Goal setting books in the Library

Throughout this website you’ll come across reviews of many goal setting books and books on other achievement related topics, but we thought we’d combine them all onto one easy-find page of good books on goal setting and other self-improvement related topics.

We’ve sorted them into the following categories:

  • Law of Attraction and success
  • Goal Setting and self-improvement
  • Time Management, planning and organisation
  • People skills and emotional intelligence
  • Dealing with Stress and Health
  • Career planning and management

So just scroll down the page until you find the category you’re looking for.

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Law of Attraction and Success

7 Day Success

7 day success

The 7-Day-Success program takes all the critical success strategies and turns them into a step-by-step process that thousands have already used to reach all sorts of goals, from tripling income, to starting a business to losing 50 pounds and more. This is a complete program — including follow up and accountability – that is literally a “lifeline” to whatever you want to achieve.

The Secret (book version)

The Secret

You may remember the buzz surrounding “The Secret” – it has been marketed as and age old secret known only to a select few. The Secret of attracting abundance and wealth based on the law of attraction. Available as a 2 hour movie and a book, it sold over 500,000 copies in 6 months.

You can get your own copy of “The Secret” from the official website at “http://thesecret.tv/index.html” but you may be able to get it cheaper on Amazon as a book, DVD or downloadable video.

Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction: A Simple Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams

The Law of Attraction

This book is a simple 'how to' guide for using the Law of Attraction to create the life you desire. Within these pages, Canfield clearly explains not only what you need to know, but what you need to do in order to attract what you want in your life. Jack Canfield's Key to Living the Law of Attraction addresses the important issues of clarity, purpose, and action.

Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised

Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill's classic book offers a life-altering experience. It teaches thousands of people the practical steps to high achievement and financial independence every year. This new edition is the first to contain extensive footnotes, endnotes, appendices, and an index. Now more than a motivational work, it is also a reference book and a mini-history book providing valuable information about Hill, his times, and his success philosophy.

The book of Me

Book of Me

Me-commerce is the mechanism by which you can develop and exploit your assets, skills and character to achieve personal and financial success and balance in your life. We make plans for other people. We make profits for them. We think strategically at work but not at home. This book will put a stop to all this. It is a manual to help you realise your full potential, by putting yourself first for a change.

You Inc .

You Inc

You Inc is a potent and practical approach to gaining everything you want to achieve. Such as asking better questions, establishing what you want to achieve, learn what holds you back, deal with obstacles, change in the moment, avoid the 5 worst business mistakes, build a world class culture, perfect the power of visualisation and activate achievable time-management strategies.

The psychology of winning

Winning and success

Providing simple yet effective strategies for self-improvement, this work is based on the idea that building self-esteem, self-confidence and self-responsibility at the start of the student's programme leads to increased retention as well as academic success.

NLP in 21 Days


Neuro linguistic Programming is the study of how behaviour works. By following models of successful thought and behaviour in others, you can reproduce excellence. This introduction explains NLP's techniques in easy-to-follow language.

Goal Setting and Self-Improvement

How to Set and Achieve a Goal!

How to Set and Achieve a Goal

"How To Set And Achieve A Goal" reveals 27 proven goal setting techniques that are guaranteed to work even if you have no dedication, no persistence, and no willpower whatsoever! It also includes 9 worksheets that practically develop a step-by-step success plan for you. Just fill in the blanks and answer a couple of easy questions and you're ready to start making your dreams come true!

Or download these FREE Goal Setting Tips by Arina Nikitina.


Mind Tools Life Skills

This e-book has lots of useful information on personal management skills such as time and stress management, problem solving, communication skills, etc. They also have some great goal setting/ life planning products. This info is available FREE on the website, but if you get the book you can read it anywhere anytime – and without the advertising.

The Power of Failure

Power of failure

The Power of Failure is designed to provide simple yet profound ways to turn what appear to be failures into successes. It contains practical prescriptions for successfully meeting some of life's most common setbacks. The lessons of this book can help us all find the opportunities that are just waiting to be discovered in the challenges we face every day. This book is about failure, but failure in a whole new light.

Feel the Fear and do it Anyway

Feel the fear and do it anyway

A book of advice on how to cope with fear of various kinds of experience, such as public speaking, self-assertion, decision-making, intimacy, being alone, ageing, losing a loved one, and ending a relationship. Also available as an 8 CD set – just search through Amazon!

Time Management, planning and organisation

Make Time for Success!

Make Time for Success! is Mind Tools market-leading downloadable self-study time management and personal effectiveness system. It teaches powerful, industrial-strength techniques that help you identify what YOU want out of life, organize and achieve your goals, and make the most of the opportunities open to you. In doing this, it transforms your life outcomes, helping you to become focused and highly successful.

Achieve more in less time with these 39 tips from the pros on managing time, effort, and others. Order the142-page e-book to reduce your stress and free up time.

Manage My Time Now

What if you had the opportunity to see exactly how to manage your time to increase the amount of money you're making, get that promotion, spend more quality time with your family and work on your career, business and personal goals?

Now you can see exactly how to take control of your time to create the work at home experience you've always been dreaming about.

Through a combination of proven time management strategies that she's personally tested and tried, powerful exercises to help you apply the strategies right away and worksheets to keep you accountable, Rigdha can show you how to take control of your time too.

This 63 page ebook will give you insights and specific techniques you can use immediately to create more time and effectively manage your tasks throughout the day.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Habits of highly effective people

America's number 1 business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People teaches you how to achieve greater fulfilment in all areas of your life. With profound insights and incisive anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey presents the principle-centred, Inside-Out" approach and outlines a step-by-step path to integrity and balance.

And the 7 Habits phenomenon has lead to the development of many support tools, training systems and resources – which are all available through FranklinCovey.

10 Minute Time Manager

10 minute time manager

10 minutes is all you need to learn how to get organised to maximise your time in the office, tame technology and make it work for you and manage tasks both in the office and on the road.

Search through Amazon at the bottom of this page for other books in the ’10 minute’ series.

The Personal Efficiency Program

Personal Efficiency Program

The Personal Efficiency Program teach you how to get organised, get more done, and carve out more time for what you really want to do.

Also available as an audio book.

NovaMind Mind Map Book

Mind Mapping

NovaMind has written a book on the ‘HOW TO’ of mind mapping. This book is not just for NovaMind mapping software but is designed for anyone who needs to be more organized and efficient at life or who is looking for something to help them with their problem solving or pitching ideas. The book does refer to the NovaMind software for examples, but you can apply the principles in this book to other mind mapping software and to the good old hand drawn versions too!

The Mind Map Book

Buzan Mind Map Book

From the ‘inventor’ of the Mind Map – Tony Buzan - this book shows you not only how to do a Mind Map, but how to apply it to different tasks – study, creativity, projects, etc. Using practical examples and a step-by-step approach, you’ll be an expert mind mapper in no time at all.

Harness the power of mind mapping to improve your mind power!

Brain Storm: Tap into Your Creativity to Generate Awesome Ideas and Remarkable Results

Brain Storm

Brainstorm is your personal map to better understanding creative thinking and the brainstorming process. This book will teach you the basics of how to produce many ideas, evaluate each of them, and pick the best one. This book also features in-depth interviews and profiles of a handful of well known people whose brainstorming skills have led them to incredible success.

Managing Yourself

Brain Storm

Exploring key elements of emotional intelligence using popular culture, this text provides the reader with easily understood and workable models of how they think, feel, relate to others and perform in the workplace. It provides self-coaching techniques for personal success.

People skills and emotional intelligence

How to Lead: Discover the Leader Within You

How to Lead

The “How to Lead: Discover the Leader Within You” self-study program teaches the 48 essential skills needed to be an effective, respected leader. It starts by helping you to evaluate you own leadership style, and learn to use your strengths and manage weaknesses. And it then goes on to teach you the key skill-sets needed to lead effectively: Creation of a robust vision of the future; motivation; execution and team member development. This is a high quality program, developed in partnership with true world experts and includes tools, tips, tests and email courses helping you to be an exceptional leader.

The Science of Self-Confidence


Being able to communicate clearly, convincingly and persuasively is critical in achieving success in today’s business world – and life itself! But it’s not about bully tactics and intimidation, it’s about leading your listener to your way of thinking in such a way that they WANT to follow your way of thinking.

This insightful book by success guru Brian Tracy show you how! Check out this excerpt from his book.

50 One Minute Tips to Better Communication

Communication tips

Being able to communicate effectively is vital for anyone’s success. Read and Learn How to think of meetings as investments, how to use the F.A.S.T. formula to manage "meeting theft", how to revise, simplify, and clarify your business writing and tips on business presentations and teleconferencing.

Be Seen Get Known Move Ahead

Communication tips

This book will give you countless invaluable tips on how to be seen, get known and move ahead. The book shows you ways of building your profile that are so simple, so easy and so enjoyable.

People Styles at Work

People Styles

This text asserts that it is possible to overcome personality conflicts by understanding other people's differences instead of merely reacting to them emotionally. The book also gives an insight into how we are all different and how this affects the way we communicate.

7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Focusing on the most up-to-date theories of emotional intelligence, the authors reveal the structure beneath EI. The book combines EI and Neuro linguistic programming to offer a pathway to a more satisfying emotional life for the reader.

The Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook

Emotional Intelligence

A pocketful of tips, tools and techniques to improve your emotional awareness and your ability to manage feelings - yours and other peoples.

Search through Amazon at the bottom of this page for other books in the Pocketbook series.

Dealing with Stress and Health

Stress Management Master Class

Stress Management Master Class from MindTools.com

In this Mind Tools course, you’ll learn how to tackle the deep structural problems that cause stress in your working life. As well as introducing you to relaxation techniques, its unique approach shows you how to win control of your job and career, build positive relationships with powerful people and co-workers and thrive under intense pressure. The program has been designed, researched and tested in collaboration with stress experts at University College London.

Stress that Motivates

Stress that motivates

Stress is an inevitable part of life. There are many books out there that seek to eliminate stress, but what about putting stress to work instead? Stress That Motivates introduces readers to this revolutionary way of thinking through 'self-talk secrets' and insights that will not only help them recognize their stress triggers but will motivate them to consciously change the way they think and react to stress.

10 Minute Guide to Stress Management

Stress management

Stress is an inevitable part of life. This book offers simple, practical help for busy people who need fast results. Through goal-oriented, 10-minute lessons, you learn all the skills you need to live and work stress-free!

Search Amazon at the bottom of this page for other books in the ’10 Minute’ series.

Learned Optimism

Learned Optimism

Chapters cover success at work, the origins of optimism, school, health, politics, religion and culture, and changing from pessimism to optimism. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practical–and valuable for every phase of life.

Energy and Well-Being PocketBook

Energy and Well-Being PocketBook

A pocketful of tips, tools and techniques to boost your energy, drive and enthusiasm at work.

Search through Amazon at the bottom of this page for other books in the Pocketbook series.

Career Planning and Management

The Myth of Nine to Five

The Myth of Nine to Five

In this book you will find a simple message, free of bull, and grounded in love and respect for people in and at work. In the workplace, we look at relationships and activities that fully express our beliefs, ambitions and ideals. We search for work experiences that belong to the whole of our lives, helping us to grow and learn and find a balance between competing calls on our time. This is no simple task and yet it is of paramount importance.

Dressing Smart for Women

Dressing Smart for Women

Today's job market and workplace have many unwritten rules for dressing smart and getting ahead. From deciding on what to wear at job interviews to looking professional on the job, this book identifies 101 dressing mistakes women often make that can negatively affect their careers.

Dressing Smart for Men

Dressing Smart for Men

Today's job market and workplace have many unwritten rules for dressing smart and getting ahead. From deciding on what to wear at job interviews to looking professional on the job, this book identifies 101 dressing mistakes men often make that can negatively affect their careers.

Manage Your Own Career: Make it a SNAPP

Manage Your Own Career: Make it a SNAPP

Manage Your Own Career will help you on a journey to find satisfaction and fulfilment in your job. Many people do not realize that a thorough career 'check-up' can go some, if not all, of the way to bringing excitement, energy, renewal and a sense of purpose back into their working life.

100 Greatest Ideas for Building Your Career

100 Greatest Ideas for Building Your Career

In 100 Greatest Ideas for Building Your Career, you will find the: 8 Greatest Ideas for Winning at Company Politics 4 Greatest Ideas for Impressing the Management Panel 7 Greatest Ideas for Leading a Team to Success 6 Greatest Ideas for Getting Nearer the Top ...and 75 other fantastic ideas, tips and tricks that will take you to the very top.

The Successful Candidate

The Successful Candidate

Having interpreted over 75 of the most frequent job requirements, this book explains how you can demonstrate that you have what the employer is looking for. Recruitment ads seem to have a language all their own. The people who write them know what they are looking for, but do you?

How to Say it in Your Job Search

How to Say it in Your Job Search

Kaplan, one of America's leading career experts, shows readers how to communicate their skills, strengths, & qualifications quickly & distinctively in their resumes, cover letters, & interviews.

Nail the Job Interview

Nail the Job Interview

Using an employer-centered approach, this book shows how to nail the job interview by being prepared to respond well to critical interview questions. Outlining 101 questions and corresponding answers, it shows how to anticipate questions, develop thoughtful and compelling answers, focus on accomplishments, ask intelligent questions, and handle the interview situation with ease and confidence.

Who Moved my Cheese

Who Moved my Cheese

Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives.

Also available for kids and teens – just search Amazon at the bottom of the page.

The One Minute Manager: The Quickest Way to Increase Your Own Prosperity

The One Minute Manager: The Quickest Way to Increase Your Own Prosperity

The One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story demonstrating three very practical management techniques. The story unfolds to reveal several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences that explain clearly why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book's end you will know how to apply them to your own situation.

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