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Goal!: Your 30-Day Game Plan for Business and Career Success [Paperback]

Gladys Stone , Fred Whelan
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April 1 2009

What if you could achieve any goal you wanted, and you knew you would succeed? Would you start a business? Switch careers? Lose weight? Based on the authors’ real-world experience coaching the world’s top executives, GOAL! presents a proven, step-by-step program for achieving any goal in your career or your life. The book’s unique 30-Day Goal Track will keep you motivated and disciplined to move any project forward in just 30 days. Easy-to-follow worksheets guide you from precisely conceiving your goals to taking action to achieve them. Each exercise takes only minutes a day, but following the GOAL! plan will put you on a guaranteed path to realizing even your most ambitious dreams.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Powerful - a Great Book Jan. 23 2011
Format:Paperback
Goal is divided into two parts. Part I is about defining your goal, creating a roadmap for success and putting you in the right mindset. There is a chapter called "Maintain Momentum" which is dedicated to helping you overcome barriers to success. This resonated very strongly with me. It discusses "fear of failure", "procrastination" "discouragement" even "plateaus" and provides practical advice on how to overcome them all. The book has a "maintain momentum list" that details the main reasons why people give up on their goal. The list gives you a few sentences on each barrier to help you overcome them. For example, under "Procrastination" it has quick remedies for overcoming lack of desire, dealing with hard projects, not feeling in the mood, overcoming fatigue, overcoming distractions, etc. I carried this list with me and I can tell you firsthand that it worked.

Part II of GOAL is the "30 Day Goal Track". You start this part when you are already working towards your goal. You do one a day - it's either a written exercise or an inspirational story. Once I got past day 21 I knew I was home free. The 30 day goal track is fun and I never knew what to expect - which I liked. The key is to get you in the habit of working towards your goal. The book is a quick read and is packed with everything you need to keep you going until you reach your goal.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Makes Sense! Aug. 13 2010
By James John Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"GOAL! helped me develop a workable plan to tackle a really important goal that I had been wanting to do for years. That goal was something that meant a lot to me, but I couldn't figure out how to get started. GOAL! showed me how to create an action plan and then lots of motivational tools along the way that kept me working on the goal until I finished it. If you have a difficult goal that you have wanted to go after for a long time, I highly recommend this book. I had been thinking about my goal for 3 years and it feels good to have finally accomplished it. "
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skimpy, very skimpy Nov. 16 2010
By Lorre Neville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I expected more from this book, especially since all 23 of the previous reviewers gave it 5 stars. It is a short book (about 150 pages). The second half of the book is a day by day "journal" for the reader to document his/her progress toward his/her goals. That doesn't leave a lot of room for the experts to share their knowledge. On top of that, there are many success stories that simply don't resonate with me. Thus, I got very little out of this book. However, there are many other books about goals that I have found useful. If you are interested in a book that is more substantial, take a look at Brian Tracy or Orna W. Drawas.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Effective - This Book Will Help You Reach Your Goal Oct. 21 2010
By Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book's cover says "30-day game plan for success". I didn't think I would accomplish my goal in 30 days but I knew the book was probably a great primer. It turned out to be the complete solution for reaching my goal. It's simple, straightforward and geared toward taking action. My issue has been procrastinating and I jumped to that section. What I read in that part sustained me every time I had the desire to quit. The book has a built-in accountability piece and who doesn't need that? I followed the book's 30 day goal track, which was eerily in step with what I needed at specific points in time. I've read many goal books but this one stands out in its directness, simplicity and it's motivational components that make your goal seem doable. Having completed a goal that was in my head for many years, I am now on to something even more challenging. What I learned in this book gives me the confidence that I can tackle future goals. I highly recommend it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow, I Expected More From This Book. March 26 2011
By D Ho - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Powerful - a Great Book Oct. 20 2010
By Deanna Glory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Goal is divided into two parts. Part I is about defining your goal, creating a roadmap for success and putting you in the right mindset. There is a chapter called "Maintain Momentum" which is dedicated to helping you overcome barriers to success. This resonated very strongly with me. It discusses "fear of failure", "procrastination" "discouragement" even "plateaus" and provides practical advice on how to overcome them all. The book has a "maintain momentum list" that details the main reasons why people give up on their goal. The list gives you a few sentences on each barrier to help you overcome them. For example, under "Procrastination" it has quick remedies for overcoming lack of desire, dealing with hard projects, not feeling in the mood, overcoming fatigue, overcoming distractions, etc. I carried this list with me and I can tell you firsthand that it worked. Part II of GOAL is the "30 Day Goal Track". You start this part when you are already working towards your goal. You do one a day - it's either a written exercise or an inspirational story. Once I got past day 21 I knew I was home free. The 30 day goal track is fun and I never knew what to expect - which I liked. The key is to get you in the habit of working towards your goal. The book is a quick read and is packed with everything you need to keep you going until you reach your goal.
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