The Top 13 Goal Setting Books to Read Today [These Will Make A Difference]


When it comes to setting goals, sometimes we need some outside inspiration. Some of us are visual learners and enjoy getting our inspiration from videos from sources such as YouTube. Others are better with learning using audio in the form of Podcast or other avenues. Then, you have some of us who prefer to be old school and merely read text from a great book to get inspiration. I must admit, reading is still perhaps my favorite method of them all.

Regardless of which way works best for you, it’s essential that you find inspiration somewhere and use the tools that some of the modern influencers can provide you. It can help you get one step closer to your goals and perhaps offer a unique angle to take that can really strikes a chord with you.

At least that’s the ultimate purpose of this post. I want to get you fired up and ready to explode into action and start achieving things you never though could be possible. Our recommendations coming shortly should go a long way towards getting that done.

With goals and goal setting, you are looking for any method possible to give you that tiny extra boost in the right direction. Today, my goal (see what I did there?) is to provide you with my favorite or “top” books that you can read to start finding inspiration, help you set goals more efficiently and get you on the correct path towards success and ultimately eliminate all negativity and distractions.

A Look at Why and How This List Was Created.

Before diving in head first, let’s break down why these books were picked and why I believe these fit the criteria to land on this top 13 list. First, goal setting books don’t always have to be strictly about the goal-setting process. They can be about other key factors that can greatly improve our chances at success as well. It all ties together one way or another.

Books like Goals by Brian Tracy are directly related to the process itself, but on the end of the spectrum, books such as the 10X Rule by Grant Cordone comes in from a new angle that will get you inspired, pumped up and ready for the challenge. If you don’t believe me, just wait and see and try reading one of the suggested titles once we dive in further.

We like to mix things up because everyone is different and has a unique need to get that spark of motivation and inspiration to achieve what we set out to do. Okay, enough ramble, let’s get into the books you need to order today and start reading to become unstoppable.

The Top 13 Books You Can Read Today to Master the Art of Goal Setting And Achieve Success

The 10X Rule by Grant Cordone

I love this book. It’s one of the newer books on the list. Grant Cordone has some simple principals that are needed to reach success. Massive action is one of those basic principles. He believes that whatever is required to create success is to simply do that at 10x amounts. It’s a grand theory, and I’ve put it to practice with incredible results.

Grant also writes this book in a very intriguing and capturing style that will keep most of us reading it from start to finish in one sitting. One of my favorite books that can quickly help take you to the next level and to a point in life where you can start achieving your goals. Give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Goals by Brian Tracy

I think we all know how good Brian Tracy is when it comes to teaching individuals how to set goals and how to achieve them. Well, this book breaks down the 21-step process that has proven to take someone struggling and turn them into a millionaires. The only thing you need to do after reading this book is to believe in it and put the recommendations Brian makes into action.

This book is a sure-fire way to get you off on the right track with any form of goal setting and one of my all-time favorites. No questions asked.

Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cordone

Yes, you’re reading this correctly. Grant Cordone places two books in our top 13. It’s the modern style of writing that really keeps me engaged with Grant’s books. This book almost directly ties into the 10X Rule that we mentioned previously. Grant believes in setting goals that you can absolutely 100% dive into headfirst and that you can become so passionate about that you would be deemed obsessed.

A sure-fire way to hit success in big ways.

It’s at this point where all the outside noise becomes more natural to eliminate, and your goals can begin to come into fruition. Buy both of his books, read them back to back and watch the magic start to happen. You won’t be disappointed.

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Perhaps the oldest school and the longest standing book on our list. Also, maybe the most influencing and most important book of them all to read. Goal setting is what it is, but basic skills in life that you need to apply are also very critical. Use Dale’s book to get you kickstarted into the right mindset and learn how to deal with others.

Often with goal setting, you can expect a lot of negativity or people often shooting down your goals or getting in the way. People who read this book will be much better prepared to use their people skills to effectively navigate through these roadblocks and setbacks.

Soar with Your Strengths by Donald Clifton and Paula Nelson

Soar with Your Strengths is another fantastic option to bring you to life and get you into hunting mode. It lines up with a lot of the advice I give here on my blog. Focus on your strengths and be the best version of you possible. It helps you understand that you no longer need to dwell on what you can’t do but start doing twice as much of the strengths that you do have if you want to see a breakthrough and reach success finally.

I say it all the time. Stop dwelling on the meaningless **** and double down on your strengths. That’s all it takes to really start making a difference and effectively accomplishing goals.

The Go-Getter by Peter Kyne

This book not only gets killer reviews on any platform where individuals have purchased it, but it teaches some core principles that are essential with goal setting. We talk about it all the time. It’s imperative to start doing and stop brainstorming. You must put the ideas into action and learn to make decisions on the spot and just do them.

It doesn’t matter what these actions are. It could be anything from starting your own blog to creating a YouTube channel if you are considering starting an online business. Long story short, this book with plant some great seeds into your mind that the time is now, and you only live once. Stop wasting time and start doing something to begin achieving your goals actively.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

The title of this book says enough as it is. What is better than being a big dreamer and reeling in those dreams and creating a reality out of it? Well, the good news is that it is possible and whatever you can see in your mind, you can ultimately make come true. This book helps teach those core principals and allows you to begin believing and building self-confidence towards something more significant.

I recommend reading this book. One of the reasons goals fail so often is because people just don’t know what’s possible or they don’t believe that what they are chasing can ever come true. This book should help eliminate some of those reservations and get you ready to start kicking some ass in a hurry. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed, I can guarantee that.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peal

How many people do you think get dragged down into the dirt and give up on goals for no other reason except that they don’t ultimately believe in what they are doing? The answer is all the time. Negativety and excuses for why something won’t work or why it shouldn’t work stops many more people than you would think. This hasn’t changed in recent years. Not even a little.

This book sets out to change that state of mind and inform you of all the possibilities in the world that can come true with goal setting and staying positive throughout the process. If you can believe it or picture something taking place, you are 100% capable of making that come true. Give this book a try and see if you can see past that negativity in your mind once and for all.

It won’t do anything but good for you towards achieving goals and achieving your goals faster than you may believe is possible.

The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

I absolutely love this book for so many reasons. First, the core principal discussed in this book is the idea behind finally escaping being ordered what to do and escaping that 9-5 job that so many individuals, unfortunately, stay stuck in for their entire life.

Not anymore. Timothy Ferris will take you behind the scenes to become more efficient with task so that you prioritize the most critical parts of your life and concentrate your focus in the right areas.

The key takeaways I learned from reading this book that when you are goal setting or trying to grow, you must be willing to outsource the trivial task to allow you to focus on the more critical opportunities and work. This can include emails and learning to streamline another task.

Learning to do this can take you from overwhelmed with goals and advancing your life to having plenty of time to focus and take care of business. A highly recommended book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This is another book in the area of goal setting that focuses purely on the mind. It’s all about thinking big to become significant and meaningful in life.  The more you think about it, the easier it becomes. It also will teach you some core principals about reverse engineering your goals in a fashion that allows you to see things more clearly.

When it comes to any form of goal setting, it’s imperative to use all the additional help and inspiration possible along the way. This book helped me understand that every time I created goals, I was being a bit too realistic and not realizing that a grander plan could be started today. Just because the number seems too high to enter your bank account does not mean that it isn’t possible.

Napoleon Hill does an incredible job of explaining this and expanding your mind with an easy to read and enjoyable book. I recommend adding this book to your wish list to read as soon as possible.

The Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Ever wonder what’s setting you apart from the rest of the individuals in the world who are achieving unbelievable things regularly? I can tell you that it’s not potential or IQ. It’s your habits. The Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey sets out to prove that and nothing else. The power of habits and how big of an impact they have on an individual’s life.

From good habits too bad habits, it all about making the adjustments as soon as possible and to begin working on something immediately. Once you learn the best practices possible toward success and implement them, you can become unstoppable compared to the rest of the competition.

If you are newer to the goal setting genre, this is a great book to start you off on the right foot and to head in a direction that is sure to succeed.

Crushing It. How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence by Gary Vaynerchuck

Gary Vaynerchuk is a New York Times, and he has a monster social media following. His book Crushing It which is a newer book to the market is a fantastic book to garnish inspirations and set you on fire to get you moving in the right direction with your goals this time around. No more excuses. No more putting it off till another day or week.

This book will give you a breakdown of the traits of successful entrepreneurs and teach you to finally start doing something with your time instead of allowing it to slip away continually. It surely deserves a spot in our top 13 and I highly recommend it if you are ready to make a change in your life or your business.

How to Make Sh*t Happen. Make More Money. Get in Better Shape. Create Epic Relationships. Control your Life. Do It Now by Sean Whalen

If you’re looking for a book that dives in heavily to the principals behind the law of attraction, then this book is for you. This book is short and gets to the point immediately which I love with any book that I read.

For individuals not big fans of profanity or getting straight to the point, this may not be for you, but I sure loved it. Sean teaches 4 critical principals in this book and claims there are no other categories any areas of your life could fall under. Power (Body), Passion (relationships), Purpose (mind and spirit) and Production (business). 

Nothing else. Easy as 1,2,3. How to Make Shit Happen is specifically designed to teach you that there are no better methods than acting right now. Not tomorrow or next week but right this second (after you finish reading the book of course).

If you read many of our other blog posts, you know that I’m a 100% believer that this is true and without that mindset, it’s straightforward that you are likely to fail, and most will fail.

Somethings need more careful planning or that certain goals can be placed on backburner is the idea that Sean Whalen wants to get out of your mind once and for all.

Putting It All Together, Either Crack Open a Book and Learn or Start Acting

You need to be doing one or the other. Either learning from the best and beginning your journey with proper planning and inspiration or acting. Just reading our top 13 list doesn’t really count as anything accomplished. Head over to a book store or purchase one of these books on Amazon if you need a spark in your life.

If you aren’t in need that spark in your life, get busy and get ready to start grinding. It’s one or the other and the time is now. Not someday. Someday doesn’t exist on a calendar and never will so stop pretending it does.

What books do you believe could help individuals with accomplishing goals or finding inspiration? Do you think we need to swap any of the books on our list or make any changes? Be sure to leave a comment below.

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