When we think about what it takes to achieve our goals, most of us focus on things like willpower or motivation. Those are important of course, but as anyone who's given up on a New Year's resolution knows, willpower and motivation eventually run out. Whether your goal is to get in the best shape of your life, create a winning team, have the relationship of your dreams, or be the star in your career field, the factor that really determines whether you'll succeed is your commitment level. In Commit to Win Heidi Reeder, PHD, unpacks more than forty years of research by psychologists and economists to bust the many myths about commitment and explain why it's so important. True commitment - the kind that keeps you going even when you feel like throwing in the towel - isn't a one-time decision. It's not something you just have or don't have, and being more committed isn't always better. It turns out that commitment is actually made up of four variables: Treasures: the benefits we get from working toward a goal; Troubles: the difficulties we have to deal with; Contributions: the time, money, and effort we invest; and Choices: the number of good alternatives we have. Together, these variables make up an actual formula that not only measures how committed we are but also shows what we can do to raise or lower our commitment level to match our aims. Packed with practical examples and action plans for a variety of situations, Commit to Win provides a powerful new strategy that allows us to stop wishing for things to be different and instead make practical changes that will naturally empower us to reach our goals and create our best life. Advance Praise for Commit to Win 'Commit to Win is at once readable and rich with ideas, both fun and important. Heidi Reeder reveals the complexities and dispels the myths that surround commitment, and sketches a compelling framework that explains why committing is sometimes so difficult, and how to right the ship when commitment wanes. Well worth reading if you've ever struggled to follow through on a plan that seemed important but somehow fell by the wayside.' Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink 'This book sheds light on a crucial (but often overlooked) question: Why do some people persist with important goals while others do not? A must read for those interested in the science of achievement.' Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can't Ignore You 'What a useful and entertaining book! Heidi Reeder's simple explanation of the four-element formula for commitment can help you into - or out of - a commitment, such as a relationship, a workout routine, a job, or a project. A valuable addition to the psychological literature.' Meg Selig, author of Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success 'Commit to read this superb book, now! Heidi Reeder will help you reach your goals.' Barbara Morgan, NASA astronaut (ret.)
Commit to win
how to harness the four elements of commitment to reach your goals
New York, New York :, Hudson Street Press,, 2014.
xii, 243 pages ;,24 cm
The power of commitment. A fresh look at commitment ; The commitment equation
The elements of commitment. Treasures: what do you value? ; Troubles: what's holding you back? ; Contributions: how much have you given? ; Choices: what are your alternatives?
Engaging the commitment equation. All in ; Moving in ; Assisting others.
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Statement of Responsibility:
Heidi Reeder, PhD
Includes bibliographical references and index.