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First, Know What You Want - why goals don't work and how to make them

First, Know What You Want - why goals don't work and how to make them [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Halfacre
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95% of people do not know what they want and nearly all of them wish they did...

First, Know What You Want is a hard hitting guide to knowing your own mind and finding your inner compass. If you've ever dreamed of changing your life (if only you could work out what you really wanted) then this is the guide for you. This is not just a book about getting. It's a book about being. Being able to discover a more authentic and joyful way to live a life you can look back on and say, "that was just how I wanted it."

From the Author

Most of the clients I meet struggle to tell me what they do want but they can all tell me what they don't want. I wrote this guide to help you not only know your own mind but also find your inner compass so that you always know what you really want. It will also help you gain the confidence to go after it. Please visit to learn more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bookshaker (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AX502K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Halfacre is a working coach with years of experience helping people discover what they really want. He is in demand as a speaker and trainer who specialises in working with people who want to leave their job to start their own business. He is the author of "First, Know What You Want" - a hard hitting guide to knowing your own mind and finding your inner compass.

Andrew is married and lives in Essex with three daughters, three chickens and two noisy gerbils.

"For years I struggled to work out what I really wanted. I somehow knew if I could work it out, it would make a big difference to my life. Then I began to notice I could divide my clients, friends and colleagues into two groups:

1. Those who knew want they wanted but did not know how to get it.

2. Those who did not know what they wanted.

I wrote this book for the second group. The people who have that persistent feeling their life would be better if only they could work out what they really wanted."

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered 5 Feb 2012
I don't tend to read a lot of personal development books, but I've (somewhat sceptically) started to read a few recently. This is the first such book that hasn't left me feeling even more frustrated after reading it.

I'm at the point where I keep saying to myself, "I can't keep doing this for much longer, I need to do something different with my life", but while I'm clear about what I don't want, I've been really struggling to figure out what it is I DO want. The motivational / personal growth / self-help books I've read prior to this tended to assume I knew what I wanted already , and I just needed some encouragement or techniques to progress me towards my goals. This book fills the gap, helping you figure out what it is you want in the first place.

I really appreciated the way the book details a large variety of approaches/techniques to help you figure out what you want. If one isn't working for you, just move on and try another. And another, and another. By the end of the book you've approached the question of 'what do I want?' from so many angles that it gives you a very robust answer.

The analogy of the polar bear really struck a cord with me, I'd been wondering why there was a bear on the cover of the book, and it was worth the wait. I won't spoil the surprise, I recommend you buy the book and find out for yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, clear, insightful and understanding 7 Aug 2013
By Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is a great book. It is helpful- it will help you come to know exactly what you want. It does this by a mixture of showing and telling. It's also honest about the human condition-and our flaws, and our mixture of reasons and excuses we use to justify to pretending to act rather than doing. The book is both frank and understanding, provoking and challenging- but always with compassion and purpose behind them. It doesn't just talk about goals, it helps you really define what goals you want to follow. I can recommend this book to all of of us who need to clarify our goals and purposes in life. I suspect even those already set on one purpose would find it helpful to them to understand why they want their goal so strongly, and to help them close down distractions. This book is really about helping readers with deciding exactly what they want to direct their attention towards.

There are some specific gems in it that I'll highlight here.

1. Most people do not know exactly what they want. Many more have a vague inkling, but cannot put it into words, or a defined project.
2. Anxiety, frustration, anger signal energy going to waste, not to purpose. It's hard to stay in a bear state if you are working towards a purpose.
3. For many people goals need to be defined against something we want to avoid or get away from. Many people struggle to articulate a positive vision of anything. For these people questions such as "How could we make this worse?" and "What would you want instead?" can open the way to a positive goal.
4. We overestimate how much we can do in a day, we underestimate how much we can work up to over a year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book well worth reading. 28 July 2014
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I, like many other people have gone through life, feeling out of place, as though the rest of world knows exactly what it wants. Im standing still next to these people, wishing, dreaming I could be like them.

We are looking for a sign post on are journey in life. Constantly stuggling to figure out "what do I really want? What should I do with my life?"

Help, is finally at hand.

"First, Know what you want" is that help. The book make it clear very early on people who struggle to understand what they want from there lives are not alone. We are the majority of people who have been brain washed by media to believe we should all know what we want from the moment we are born. It turns out this is an incredibly rare.

The majority of us need a little help. Some tools that that can bring about clarity. Andrew provides these much needed tools by taking the reader through 12 key points that will help get your mind into the write state.
The book helps to increase confidence in your decision making skills and eliminate clutter from your mind. There is also my personal "urika" moment when Andrew explains there are 2 types of people when it comes to goals in life. Away from people who move away from states such as hunger and towards states people. Who move towards goals. This section helped me immensely to realise I had been working against my natural way of thinking all my life. Perhaps you have to?

There really is something here for everybody and I invite you to open your eyes on what you really want from life.

I took up Andrew Halfacre's offer for help.

And so should you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have, over the decades, been a bit of a sucker for self-improvement literature. It's more popular than ever, so no matter how "brilliant" some books claim to be, there is an awful lot of derivative recycled advice out there. There are people worth paying attention to - Tony Robbins, Fiona Harrold, you may wish to add another favourite or two to those names (Peter Jones, perhaps, author of How to Do Everything and Be Happy; maybe Paul McKenna? Stephen Covey?) - but if asked whether any of these kinds of books had actually changed something about my life, I would say that was true about only three of them, out of the dozens I have read. This book is one of them. I recommend it unreservedly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Quite a run of the mill book. Some interesting parts to hep you re-focus. Lots of stuff I'd read before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Pithy tips and approaches to escaping apathy and figuring out what you want from life.
I've read it through once and am continuing to develop the habits I've developed. Read more
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I found this book really helpful, personally and professionally as a personal coach and therapist. This book came to me at the right time when I've finally committed myself to an... Read more
Published 8 months ago by love_donny
4.0 out of 5 stars I still don't know what I want
This is a good book but hard to apply for me I read it a while ago so can't remember, there are following exercises to do, I will probably reread it again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars what a load of blather
The first 13% was taken up with telling me what the book was going to tell me. Section two gave some basic platitudes about doing stuff rather than making excuses - then repeated... Read more
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Really loving this book. It is making me step back and think gently about smaller decisions that I can make in my life. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas
This book has given me some direction and some new ideas to understanding what it is I want.

A must read if your head is full of clutter and if your like me 'not... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Worh every penny!
This is a great book that has helped me focus and drill down to what I want to do with my life.
Published 19 months ago by Temi nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a good read
I think this is a good book, I wouldnt go as far as the other reviews by saying its incredible or anything quite as positive as that, its good nothing more. Read more
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