5 Best Personal Development Books to Help You Reach Your Goals

My goal is to read more books this year. Reading books is relaxing and a great way to learn something new from experts without having to spend too much money. I think many of us set goals each year to improve our finances, get healthier, start a new venture or remodel our homes but we forget to include personal development in that list.

If you want to truly improve your life in the long run, you need to develop and evolve into who you want to become in the future. This means personal development should be weaved into all your goals and intentions. If you’re looking for motivational, inspirational, and actionable steps you can take to reach your goals, check out these 5 best personal development books.

1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Big changes and improvements in your life don’t happen overnight. It’s crucial that you change your habits which are those little day-to-day tasks and decisions you make. This is why 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is so important.

Know that your habits affect your actions which effect your results. Effective and successful people do things differently so if you want to join that camp, it’s best that you start practicing the habits outlined in the book.

Don’t worry, this book is not all ‘woo-woo’ or filled with fluff. It covers 7 real and attainable habits you can develop along with detailed descriptions and a guide on how you can implement them in your everyday life to see real results. Even if you’ve been focusing on personal development for some time, this book includes many new concepts that you may not have heard of.

2. Creating Your Best Life

Creating Your Best Life is a book by Caroline Miller who is a life coach and positive psychology expert. Sometimes we joke about people ‘living their best life’ when we see a celebrity doing something really cool or our friends sharing some exciting new on Facebook. The truth is, in order to live your absolute best list, you need to create that atmosphere.

This book is filled with interactive exercises and quizzes that help you set a list of life goals and develop a link between the goal and your happiness.

When reading this book you’ll also learn how to coach yourself and set goals in 16 core life domains so you can truly create all the elements are your best life.

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3. Girl, Stop Apologizing

I just finished reading Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis and it’s probably one of the only few books that I’d love to read again. This book is great for any woman who has a big goal and is in need of a breakthrough. Whether you want to start a business, get healthy, or climb the corporate ladder, this book teaches readers that you have to fearlessly and whole-heartedly go after your goals and not apologize for doing so.

If you haven’t read Rachel’s other book, Girl Wash Your Face, I’d highly recommend doing so. However, my favorite out of the two is Girl, Stop Apologizing because it walks you through all the excuses that can hold us back for years. Once the excuses are debunked, Rachel dives into the behaviors you need to develop in order to reach your goals. Finally, she covers the skills you need to acquire.

I love Rachel’s writing and how to practice but effective the advice in this book is. Having built a successful multi-million dollar company in just a few years, it’s so interesting to hear Rachel share what worked for her and debunk some common myths and obstacles that can hold us back.

4. The 10X Rule

The 10X Rule was written by Grant Cardone, a sales and marketing expert. Grant runs some super successful businesses and has some killer sales skills. He can probably sell you a paper bag and make you feel like you need it for life. He’s that good!

Even if you’re not into sales right now, this book is one of the best personal development books out there currently. This book’s mantra is that if you want to have extreme success, you can’t be mediocre and just do what everyone else does.

This book shows you how to maximize your effort and impact to ensure that continue operating at a high-efficiency level long-term.

5. Hyperfocus

Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey is a great book that guides you on how to manage your attention and get more done so you can have a more meaningful life. I read this book a year or two ago but definitely need to read it again.

Distractions can be your biggest downfall when you’re trying to learn and grow. The average person gets distracted multiple times per day and it takes several minutes to regain focus. This causes you to lose precious time in your day where you could have been being productive and working toward your goals.

Hyperfocus gives you practical tools and strategies to help you train your brain to hyperfocus in on a task by:

  • Identifying and overcoming the 4 types of distraction and interruption
  • Clearing your mental environment
  • Controlling motivation and working fewer hours
  • Multitasking strategically
  • Learning how to pay attention and knowing when to let your mind wander when it wants to


These 5 best personal development books are a great place to start although they probably barely scratch the surface. I only wanted to include a few of the top options in this post to avoid overwhelming you. Plus, with personal development books I find it’s best if you take your time.

Really meditate on what you’re learning and take the time to apply it to your life. If the book comes with quizzes, worksheets, or action steps, be sure to take them. The concepts that you’ll learn in many of these books will take time to apply and practice, but it will be worth it in terms of getting the results you want.

What are your favorite personal development books?