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Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals | [Heidi Grant Halvorson]

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals

Most of us have no idea why we fail to reach our goals. Now eminent social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson shows us how we can finally win by revealing how goals really work—and by showing us how to avoid what typically goes wrong.
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Publisher's Summary

Most of us have no idea why we fail to reach our goals. Now eminent social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson shows us how we can finally win by revealing how goals really work—and by showing us how to avoid what typically goes wrong.

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson offers insights that listeners can use immediately, including how to set goals so that they will persist no matter what; build willpower, which can be strengthened like a muscle; and avoid the kind of positive thinking that makes people fail. The strategies outlined in this book will not only help everyone reach their own goals but will also prove invaluable to parents, teachers, coaches, and employers. Dr. Grant Halvorson shows listeners a new approach to problem solving that will change the way they approach their entire lives.

©2010 Heidi Grant Halvorson; foreword 2010 by Carol S. Dweck (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“If you have goals, then you should read this book. If you manage others or are in a position to help others achieve their goals, then you have to read this book!” (Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners)

“Succeed succeeds big time!...If you want to bolster your level of success and in general lead a happier life, this book is for you!” (Dr. Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist and best-selling author)

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    Claudia Aspen, CO, United States 01-15-11
    Claudia Aspen, CO, United States 01-15-11 Member Since 2005

    cloudbusiness

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    "Effective and intelligent information"

    Wow! I have never awarded five stars. This book is organized like a scientific paper and a handbook on moving forward effectively at the same time. Engaging and sweet but factual, this book has re-framed my perspective on all aspects of my life.

    Highly recommended for those tired of "positive thinking" and "magical thinking"...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 01-07-11
    Gary Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 01-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Insightful impact."

    This book had a tremendous impact on the way I approach and think about a myriad of things. Today at work several of my co-workers and my boss engaged in a discussion on many of the topics in this book. This book is a must read as it has the potential to be life changing because of the way it changes one's thinking.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Fishers, IN, United States 12-06-11
    Deborah Fishers, IN, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2009

    I sell advertising. My job is to persuade others. I love learning how my mind works so that I can grasp what really motivates me. I also enjoy learning about people who may be very different than me.

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    "So good I bought the print version too!"

    Some books are so good that you have to buy a hard copy to pass on. This is one of them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    gabriel Blainville, Quebec, Canada 05-28-13
    gabriel Blainville, Quebec, Canada 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but not Nine Things Successful People Do"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the book but it was long winded for what it brought. While her other book was to the point and extremely relevant this one had good things regarding when to be promotion focused and when to be prevention focused but it was drown in a sea of examples and explanations.

    I would recommend if you like to improve on your thinking depending on the situation to improve your odds of succeeding at a task but definitely read Nine Things Successful People Do Differently before as its way better and it will take you a fourth of the time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Pacific Grove, CA, United States 03-02-13
    Anne Pacific Grove, CA, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "fascinating listen!"
    Would you listen to Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals again? Why?

    i am still listening to SUCCEED, on my way to work and home - which is perfect, as there is sooo much information i prefer to listen in small doses. fascinating studies give very interesting insights into the conscious and unconscious world of making, keeping (or not) our goals. i hope to modify my personal approach to goal making as well as influence the mindset of my young son and my employees (i am self employed).
    the narrator does a fine job with what otherwise could be a very dull listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shahrad Milanfar 09-16-12
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    "Must read (Even my 18 year old enjoyed it)"

    This is a very good book, which can help you adjust your approach to your goals and life. Just about each concept is supported by the author's research. It is an easy read and has good practical suggestions you can tailor to your own life.

    I even had my 18 year old daughter read it. While she initially grumbled about having to do so, after she had finished the book, she told me that she was glad that I had "forced her" to read it. She told me that reading the book helped her realize that in many ways she was defeating herself and holding herself back in certain aspects of her goal setting. Since listening to this book, I've purchased two copies for family members. If you take the time to listen to this book, you will be glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Smith Atlanta, GA, United States 07-09-12
    C. Smith Atlanta, GA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Pontiac tire changer.

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    "Potentially a life changing book."
    What did you love best about Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals?

    It motivated me to improve myself and get out of my situation.


    What other book might you compare Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals to and why?

    Other self help and motivational books even good one's might have a third of the valuable information.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Henderson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 04-30-12
    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Logical and doable"
    What did you love best about Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals?

    The author did an excellent job of conveying research in a readable, enjoyable way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals?

    When the author talked about the effect of her research on herself, especially when it came to weight loss.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby Kenmore, WA, United States 01-08-11
    Bobby Kenmore, WA, United States 01-08-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Love it!"

    Heidi has packed this books with research to back what a lot of spritual practices and leadership principles propose. It helps to have science for our left-brain dominated world! Thank you Heidi for this solid work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karuna 03-21-13
    Karuna 03-21-13
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    "very professorial, not very motivational"
    Any additional comments?

    I spend my working day analyzing double bind behavioral studies, and it's the last thing I want to listen to during my free time. I seek out audiobooks to motivate and inspire me, and that's it. Scientific backing isn't that important when it comes to finding new ways of 'pepping me up'. This audiobook was like overhearing a prof teaching an Intro to Social Psychology class. Interesting, but nothing that made me want to get into action or think about life differently.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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