Where did 2018 go? It is hard to believe that 2018 will be history in a short 25 days.
2018 was a great year for me. My net business profit increased by 46%. My first book will be published in September 2019 (with a second book available in the spring of 2020). I have spent more fun time with my wife Karen and our 6 (almost 7!) grandkids than ever. And I am having more fun than I deserve! Each of these started as a goal set at the beginning of 2018.
It was my best year ever. What about you? How many of your 2018 goals were you able to see completed?
Achieving these goals would not have been possible without a system. For the last few years, I have taken time in early January to review the past year and think about what I want to accomplish by the end of the coming year. It is hard and at the same time a rewarding process.
Traditional Goal Setting Doesn’t Work
Thinking about what I want to achieve in the new year and strategizing on how to get there is deceptively tricky.
Fortunately, help is available. My friend Michael Hyatt is one of the best persons I know at setting, following, tracking, and achieving his personal and business goals. For several years I have enrolled in and actively used Michael’s Best Year Ever book and other online content to guide me through the process.
Like many of you, I seemed to struggle to set my goals and then follow through on the daily, weekly, and quarterly steps necessary to achieve my goals. I continue to realize how important it is to not only establish goals but to have a process in place to follow through on achieving those goals.
Michael has told me that he has completely updated the Best Year Ever content for 2019 and I want to give you an opportunity to check it out. As part of rolling out of the new course, he has created several free resources that will help as you begin your 2019 planning process.
For the last two years, I took the additional step of participating in the Business Accelerator Workshop. The members of this group meet in person four times during the year for an additional full day of in-depth training with Michael. We also take time to review our goals, measure our progress, celebrate our successes with each other, and find encouragement to keep at it when it gets hard. It has been a wonderful experience, and I will be participating again in 2019.
You have no doubt heard the business adage…
“What you don’t measure, you can’t improve.”
It’s certainly true in business, sports, and science, but what about other areas of your life? How do you measure progress in your life? With work or business, it might be a little more comfortable because we could use our income. But what about our health, or our relationships, or our intellectual and spiritual growth?
Michael and his team have created a great tool that will help you measure where you stand in each of these areas. It is called the LifeScore™ Assessment, and it allows you to measure progress in your life and work in less than 10 minutes — and you can get it free for a limited time.
Once you discover your LifeScore, you can quickly see opportunities for growth and what is working well. It’s the perfect way to measure progress in your life. There’s also a quick video tutorial that explains how to use the tool. You will get access once you submit your email address.
Michael will also be hosting a webinar: “How to Set Goals that Stick in 2019: 5 Proven Strategies to Overcome Goal Failure” that will be available in the next week. You can sign up to attend the webinar series (they are free) by clicking here.
If you access the LifeScore Assessment listed above, you will also receive an email notification with the dates and times the webinar will be available. At the end of the webinar, you will be provided with an opportunity to sign-up for the full digital course. Michael always has incredible bonuses for webinar attendees, even just for showing up! For that reason alone, it is worth signing up.
I also understand that most of you reading will not be interested in paying to enroll in the course. However, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of Michael’s free material (the assessment and Webinar series) as a way to stimulate your thinking as you make your 2019 goals and plans. And, if you do sign up, please let me know so I can help you celebrate your success.
Remember, what gets measured gets done. I hope that when you look back on 2019 in a year, you will be able to say it was your Best Year Ever!
What process do you use to plan for the new year?