Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, by Heidi Grant Halvorson

This wonderful little book is the best practical goal-setting book I have ever read. It outlines a goal-setting strategy that’s backed by solid scientific research, and gives you nine simple things you can do to be more productive and achieve your goals.

This book goes far beyond simplistic goal-setting advice (like setting “SMART” or “SMARTER” goals) that might have been sufficient in the past, but isn’t enough anymore in a fast-changing world.

Some of the nine principles are common with other methods (such as the importance of being specific when defining your goals). But others might be new to most people (such as the importance of being a realistic optimist). And others might even seem counter-intuitive (such as setting “getting better”, rather than “be good”, milestones).

If you want to dig deeper into the research behind Halvorson’s principles, I recommend her other book “Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals”. But if you just want a simple, practical guide to setting your goals, this is the book to read.

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