15 Books to Help You Reach Your 2017 Goals

January 6, 2017

15 Books to Help You Reach Your 2017 Goals

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Have you set your 2017 goals yet? If you haven’t, or if setting goals is not a habit you have implemented in the past, consider establishing your goals today.

Now, make sure you position yourself to actually meet those goals by having a plan. It’s not enough to say that you want to accomplish a goal. You need to lay out the specific steps required to reach that goal.

If you’re dealing with a goal you’ve attempted before or a change that you’ve struggled to make in the past, it’s necessary to identify what you’re going to do that is DIFFERENT than what you have been doing. If you want different results, then you need to do things differently. This might mean seeking out new knowledge or new sources of information.

A great place to start is with your reading. Depending on what your goals are, there are several books out there that can help you meet them.

Here are 15 books to help you reach your 2017 goals.

If Your Goal is to Improve Your Finances

The Total Money Makeover

Starting from the basics of budgeting, The Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey, offers up an easy-to-understand and complete plan for your finances.

Love Your Life, Not Theirs

If you struggle with looking at your Facebook or Instagram feed and then feeling less-than-great about your own life, Love Your Life, Not Theirs, by Rachel Cruze, will help you overcome the social habit that can be damaging to your finances: comparing yourself to others.

The Automatic Millionaire

A classic that was recently updated and the origin of the infamous “Latte Factor,” The Automatic Millionaire, by David Bach, teaches you that it’s possible to automate your way to wealth.

Smart Couples Finish Rich

Working together on your finances as a married couple is not only necessary, it’s powerful. Smart Couples Finish Rich, also by David Bach, shows the steps to take to plan your financial future as a couple.  

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Touted as the first book to read when looking to invest, A Random Walk down Wall Street, by Burton G. Malkiel, provides an understandable introduction to the world of investing.  

If Your Goal is to Improve Your Career | Personal Growth

48 Days to the Work You Love

In 48 Days to the Work You Love, by Dan Miller, you’ll discover how to turn what you love into work you love and you’ll learn how to put an end to just working a j-o-b.

What Color Is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute, by Richard Bolles, will provide you the practical advice you need to lead an efficient and successful job search. This classic job-search and career book is kept current and relevant with yearly updates.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

A classic that everyone should read many times over, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, highlights seven characteristics necessary to be effective both personally and professionally.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Learn how to sharpen your people skills in How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Discover how to be a better communicator at home as well as on the job.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

In Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, you’ll learn how to replace the busyness and overwhelm of your life with what is essential and necessary.

If Your Goal is to Improve Your Relationships | Home Life | Spiritual Life

The 5 Love Languages

Did you know that love has multiple languages? The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, reveals that issues in your marriage can be solved by learning to speak your partner’s love language.

The 5 Love Languages of Children

Also by Gary Chapman and based on the principles of love languages, The 5 Love Languages of Children teaches how parents can raise their children effectively by identifying and speaking their love language.

The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, answers the question, “What on Earth Am I Here for?” so that you can live a life filled with intention and purpose.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

If you’re looking to declutter and simplify, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, will show you how. The methods taught in this book are extreme and may not be for everyone, but they will change your life.

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

In The More of Less, Joshua Becker, who is behind the blog Becoming Minimalist, challenges the over-consumption tendencies of our cultures. You’ll learn how living a life of abundance can be achieved by living a life with less stuff.

These reads will certainly provide the inspiration and information necessary to reach your 2017 goals. I encourage you to identify the specific books that line up with your goals and to create a reading list for the year.

All the best in reaching and surpassing your goals!

Have you already identified books to read this year that will help you meet your 2017 goals? What’s on your reading list?

Love this list of books to help you reach your various goals - financial, career, personal, relationship, spiritual goals, and more.