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How To Harness the Four Elements
of Commitment to Reach Your Goals

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Commit To Win

How To Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals
(Hudson Street Press/Penguin, 2014)

In Commit to Win, Heidi Reeder, Ph.D., unpacks over forty years of research by psychologists and economists to show that the key to reaching any goal, whether it’s to hit the gym more often or to finally quit that dead-end job, isn’t motivation, willpower, or determination. It’s commitment.

Busting the myths most of us believe about commitment, Reeder shows that it all comes down to 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
  • Choices: the number of good alternatives we have

Together, these variables make up a formula that not only measures how committed we are, but also shows which factors we can change to get our commitment level in synch with what we want to do. Packed with practical examples and action plans for a variety of situations, Commit to Win will allow readers to stop wishing for things to be different and instead make practical changes that will naturally empower them to reach their goals.


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What People Are Saying

  • "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 University’s Stern School of Business
  • "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 4-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, Licensed Professional Counselor and author of Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success
  • "Her book is delightfully practical as well as informative, packed with intelligence and clarity of both thought and expression. Learned, yet eminently accessible, it is a rare pleasure."

    The Economist