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Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals Hardcover – January 2, 2018
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This is the year you finally close the gap between reality and your dreams.
We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner--and then, more often than not, they get forgotten.
It doesn't have to be that way!
In Your Best Year Ever, Michael Hyatt shares a powerful, proven, research-driven system for setting and achieving your goals. You'll learn how to design your best year ever by discovering
· what's holding you back right now
· how to overcome your past setbacks
· the seven attributes of effective goals
· how to quit-proof your goals
· the role of habits in personal achievement
· what to do when you feel stuck
· and much more
If you're tired of not seeing progress in your personal, intellectual, business, relational, or financial goals, it's time for you to have your best year ever!|Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events, workshops, and digital and physical planning tools. Formerly chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael is also a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including Living Forward and Platform. His work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Businessweek, Entrepreneur, and other publications. Michael has been married to his wife, Gail, for thirty-nine years. They have five daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at MichaelHyatt.com.
From the Back Cover
"Generous goals work (if you write them down) and powerful books work (if you read them). Michael Hyatt has created a fun, fast way to find your dreams and then turn them into reality."--Seth Godin, author, Linchpin
"Your Best Year Ever is full of compelling, real-life stories of average people who have achieved extraordinary results. Please take my advice and only buy this book if you want to be able to look back in twelve months and say, 'Now that was my best year ever!'"--John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and leadership expert
"Let's be honest . . . resolutions just don't work. That's why a lot of gyms are empty and even more budgets are blown by Valentine's Day every year. If you really want things to change over the next twelve months, look at what Your Best Year Ever has to say--then do what it says."--Dave Ramsey, bestselling author; nationally syndicated radio show host
"Michael has been a trusted friend and guide of mine for a long time. This is a playbook for success in the relationships, endeavors, and beautiful ambitions you have for yourself and the ones you love the most."--Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author, Love Does
"For more than a decade, I've known Michael as a successful leader and entrepreneur. Now in Your Best Year Ever he shares the simple, proven system he uses to achieve his most important goals. This book can help you achieve even more than you thought possible."--Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Community Church; author, Visioneering
"There are many people who talk about goals, but listen to Michael. He grounds this advice in sound research. A great guide."--Dr. Henry Cloud, psychologist; New York Times bestselling author
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The book takes you through three 5 Steps:
1. Overcome any doubts you might have about experiencing your best year ever.
2. Get closure on the past.
3. A 7-part framework for setting goals.
4. Find Your “Why”.
5. Take action with three tactics.
The author states that our beliefs play a significant part in how we approach life. The greater the number of setbacks we’ve experienced in life, the less likely we are to believe we can prevail. Both positively and negatively, your beliefs have tremendous impact on your experience of life. Recognizing that fact is the first stage in experiencing your best year ever.
A limiting belief is a misunderstanding of the present that shortchanges the future. However, you don’t have to be confined by limited beliefs. Instead, you can exchange them for liberating truths, and he provides a six-step process to help you do that. The author tells us that whatever our circumstances, we have the power to pursue a better future.
After limiting beliefs, the next most common barrier we encounter is the past. If we are going to experience our best year ever, we need to harness the power of what he refers to as backward thinking. Unless we learn from our experiences, we can’t grow.
The author addresses the important subject of our regrets. He states that when it comes to experiencing your best year ever, we can leverage our regrets to reveal opportunities we would otherwise miss. Regret is a powerful indicator of future opportunity.
He addresses resiliency, gratitude and writing down our goals. He states that he’s never met anyone who wins at very much for very long without resiliency. Gratitude is fundamental for achieving our goals. He writes that you will never have more of what you want until you become thankful for what you have. He states that committing your goals to writing is foundational.
The author shares some very helpful information about goals. Many are familiar with SMART goals. The author introduces us to the SMARTER model:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Actionable
R – Risky
T – Time-Keyed
E – Exciting
R – Relevant
Goals are fundamentally about what you’re going to do. They are not just about what you accomplish. It’s about what you become.
The author suggests that you should limit yourself to seven to ten goals that align with your life, values and ambitions. You should use a mixture of what he refers to as achievement (focused on one-time accomplishments) and habit (regular, ongoing activity) goals. You should set a few per quarter so that you can space your effort out evenly throughout the year. Your LifeScore will help you in crafting a set of goals that are aligned with your personal growth path. You should include goals from several different LifeScore domains.
The author introduces us to three zones for goals – Comfort, Discomfort and Delusional. For a goal to stretch us it has to stand outside your Comfort Zone. Your best year ever lives somewhere beyond your Comfort Zone. You should set goals in the Discomfort Zone. Goals in this zone will challenge, and result in your best performance, while goals in the Delusional Zone will leave you frustrated and discouraged. While we should set goals in the Discomfort Zone, the way to tackle a goal is to start with a task in the Comfort Zone. You should tackle your easiest task first.
In introducing the concept of our “why”, he writes that people lose their way when they lose their why. Next to finding your why, mastering your motivation is key for developing the necessary persistence to make it through what he refers to as the messy middle.
If you expect to experience your best year ever, you must take action. Activation Triggers are simple statements or actions that streamline the process of reaching our goals.
You should regularly review your goals and motivations. He suggests daily, weekly and quarterly reviews.
He discusses the importance of intentional relationships in achieving our goals, using an illustration on how J.R.R. Tolkien was encouraged by C.S. Lewis to write his book The Lord of the Rings.
He writes about the importance of celebrating your wins. Celebrating validates your work and is a key component of living a full, meaningful life.
He tells us that the future is in our hands, but only if we act today.
The book began as an online course. It includes many interesting stories, such as the author’s goal of running a marathon. As I read the book, I thought of goals I wanted to achieve in 2018, such as finishing a book I’ve started on integrating faith and work. The book also includes a lot of good information from research studies.
The practical book is best to read with a pen and notebook handy. A detailed “Action Plan” is included for each step. Helpful goal-setting templates are provided. Highly recommended.
This book is for people who are ready to challenge their mindset, put the past in its proper place, fuel their future, renew their purpose and take some serious action. At then end of each chapter are simple templates to prioritize and plan out your next steps. When the book is all said and done you just follow the plan!
I love the stories and research that make the goals that were once lofty feel both attainable and realistic. My favorite part of the book was the difference between "the discomfort zone" and "the delusional zone". I'm also a huge fan of the artwork and the summary quotes in the book!
Whether you are a Michael Hyatt fan, or new to his tribe - this book won't disappoint. I've been following his work for years and I feel like I learned lots of new, actionable things that will make a difference. I'm excited that I received an advance copy so that I could dive into this right away.
One quote that I have hanging in my office from the book is, "People lose their way when they lose their why." If you want your WHY and your WAY to meet up, then just follow Michael Hyatt to Your Best Year Ever. It's an easy read that paves the way to a jourey to make a dream life become a reality.
If that isn’t enough of a recommendation for you to order this book right now here are a few of the benefits I have gotten from this book already.
1. Michael is clear with his approach. He does a great job of making clear what and how you can take action on the step by step process he lays out.
2. He uses practical and current examples. I love that this book comes after tens of thousands of people have gone through his online course enabling him to use examples from alumni that apply practically to real world situations.
3. Nothing is oversimplified or sugar-coated. For me acknowledging struggles will happen along the way is key to having the persistence to continue. Then connecting that to the fact that failing doesn’t mean I can never do it, it is simply an opportunity to learn what I need to change to succeed.
4. Helping you find your motivation. Michael helps define how to find your motivation and how to tap into applying it to your situation to maximize your success. This is vital in moving from simply writing down goals to taking action on the goals you hold most valuable for the upcoming year!
If you have been looking for a book to help you move the mark and succeed at what is most important to you in work, family and life this is it. Applying the process and using the templates in this book will help you move from thinking about what you want to do to getting it done. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am.
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