Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals

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Do you ever wonder why Asian students are able to achieve so much more than their American counterparts? Even very smart, very accomplished people are very bad at understanding why they succeed or fail. In Succeed, award-winning social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson offers counterintuitive insights, illuminating stories, and science-based information that can help anyone:

  • Set a goal to pursue even in the ...
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Overview

Do you ever wonder why Asian students are able to achieve so much more than their American counterparts? Even very smart, very accomplished people are very bad at understanding why they succeed or fail. In Succeed, award-winning social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson offers counterintuitive insights, illuminating stories, and science-based information that can help anyone:

  • Set a goal to pursue even in the face of adversity
  • Build willpower, which can be strengthened like a muscle
  • Avoid the kind of positive thinking that makes people fail

    Whether you want to motivate your kids, your employees, or just yourself, Succeed unlocks the secrets of achievement, and shows you how to create new possibilities in every area of your life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Social psychologist Halvorson, a blogger for Psychology Today and assistant professor of psychology at Lehigh University, tackles attainment of goals in every area of life from relationships to sports. Extensively reviewing past studies on self-esteem, motivation, and pursuit of goals, Halvorson sidesteps conventional notions about achieving success, particularly the idea that one should imagine oneself achieving goals easily. She cites studies by psychologist Gabriele Oettingen showing that those who think the path is difficult invest more effort and work harder: for instance, "people who believed that getting a good job after college would be easy sent out fewer applications." The ideal, Halvorson says, is to think positively about achieving one's goals but to think realistically about the effort that will be required to achieve them. Halvorson then goes on to advise readers on how to set appropriate goals, avoid obstacles, and exercise self-control to stay on track. "Don't visualize success," she warns. "Instead visualize the steps you will take in order to succeed." Despite repetitious instructions, Halvorson makes academic studies palatable by writing with clarity and interspersing personal anecdotes along the way. Many will find her insights of value. (Dec. 23)
Library Journal
While the purpose of both books is to help people achieve their goals, the authors take different approaches. Executive coach and trainer Fine, writing with Merrill (coauthor, The Speed of Trust), offers the GROW (Goal, Reality, Options, Way Forward) system to help readers unblock "Faith, Fire, and Focus." Simply put, he works from an inside-out system to help readers get rid of the many distractions that prevent performance and creativity. Fine is definitely on to something, and his teaching can help employers better motivate their staff as well as assist coaches to help students succeed. If one can get past the overuse of acronyms, there is solid advice to be found. Halvorson (psychology, Lehigh Univ.) holds that an individual's mode of thinking (the abstract whys and concrete whats) can help or hinder achievement of goals. She points out that different strategies are needed for different types of goals of prevention and promotion. Most of the book concentrates on examining and setting goals, and concrete suggestions are offered for staying on course. Halvorson, similar to Fine, devotes a chapter to helping the reader help others. Both books offer quality material. Fine's is more achievement oriented, while Halvorson's would be helpful in that regard as well as in kicking a bad habit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297715
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 291,064
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist, educational consultant, and most recently assistant professor of psychology at Lehigh University. She has received several grants from the National Science Foundation. In addition to her work as author and co-editor of the highly-regarded academic book The Psychology of Goals (Guilford, 2009), she has authored papers in her field’s most prestigious journals.

Dr. Grant Halvorson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and was recently elected to the highly selective Society for Experimental Social Psychology. She received her PhD from Columbia University working with Carol Dweck (author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success), and her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Carol S. Dweck ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Get Ready

Chapter 1 Do You Know Where You Are Going? 3

Chapter 2 Do You Know Where Your Goals Come From? 31

Part 2 Get Set

Chapter 3 The Goals That Keep You Moving Forward 55

Chapter 4 Goals for Optimists and Goals for Pessimists 77

Chapter 5 Goals Can Make You Happy 105

Chapter 6 The Right Goal for You 125

Chapter 7 The Right Goals for Them 141

Part 3 Go

Chapter 8 Conquer the Goal Saboteurs 159

Chapter 9 Make a Simple Plan 171

Chapter 10 Build the Self-Control Muscle 183

Chapter 11 Keep It Real 197

Chapter 12 Know When to Hang On 209

Chapter 13 Give the Right Feedback 223

Epilogue 237

Bonus 239

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently Goal Troubleshooter

Acknowledgments 251

Notes 253

Index 263

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Excellent Read

    I see a lot of excited, effusive book reviews: "Read this book!" I think this book too is one you should read, but for compelling, logical reasons: the first being that it really has the capability of changing how well you get things done. That alone should make it worthwhile, but here are other reasons. The author has devoted her life to this topic. She broadly surveys the psychological studies done previously (which I thought was excellent - not just her research or opinions). The lessons are easy to apply, and they apply to all of us - over-achiever or procrastinator alike. She summarizes each chapter in a few, direct pages, in case you want only the lessons and techniques she recommends to change how well you get things done. She makes complex studies easy to understand. As an example of one lesson in the book, she shares a technique that will double your chances of following through on a commitment. If you want to be more successful at getting things done, and getting others to get things done, this book is worth reading.

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