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book review: achieve anything in just one year

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It wasn't all that long ago that I received a copy of Jason Harvey's Achieve Anything in Just One Year: Be Inspired to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals in the mail. When I received the book, I thought to myself, "Yes! This is perfect! I have lots and lots of things I want to achieve and I could certainly use some help accomplishing my goals." I was excited to start reading and I dove into the pages almost immediately. The book -- which claims it will teach you how to: feel happier everyday; overcome procrastination; set goals and stick with them; stay motivated, focused and balanced; find out what you really want from life; take daily action that creates a ripple effect; and define, pursue and celebrate personal success -- seemed right up my alley and, as I went through the book page by page I learned that it really did contain a great deal of tips, quotes, and information that could help me become more motivated and determined to achieve my goals. As Harvey writes on one of the first pages, "You shape your future every day through the choices you make" and I decided to take his advice to heart by really reading the book thoroughly and following through with the recommended assignments. 

As Harvey says, "You can't sit around waiting for destiny to show up. You have to act" -- and that's what I did when I chose to read Harvey's book and participate actively in the assignments featured throughout. Some of you might be reading this right now and thinking to yourself, "Assignments? I don't think so! I have enough work to do!" But trust me... The tasks Harvey recommends in the pages of his book are things we should all be doing anyway, actions that really will help us take whatever dreams and goals we have to the next level. Some of the recommended assignments include: 

  • Do at least one nice thing for someone. 
  • Define yourself in 3 sentences or less. 
  • Take a look at the people you spend time with. 
  • Write down 5 things you are grateful for. 
  • List 10 things that make you happy.

There is a new assignment for almost every day, which I found to be really motivating. Often we think of doing things like the tasks Harvey mentions in his book, but we never actually take the time to do them. Reading each short entry and following Harvey's advice has really helped me to feel as if I'm making progress when it comes to understanding and implementing my life goals. And, as an added bonus, the book is filled with tons of great quotes, which I always find particularly great sources of inspiration. 

In the book, Harvey writes, "Happiness does not happen randomly. It is a result of a series of actions. You have the power to make conditions right for happiness. You can choose happiness today by setting a goal that will command your thoughts, liberate your energy, and inspire your hopes." I couldn't agree more with that statement. When you want to choose happiness, you can. And one of the best ways to start focusing on your own happiness is to set a goal that will lead you down the path to happiness. As you may have experienced, setting a goal and sticking with it can be really difficult -- which is why this book is such a great resource. It not only provides you with 365 days of inspiration, but it also propels you to take action. 

If you're looking for inspiration and you want to achieve something great in the next year, I'd recommend picking up a copy of Jason Harvey's book. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the positive impact it will have on your goals -- and your life! To learn more about the book and its author, visit the Achieve Anything website


Looking for even more inspiration? Check out the new e-book, “Profit From Your Past: Crafting Publishable Literature Using Reflective Writing Therapy,” which strives to help people begin writing a book about their lives. First, the writer must reflect upon previous experiences and find the valuable lessons in these experiences. This reflection allows the writer to do two things: first, face their life honestly, which has a healing effect; and second, find the moral of the story, which will be the foundation of their literature. To learn more about Profit from Your Past, please visit www.WritingReflections.com.


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(and I appreciate your great list of assignments. Something that I will do again and update often!)

This book sounds fantastic. I love that it has daily exercises to keep you on track and keep you moving towards your big - or small - goal. Thanks for the great review. I will definitely be checking it out.

The quote in the beginning of this post resonates with why I encourage people to use the one aspect of themselves they lack discipline. The mind. For the mind does and bring everything to us, so how can we neglect it so abruptly? Of course as we grew older we were taught how to think and act to conform to society. But i think it time for millions to realize success in life is based upon what you want to do. And as long as your happy, that is it. Be happy, Be Healthy and lastly, Be you!

Great post!

i strongly agree!!
happiness is not found, happiness is earned and before taking the right actions a person might not be able to be happy

Becca - Thank you so much for the award! I've posted it on my Awesome Awards page here: http://www.positivelypresent.com/awesome-awards.html.

Nailah - It was definitely a great read and very inspiring. It would be a wonderful book to read one page a day (which I didn't do) and use the exercises to achieve your goals.

Jonathan - Excellent comment! I think you're right that a lot of people forget what's really important and that true success is based on living a life you want to live. Thanks for the inspiring comment!

Farouk - It's so true! Happiness IS earned and it's so important that, if you want to be happy, you take the right actions to make it into a reality.

Thanks Dani, these are some good points.

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