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Published on May 13, 2020

14 Great Setting Goals Books To Read This Year

14 Great Setting Goals Books To Read This Year

There are all kinds of skills out there to allow us to live a successful life. The only problem is that so many people struggle with starting and even maintaining that momentum.

My suggestion for solving this issue is simple: start with setting goals that you want to achieve and doing it properly.

Goals are the foundation for many of our achievements in life. When we first learned to walk, we likely created a goal of sorts to develop our muscles. We did that through crawling and eventually getting up on our feet.

Goals as adults are not that different from learning how to walk. We focus on the basics and various steps before getting up to achieve the desired results.

So how can you set goals properly? Reading some good setting goals books is a great place to start.

Every author has their own perspective on setting goals, and learning about the various systems can help you to set goals and follow through with them.

1. Creating Your Best Life

    Written by Caroline Miller, MAPP, she takes the standard SMART formula for goal setting and goes beyond that approach. She makes a point of giving you specific exercises while also sharing related stories.

    It’s a great book to consider as we connect better with stories and can find more motivation to set goals in the manner that Miller outlines in her book.

    Get the book here. 

    2. Your Best Year Ever

      Michael Hyatt is the author of this book, and he takes a research-based approach to goal setting. The end result is to setting goals that are meaningful. To do that, you must first look at your own purpose.

      The book applies to any kind of goal that you can think of. It also helps that Hyatt has field-tested his theories and results on people. This ensures that what Hyatt is talking about will help you in getting unstuck and setting up quit-proof goals.

      Get the book here. 

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      3. The Book of Mistakes

        Skip Prichard is a wonderful storyteller and weaves that skill into this book. This book takes a figurative person who discovers nine mistakes that highly successful people never make.

        One example is where Prichard talks about the mistake of living someone else’s dream. He tells that story while explaining to the reader the importance of being able to think about who they want to be.

        Even though the character is a young person, it’s surprising how much these mistakes can still apply to older people, too.

        Get the book here.

        4. 9 Things Successful People Do Differently

          Written by Heidi Grant Halvorson, this book drives home that what you do is more important than what you currently have. This book is backed by plenty of research and goes into detail about what the title of the book states.

          The idea of this book is to improve goal achievement. The book encourages you to have a long-term and can-do focus.

          Get the book here.

          5. Big Potential

            Shawn Anchor is the author behind this and stresses the difference between small potential and big potential. The general concept is that small potential refers to things that you achieve alone while big potential is all about achievement with others.

            Every person is influenced by the people and events around us. Therefore, when we help others improve around us, this lifts us up to big potential.

            Get the book here.

            6. The Desire Map

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            The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by [Danielle LaPorte]

              Written by Danielle LaPorte, this book takes a different path than other setting goals books. LaPorte’s perspective with this book is to bring the reader through a goal-setting program that focuses on feelings and letting outer goal achievements grow from that.

              The idea is to let purpose play a role in your motivation for completing goals that you are setting.

              Get the book here. 

              7. Hard Goals

              Written from the perspective of author Mark Murphy, this book takes his experiences as an executive coach and puts it in a book. His belief of goal setting is that goals should be more than goals you put together quickly.

              To him, the great potential of goals stems from inner desires. If you want to change the world around you, you have to set goals that lead you to them.

              It sounds simple on paper, but so often people struggle with setting these goals and achieving them.

              Get the book here.

              8. How To Win Friends and Influence People

                An iconic book written by Dale Carnegie, the title implies the purpose of this book. While you’d think this isn’t about goal setting, several of the chapters talk about mastery within goal setting and overall achievement.

                Even though it was written in 1936, the wisdom this book shares still holds today.

                Get the book here.

                9. The Power of Positive Thinking

                  As implied above, there are many aspects to enhance goal setting and achievement. While books don’t always talk about goal setting directly, the methods and knowledge can help you find success.

                  This is the case with The Power of Positive Thinking, where Norman Vincent Peale explores what it means to pursue and achieve life goals while living a fulfilling life.

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                  The book focuses on the important and development of a positive mindset. Peale pulls examples from various famous people, including many past presidents.

                  Get the book here.

                  10. The Art Of Setting Smart Goals

                    As the title of this book implies, this is about setting SMART goals. Written by Anisa Marku, the book explains the structure of this goal-setting system. Even if you’ve read articles or other books talking about this ground-breaking system, you could learn a few other pieces of information here.

                    Get the book here. 

                    11. Goals!

                      For those looking for more details on goal setting, look no further than Brian Tracy’s book. This book is on the longer end with almost 300 pages, but it’s a very handy guide.

                      Tracy covers steps before setting goals in the first place, placing emphasis on being clear about your values and beliefs. From there, he teaches how to determine which goals you want to work on.

                      Get the book here. 

                      12. The Magic Lamp

                        Written by Keith Ellis, this book takes a unique approach to goal setting by using the acronym LAMP to guide you on setting goals.

                        LAMP stands for: Lock on, Act, Manage your progress, and Persist.

                        Ellis explores these topics through various aspects. For example, for the lock on part, Ellis talks about choosing your goals, planning, and making sure you’re willing to pay the price for those goals.

                        It’s an interesting take on goal setting and covers other areas you might not have considered.

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                        Get the book here. 

                        13. The 4 Disciplines of Execution

                          For the more entrepreneur oriented people, this book focuses on business goals rather than personal ones. These are important to entrepreneurs as many businesspeople set goals only for them to fail and go nowhere at all.

                          While part of the goal process is to experience failures and learn from them, this book explores four disciplines to find more success and push your business forward.

                          Get the book here.

                          14. Measure What Matters

                            The last book to cover is John Doerr’s book Measure What Matters. It’s another business goal-setting book, but the examples and theories presented can be used in personal life as well.

                            The book stresses the namesake of this book and points to companies like the Gates Foundation and Google who use this system and have become massive successes.

                            The reason these theories work is that it touches on a lot of what The 4 Disciplines of Execution is about.

                            It goes about it in a different way using a system called OKR. OKR stands for Objectives and Key Results.

                            Get the book here.

                            Final Thoughts

                            Even if you’re not an avid reader, self-improvement books help in so many ways. The timeless and evergreen knowledge ensures you can apply this with little worry about whether it’s the best method around.

                            Even if it isn’t, goal setting is all about exploring ideas and testing to see what works for you. That, and of course having a solid system to achieve your goals again and again.

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                            50 LinkedIn Influencers To Follow, No Matter Your Industry

                            50 LinkedIn Influencers To Follow, No Matter Your Industry

                            LinkedIn is an excellent platform to network with great people to help you in your career and businesses. However, with over 575 million people on the site, who should you follow? This list will steer you to the right people to follow, organized by categories of expertise.

                            Job Search Experts

                            You will likely have several jobs throughout the course of your career, and you will constantly need advice on new trends and strategies out there in the job market. Here are the LinkedIn experts who you should follow on these matters.

                            1. Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Her articles on job searching are filled with creative and colorful cartoons.

                            2. Lou Adler is the author of The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired.

                            3. Dr. Marla Gottschalk will help you make an impact in a new job.

                            4. Hannah Morgan runs CareerSherpa.net, where she gives expert advice on job searching and how to be more visible online.

                            5. Alison Doyle is the CEO and Founder of CareerToolBelt.com.

                            Management Experts

                            They say that people leave managers, not jobs. These experts in LinkedIn will help you become your employees’ dream manager.

                            6. Jeff Weiner. How can we leave out the CEO of LinkedIn himself?

                            7. Nozomi Morgan is an executive coach. She can help you transition from a boss to a true leader.

                            8. Mickey Mikitani is the CEO of Rakuten. He constantly shares his expertise in managing a global player in e-commerce platforms.

                            9. Andreas von der Heydt was the head of Amazon’s Kindle Content and now the Director of Talent Acquisition. He has extensive experience in management, branding, and marketing.

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                            Productivity Experts

                            By maximizing your productivity, you can win in all aspects of life. The following LinkedIn experts will help you win big in your career.

                            10. Gretchen Rubin is a happiness coach and the bestselling author of the The Happiness Project.

                            11. Carson Tate is the founder of Working Simply. She advises us to include play in our schedules.

                            12. Greg Mckeown is an essentialist. Part of being an essentialist is saying no to many things so that we can focus on the things that matter.

                            13. Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha! Labs Inc. provides strategies on how to be productive and happy at work at the same time.

                            Marketing Experts

                            14. Sujan Patel is VP of Marketing at When I Work, an employee scheduling software. He is an expert in content marketing and he even shares his ideas on content marketing in 2020.

                            15. Megan Berry is the Head of Product Development at Rebelmouse, a content marketing and AlwaysOn powerhouse.

                            16. Sean Gardner will help you navigate the social media landscape. This includes how to use different platforms to help accelerate your career. He is also the bestselling author of The Road to Social Media Success.

                            17. Christel Quek is an digital and marketing expert. She is the VP of South East Asia at Brandwatch. Their products help businesses utilize social media data to make better business decisions.

                            18. Jeff Bullas is a digital marketing expert. His blog has over 4 million readers annually.

                            19. Michael Stelzer is the CEO and Founder of social media powerhouse site, Social Media Examiner.

                            20. If you’re looking for inbound and content marketing expertise, follow Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO of Hubspot.

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                            22. Dave Kerpen leads the social media software company Likeable Local. He is the author of Likeable Social Media: How to delight your customers.

                            23. Clara Shih is the CEO of Hearsay Social and the author of The Facebook Era.

                            24. Aaron Lee is Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner. He is an excellent resource for everything social media.

                            25. David Sable is the CEO of Y&R, one of the largest advertising firms in the world.

                            26. Content marketing trumps traditional marketing these days, and who else better to lead you in this area than Joe Pulizzi, Founder of Content Marketing Institute.

                            Personal Branding Experts

                            Part of what we market in our personal career is our brand. When people hear your name, what kind of brand comes into their mind? What traits and qualities do they associate with you?

                            Here are some personal branding experts from LinkedIn to improve your own brand.

                            27. Dorie Clark is the author of Stand Out and Reinventing You. He can help you craft the professional image you’ve always wanted.

                            28. Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding. If you’re a millennial, Dan is the guy to help you craft your personal brand.

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                            29. Lisa Gates is the expert to follow if you’re negotiating for higher salaries and promotions.

                            30. If you’re a Baby Boomer, Marc Miller will help you navigate the continually changing landscape of the workplace.

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                            31. To avoid getting your resumé moved to the “No” pile, read Paul Freiberger’s excellent advice.

                            32. James Caan provides insightful ideas on careers in general. He is also a serial entrepreneur.

                            33. Jeff Haden writes on various topics, such as leadership and management. He is the owner of Blackbird Media.

                            34. If you’re looking for expert business advice on getting new customers and keeping them, follow Jay Baer.

                            35. Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, is a great human resources specialist.

                            36. If you need help in using Twitter to boost your career, Claire Diaz-Ortiz can guide you in the right direction.

                            37. Ryan Holmes is the CEO of Hootsuite, a social media management tool.

                            38. Customers are the lifeblood of a business and Colin Shaw focuses on revolutionizing this customer experience.

                            39. Brian Solis often reflects on the future of business and how technology can disrupt our world.

                            40. Nancy Lublin provides advice on more lighthearted topics, which are perfect after a long day’s work. She is the CEO behind Dosomething.org, a portal designed for social change; and the founder & CEO of Loris.ai and Crisis Text Line.

                            41. Katya Andresen provides advice on how to manage your career. She was the CEO of Cricket Media and now responsible for the SVP Card Customer Experience at Capital One.

                            42. Gallup has created a system to test what your strengths are and how to use them at work. Jim Clifton is the CEO of Gallup.

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                            43. Adam Grant is a Wharton Professor and the author of Give and Take, which provides advice on why being helpful at work can accelerate your career.

                            44. Hunter Walk is a partner at Homebrew Venture Capitalist Company and has specialty in product development and management.

                            45. If you’re running a nonprofit organization, follow Beth Kanter for expert advice on this area.

                            46. Emotional Intelligence is necessary to succeed in your career, and Daniel Goleman is your expert for that.

                            47. Rita J. King connects science, technology and business.

                            48. Tori Worthington Rose is a Creative Director at Mary Beth West Communications, LLC. She has extensive experience in sales and digital media.

                            49. If you’re looking for some advice on how to use writing and personal content marketing to boost your career, follow Ann Handley.

                            50. Tim Brown is the CEO at IDEO and shares his insights on Leadership and Creativity.

                            These are just some of the key thought leaders and movers in various industries. They will provide you with constant inspiration, as well as the willpower to pursue the career that you’ve always wanted. Their stream of expert ideas in their respective fields will help you become well-equipped in your professional pursuits.

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