Today we are talking about one of my favorite activities: setting career goals. As an over-planner, I enjoy evaluating myself and setting new goals. Taking a bunch of quizzes is the fun part, right?
Reaching those goals is the hard part, though. So what do I do to improve my work throughout the year? I read. That may sound obvious since this blog is all about my love of non-fiction development books.
I recently began listening to a podcast called, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” “Happier” has episodes from the past two years, and somehow I had never discovered until this Fall. I LOVE this podcast because it gives you quick, practical advice backed by science. Rubin talks about easy ways to develop daily habits, making it easier to achieve the success you want in life.
When I was thinking about the end of the year, this podcast reminded me of my first exposure to Gretchen Rubin. Rubin wrote the book, Better Than Before*, around the same time she started the podcast. I read it soon after it was published, a couple of years ago. If you are looking for a book to inspire positive growth next year, and give you science-based ways to do it, I highly recommend giving it a read.
Better Than Before Summary
As with many other books about habits, Better Than Before walks through what forms habits, why they do or do not stick and how to create new ones. “In ordinary terms, a ‘habit’ is generally defined as a behavior that’s recurrent, is cued by a specific context, often happens without much awareness or conscious intent, and is acquired through frequent repetition,” explains Rubin.
Rubin is great about helping you identify your tendencies to better attack habit formation.Me? I am an obliger, meaning I uphold the promises, habits and obligations to others but struggle to keep promises that I make to myself.
When you are trying to create new, healthy habits, the best way to start is with scheduling. By keeping a regular schedule, you create a ritual and eventually a habit. Act like this new habit is just like any other important appointment – no canceling, be on-time and plan your day around it.
Other Goal-Setting Books
Wanting a wider assortment of books about setting and reaching goals? Here are lists from other websites to get you started.
- Goodreads Popular Goal Setting Books
- HuffPost’s Goals that Self-Help Books Will Help You Achieve
- Lifehacker’s 14 Books to Help You Always Reach Your Goals
Writing It Down
For me, writing and planning my new goals and habits is the first step toward achieving them. Built by Books has a few resources to help, including our development plan worksheet and a workbook to help you find your calling. What do you want to achieve in 2018?
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*This post contains an affiliate link for the book The Better Than Before. As a bookworm, I only recommend the books I love. I hope you like it, too!