How To Achieve Your Goals – A Book Review

Do you have trouble achieving your goals? Read on.

This is the perfect time to revisit a book I bought three years ago in New York. It’s called This Year I Will…How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True” written by coach and “change expert” Mary Jane Ryan.

The think the book title is pretty much self-explanatory. It’s a book written for anyone who wants to make lifestyle changes, learn new skills  or keep their New Year’s resolutions.  🙂

It is organized in four main parts, each part having several chapters for working with issues that typically rise in that phase. At the end of each chapter there are questions and exercises to work thorough.

A healthy part  of “This Year I Will”  focuses on how to pick the right goals and frame them in a way that improves your chances of actually achieving them. It also explains the concept of SMART goals, goals that are concrete, realistic and measurable.


I particularly like the chapter titled “What’s standing in your way?” Think about a situation where  you set some goal, but never really seem to get anywhere.  It might just be poor planning, but it might as well be because you have issues that effectively stand in your way, blocking your progress. This is the how Ryan words the dilemma:

…while you’re truly committed to changing, you’re more committed to something else you’re not consciously aware of that prevents you from creating forward momentum.

This chapter speaks to me so strongly because I feel I’m in the same boat at the moment. I very much would like to make better progress with my lifestyle change (I don’t see why I couldn’t), but I think I’m actually more worried about being a failure.  Therefore, it’s better not to try too hard. I definitely can’t stand if I “fail” again!

And it’s always easy to come up with reasons for not doing something, except the reasons are really rationalizations.


Who is this book for?

It’s for anyone who has ever wondered why they aren’t able to stick to their goals and resolutions –  90 % of human race? – and who would like to have some support on the way to improve their chances of achieving goals.

Click here to grab your copy!




  1. Biz says:

    Thanks for the book review – looks interesting!

    Enjoy your chili today! 😀

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