Learn More About Discovering and Getting What You Want

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Here are a few of the references I used for the book and a few suggestions to explore and learn more.

The War Of Art

Why don’t we face up to what we want? And if we know, why is it so hard to do it? The War of Art is hands down the best book ever on resistance and self sabotage. You’ll come back to it time and time again.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

The Artist’s Way

A twelve-week course in recovering your own creativity by helping you to know your own mind.

Artist’s Way, 10th anniversary edition

Becoming A Writer

Even if you don’t want to be a writer this is a short and fascinating introduction to training your brain to help you know what you want.

Becoming a Writer

Managing What You Want

Getting Things Done

I highly recommend GTD as a way of managing all the lists and thoughts you have generated. Will help you to set up a number of practical habits for achieving what you want.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Mind Maps For Kids

Yes, it’s aimed at kids but it’s also the best introduction I know to the practice of using MindMaps. I highly recommend mindmapping as a way of coping with all the ideas you’ll generate from these exercises. If you want a bit more theory in a more grown up form (shame on you) then take a look at How to Mind Map also by Tony Buzan.

Mind Maps For Kids: An Introduction

Ready For Anything

A series of short, digestible essays on the practical business of how to manage your stuff so you can make things happen.

Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life

Clearing The Decks

It’s All Too Much

A guide to keeping the clutter you want and letting go of the stuff you no longer need.

It’s All Too Much: Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

Goal Setting

You Can Have What You Want

Once you know what you want, this is the place to go. Michael is a genius at helping you put your goals into action.

You Can Have What You Want

I Could Do Anything, If Only I Knew What It Was

A practical guide for those who find a single goal too constricting.

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It

The Tao Of Coaching

Learn the art of conversational coaching from this great little book.

Tao of Coaching: Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You

The Dip

When you hit a hard patch, how to sort out whether it’s a blind alley or just something temporary.

The Dip: The Extraordinary Benefits of Knowing When to Quit (and When to Stick)

Great Stuff From Around The Web

John Medina: Brain Rules: The latest research about how your brain works presented in a friendly and engaging way. Great videos.