A book to tell me what to do with my life
August 2, 2011 10:49 AM   Subscribe

I'm almost finished reading The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. Can you recommend any books that are similar in approach but deal with a wider focus, that is, setting medium- and long-term goals?

I'm looking for books to help me unpack my thinking, so that I know the "rules" for thinking and choosing courses of action in a reasonable and productive way, as well as how to follow through on such courses of action (I think I'm more or less describing CBT).

Other books I've come across and might suggest what I'm looking for are David Burns's The Feeling Good Handbook and Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. I got a lot out of Frankl, although he's probably of a different school of psychology than Burns and Fiore.

Books like The Now Habit and David Allen's Getting Things Done are great, but they deal with the short term. I'm looking for something a little broader in scope: something to deal with, to use David Allen's terms, the 20,000- to 50,000-feet views: choosing what to devote yourself to for the next five, ten, twenty years, or at least beginning to think about these things.

I'm looking for books rooted in psychology and, maybe to a lesser extent, philosophy. I'm less enthusiastic about modern feel-good self-help books, like Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, which I've admittedly only glanced at. Although if a book was helpful for you, I'll give it a try.
posted by Busoni to Religion & Philosophy (3 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Nicholas Lore, The Pathfinder. Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. George Vaillant's Adaptation to Life. Seneca, On the Shortness of Life.
posted by shivohum at 11:13 AM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Goals! by Brian Tracy.
posted by 4ster at 2:12 PM on August 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Barbara Sher's books have been helpful to me for this kind of thing. I've read Wishcraft and Refuse to Choose. I like the latter more.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:34 PM on August 2, 2011 [2 favorites]

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