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6 Goal-Setting Books to Read for the New Year

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Why do New Year’s resolutions often fail? Perhaps it’s because we don’t set our intention for the year ahead with a strong enough foundation. We may know what we want to achieve, but we don’t have a plan or a system to get us there. The good news is there are tons of resources available to help us get started—including some excellent goal-setting books. Here are six of the best goal-setting books for the new year.

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The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

This book is all about clarity—helping you get clear on what you want so that you can create goals that align with your values. Once you know what you wish to do, LaPorte guides how to take action steps to move you closer to your goals. This book also has a section on “The Resistance,” which helps you to identify and overcome any internal blocks that might be holding you back from achieving your goals.

The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

Keller’s book is about focus—an essential ingredient for achieving big goals. The premise is simple: You can achieve anything if you focus on one thing at a time. This book includes a step-by-step approach for setting and achieving goals and loads of helpful tips and tricks for staying focused along the way. This book is worth checking out if you struggle with staying focused or feeling scattered.

The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

If you always feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done, this book is for you. Moran and Lennington argue that most people operate as if they have an entire year to achieve their goals—when in reality, 12 weeks is all it takes to make significant progress. This book provides a step-by-step system for setting and achieving ambitious goals in 12 weeks, complete with weekly and monthly check-in templates. Implementing this system will help you maximize your time and get more done in less time.

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

This book is about taking action—specifically, taking action within five seconds of having an idea or impulse so that you don’t talk yourself out of it. Robbins argues that our brains are wired to keep us safe, which often means talking ourselves out of taking risks or doing something outside of our comfort zone. The 5 Second Rule provides a simple but effective tool for helping us override our brain’s natural inclination toward safety so that we can take ACTION on our goals.

How Are You, Really? by Jenna Kutcher

This book is geared toward creative female entrepreneurs who want to turn their side hustles into full-fledged businesses. In addition to providing practical tips and advice for goal setting, Kutcher shares her personal story of how she turned her passion into a successful career—providing readers with the inspiration and the tools they need to do the same. This book is worth checking out if you’re a creative woman with entrepreneurial ambitions.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

If you find it challenging to stick with good habits or need help carving out self-care time, this book is worth checking out. Elrod lays out a simple but effective framework for starting your day right—including six critical components designed to help you improve your productivity, motivation, and focus throughout the day. Implementing the Miracle Morning routine will help set you up for personal and professional success.

Goal-setting books are a fantastic way to gain clarity on what you want and develop a plan for achieving it. But with so many options available, it can take time to figure out where to start. If you’re looking for great goal-setting books geared explicitly toward the new year, look no further than this list! These six books will provide all the inspiration and guidance you need to set and achieve your goals—no matter how big or small!

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