Goal!: Your 30-Day Game Plan for Business and Career Success Paperback – Apr 1 2009
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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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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.
What sets this book apart from other motivational books is how practical in nature it is. Yes, there is certainly a philosophical component to it, but that is backed up with a lot of practical guidance that resonated with me. And the book is very interactive in nature. For example, right from the start, I was required to write down my goal in very specific terms and then to write my motivations for why this goal was important to me. For the first time in many years of thinking about my goal, I was compelled to examine my motivations around why the goal was important to me and what negative thoughts I had that had been preventing me from achieving my goal. When I replaced these negative thoughts with correspondingly positive thoughts, I had mentally "cleared the way" to see my goal as achievable.
GOAL! did a good job of helping me overcome obstacles like procrastination and hitting plateaus during the course of working toward my goal. There were a number of great stories about people like Richard Branson and Anderson Cooper who overcame huge hurdles to success.
There was also a section of the book devoted to 30 days of exercises that helped keep me on track and moving towards my goal. The exercises only took about 5-10 minutes to do, but they served a useful purpose in that they had me thinking about my goal from the standpoint of already having achieved it. I realized that this approach helped me minimize the hurdles I had to overcome along the way to being successful.
The last thing worth mentioning about GOAL! is that the principles are broad enough that they can be applied to just about any goal that you might want to tackle. I highly recommend it to anyone with a tough goal to achieve. It really works!
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