Goals by Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is one of the top consultants, trainers and speakers for major corporations and has written numerous books and audio programs. His personal mission statement is “To help people achieve their goals faster than they ever would in the absence of my help.” While I have listened to and read several of Tracy’s works this one remains one of my go-to books for when I am working on making plans for setting and achieving goals.
Tracy begins by sharing how he learned as a young man how to set and achieve his own goals, which led to huge gains in his success and financial rewards. He has accumulated much data on how valuable goal-setting can be and while I have personally experienced great results from setting goals, I was surprised to hear the many phenomenal examples he illustrates here. For instance, a Harvard study conducted in 1979 discovered that only 3 per cent of students surveyed had written goals. Followed up in 1989, that 3 percent was earning more than all the others (97 per cent) combined! Pretty powerful stuff, eh?
I teach goal-setting myself, and one of the hardest things to convince people of is the need to quantify and set deadlines for their goals. Tracy describes how and why that is necessary, and how it helps. He also shares ideas for discovering what you really want, and for making sustained progress toward achieving your goals. Other topics covered in the book include how to be an expert in your field, managing your time, visualization strategic planning, flexibility, creativity and persistence.
Actually, this book is about success and how goals are the one big ticket that will get you there. Not just in business, but in all areas of your life. Tracy’s main point is the one thought that can help you be more successful, which is “Write down your goals, make plans to achieve them, and work on your plans every single day.” The rest of the book tells you step by step how to do just that. In fact, I am convinced that if you are able to learn the material in this book and apply it to your life, you will be unstoppable. Whether your goal is being a multi-millionaire or being mayor of your hometown or starting your own small business or working from home, I recommend you read this book. Then re-read it. Then, start working the process and get ready for your own success!
You can buy Goals! How to Get Everything You Want--Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible at Amazon.com.
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