Whether you’re setting your resolutions for January 1, or any other time of year, these are the 10 best books to help you achieve your biggest goals and wildest dreams.
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1. Winning Resolutions by Keith McArthur
New for 2018, this book is the ultimate guide for setting and achieving resolutions. It includes dozens of tips on how to master habits, harness willpower and take charge of your environment so you can achieve your biggest goals and wildest dreams once and for all. I’m obviously a little biased since I wrote this book, but if you read just one book to help with your resolutions, this is the one to get. Buy on Amazon or click here for links to purchase from various retailers.
2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (2014)
A perennial bestseller, this book goes deep into the science of habits. Buy on Amazon, or enjoy a summary on Blinkist.
3. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin (2015)
Gretchen Rubin is a legend in the self-help space and this book is one of the reasons why. It’s all about how to leverage habits to improve your life. Buy on Amazon, or enjoy a summary on Blinkist.
4. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal (2013)
Kelly McGonigal developed and taught the popular “Science of Willpower” class at Stanford. This book touches on the science, but focuses on practical tips and tricks. Buy on Amazon, or enjoy a summary on Blinkist.
5. Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy (2018)
Benjamin Hardy says we can’t rely on willpower to accomplish our goals. Instead, it’s how we structure our surroundings that makes the biggest difference. Buy on Amazon.
6. Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean (2013)
British Psychologist Jeremy Dean offers a well-researched take on how to make habits stick. Buy on Amazon or enjoy a summary on Blinkist.
7. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (2017)
Gretchen Rubin is the only author to make the list twice. In The Four Tendencies, she expands on the notion that we each have a tendency that defines how we react to habits and resolutions. I spoke with Gretchen about The Four Tendencies in Episode 50 of the My Instruction Manual podcast. Buy on Amazon or enjoy a summary on Blinkist.
8. The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel (2015)
Walter Mischel’s first-hand account of his life’s research into self-control and one of the most famous experiments in social psychology is a compelling read. Buy on Amazon or enjoy a summary on Blinkist.
9. Willpower by Roy Baumeister (2012)
Roy Baumeister published this book just before the Replication Crisis raised doubts about his famous theory that willpower is a limited resource. Buy on Amazon or enjoy a summary on Blinkist.
10. This Year I Will by M.J. Ryan (2006)
M.J. Ryan’s book is a bit dated, but still crammed with tips on how to achieve your resolutions. Buy on Amazon.