My 4 Favorite Goal Setting & Self Help Books

Goal setting can be an incredibly difficult process. It can be so hard to find the motivation, self-discipline, patience, and knowledge required to reach a goal, that many of us just decide to quit.

Since effective goal setting takes practice and support, I’ve chosen to share with you my four favorite goal-setting books. These are all iconic books that have been reprinted time and time again. I’ve found a lot of insight and motivation in each of these books, and I hope that you are able to do so too.

Number one: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is a personal development and self-help book written by Napoleon Hill. For me, part of what makes this book so fascinating is that it was published during the Great Depression, but it’s principals and lessons still stand today. It even continues to rank as one of the best books of our age.  While its title may make it seem that it’s a book about becoming rich, its philosophy can be applied to almost all areas of life.

Napoleon Hill spend more than twenty years studying individuals who achieved great wealth within their lifetimes. From his studies, he developed 13 principles as a philosophy of personal achievement. Think and Grow Rich explains and explores Hill’s 13 principles:

1. Desire 2. Faith 3. Autosuggestion 4. Specialized Knowledge 5. Imagination 6. Organized Planning 7. Decision 8. Persistence 9. Power of the Master Mind 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation 11. The Subconscious Mind 12. The Brain 13. The Sixth Sense

Number two: Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

Tony Robbins is one of today’s greatest motivational and self-help experts. Awaken the Giant Within is, in my opinion, his best book. It focused not necessarily on becoming rich and successful, but taking control of one’s life both mentally and physically. This book explores Robbins’ most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, body, relationships, finances, and your life.

Anthony Robbins maps out a step-by-step program to help you learn the fundamental lessons of self-mastery. And through this, “enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.”

Number three: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

This is another book that has withstood the test of time. Peale wrote the Power of Positive Thinking in 1952, and since then over 7 million copies have been sold. This book is all about over coming adversity and maintaining a positive attitude.

Even the books beginning statement is profound and inspirational: “you do not need to be defeated by anything, that you can have peace of mind, improved health, and a never-ceasing flow of energy. In short, that your life can be full of joy and satisfaction.”

Each of its 17 chapters address the concepts summed up at the book’s beginning statement, with titles such as “Believe in Yourself,” “How to Have Constant Energy,” “Try Prayer Power,” “I Don’t Believe in Defeat,” “How to Use Faith in Healing,” and “How to Get People to Like You”.

Number four: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Last on my list is How to Win Friends and Influence People. This was one of the first self-help books ever published, and has since sold 15 million copies worldwide. It may be hard to think that a book written so long ago can still be valuable today, but this is one of the most profound and useful books I have ever read.

This book outlines four sections, “Fundamental Techniques in Handling People”, “6 Ways to Make People Like You”, “How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking”, and “Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense of Arousing Resentment”. The book teaches how to build relationships and how to use them to your advantage. Many people who have read it say that it makes them a much more confident, outgoing, likeable, and successful person- I know it did for me.