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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Driver Books (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884956955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884956959
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What I really liked was that I could start doing this as I was reading the book - I didn't have to wait until I had finished the book to get started.
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Having read a lot of books that are meant to help you tackle a big goal, I was a bit skeptical about GOAL!, but found it an easy read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James John Bennett on August 13, 2010
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"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. "
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lorre Neville on November 16, 2010
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mac on October 21, 2010
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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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D Ho on March 26, 2011
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Glory on October 20, 2010
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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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