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Unread 29th August 2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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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!

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Unread 30th August 2009, 02:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: What Are Your Top 5 Goal Setting And Motivation Books?

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.

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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

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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.

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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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Unread 30th August 2009, 02:21 PM   #5
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SamKane,

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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:

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goal setting and motivation
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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:

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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.

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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..







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



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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.
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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.
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Elmien,

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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,

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.
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Default Re: What Are Your Top 5 Goal Setting And Motivation Books?

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.

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Default Re: What Are Your Top 5 Goal Setting And Motivation Books?

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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