Tuesday, July 30, 2013


A few weeks ago, I had a post about a book and made reference to the fact that I would have loved to have read it when I first started coaching.  In fact, it would be in my Top 10 books that I think could've impacted me greatly as a young coach just starting out.  I have since received a great number of requests asking for the complete list and so each day, over the next few weeks, I will list a book that I think young coaches would benefit from reading as they start their coaching journey.  I would imagine that many will be looking for X&O books -- just as I did when I first started coaching -- but instead you will find a list of books that will not only make you a better coach, but a better person. Books that concentrate on teaching, goal setting, communication and leadership.

Book #6

Brian Tracy

There are certainly a lot of outstanding books on the topic of goal setting but this is the best I’ve read.  It is detailed and simplistic in its approach.  Tracy takes you through a thorough process to first understanding the importance of goals before determining those goals that you need to set for yourself.  He then follows it ups with action plans of how to implement those goals.  This book has made a difference in me and it is often a book that I give to my players after they graduate to prepare for the next phase of their journey.

 I particularly like the first paragraph in the book:

“Success is goals, and all else is commentary.  All successful people are intensely goal oriented.  They know what they want and they are focused single-mindedly on achieving it, every single day.”

The greatest enemies of success and happiness are negative emotions of all kinds.  Negative emotions from the beginning of time, have done more harm to individuals and societies than all the plagues of history.

One of the most important goals, if you want to be truly happy and successful, is to free yourself from negative emotions.

Dr. Edward Banfield of Harvard concluded, after more than fifty years of research, that “long-time perspective” was the most important determinant of financial and personal success in life.  Banfield defined long-time perspective as the “ability to think several years into the future while making decisions in the present.”

One of the most important characteristics of leaders, and the most successful people in every area of life, is that they know who they are, what they believe in, and what they stand for.

Life is lived from the inside out.  The very core of your personality is your values.  Your values are what make you the person you are.  Everything you do on the outside is dictated and determined by your values on the inside, whether clear or fuzzy.

Perhaps the greatest breakthrough in the twentieth century in the field of human potential was the discovery of self-concept.  Everything you do or achieve in your life, every thought, feeling, or action, is controlled and determined by your self-concept.  You self-concept precedes and predicts your levels of performance and effectiveness in everything you do.

Successful people think about solutions most of the time.  Unsuccessful people think about problems and difficulties most of the time.  Solution-oriented people are constantly looking for ways to get over, around, and past the obstacles looking for ways to get over, around, and past the obstacles that stand in their way. 

The fact is that you have the ability to solve any problem or to overcome any obstacle on the path to your goal if you desire the goal intensely enough.  You have within you, right now, all the intelligence and ability you will ever need to overcome any obstacle that could possibly hold you back.

One quality of the most successful people is that at a certain point in their careers they decided to “commit to excellence.”  They decided to be the best at what they do.  They decided to pay any price, make any sacrifice, and invest any amount of time necessary to become very good in their chosen fields.

Everything in life and business is relationships.  Everything you accomplish or fail to accomplish will be boun up with other people in some way.

A key part of goal setting is for you to identify the people, groups, and organizations whose help you will require to achieve your goals.  To accomplish goals of any kind, you will need the help of lots of people.

All successful people work from written plans.

The number one reason for failure is action without planning.