The last 3 months of the year is the time that all of Team Blue gets busy creating our own internal marketing calendar for the following year. We have a lot of fun with this activity and we also share a lot of tips with each other as we all have certain goals that we are trying to meet during this planning time. Now that the planning is over, we thought we’d share some of our favorite goal setting and planning books that helped us during this time as well as throughout the rest of the year.

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S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple – 10 Steps to Master Your Personal and Career Goals

Thoughts from Courtney Bulian from Team Blue – S.J. Scott’s explanation of Outcome Goals vs. Performance Goals in S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple really resonated with my “all or nothing” goal-setting history. Outcome goals focus on reaching a milestone (e.g. lose 25 lbs, earn $5,000, publish a book, etc). The problem with outcome goals is that if you don’t achieve that exact end-goal (which are often not achievable regardless of how dedicated you are) it feels like you’ve failed completely. For me, it’s really hard to get motivated again after that. Performance goals put the focus on “positive habit development” meaning the steps you take to achieve your goal are just as important as the end result. They are totally controlled by YOU. Your specific, positive actions lead to positive results. Instead of saying “I want $5,000 by my birthday” I’ll set the goal, “I will put 10% of my paycheck in my savings account every week.” Regardless if my balance is $4,500 or $6,500 on my birthday I’ll feel good about following through with my plan and achieving my goal. So this year set a performance goal and see if you find success and motivation in the journey and definitely give this book a quick look to see how it works out for you.

The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals

Thoughts from Erin Thomas from Team Blue – It’s funny how a simple change of phrasing can completely alter the way you look at a task you dread. I’ve always looked at goal setting as something necessary, but not exactly fun. The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals is here to give you the inspiration to go for your goals with drive and excitement. First, stop calling them goals and start calling them wishes. Wishes are exciting and magical. Wishes lead to adventures! Of course, we’re regularly told dreams and wishes get you nowhere without a plan. Ellis outlines a straightforward method to set into motion the processes to reach your wish. L.A.M.P… Locking onto your goal, Acting on it, Managing progress, and Persisting. If adventure is your middle name, this is the book for you. Goals become a journey, not just a destination. By changing goals into wishes, the goal setter is cast as the hero of the story. Who wouldn’t want to be the hero of her story?

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals

Thoughts from Hannah Ramazzini from Team Blue – Being the youngest cricket at Blue Cricket Media I am always learning from the older crickets. That is why I loved reading Your Best Year by Michael Hyatt. My favorite part of the book is that it not only gives help for not giving up on your goals but how to write your goals also. Figuring out exactly what your goals need to consist of can become confusing, having a methodology on how to make clear goals and the plan to achieve them is half of the work. With the New Year starting now is the perfect time to develop and execute your goals!

Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals

Thoughts from Amber Rickerson from Team Blue – This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone who finds themself reeling after an “unprecedented” year. Debra Eckerling aptly names her solution to simplifying goal setting and achievement after herself (D.E.B) and while it may seem kitschy, the acronym represents a much deeper and functional methodology (I won’t spoil it for you here). Following the illustration of a road trip, she takes you on a journey through goal setting and helps you understand that the road to “GoalTopia” will be much like a road trip. Jam packed with exercises, I think anyone reading this will walk away with something helpful to help work through their own goal setting tasks.

Goals: How to Get the Most Out of Your Life

Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible

The Art Of Setting Smart Goals: Set winning goals and live a life of abundance, success and achievement

Goal Setting Success: The Blueprint To Setting Goals & Achieving Them

About the Author: Erin Thomas

Erin Thomas is a Social Media Content Creator at Blue Cricket Media. She discovered her love of writing while pursuing her degree in Philosophy. In her free time she leads a Girl Scout troop, drinks lots of coffee, and spends as much time as possible in the Orlando theme parks with her husband and children. You can find her on Instagram (@superhappytangerine) or email her at ethomas@bluecricketmedia.com.

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