4 Essential Books for Goal Setting and Achievement

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If you’re looking for books for goal setting and achievement, then you’re reading the right article.

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Growing up, I only had two goals: the first one is to have my first million, and the second one is to have my own house… all by 30 years old!

I’m one year away from my target date; do I have either?

No. I failed. Scrap that. Let me rephrase: My goals are delayed because I was a naive little girl who set out goals with no idea of how to achieve them.

Goal Setting and Achievement Books

I thought knowing what I want and writing it down were enough, but as it turns out, it takes more than writing! It takes a system to achieve goals. I learned more about goal setting and goal achievements from the following books, but I read these too late. Had I read these early on, I may have had a chance in achieving those goals at my desired age. It sucks, but there’s no point in crying over spilled milk. Now, I’m sharing these books with you in hopes that you will be able to achieve your goals at the right time:

1. Goals: How to Get Everything You Want by Brian Tracy

Early on, I knew that you should write your goals down and visualize them. See your goals in your mind as if you’ve already achieved them. But what are your goals anyway? This is a perfect book to get you started. The book guides you in setting goals in all areas of life. It’s filled with questions to guide you in knowing what you want to achieve in your relationships, finances, health, and wealth.

I got this book last year, and ever since I got it, I resolved to read it every year. I even programmed my Alexa Echo device to remind me of my favorite quotes from the book. When I greet Alexa “good morning,” she greets back and says “Good morning, do something today that moves you at least one step closer to your most important goal.” And in the evening, when I tell her “good night,” she tells me “Resolve in advance that you will never give up until you’ve reached your goal.”

So, there, I may not have achieved my first million and built my own home, but I’ll be working on day by day until I achieve it.

2. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran

The book debunks the idea of annual goal setting. Setting goals annually often leads to failure because one year or 52 weeks is way too long to achieve a goal. The Parkinson Law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Therefore, the more time we allot to a goal, the longer it takes for us one to achieve them. Worse than that, if you set goals annually, there are higher chances of failing because halfway through the year or even a quarter of the year, you may already be falling by the wayside. Motivation is high at the beginning of the year, but it declines as days, weeks, and months pass by. You think it’s okay to chill out and be lax for a day because there are still six months to go before the deadline… but the next you know, it’s already December, and you’re rushing just to meet your goals.
The 12 Week Year is an efficient system to implement because it’s measurable, and it ensures maximum productivity. Compressing 52 weeks into 12 weeks will make you work day by day. As one quote from the book states, “the weeks become days.”

3. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

The truth is, the book’s idea is obvious, but we miss it every day–it’s that every small thing you do adds up and compounds over time, may it be negative or positive habits. You know in your heart that everything you’re doing now affects your tomorrow, but you don’t optimize it. You know that five minutes of working out is better, but you still choose to lie down and watch Netflix. You may not see the side effect of smoking one stick every day, but you’ll see it over time. The idea is simple: success isn’t built overnight, it takes a series of small good things repeatedly done.

4. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Among all four books, Essentialism is a little far off because it doesn’t really focus on achieving goals. The book focuses on focus. Wanting a lot in life is not a bad thing, but wanting too many makes you lose focus–focus on what you really want.

The book helps you filter out the important things in order to achieve your main goal.
The best thing I learned from this book is that not all opportunities are meant to be accepted. No matter how great an opportunity seems like, if it doesn’t align with your main goal, you have to let it pass.

Putting The Ideas Together

If you put the ideas of these books together, you’ll be able to achieve anything you want in life.

The Goals book will guide you in knowing what you want to get out of life. Then, the Essentialism book will teach you to filter out unnecessary things. The things you think you need or want.

Once everything’s been filtered out, use the concept of the 12 Week Year book to set up a system. And finally, when you have a working system in place, the Compound Effect Book will help you stay consistent in the things you’re doing, so you can achieve your goals.

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23 thoughts on “4 Essential Books for Goal Setting and Achievement

  1. What an amazing post, I love how your niche is so powerful and focused. I didn’t know there were so many books dedicated to setting goals and achieving them, thanks for the recommendations x

  2. I love these recommendations and the comment that goals are great but how you go about achieving this is more important. Focus on small things making big impacts really resonates with me.

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