What Are Your Top 5 Goal Setting And Motivation Books?

Profile picture of the author ASM Marketing by ASM Marketing Posted: 08/29/2009
Hi guys,

I'm looking for some books on goal setting and motivation. I have looked around but I prefer recommendations to steer me in the right direction.

Please note, I'm not looking for 'self-employed' based books but more towards setting and achieving career goals and in personal life.

I look forward to hearing some good suggestions!

Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author mahasaya
    mahasaya
    Here are what I consider the top 5:

    Think And Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
    Awaken The Giant Within - Anthony Robbins
    How To Win Friends And Influence People - Dale Carnegie
    The Power Of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale
    Seeds Of Greatness - Dennis Waitley

    These are "evergreens" and are being re-printed over and over again and I'm pretty certain most can be obtained as free downloads somewhere.

    A favorite is also:

    Swim With The Sharks - Harvey McKay because it is such an enjoyable read.

    There are thousands more, of course, many will compete with the 5 titles I mentioned, many will disagree. They remain my personal favorites and have "bedside status", which means any one of these titles will by lying on my bedside table at any time, as I keep on reading through them day in, day out.
  • Profile picture of the author Peter Temp
    Peter Temp
    There are many books that can help you set your goals and motivate yourself. I believe that books are the best friends in life which teach you a lot. I would recommend to read The magic of thinking Big, that's one book that has changed my way of looking at my life. Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author SamKane
    SamKane
    One of the best books on achieving goals is
    Neo-Tech Business Control.
    While most goal setting books try to prioritize
    your tasks to time, NT Business Control
    teaches you to schedule your physical
    movements to time using what they call
    the Mini Day System.
    They also teach you The Power Thinking
    System which you use with the Mini Day
    System to break down goals into small
    steps and walk through them with assembly
    plant-like efficiency.

    There is NO Positive-Wishfull Thinking- Ra-Ra
    Nonsence in this book.

    I don't know if this book is available from the
    publisher anymore but you can find it on ebay.

    Another usefull section of this book is the section
    on Tracking Reports. These can help you
    keep iron grip control over every part of your business.

    Sam


    Originally Posted by ASM Marketing View Post

    Hi guys,

    I'm looking for some books on goal setting and motivation. I have looked around but I prefer recommendations to steer me in the right direction.

    Please note, I'm not looking for 'self-employed' based books but more towards setting and achieving career goals and in personal life.

    I look forward to hearing some good suggestions!

    Alex
  • Profile picture of the author mahasaya
    mahasaya
    SamKane,

    There is NO Positive-Wishfull Thinking- Ra-Ra Nonsence in this book.
    Nice to know some people don't struggle with motivation, lucky you!
    If I read correctly, the question was:

    goal setting and motivation
    and

    but more towards setting and achieving career goals and in personal life.
    I fail to see what would be "Ra-Ra Nonsense" from books the titles of which have been widely acclaimed, each having sold more than 15 MILLION copies and translated into most languages.

    And when you write:

    assembly plant-like efficiency
    I can't help thinking of highly automated factories, where human beings end up suffering from depression, RMI (repeat movement injury) and what have we more...oh, yes...demotivated worker syndrome.
  • Profile picture of the author SamKane
    SamKane
    A GOAL is something you want to accomplish. So
    what's wrong with recommending a book on how to achieve them?

    A lot of people want books that sound good and teach you to think
    positive. There are hundreds of them and just because they sell
    millions of copies, do not make them any more helpful.

    I think the average person gets MOTIVATED by past due bills
    or the trip to Disneyland they keep promising their kids every
    summer. They just need a method to set goals and
    work to reach them.

    If you have alot of goals in life you need assembly plant-like
    systems in order to force you to work towards them. Tough?
    Yes. And not everyone will Take ACTION, its much easier to
    read another book and promise yourself that after this one you
    will finally start doing something..

    Sam Kane


    mahasaya--- at least we agree on Swiming With The Sharks..Its one of my favorite
    books on sales..







    Originally Posted by mahasaya View Post

    SamKane,



    Nice to know some people don't struggle with motivation, lucky you!
    If I read correctly, the question was:



    and



    I fail to see what would be "Ra-Ra Nonsense" from books the titles of which have been widely acclaimed, each having sold more than 15 MILLION copies and translated into most languages.

    And when you write:



    I can't help thinking of highly automated factories, where human beings end up suffering from depression, RMI (repeat movement injury) and what have we more...oh, yes...demotivated worker syndrome.
  • Profile picture of the author eaglechick
    eaglechick
    Hi Sam

    Thanks I'll definitely get that one. The way I see it there is no use
    in reading all this motivational books (no matter - millions sold) and
    not put it into practice. On my bedside table is almost all of the
    above mentioned. Excellent material but it seems that the golden
    rule would be to put it into action and that is the area that most
    people struggle with. I've seen it time and again in this very forum.
    Also good one to add to the list is : The power of now - Eckhardt
    Tolle. You're all hyped up and ready to go but what next?

    Keep well.
    Warm regards
    Elmien
    South Africa
  • Profile picture of the author mahasaya
    mahasaya
    Elmien,

    The power of now - Eckhardt Tolle.
    This one really kicks butt and opens up the path that allows one to understand where EGO might be responsible for a whole lot of self-sabotage and the source of intense personal grief.

    Eckhart explains in easy no nonsense terms how your own thinking can mess you up real bad and points to solutions. Here and Now.

    I have found that often, people will not try to start implementing their own goals for 2 reasons:

    Fear of change (what if...?)
    Fear of success (what then...?)

    An incredible amount of small sub-reasons also work as action inhibitors and fuel immobility.

    The keyword here is FEAR. And Robbins explains that that we humans have a tendency to go through excruciating antics to avoid fear and pain and seek pleasure.

    Maybe a key there, a train of thoughts worth pursuing.

    Sam,

    A GOAL is something you want to accomplish. So what's wrong with recommending a book on how to achieve them?
    I wholeheartedly agree, nothing wrong with the recommendation, quite the contrary. I would recommend this title to anyone who has cleared all other issues first and who has set his goals and has started implementing them.
  • Profile picture of the author eaglechick
    eaglechick
    Originally Posted by mahasaya View Post

    Elmien,


    I wholeheartedly agree, nothing wrong with the recommendation, quite the contrary. I would recommend this title to anyone who has cleared all other issues first and who has set his goals and has started implementing them.

    There you have it spot on. Agree wholeheartedly.
    New take on this issue.

    Appreciate.
  • Profile picture of the author bollytintin
    bollytintin
    Why not get all of Jim Rohn's materials? You will never lack motivation as soonas you start reading or listening to Jim Rohn.

    His motivation is PRACTICAL! He helped me come to terms with a whole lot of stuffs about setting goals and living the life you want

    All the best man
  • Profile picture of the author kiwichamp
    kiwichamp
    I recently bought a book - Activating Your Ambition, Coaching the Best Out of You and Those Around You - by Mike Hawkins.

    The title caught my attention, and I am not disappointed. It is an excellent book, both challenging and practical. I am experiencing some changes in my life as a result of reading it.

    You can flick through it on amazon.
  • Profile picture of the author ASM Marketing
    ASM Marketing
    Thank you for the responses guys, there are some great suggestions it seems! I am particularly interested in 'Awaken The Giant Within' which has crept up in a few posts on this forum.

    Also 'The Power Of Now'... I will be making more than one purchase I think :lol:

    Thanks again.

    Alex
  • Profile picture of the author mph
    mph
    These are definitely my top 5:

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill - make sure you buy the NEW, 21st century version - it's really worth it!
    How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    The 4hr Workweek by Tim Ferriss
    Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

    You could also look into:

    - The E-myth by M. Gerber
    - See you At The Top by Zig Ziglar

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