The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win

The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win

by Jeff Haden

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Overview

From Inc.com's most popular columnist, a counterintuitive--but highly practical--guide to finding and maintaining the motivation to achieve great things.
 
It's comforting to imagine that superstars in their fields were just born better equipped than the rest of us. When a co-worker loses 20 pounds, or a friend runs a marathon while completing a huge project at work, we assume they have more grit, more willpower, more innate talent, and above all, more motivation to see their goals through.
 
But that's not at actually true, as popular Inc.com columnist Jeff Haden proves. "Motivation" as we know it is a myth. Motivation isn't the special sauce that we require at the beginning of any major change. In fact, motivation is a result of process, not a cause. Understanding this will change the way you approach any obstacle or big goal.
 
Haden shows us how to reframe our thinking about the relationship of motivation to success. He meets us at our level--at the beginning of any big goal we have for our lives, a little anxious and unsure about our way forward, a little burned by self help books and strategies that have failed us in the past—and offers practical advice that anyone can use to stop stalling and start working on those dreams.
 
Haden takes the mystery out of accomplishment, proving that success isn't about spiritual awakening or a lightning bolt of inspiration --as Tony Robbins and adherents of The Secret believe--but instead, about clear and repeatable processes. Using his own advice, Haden has consistently drawn 2 million readers a month to his posts, completed a 107-mile long mountain bike race, and lost 10 pounds in a month.
 
Success isn't for the uniquely-qualified; it's possible for any person who understands the true nature of motivation. Jeff Haden can help you transcend average and make lasting positive change in your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399563768
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 331,205
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeff Haden is Inc.com's most popular columnist and one of LinkedIn's most widely-followed Influencers. His work has also appeared on Time, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Small Business, MSNBC, and CNBC.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction You Can Do-and Be-So Much More Than You Think 1

Chapter 1 Motivation Is Not the Spark 11

Chapter 2 The Greater Your Focus, the Lower Your Chances of Success 39

Chapter 3 Your Goal Must Always Choose Your Process 65

Chapter 4 Happiness Comes to Serial Achievers 97

Chapter 4.5 Wishing and Hoping Is the Most Unrealistic Approach of All 127

Chapter 5 To Gain Incredible Willpower … Need Less Willpower 131

Chapter 5.5 One Question Provides Nearly Every Answer 171

Chapter 6 Why Work Smarter When You Can Work Your Number? 175

Chapter 7 You Don't Need a Coach; You Need a Pro 211

Chapter 8 Do More by Doing Less 235

Chapter 9 The Bottom Line 261

Index 265

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