Five life-changing books that could help you reach your goals this year

We all have dreams and goals – but are you struggling to make yours a reality? Learn about five life-changing books that could help you reach your goals.

When you hear terms like “success”, “happiness”, and “enough”, these will mean something entirely unique for you.

You might picture your children having better opportunities than you once had, or retiring at the age you want with enough wealth to live comfortably for the rest of your life.

However, when it comes to making your dreams a reality, you might find you become stuck in old habits.

Luckily, there are experts on hand to help expand your mindset and provide fresh perspectives on goal-setting, planning, and ultimately achieving peace and happiness – whatever that means to you.

Read on to learn about five life-changing books that could help you achieve your goals this year.

1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

James Clear’s number one bestselling book, Atomic Habits, makes habit-forming a rite of passage for anyone who wants to succeed.

Clear is a “habits expert” who has produced a “failsafe” method for sticking to your habits. Clear’s focus is one of practicality: instead of forming habits for habits’ sake, his book homes in on creating outcomes that will make your life happier, easier, and smoother.

When it comes to your financial habits, Clear’s philosophy is simple: nothing comes overnight. If you want to revolutionise your financial habits and pave a lucrative path for yourself, Clear’s book could change your life.

2. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Brené Brown is an American researcher, lecturer, writer, and speaker. Her bestselling book, Dare to Lead, centres around leading from the perspective of curiosity, not from an “expert” mindset.

By putting our energy into empathy, understanding, and a curiosity for all we do not know, Brown argues that we can become better leaders, and maintain unparalleled focus on what we want to achieve out of our short and precious lives.

This book presents its reader with both ideas and practical exercises, encouraging you to examine your core values. In the text, Brown emphasises the importance of streamlining your choices through your ethical and personal priorities.

3. Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Bestselling author Michael Hyatt has designed the “perfect” five-step system for designing your best year ever. What’s more, Hyatt argues you can plan this life-changing year out in just five hours.

In Your Best Year Ever, Hyatt addresses the key issue most people face: you have dreams, and you have your reality – and more often than not, the two are not aligned. In his book, Hyatt sets a precedent for optimising your time, energy, and goals to create a meaningful plan for your future.

When it comes to your finances, each year is significant. Making the most of your allowances, for example, can allow you to reduce your tax bills and save more efficiently for the future.

4. Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way To A Better Life by John B Arden

At times, it can be frustrating when people tell you an issue you are facing is “mind over matter”. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the material circumstances of your situation seem inescapable.

Despite this reality, Dr John B Arden, author of Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way To A Better Life, argues that your brain is “soft-wired” by your life experiences. If you have had negative financial experiences in the past, for example, you could now have a toxic relationship with your money that might damage your future opportunities.

Fortunately, Arden argues that our brains are malleable; lessons can be unlearned, and negative associations can be shifted to positive ones. Even if your material situation is not ideal, your mindset can help you find solutions more easily.

From improving personal relationships, to working more efficiently, to planning more successfully for your future, Rewire Your Brain teaches readers how to understand their own psychology, and use it to their own advantage.

5. How To Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness by Tim Tamashiro

In Japanese, the term “ikigai” combines the characters for “life” and “value” or “worth”. So, in English, “ikigai” can be loosely translated to “your life’s purpose”.

Tim Tamashiro’s book How To Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness explores exactly that: the concept of finding your life’s purpose and allowing it to drive you.

Tamashiro, using case studies and philosophical theory, presents his own method for achieving blissful happiness and reaching your heart’s desires. Using the concept of ikigai to drive his work, Tamashiro helps readers relate meaningfully to the issues they face, and presents a practical approach to making your life happier.

Get in touch

At Kellands, our aim is to help you achieve happiness and success – whatever that means for you and your loved ones. Your Kellands financial planner will listen carefully to your goals, and offer expert guidance on progressing steadily towards them.

Whatever your dreams for the future, your Kellands planner can provide a bespoke review of your circumstances and help you pave your own path towards success.

For life-changing financial planning that can help make your goals a reality, email us at, or call 0161 929 8838.


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