Now that the tinsel is packed away and we’re sufficiently past the hurrah of the New Year, it’s time to tackle all of those resolutions. Are your goals related to your career, fitness or perhaps your overall outlook on life? The truth is, even if it doesn’t seem so, anything can happen.

Check out some of these influential books to help you kick-start 2013.

Want to move your career into high gear? Try The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, an author perhaps better known as the creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” franchise. The Success Principles is about exactly that – the consistent elements that must be in place to be successful on the job or in life. The formula is laughably simple – have an objective (“I want a fabulous, challenging career”) and then identify the steps to get there.

If your New Year’s resolution is to drop unwanted pounds, check out The South Beach Diet. Everyone starts off the year with the best of intentions, but they can be difficult to keep in real life. If you’re looking to get back on track, this is an easy guide to follow and before you know it you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling great.

If what you’re looking for is a new, fresh outlook, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is for you. Rubin recognized that she “had it all” but still wasn’t truly happy or satisfied. She systematically looked at her life and identified the bits that were in the way of happiness then set goals to help let more joy in.

Whether you’re looking to change your career, your body, or your mindset these books will help you to improve your life.

What will be the book that moves the dial for you?