- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; Updated Rev ed. edition (June 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 060980166X
- ISBN-13: 978-0609801666
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals Paperback – June 30, 1998
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Do you have trouble setting goals? Would you like to have greater focus, stronger follow-through, and achieve dramatically better results? Would you like to learn how to get anything you want from life--more money, a new home, a promotion, better relationships, a greater sense of fulfillment, or anything else you can imagine?
If so, then read The Magic Lamp. This remarkable book describes a simple yet unforgettable process for how to obtain whatever you want from both your personal life and your career.
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The Magic Lamp is the first goal-setting guide for people who hate setting goals. Goals can take you anywhere you want to go, but they rarely give you the inspiration you need to get there. Wishes are different. They have emotional impact. They give you the freedom to dream and the power to make your dreams come true.
The Magic Lamp transforms the process of setting goals from a dull routine into an exciting adventure because it's the first book to combine the methods of goal setting with the magic of making your wishes come true.
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"The first new thinking about goal setting in decades."
--Rick Butts, author of The Safari Chronicles
"Bravo! The Magic Lamp does nothing less than reinvent the age-old process of goal setting, making it more appealing and far less intimidating than ever before. If you aren't getting everything you want from life, this should be the book you read next."
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One of the main differences in this book, compared to others is that the author calls goals "wishes" in an attempt to make it sound better. I don't know, but calling a goal a wish is like calling a janitor a "maintenace engineer". It may sound better, but in the end, you still do the same work, and that's what the author does here.
This book is more like The Secret meeting something that makes more modern sense. Alot of his strategy revolves around writing things down, but now in the same sense as other goal setting books. You see, first you have to brainstorm, which involves writing whatever comes to your mind. Then you have to brainstorm on your goal. Then you have to give gratititude (not sure whether you have to write "thank you" or if it would just suffice to say it). Then you have to write all your goals, prioritize them, write down what you need to reach that goal, write your ideal dream life, etc....
Thank goodness for the "goal" buffet. I can see why this method appeals to the author, as he stated in his book that his goal was to become a writer.
All sarcasm aside, this book does provide alot of useful advice. I especially like his explanation of cause and effect and how you have to work on your goals (he even gives the example of the piano teacher), which brings up ANOTHER issue with this book. It seems - and this is for alot of self help and goal setting books I've read (not just his) - that he tends to contradict himself at times in this book. For instance... he'll say how goals... er... "wishes" are easy and there shouldn't be any struggle. YET, in the next chapter, he'll tell you how you have to work hard for it, practice for thirty days, etc.... I mean... I "think" I know where the author is going at. Maybe it's not the best choice of wording. Oh, well. Like I said... thank goodness for the "goal" buffet.
One thing I REALLY like about the book (heck... I wish I followed this earlier when pursuing my goals) is that he mentions how you should NOT quit your day job when following your goals. GREAT advice that I haven't heard from pretty much every other book. VERY practical and I wish I followed it.
The author also tells how his LAMP method is not an overnight method, that it does take time and somethime a long, long loooong time (hence, the "don't quit your day job" thing), but here's the thing. How do you know, while on your loooong path to your goals (OK... fine... WISHES) that you're actually going down the right path? The author covers this, but not to the extent that I like him to. In short, you need teachers. You also need to hang around people who have been where you want to be. You need mentors and coaches who are honest with you.
There's other things in here like positive thinking (the author puts his unique spin on it, which isn't quite unique) and visualization (I'm beginning to think that these things are a "requirement" for goal setting books. Most of them, anyways), which isn't new.
So... do I recommend this book? Yes, for the fact that you CAN get some very good advice, but most of it I feel is either time-consuming or cliche' in the goal setting world.
He talks about goals as wishes and he does explain that wishes are goals with a snap, crackle and pop.
It is a nice metaphor and it makes it more interesting.
What I found personally most interesting was the chapter called "Inertia". In the chapter the author tells how he had been a goal setter himself and decided to become a writer. The years passed and he did everything that he was supposed to do, except write.
He learned in school The law of Inertia: A body in motion tends to remain in motion; a body at rest tends to remain at rest.
So he needed to overcome Inertia and changed himself from a dreamer to a doer by sitting down and write just a single paragraph to get moving. That made all the difference for him to get the ball rolling.
Other interesting part in a chapter called "Time" is what the author calls the Ellis's Law -- "Even ordinary effort over time yield's extraordinary results."
This is the single most important idea in the book because things done over time multiply a hundredfold.
The book has a very good resource list in the end that gives a good overview what the author has been reading and is valuable for further reading.
The reason for not giving the book 5 stars is that I would like in a goal setting book to see a form or get some ideas how to manage the goals and make them presentable.
If the author doesn't use forms it would be good to see a picture of his diary or his notes.
Keith Ellis is concise and personal. He's direct and tells it like it is. Example: He tells you to pick another goal if you have to motivate yourself to achieve it since the purpose of achieving the goal should already provide you the motivation. He's personal at times like when he shares his regrets about not becoming an author by simply writing one paragraph a day. He's profound in saying that "ordinary efforts daily produces extraordinary results over time."
Throughout his book he provides many wise insights that I have not heard before. In addition, I like his book recommendations which led me to more great books to realize my potential.