Every January, we resolve to make this year better than the last by planning some major changes in our lives, and 2011 is no different. And yet, we often end up breaking our personal promises of improvement and letting our goals slip away with the passing months (only to wonder what the heck happened when December rolls around). If you find that every year goes by without you reaching the goals you set in the beginning, it’s time to make a change. So for 2011, consider making your first resolution to pick up an audio book that will help you get (and stay) motivated in order to truly achieve what you set out to do. Here are a few suggestions.
1. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was: How to Discover What you Really Want and How to Get It, by Barbara Sher. The title of this audio book is long but self-explanatory. What if your problem with setting and reaching goals is that you don’t really have any idea how to improve your life (much less how to go about doing so)? For those of you who want to make a change but aren’t sure what that change should be, this book can help you muddle through your deepest desires and make a plan. As the author states, “A life without direction is a life without passion,” and she’s provided an audio book that will help you find both.
2. Do It!: Let’s Get Off Our Butts, by John Roger and Peter McWilliams. If you’ve often wondered why you procrastinate and what you can do to change it, Roger and McWilliams have the answer. This in-depth audio book is full of plenty of examples and advice, exercises to help you identify and reach goals (as well as steer clear of the comfort zone), and entertaining quotes to keep you engaged while illustrating the finer points of motivation.
3. Boston Marathon or Bust: A Proven Step-By-Step Program to Help You Achieve Your Life, Sports, and Business Goals in Record Time, by Scott S. Armstrong. Life coach Armstrong bases this self-help guide on his own experience turning his dream of running in the prestigious Boston Marathon into a reality. His tactic is to help people stop setting limitations so that they can create and achieve personal and professional goals. Learn to stop procrastinating and live a life of purpose and reward through visualization, affirmation, and positive energy.
4. Doing It Now: How to Cure Procrastination and Achieve Your Goals in Twelve Easy Steps, by Edwin Bliss. Admittedly, the fact that this program has 12 steps may send some people the wrong message, but suffice it to say this has nothing to do with recovering from addiction (unless your goal is to free yourself from addiction). Both straightforward and practical, time-management specialist Bliss gives listeners the simple tools needed to get on track for success in achieving goals, with real-world examples that anyone can relate to.
5. Master Strategies for Higher Achievement: Set Your Goals and Reach Them – Fast! (Your Coach in a Box, by Brian Tracy. Another excessively wordy title, but nonetheless an exceptional guide to making your dreams a reality. Although there is six hours of material to get through (which may prove a challenging goal in and of itself) you will find a wealth of useful information and handy tools to get you motivated. Especially helpful are “seven ways to develop intelligence” and “four questions to determine if you’re doing a good job”. This audio book is an excellent introduction to the works of Brian Tracy for those who aren’t familiar.