Books on Changing Habits That Will Help to Achieve Your Goals

Best Books on Changing Habits That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals


Face it, we all have bad habits that hold us back from achieving something or other in life. Whether it is learning to quit smoking or taking more breaks at work, these are all practices you’d like to change. The problem is that breaking these habits or creating new ones is tough.

Luckily, there are some great authors who’ve published books that all offer something of value that will help you on your quest to making a change in your life.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

“The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”

Charles Duhigg unlocks the science behind what makes something a habit. He answers the question of how they come to be and how you can break them. The tools Duhigg gives readers in this highly informative book will make anyone successful in life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

Time Magazine recognizes Stephen Covey as one of the most influential Americans. He is the author of 49 books which have helped millions of people better themselves. In his international best-seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey shares his advice on how to take back control of your life and reach professional and private victories. A classic book when it comes to guidance on changing habits.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

“If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”

Malcolm Gladwell takes readers through the lives of some of the most successful people in his book, Outliers. Gladwell believes that society pays too much attention to what successful people are like, versus where they started from. By the end of the book, you’ll know why the best and brightest people in society achieve success.

Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss

“Productivity is for robots. What humans are going to be really good at is asking questions, being creative, and experiences.”

Tim Ferriss spent two years interviewing athletes and celebrities on his podcast. In that period, he learned what makes these people so successful; from what they do in the first hour of the morning, what books they read, and other habits they apply in their everyday life. Ferriss highlights all of these tips in his book Tools of Titans that you can take and use to achieve your own goals.

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

“Productivity is for robots. What humans are going to be really good at is asking questions, being creative, and experiences.”

A science-backed book based on one of the most extensive surveys ever conducted, performance coach Brendon Burchard takes readers through the six habits that will change your life. The six habits as defined by Burchard are: seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage. The book also includes a link to a free online assessment that you can use to track your progress as you implement these new practices in your own life.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

“A solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps stave off the tyranny of moods.”

In Daily Rituals, Mason Currey talks about the routines of 161 of the most famous artists the world has ever known. The list includes the likes of Agatha Christie, Thomas Wolfe, Franz Kafka, and more. It is a new peak to see how something like the practice of writing while standing (a habit of Thomas Wolfe) made these artists so prosperous.

Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown, Henry Roediger, Mark McDaniel

“Rereading has three strikes against it. It is time-consuming. It doesn’t result in durable memory. And it often involves a kind of unwitting self-deception.”

Make It Stick discusses how memory plays a role in improving various areas of life. The authors write about how important having a strong memory is when carrying out cognitive tasks. They describe how having better retention of what we learn helps with understanding new responsibilities and being more productive in life.

So there you have it, some of the top influencers and their books on habit. What about you? Have you read any of these? Is there another book that you’ve read on habit that you found helpful? Let us know in the comments!

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