Now that we’re well into the first month of the new year, we wanted to share some of our favorite books that help us define our goals, plan for action, and motivate us to success. Use these books as a source of inspiration for making 2019 the best year yet.
Goal setting is an important part of achieving what’s most important to you — whatever that may be. These books help you set goals and maintain motivation while you work to accomplish these goals:
Take the Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life by Sarah Bliss
In Take the Leap, Sarah Bliss brings you stories from over 65 game changers and rule breakers who have transformed their lives by pursuing a career doing something they were passionate about. This book offers powerful lessons and unique wisdom from people who have been where you are today and have taken the leap to change their career and their lives.
Plan It Now! Quit the Burnout Business and Become a Creative Entrepreneur by Tracy Durrant
Plan It Now! is written for entrepreneurs at every stage of the business planning process. The book aims to help you start a business that provides value while avoiding burnout or overwhelm. The book also gives you the 10 building blocks for writing a one-page business plan in just 10 days.
Goal Getter: A Productivity Journal
While this isn’t your typical motivational book, the Goal Getter Productivity Journal is a great tool to help you plan out and accomplish your monthly, weekly, and daily tasks. This beautiful journal gives you space each day to plan for your top three tasks, daily affirmations, and other tasks and errands. It also includes motivational and inspirational quotes to help encourage you as you complete your weekly tasks.
Planning for Action
It’s not enough to just plan for success. You’ve got to take action and work on getting things done if you want to accomplish your goals. These books give you motivation and strategies to start taking action on your plans and actually working toward your goals:
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff
Finish offers strategies for those who have trouble finishing what they start. If you find yourself to be a hard worker who is sometimes crippled by the need to complete projects “perfectly,” then this book is for you. With the strategies in this book, you can work on consistently finishing whatever projects you start.
What Color is Your Parachute? 2019: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
What Color is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular book on job searching. The 2019 edition takes Richard Bolles’ long-trusted advice on job-hunt strategies, updating it to provide the most timely information and advice. Whether you are a recent graduate, someone who got laid off mid-career, or just looking for a change of pace in your career, the support, encouragement, and advice that the author provides helps demystify the job search process, helping you get closer to landing your dream job.
The Creative Blueprint: How to Turn Your Creativity Into a Thriving Business and Work on Purpose by A. Edmond
The Creative Blueprint helps creatives learn the strategies they need to turn their creative pursuits into a thriving business. This book is ideal for anyone who wants to start a creative business but is having trouble getting it off the ground or those who want to grow their creative business. It also provides advice and strategies for balancing business and creative pursuits.
Sometimes all you need to get started working toward your dreams is a little motivation. These books feature stories from real women who are doing big things in their lives and careers despite setbacks and challenges along the way:
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
In Redefining Realness, New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock talks about her experiences and challenges growing up young, multi-racial, poor, and trans in America. This inspirational read shows how she overcame these challenges to find and celebrate who she really is by being unapologetic and real.
From Fear to Fearless: Finding the Woman Behind the Smile by Teara Taylor
In From Fear to Fearless, Teara Taylor tells her personal story of overcoming fear to transform her life in a multitude of ways. In her personal story, readers will see the possibilities that can exist when they just overcome their fear of failure. This is a must-read for those who feel something is holding them back from achieving their dreams.