Summary of Motivation and Goal-Setting

How to Set and Achieve Goals and Inspire Others

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Motivation and Goal-Setting book summary
How would your friends describe you? What is your dream job? What’s more important to you, friendship or success? Before you set your next career goal, answer some of the questions posed here.


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Motivation and Goal-Setting shows rather than tells. Instead of launching into long-winded sermons about discovering your "true" identity, author Jim Cairo poses a few simple questions that set the reader off on an interesting path of introspection. By forcing you to get involved with the book by answering these questions yourself, Cairo is using the principles that he writes about. The exercises he suggests will start building momentum that you can carry right over into your own personal goals. The book falters only in the sections on motivation and change, where Cairo lapses into generic sloganeering about learning from mistakes and embracing change. Regardless, getAbstract recommends this book to anyone who feels that they could use a second wind, from a high-school student struggling to remain motivated, to a 55-year-old CEO looking for fresh challenges.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why, to achieve your goals, you must sustain motivation;
  • How fear of failure – and success – can prevent people from setting goals; and
  • Which eight steps pave the way to success.


The Eight-Step Program
Begin every journey by starting with the end. You need to have your destination clearly identified before you can hope to arrive. If you clearly understand where you want to be, you can make sure that your actions each and every day will bring you one step closer...
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About the Author

Jim Cairo is the author, editor and narrator of several books, videos and audio cassettes, including The Power of Effective Listening.

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    Jennine Lupa 9 months ago
    I like this quote "Start now. As you get moving, your momentum builds. With momentum comes motivation." Motivation is my biggest challenge.
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    El John Cruz 9 months ago
    We must have a good motivation in order to achieve our goals.
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    Phillip Lee 2 years ago
    Without having a clear objective or outcome you will never accomplish your goal.

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