Verdict: Inspiring quotations and daily assignments guide readers through one year of breaking down whatever barriers are holding them back from achieving their dreams. The author provides these various assignments – ranging from general to specific – suggesting readers think, write, and act to change the direction of their lives.
Written by Jason Harvey, a certified life coach and founder of the Limitless Institute, this inspirational self-help book provides readers with daily assignments to actualize goals. Through 365 assignments as general as “striking a balance between necessity and play” and as specific as journaling about how other people have injured us, ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN JUST ONE YEAR offers helpful one-page direction for each day of the year.
Quotations and occasional anecdotes precede assignments, offering context for these suggestions. For example, on day 105, the Ralph Waldo Emerson quotation “Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved” introduces a brief story of how Harriet Tubman used her enthusiasm for the anti-slavery movement to work on the Underground Railroad. The passage concludes with a call to action: “Do you want to accomplish great things in your life? Then find out what you believe in, what excites you, and what sparks your intense interest. That is where you will cultivate enthusiasm and have the opportunity to achieve success.”
In order to accommodate a year’s worth of assignments, the advice offers generalities without delving much into the mechanics of how to use these stepping stones to self-actualization. For instance, on day 131, readers are advised not to waste time in indecision, fear or remorse: “Go over your calendar from last week and point out spots where you could have used your time more wisely. What are some things you can do to exclude wasteful time and add productive minutes for work and play?” Readers may wonder if “work” necessarily produces income, if “play” sometimes crosses the line from relaxation into laziness, and if negative thinking is the only time waster. Common sense may not always fine-tune suggestions enough to make them applicable to everyone.
ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN JUST ONE YEAR’s friendly and accessible style and wide-ranging inspirational ideas make it easy to see how Harvey has become a best-selling author. Though highly motivational, this book requires commitment and imagination to adapt some of the more vague concepts into practical applications. The final page, 365, congratulates readers on making it to “Day 356,” an unfortunate typo that concludes the book on a slightly unsettling note.
Inspiring quotations and daily assignments guide readers through one year of breaking down whatever barriers are holding them back from achieving their dreams. The author provides these various assignments – ranging from general to specific – suggesting readers think, write, and act to change the direction of their lives.
Reviewed by Carol Michaels for IndieReader.