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An inspiring and insightful book with the stories and antidotes that are priceless. -- Money 'n Profits, June 2002 issue

Buy this book and start on the high road to the goals you want to reach in life. -- The Pacesetter, October 2001 issue

The author offer winning approaches to reach your goals and offers many tools to ensure that you make it. -- Links,March 2002 issue

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You're no idiot, of course. You offer great financial advice, give the best directions, and can start your neighbor's stubborn mower with one good pull. But when it comes to making your own goals a reality, you start crying for your mommy while calling your psychic friend. Hang up the phone and stop your sobbing! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reaching Your Goals provides you with guidelines to setting and reaching goals in every aspect of your life. From saving more money to devoting more time to family and friends, you'll turn your wishes and dreams into reality. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get:
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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1st edition (December 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002862114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028621142
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Describing Jeff Davidson is not an easy undertaking. Some people think of him as a human dynamo who accomplishes more in a day than many people can imagine, while still finding time to stay in shape, spend time with his daughter, and keenly pursue a wide variety of intellectual interests. Some people regard him as the best there is at offering new perspectives and fresh solutions to information overload and the resulting time pressure and life balance problems people face today.

Many people know Jeff as the author of 39 books, (plus 20 revised editions, for a total of 59 books) several of which have been on the curriculum at George Washington University, Duke University, and the University of Connecticut and have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, French, Polish, Czech, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, and Italian. Countless others have seen or heard him on a talk show. While some people know him as president of the Carolina Speaker's Association, others recognize him for the long-term contributions he has made to public television. Members of his audiences know him as a high-content, high-energy speaker who delivers compelling, riveting presentations.

Jeff has spoken on 14 cruises and visited 45 countries in the process. [He once was besieged by three wild dogs on the Spanish Island of Minorca, only to be rescued by a man wearing a broad-rimmed hat and carrying a stick!] He has shared the spotlight on magazine covers with Tony Robbins and Dr. Wayne Dyer. His speeches have been featured on seven occasions in Vital Speeches of the Day along with the likes of Dr. Henry Kissinger, Lee Iacocca, George Bush (senior), William Bennett, Michael Eisner, and Alan Greenspan.

As a five-time state winner of the United States Small Business Administration's Media Advocate of the Year Award, Jeff has published more than 3,450 articles on the topics of entrepreneurship, management and marketing effectiveness, and life balance in nearly every type of magazine, journal, and newsletter. He has been featured in 68 of the top 75 newspapers in America, based on circulation, including USA Today, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

He has attracted clients such as America Online, NationsBank, Swissotel, IBM, American Express, Westinghouse, and more than 500 other leading organizations and associations."

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tom Antion on November 25, 1998
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I've had tons of goals in my life, but it always seems to take me a long time to make them happen because I always get sidetracked. This book gave me concise and easily usable tips to keep me on track. I finished a project in two weeks that I've been thinking about for the past year. This book is well worth the money.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Robinwood on August 13, 2005
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This book is very helpful to me. I've read it several times and hope to re-read it as part of my annual goal reviews. The author is good at sorting through many, many sources of information and giving you the bare necessary facts. I've never been good at seeing all the little steps necessary for sucessful goal-setting but now I'm confident I have what it takes. I'm already seeing results.

I also recommend his books about time management and re-invention in the same series. If you are unsure of what your goals are, the re-invention book will help you figure them out and the time management book will help you streamline your life so you can focus on achieving your goals.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christie on September 5, 2000
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Among the many books I have encountered on setting goals and reaching goals this one has to be the best. It uncovers every stone on the way to reaching your goals including obstacles and barriers, the power of affiliation, contracting with yourself and even setting life time goals. Instead of covering the tired old trail of you too can be all that you want to be, this humorous, chatty, sometimes irreverent book gets to the heart and soul of what it takes to set and reach a goal. That alone is a remarkable achievement. It also exposes many of the myths of goals setting too often propagated as truths by other authors and other books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Gilman on October 6, 2002
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This book is well worth the price but more than that it is well worth the time it takes to read it. My time is very valuable to me. I don't like to read a book and discover that I already know three-quarters of the contents. The material in this book is fresh and potent. It appears as if the author undertook a lot of original research. Rather than rehash tired old clichés about setting goals and rather than sighting frequently used antidotes he went down a new path, offering considerably new material that, from my perspective is right on target.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
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This book starts off with a distinction of the difference between wishes and goals. That doesn't seem like a big deal, but it's important, because too many people probably "wish upon a star" and then really have no plan as to how to make their wishes come true. This book is insightful while at the same time quite witty. That makes it easy to read compared to other things I've read on the same topic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E.J. Knack on February 15, 2002
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I'll be honest. I liked this book enough to read it twice. I enjoyed the way Davidson tackles not only the subject of goal-setting, but also the different areas of life people would most want to improve.
Sure, Davidson makes it clear that goal-setting is a process that must be quantified and timed, but how does one really go about setting goals? Davidson's answers are ingenious: from contracting yourself to enlisting others to monitor your process to conducting self-assessments.
I am shocked to say that an Idiot's Guide was so helpful in making me a better planner. If you are ready to make your financial, social, family, even spiritual life better, then you should really give this book a try.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Tolden on April 2, 2003
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I recommend this book highly if for no other reason that the writing style is so effective that you want to keep reading. I have encountered books on goal setting that were kind of laborious to get through. This one is very instructive, but at the same time fun. The chapters are each short enough so that you can get through each one in eight or ten minutes. Each
concludes with some summarizing tips and I really felt motivated to start the next chapter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Lee on November 18, 2002
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This book handles the subject matter in comprehensive fashion. I could used more inspiration here and there, but overall I think the author does an adequate job of laying out a plan to help anyone achieve their goals. My favorite sections were the chapter on teaming up with others, and on lifetime goals you might pick for yourself.
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