I purchased this book based on all the positive, glowing reviews and five star ratings on Amazon. When I got this book and started reading it, I have to say that, although the book can be a bit too general, the information is not bad and can work. Some of the things I liked includes finding what's holding you back, finding accountability partners (surprisingly, alot of goal setting books don't mention this), finding out what availiable resources you have (most people focus on what they DON'T have) and finding out what you need to achieve your goal. I do want to say that, although the author does focus on business and career goals, these techniques can translate to other goals as well.
OK, so with all that being said, I do have to say this: alot of the information here is not new. I know that in the realm of self-help and personal development, especially when it comes to the topic of goal-setting, this type of criticism is common. Regardless, in the case of this book, it's appropriate (and I have to say this simply because with all the positive reviews, I somehow expected more).
In the beginning of this book, the author(s) walk you through alot of questions you should be considering when starting a goal. Many of these questions are things you can probably figure out if you think about it (or if you're an avid reader of goal setting books). However, if per chance you can't come up with these questions, then this book may be of use to you.
The author(s) also give you examples of how to do a business plan and their example of a goal setting worksheet. Variations of this goal-setting worksheet can be found in other self-help books.
The stories are kinda interesting, even though some of these stories (such as Thomas Edison) I've heard before, simply from reading other books.
Now, as far at the "30 day goal track" (the second part of this book), I have to say I was expecting more. I somehow thought this would be some type of "timeline" with actual action steps, such as "do this" on day 1 and "do this" on day 2, etc.... Instead, the author mentions the same thing for each day: affirmations, visualizations, experiences, etc... and then for each day, he either gives a story of someone who has accomplished their goal, or the author(s) give you a hypothetical situation and, using what you just read in part one, they will ask you to propose a hypothetical plan or give a hypothetical answer.
Actually, the part of giving hypothetical answers and proposing a hypothetical plan isn't bad, in that it can help sharpen your problem solving skills.
Lastly (and I hate to say this, knowing it's just my opinion), I do have to say the book was kinda boring to read. I know this may not reflect the opinions of everyone else who gave it five stars. But for me at least, I learn best when the material is at least somewhat entertaining. This book actually reminds me alot like some of the ghostwritten ebooks you find on Clickbank or other online bookstores.