We are always looking for complex answers to our desire to change or achieve better results, maybe because we feel our needs are either complex or we just want to have access to the excuse that it was too complex that was why we could not achieve the desired changes. The latter may be why when we see simple answers, we are upset that the answers undermine our problems. Jack‘s recommended success principles are so simple that we could choose to either ignore them or just get into it right away – Tosan A.
#BOOK REVIEW:HOW TO GET FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE | JACK CANFIELD| HARPER ELEMENT| 2007|335 PAGES
The book has a clear goal of making the reader see how easy and permanent, a positive change can be. It understands that you want to leap from your current state to a desired or better one, thus it follows an engaging strategy where much of the coordination and designing is done by you who wants the move/change.
First, it identifies what or where this desired state/place/position is – this includes the process of identifying our point B, visualizing /creating a picture for it and simply just believing that it’s possible. Next, it moves you to setting goals & taking baby steps towards your goals /new state. Finally, it suggests ways with which you can stay consistent with and in your new state.
The book is written in very simple language and all success principles are numbered and start each chapter. Of the 25 principles, some stand out, some are not-so-new but are explained in newer ways, and others which just surprise you on how they made it to the list. My top 10 are listed below. This was quite difficult as I started with trying to get out my top 5 and ended up with 10 + 1 bonus point.
- Decide what you want
- Unleash the power of goal setting
- Chunk it down
- Release the brakes – Get out of your comfort zone
- See what you want, get what you see
- Experience fear & take action anyway
- Ask, Ask, Ask
- Commit to constant and never-ending improvement
- Practice persistence
- Practice the rule of five (5)
- Clean up your messes and your incompletes. (Bonus point)
Tosan’s take: The ease at which the book was written is very encouraging and identifying various small steps that I can implement immediately was really inspiring. It made me enjoy the book even more as I went back and forth for guidance on how to immediately start something. A clear example is on writing your life’s purpose in a statement. After recently attending a Neuro-linguistic programming course – this book is an overly simplified crash course which perfectly guides willing and ready people on how to move from Average to Better and more successful outcomes. This book is for doers – people who are ready to put in the work not just talk the talk.