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7 Books to Help You Reach Your Goals in 2020

An inspiring read can help set you up for a year of success.

The New Year is the perfect time for setting goals and coming up with a plan for living your best year yet. Whether you want to learn a new language, get in better shape, start a podcast, or build a business, it’s important to set goals for the coming year in order to increase your chances of turning your dreams into a reality.

But, sticking to your goals can be difficult. Luckily, with some expert advice, you can learn how to crush your goals like a pro. 

Check out these 7 books to help you reach your goals in 2020. 

1. Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide

Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP and Dr. Michael B. Frisch is a research-based book about goals and happiness. This step-by-step guide will help you create goal-setting lists in 16 life spheres and teach you how to achieve success, live more consciously, and be more productive.

Plus, it has interactive exercises and quizzes throughout and it includes chapters on celebrating your wins, hitting speed bumps, the company you keep, and more. 

2. Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change is an international bestseller by Harvard trained researcher Shawn Achor. This book discusses how people need to first learn how to stop focusing on the negative and see the world in a more positive lens in order to reach their goals, achieve success, and become happier overall.

It covers 5 actionable strategies (the 5 hidden keys) to help you see the world more positively, which are:

  • The Most Valuable Reality
  • Success Mapping
  • The X-Spot
  • Noise-Cancelling 
  • Positive Inception

3. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life is a New York Times Best Seller by Gretchen Rubin.

This book tackles the topics of how to understand your habits and how to change them for good. In the book, Rubin uses herself as a guinea pig and tests her theories on habit breaking and habit formation on her family and friends too. The mix of research, humor, and real-life stories make this book a must-read. 

4. The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life

The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life by Bernard Roth. Roth, who is a founder of Stanford’s DSchool, introduces the power of design thinking to help you achieve your goals. Roth believes that achievement can be learned; the more you flex your “achievement muscle,” the more goals you can achieve.

This book includes valuable insights like:

  • Don’t Try —DO
  • Believe you are a doer and achiever and you’ll become one
  • Learn to ignore distractions that prevent you from achieving your goals
  • And more

5. Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt is all about how to stop letting your day-to-day life get in the way of accomplishing your biggest goals and reaching your dreams.

This research-driven guide claims it will help you design your best year ever in just 5 hours. It includes lessons on how to triple the likelihood of achieving your goals, how to quit-proof your goals, what to do when you feel stuck, and more. 

6. You Goal, Girl: A Goal-Setting Workbook

You Goal, Girl: A Goal-Setting Workbook is by Elise Williams and Meleah Bowles, the creators of Earn Spend Live, which is a successful blog about lifestyle topics. This workbook is designed to help you easily plan, track, and achieve your goals.

It includes habit-tracking and reflection pages, gratitude logs to help you stay positive, daily and weekly prompts, and it even includes plenty of blank space where you can doodle, write notes, and brainstorm.

7. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson is a researched-backed book about the strategies of the world’s most successful people and how they reach their goals. With these short, powerful nine lessons, you can learn how to achieve your goals too.

One valuable lesson that this book will teach you is that successful people reach their goals not because of who they are, but because of what they do. 

Learn how to reach your goals in the New Year

Make time to read at least one of these books, whether it’s a physical copy, an eBook you can read on your smartphone, or the audiobook version you can listen to on-the-go, if you want to crush your goals in 2020. Get ready for your most successful year yet!

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