5 Books to Help You Gain Perspective on Goal Setting

Whether you want to lose 30 pounds, finish your college degree or finally take that trip around the world, accomplishing your goals take a lot of hard work. Your job, school and family obligations can wind up getting in the way. Before you know it, you’ve given up on your goals.

Here are 5 books you’re going to want to pick up, to help inspire you when you need a bit of perspective on achieving this goal. These 5 goal setters each are super focused on the “why” behind their goal setting, they achieved results which helped – for a variety of goals.

Wild: by Cheryl Strayed

Yes, this is the book that inspired the phenomenal movie featuring Reese Witherspoon. Wild is a memoir of a young 20-something woman who went on a thousand mile hike to heal her life. Cheryl Strayed (the author) was devastated when her Mom died, but it got worse when her family simply went off to do their own things - all on their own. She had no experience with long distance hiking, but 4 years after her Mom's death was inspired to make this huge trek. It had its stressful & scary moments, but also offered moments of tremendous beauty and wisdom.

Year of YES: by Shonda Rhimes

If you watch TV on Thursday night's ABC lineup, then you're certainly familiar with Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. This book was inspired by a casual comment her sister made over Thanksgiving, pointing out that Shonda had lots of opportunities in front of her and that she never said "yes" to any of them. Shonda decided right then and there that she would say "yes" to everything for a year. This is a funny book about facing your fears, having fun, sometimes doing the hard stuff and most of all living a better life because you deserve it!

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook's COO and well known as an advocate for women's leadership. In Option B, she talks about how to move ahead when you are faced with an unexpected setback. Sheryl's husband died suddenly and she helped to heal her grief and also her children's suffering. Sheryl believes and shows that resilience can be built, to learn to accept to work with Option B.

Settle for More by Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly is a well-respected national journalist, best known for asking tough questions during the Presidential debates of 2016. Her book Settle for More discusses some of the challenges she faced, including her father's sudden death while she was still in high school. Megyn's motto is "settle for more" and she explains how this has helped her throughout her life.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert

Most of us have read the now-classic, Eat, Pray Love or perhaps seen the movie. So I doubt it will surprise you that many have been inspired to venture out on their own personal "trek" because they read this book! Now, not everyone packed a suitcase but this book focuses on finding yourself and what matters the most. It’s the variety of stories that is quite helpful to read.

Take a look at these books, you'll feel empowered to power through adversity right towards accomplishing your goals. These books are proof that mountains can be moved even when the odds are stacked against you, and that everyone has a shot at happiness.

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