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The P.R.I.M.E.R. Goal Setting Method: The Only Goal Achievement Guide You'll Ever Need! Kindle Edition
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I enjoyed the overview of the goal-setting paradigms already on the scene. It's obvious that the PRIMER method has been well-thought out, with attention given where some other systems appear lacking.
The section on what to do if you fail to achieve a goal is also useful. Many goal-setting systems put blinders on when it comes to people who don't achieve their goals. Unfortunately, not talking about it doesn't make it go away!
1) Author (correctly, I think) outlines primary challenges with goal setting as internal issues in managing fears, doubts, expectations, etc. and external issues like appropriately thinking about attendant sub-tasks and time/energy considerations. This book somewhat takes for granted that you've addressed these issues before launching into a new goal setting method. If you haven't addressed those issues beforehand, I don't think reading a new method will make a ton of difference to you. If you need to address those issues, there are other books that you'll probably want to check out first.
2) It's a silly thing, but I absolutely cannot remember what PRIMER stands for. Maybe everyone else can instantly recall it and I'm on my own, but this is not an option for me to think through goals and ideas while on a train or otherwise someplace where the book isn't open in front of me.
It's not a bad book, and I appreciate the layout and logical buildup to the offered solution. However, if you genuinely feel like you're having trouble setting sufficiently audacious and/or realistic and/or deeply personal goals, I don't know if this will change much for you.
In this relatively short book which one can finish in a couple of reading sessions, Damon describes a system which he acronymized as “P.R.I.M.E.R.” and claims to have referenced and “cherrypicked” from the best of existing methods. Indeed, he reviews ten of these systems in Part II. Reading this section not only saves you the time, money and effort of consulting these multifarious works but also shows you that he is not just another productivity guru who is there to present a highfalutin method but that he has done meticulous research, incorporated and tried his own method, and attested to its efficacy and practicality. If you have been following another goal-setting methodology, it is worthwhile to read what Damon has to say about it. As he warns, “choosing the right method is a pivotal matter as the wrong method can cripple your efforts.”
The book begins with a preamble introducing the reader to the entire process of goal-setting: delineating the “why” for each goal, writing down the goals, identifying restrictive beliefs, setting deadlines for each goal and creating processes to fulfill them. This is followed by a short description of the P.R.I.M.E.R. system. The book then launches into four main sections: (1) seven common reasons why one are not achieving his or her goals, ranging from overambition to inaction, (2) a brief yet thorough review of ten popular goal-setting methods, (3) a detailed exposition of Damon’s system, and (4) five suggestions on what to do in the event of failure to accomplish one’s goals. It ends with a short concluding chapter wherein he exhorts the reader to test and check if the method works for oneself.
Having read the book thoroughly, I find it uplifting to discover just how truly life-changing the process of goal-setting can be if done correctly. At times I felt compelled to pause and go through the recommended tasks. For instance, recently I have some unwritten but crucial goals I wanted to accomplish in the near future. By thinking through and writing them down as advised in the text, I was able to take the next step of articulating the sub-tasks that needed to be done. Then, by tagging these with realistic deadlines and intermediary milestones, my goals now seem not only reachable but transparent. Whereas previously they were a blur of targets that appears difficult with no clear timeline for completion, with a tangible plan on hand now, I feel confident that with assiduous effort they will be reached. This is quite a revelation for me and I believe this is the main benefit one will get from reading this book.
A paramount point to note is that even though the book is short and easily completed, one must be prepared to spend many more times the amount of time reading it to fully implement the system. Nothing short of a quiet weekend retreat away from home or several consecutive evenings with no distractions (see his “Digital Detox”) is enough to kickstart the process. Do not let this onerous task discourage you because once you have an action plan, it will empower you to accomplish goals that you really desire but which have so far eluded you.
Two minor points before I conclude this review: (1) true to his down-to-earth approach emphasizing practicality, Damon peppered the book with examples of the ubiquitous goal of getting healthy that many, I believe, will find highly relevant and can immediately fine-tune the book’s recommendations to jumpstart his or her own plan, and (2) although I mentioned earlier that his method is purportedly an amalgamation of “best practices” distilled from existing systems, for the discerning reader, there are apropos steps not found elsewhere. Without revealing too much, a prime example is the incorporation of the environment in P.R.I.M.E.R. None of the ten systems reviewed in the book mentions, let alone designates checking if the environment you are in is conducive to goal-accomplishment as a mandatory step.
In summary, while many may find the task of goal-setting daunting, Damon has laid out an easy-to-follow method after drawing from the most popular systems today. I unreservedly recommends this book to anyone keen in bettering their lives through setting and attaining goals.
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