you through any slumps or difficulties you will inevitably traverse on your journey to success.

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      3. EntreLeadership, by Dave Ramsey

      EntreLeadership

        Known for his simple get-out-of-debt strategies, Ramsey shares what he’s learned from two decades of building a very successful business.

        He shares his secrets of business development and leadership, giving a step-by-step guide for how to always reach your goals.

        4. Good To Great, by Jim Collins

        Good to Great

          Not every business is inherently destined for greatness. For those who aren’t, Collins shares how you can take your business from good to great.

          By taking the combined successful strategies of 28 great companies, Collins gives you what you need to reach your goals and take your business to the next level.

          5. How To Win Friends And Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

          How to Win Friends & Influence People

            Highly anecdotal with a flood of true tales, Carnegie gives us timeless advice that serves as the framework for all success. If you’re going to be successful, you have to learn how to communicate effectively and how to lead respectably.

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            Through this quick read you’ll learn how to win friends and influence people, helping you reach your goals and achieve success along the way.

            6. Principle-Centered Leadership, by Stephen Covey

            Principle-Centered Leadership

              With many calling this the best book they’ve ever read, Covey shares what principles are at the core of creating a well-functioning and long-lasting organization.

              With these same principles applying to work and home  and work life alike, Covey teaches us how to always reach our goals in all aspects of our lives.

              7. Soar With Your Strengths: A Simple Yet Revolutionary Philosophy Of Business And Management, by Donald O. Clifton & Paula Nelson

              Soar with Your Strengths

                Growing up, your parents taught you to always focus on the positive.

                In this uplifting and encouraging read, Clifton and Nelson share with us how building on our strengths (on what we already do well) will bring us far greater success than trying to improve on our weaknesses, so as to avoid “that most limited of specialists, the ‘well-rounded man.'”

                8. The Go-Getter, by Peter B. Kyne

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                The Go-Getter

                  This enlightening parable is the story of one man who absolutely refuses to accept failure from the company he aspires to do great things for. This quick read motivates you to always reach your goals and achieve whatever you want, because you can do it.

                  9. The Greatest Salesman In The World, by Og Mandino

                  The Greatest Salesman in the World

                    I absolutely fell in love with this book, and it’s become a bond between me and my father (who first gave me a copy). Rather than presenting a set of sales tricks, Og writes a story expounding on the character traits that every young (or established) entrepreneur, salesman, and business owner needs to be successful.

                    And he does so in a way I’ve never seen anywhere else. I highly recommend this helpful book.

                    10. The Magic Of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz

                    The Magic of Thinking Big

                      Bigger is always better. As a noted motivational guru, Schwartz lays out useful methods of reaching your ideal job, your dreams, financial security, and all other successes.

                      Many claim this book to have been life changing for them. How do you become successful? Think big!

                      11. The Power Of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale

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                      The Power of Positive Thinking

                        A positive mindset enables you to reach your goals. In his inspirational and instructive bestseller, Peale walks you through the path of creating a permanently positive mindset that will help you achieve a “happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.”

                        12. The 4-Hour Work-Week, by Timothy Ferris

                        The 4-Hour Work-Week

                          In this personal favorite of mine (one that I can honestly say has changed the course of my life, and a book I recommend to everyone), Ferris redefines the concept of retirement.

                          Rather than living your best years preparing for opportunity in your old age, do everything you want to now! Ferris presents actionable guidelines to achieve your goals at any point in your life, letting you live the life you want to the fullest.

                          13. Think And Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

                          Think and Grow Rich

                            Called “The Landmark Bestseller,” and the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature,” Hill’s hit was the first book to ask the question, “What makes a winner?”

                            Create a mindset for yourself of thinking like a well-to-do, successful person, and you will grow like one. Hill elaborates on the principles and steps you need to take to always reach your goals.

                            14. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

                            The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

                              This book has been recommended to me several times over the last few years alone. Perhaps creating the basis for click-bait “X Steps to Success” articles, Covey thoroughly explains how highly effective people use their time and behave.

                              He teaches what you need to do to be like the mega-successful and always achieve your goals.

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                              How to Start Taking Action on Your Goals and Dreams Now

                              How to Start Taking Action on Your Goals and Dreams Now

                              I’m going to tell you the secrets on how to start taking action on your dreams. When you decide to turn thoughts into action, there are specific, actionable steps you can take to move forward.

                              The first thing I want you to do is think back to when you were a child. Our childhood selves hold many of the secrets to realizing our real life dreams. Think about what you loved to do most and how you told yourself it was possible without worrying about what might get in the way. I’d like you to reconnect to your imagination and playfulness.

                              By taking the following steps, you’ll do some playing and storytelling to reveal your dreams and start making them come true.

                              1. Tell Your Story

                              Your life story is unique and has brought you here today. The next chapter of your life is in your power to write and to realize by taking action. Not everything that happens to you is in your control[1], but the actions you take and how you choose to feel about what happens are in your control.

                              Finding out what our future lives and dream lives might look like can be done effectively through the eyes of our childhood selves.

                              Can you remember what you loved to do most as a child? Maybe you enjoyed collecting things like me–I always had a collection of pebbles in a carrier bag that smelled of seawater nestled under my bed. Perhaps you loved taking care of your pets: I had a dog, a tortoise, and many guinea pigs. Or maybe you were really great at making stuff.

                              You can use the instincts, passions, and skills you had as a child to fuel your progress toward your adult dreams.

                              I’m inviting you to really think about what you wanted to be when you grew up[2] and the memorable activities you enjoyed as a child, the ones that gave you a real sense of freedom and excitement, or the pursuits that you truly lost yourself in.

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                              What we call getting into our flow state[3] as an adult is what came naturally to us as children. So, go back there now and think about how that felt. It may clue you in to what still remains true and important to you today.

                              2. Define Your Dream

                              The first secret when you want to start taking action on your dreams is to know what they are. This sounds obvious, but so many people only have a loose definition, such as: “more free time,” or “more money.” Busy people know there is something else to life apart from slaving away for a job, or a boss they don’t like, but if you’re too busy to even know what your dream looks like, how can you make it come true?

                              Once again, I’d invite you to connect to the optimism and playfulness of your childhood self. Go back to thinking about what your dreams involved at age seven or eight. Some of those may still be what you want today.

                              Now, write down what it is that you want and when you want to achieve it. Note down how you’ll know when you’ve got there and made this dream come true. How will you measure your success? Be as specific about your goals as you can.

                              A study at the Dominican University in California[4] proved that writing down your goals, accountability, and commitment are three key ingredients to successfully achieving our goals and learning how to take action.

                              This step also involves building motivation for the steps to come. If you need help in that area, check out Lifehack’s free Ultimate Worksheet for an Instant Motivation Boost.

                              3. Picture Your Dream Coming True

                              Think about exactly how it will feel when you start taking action and ultimately achieve your dream, the sense of freedom and excitement. Imagine it in as much detail as you can with all five senses. If you’re finding it hard to imagine a different life, imagine a childhood memory with all its sensations.

                              As a little girl, I loved to ice-skate, making huge swirly patterns across clean expanses of beautiful glistening ice. The feeling of freedom, of trust in myself to balance, of speed. It felt very immersive, the coldness and my breath turning into little clouds in front of my face.

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                              Imagine a childhood memory like this, and then imagine the future you want, with as much detail and attention paid to how it looks, feels, tastes, smells, and sounds.

                              Draw, paint, speak, or write your future story.

                              If you loved to create pictures like I did as a child, or write stories, or play on the computer, use your natural creative skills and what you love doing to map out your exciting future. You could create a picture, vision board, written story, or audio file.

                              Then, let’s put that future story somewhere you can easily access it. Make sure that you include a timescale for when you want to achieve this dream by, how you will measure your success, and what you need to get there. If possible, start breaking your dream down into small, manageable steps.

                              4. What Part Do You Play?

                              You can’t control everything, so you need to be realistic about your role in taking action and making your future dreams come true. Think about where you need help. During childhood, we were not afraid to ask for help from a parent, friend, or sibling to realize our dreams and plans.

                              Whatever we needed, our eager and enthusiastic childhood selves would reach out for support. We’d be resourceful with whatever we had to make our creative ideas a reality.

                              As adults we also need to ask for support and help, and at the same time to notice what is in our control and what we can do to take action today towards our dreams.

                              5. Who Can Support You?

                              If you’ve noticed you need a bit of help, then get your tribe together. Which friends can cheer you on, and which can connect you? Who in your family will indulge in your dreams with you? What about the pragmatic ones who might help you work out what you need to get there?

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                              Whether you need someone to check in on you and see how you’re progressing, or need a buddy to brainstorm with to help the ideas flow, bring a few of your friends into the plan to help you move forward. Successful people know that the habit of taking action is best built with help.

                              6. Ensure Your Dream Is Realistic

                              Maybe the dream you’ve outlined just feels impossible. It costs too much or will take too much time to achieve. Instead of telling yourself “no, but,” try the “yes, and” approach. This is much more representative of how a child’s mind works.

                              When we were little, we weren’t scared to fail, as failing was not a concept to us back then. Let’s harness some of that kid energy and see how “yes, and” can move us forward when our dream feels unrealistic.

                              Let’s look at an example: maybe your dream is to have a hit record, and you think you can’t sing, or you don’t believe you have any musical talent. Instead of closing that down, if we “yes, and” it, we can say: “I want to have a hit record. Yes, and there are so many ways to achieve that. Some people have a hit record by working for a music business, and others might design the cover art. Some people speak on records instead of singing… yes, and someone has to write the lyrics or have the idea for the song. Yes, and I know someone who organizes a choir every Christmas at their local bar, and everyone in the bar is on the record. That amateur choir even got on TV as it was so much fun and all the money went to charity.”

                              So, before you decide your idea is unrealistic, try “yes, and-ing” it to see how you can start taking action on your dreams, even if you think it sounds impossible!

                              7. Use Small Wins and Rewards

                              On your journey toward achieving your dream, there will be small wins and important milestones; it’s not just about going straight to the destination. Measuring your progress is important and can be a chance to celebrate.

                              Finding a way to measure it that is visible can really help. Whether it’s a chart or an app, whatever you choose, following and celebrating your progress is key, and celebrating that win is part of the joy. Being in the process and on the journey is just as important as reaching your target. Celebrate with the happiness of a small child: do a dance, take a photo, tell your friends.

                              8. Update the Map

                              You might find the plan you made isn’t working for some reason. Things have changed, and your goals and targets are not working out for you . Let’s look at how you can change things up and put new life and energy into the project.

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                              Take it apart and put it back together again, but start small. Define the new plan and the new goals, and start on the next phase of the journey, equipped with the knowledge and learning from what didn’t work last time you tried to put your thoughts into action.

                              9. Make Space

                              Achieving our dreams might mean losing something else, and that’s ok. It could be a literal swap, such as giving up wine to save money towards the goal. Or it could be something more ideological, like giving up saying yes to everything to make more time to focus on your pursuits. Think about what you can give up to make space for taking action on your dreams.

                              10. Use Your Superpower

                              What’s your superpower? Use this to take action on your dreams today! Perhaps you’re awesome at using your network to find solutions to problems. If that sounds like you, then consider picking up the phone and start asking for some ideas and connections.

                              If you prefer to research, get reading or watching TED talks and presentations to find practical ways to achieve your particular dream. Who else has overcome a similar problem? How did they do it? What can you borrow from what they learned, and what can you learn from how they won or lost along the way?

                              11. Keep Your Energy up

                              Remember to take a rest and recharge on the journey towards taking action on your dreams. Take breaks, eat and sleep well, exercise, and listen to and tune in to what your body and mind needs to thrive.

                              Final Thoughts

                              Achieving your dreams is unlikely to be an overnight task. It’s more likely to be a winding road with setbacks, lessons, obstacles, and new discoveries. It might take years, but every step, no matter how tiny, can be enjoyed, even the struggles. Maintaining a mindset around enjoying the journey will really equip you to thrive and see those ambitious dreams become a reality.

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