The New Year is lurking around the corner, marking the dawn of another season for self-invention. People make promises to themselves, forgetting the missed marks of the past 365 days and setting new goals for the forthcoming year. But as with many folks, the enthusiasm to fulfill New Year’s resolution often peter out within the first three months. Indulging yourself in books that offer concrete and reliable advice on achieving new goals is an excellent means of staying faithful and ensuring those objectives are met, and you become a better version of yourself.
Below are the top books to help you set achievable goals in the upcoming year.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
In this practical and exciting book, Gretchen Rubin, a psychologist, helps readers identify habits that drawback their efforts and adopt new habits that set them up for success. Better Than Before results from Rubin’s extensive research, which he explains in a friendly tone and a sense of humor. He identifies short periods of sleep, sugar consumption, and procrastination as the culprits behind people’s failure to achieve goals and provides practical ways to overcome them. It’s an excellent choice if you want to quit old habits and build new ones.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
In Deep Work, Cal Newport offers some valuable insights into how you can shut out distractions and master complex information to get quality results within a short time. Instead of focusing on the impact of living in a plugged-in society, Newport celebrates the power of doing the opposite. He divides the book into two parts. The first part appreciates that nurturing deep work ethics leads to success in almost any career. He then offers four practical rules on developing a new mindset to support the new habit. If your goal is to become more productive, then Deep Work is for you.
Are You Fully Charged? The Three Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life by Tom Rath
Tom Rath bases this book on the latest and most relevant research in business, economics, and psychology to help you lead a healthier life both at work and home. According to Rath, pursuing happiness isn’t the key to fulfillment but creating meaning in what you do is the gateway to happiness and success. Are You Fully Charged? Will make you think again about how you interact with influential and important people in your life. It also provides concrete tips on prioritizing your health to bring out the best in you daily. If your goal is to eat less, exercise more, and lead a healthier life, this is the perfect book for you.
Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart by Howard J. Ross
In 2021, the Black Lives Movement (BLM) sparked a moment of awakening in society, emphasizing the need for inclusion and equality in a politically segregated world. The society is increasingly becoming more tribal, and even though some life narratives reinforce positive beliefs, others utterly demonize beliefs. If you’d like to become more inclusive, read Our Search for Belonging. Sometimes it IS as Easy as Black and White.