Better Than Before

Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin

Self-measurement brings self-awareness, and self-awareness strengthens self-control
— Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before offers an important framework for coming to better understand your ability to set and achieve goals and how to address others you are trying to help. Gretchen developed the Four Tendencies framework which is a very valuable starting point for figuring out how to help yourself and others. 

Before diving recklessly headfirst into any goal, it helps to know yourself and your tendencies first so that you can set yourself up as best as possible for long-term success. Better Than Before is a meditation on Gretchen's Upholder tendency primarily but does offer insights into the other tendencies as well as a great starting point. Her subsequent book on the topic, The Four Tendencies dives into all the tendencies further to identify how best to help yourself or other that fall into the other categories.