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  • Jul 15, 2010
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When I first started reading this book, I expected it to be like most other books in the self-help category: unrealistic to a fault, full of useless advice, and ultimately apologetic for its shortcomings. From page one I was pleasantly surprised to find out that none of the above qualities are present in it, and that the fluff so common to this type of work is also absent from this volume. And although its purpose is basically that of every other self-improvement book out there, mainly to facilitate a positive change in the reader's life, the method presented in it is quite simple and practical. Moreover, since it's not focused on a particular subject (career, relationships, family, finances, and so on), it can be applied to most of the goals that anyone would want to achieve, whether it's learning a new language, switching professional fields, or changing lifestyles.
The author presents his method for success in a clear, straightforward page-a-day format to be followed over the period of a year. Each daily page includes an inspirational quote by a famous person, a motivational plan of action, and an exercise that actively involves the reader, entails a bit of soul-searching, and allows anyone using this book to find something about him or herself in its lessons. Both the plan of action and exercise in each daily lesson are neither too strict nor too loose, which allows the reader some freedom of action while still providing a functional roadmap to follow. And the inspiration in the book is not only sprinkled throughout it in the form of a daily quotation, but it's an integral part of the advice and motivation given by the author and of the healthy dose of self-analysis, self-understanding and food for thought derived from the exercises. Also, only a notebook, pen, and about 10 minutes each day are needed to follow the method, which is a convenience that plays a big part in keeping the reader motivated long enough to produce tangible results, which in turn encourage him or her to keep moving forward and closer to his or her ultimate goal.
My only concern is with the false expectations the book's title--Achieve Anything in Just One Year--might create in the reader. Although it's true that a year might be enough time to achieve small goals, make small changes that might lead to bigger ones, and allow anyone to take the first step in the right direction towards more ambitious goals, it is not enough to successfully achieve greater and more substantial things. Also, including the word "anything" in the title is misleading: we can achieve much and learn to live with some things and cope with others, but the bottom line is that some things in life (illnesses, disabilities, and so on) cannot be changed no matter how hard we try, and believing that it could be otherwise might create more problems for the reader than it solves, and even lead him or her to frustration and depression.
Still, anyone serious about pursuing his or her goals and dreams, and willing to find happiness and balance in his or her life, should give this book a try. As with any self-help book, only reading it will not make anyone's life instantly better, but following its exercises and implementing its advice will provide valuable tools and techniques needed to simplify the decision-making process and put in motion a plan that will keep anyone focused in effecting the change he or she seeks, all the while gaining essential knowledge and key understanding of the motivations for seeking the change.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar

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This is a self improvement, motivational and personal development book that is designed to be read on a daily basis. One page a day for one year. Each page starts with an inspirational quote, followed by a discussion of that day's topic, and ends with a task or an assignment for the reader to follow.

Achieve Anything in Just One Year equips readers with the tools to:

  • Be truly committed. Don't just go through the motions - act like you're making a promise to your company, or to your best friend.
  • Be specific. A resolution like "I want to lose weight" is easier to ignore than "I want to lose five pounds by March."
  • Set a deadline. A timeframe equals commitment and helps quantify success.
  • Avoid overwhelming yourself. You may want to lose weight, quit smoking, achieve moderation with martinis and cut up your credit cards all at once, but let's get real. Focus on a limited set of goals and plan on taking stock mid-year.
  • Change one thing at a time. Recognize that change is hard. Wait to achieve one goal before starting on the next.
  • Be realistic. Taking charge of a fitness regimen is a realistic goal, while exercising seven days a week may not be. Don't set yourself up for disappointment with lofty goals.

The idea is to take daily action that creates a ripple effect in your life.

By transforming your life with small steps, you can stay motivated, focused and balanced. Best of all, you will feel happier about pursuing your personal ...

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Author: Jason Harvey
Genre: Nonfiction, Self Help
Publisher: Amazing Life Press

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