The Power of Sharing Your Goals With Others

An individual’s goals are very personal. In fact, a well thought out goal hints at the person’s vulnerability and deepest desires. Not only do goals reflect a person’s desires, goals also have the incredible power to change a person’s life – if executed well of course.

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However, due to the nature of such goals, people have a tendency to keep their goals and visions to themselves. But, there is great power in goal sharing.

The Power of Goal Sharing

Sharing your goals in life with others is an important success principle.

Have you ever wondered why weight loss apps encourage individuals to connect with other users, to post their weight loss goals, and their successes?

Studies show that men and women who publicly shared their weight loss goals lost more weight than those who didn’t.

This phenomenon applies to other goals too – not just weight loss related goals.

The truth is that your chance of actually achieving your goals is greatly increased when you share it with others for the following reasons:

1. You Gain Clarity

You gain more clarity about your goal and how to achieve it. In speaking your goal out loud, conversations with others may help you clarify and sharpen your goal.

Perhaps you knew you always wanted to apply to culinary school, but your friend is able to help you hone in on which specialty is best suited for you.

2. You Receive Accountability

Speaking it makes it real. Maybe your goal was written in a diary for over a year, or even longer.

Sharing your goal with a friend or family member makes the goal more real and no longer just a note in a journal.

Now, others can hold you accountable by asking you about the progress you’ve made towards reaching your goal.

If you want to be able to positively respond to those questions, you’ll quickly be motivated to take action and stay on track.

Here’s a related video that talks about how to set life goals.

What is an Accountability Partner?

Often, the term accountability partner is tossed around in the gyms or weight loss programs, but an accountability partner can help you reach any goal, fitness-related or not.

Having someone hold you accountable for your goal is an effective way to ensure that you actually reach your goal.

Accountability first and foremost can increase your motivation.

No goal can ever be met without self-motivation on your part, but unfortunately, motivation does not always come in abundance.

Sometimes we can supply our own internal motivation, but sometimes, especially during the most difficult parts of the journey, we need external support and motivation.

External motivation from a friend, who knows what you have committed yourself to, can come in the form of positive reinforcement and encouragement.

How to Choose an Accountability Partner

So who should you choose as an accountability partner?

The answer to this varies dramatically based on your circumstances and your goals.

Accountability can come from family members, friends with similar goals, colleagues at work, mentors, coaches, or personal advisors.

In fact, no matter what you do in life and no matter what your goal is, having a personal advisor is critical to being successful in meeting your goals.

It’s not always easy for people to share their most intimate visions or personal goals.

Do you share your goals with others?

If not, what is holding you back?

Sometimes individuals hold back because they are embarrassed about their goals.

They are afraid that others will mock their goal or say they are unrealistic. Of course, that could technically happen, but you don’t need to feel embarrassed if someone mocks your goals.

As long as your goals are well-planned and important to you, that is what matters. If someone does belittle your goals, then he or she is not the right accountability partner for you.

Look for support elsewhere.

Sometimes the fear of competition holds us back.

Have you ever heard of artists or musicians afraid to share their work because they don’t want others to steal the idea or compete with it?

Don’t let fear of competition stop you. Instead, focus on the benefits you’ll get from sharing with others.

Maybe you don’t share your goal because you think people won’t understand.

For instance, a teenager might not want to tell her parents she wants to join the army because she thinks she won’t get it.

However, through honest and open conversations, it is possible to share your goal and the reasons why you feel so passionately about your goal.

Connecting with other people allows them to gain clearer insight into you and your goals, which opens up the possibility of their support.

If you haven’t shared your vision or your goals with others, think carefully about what is holding you back. What can you do to overcome those obstacles?

Who is the best person that can act as an accountability partner for you? Tell them your goals, and ask for their support in keeping you on track. Leave a message in the comments if goal sharing has helped you.

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5 Tips to Get New Clients for Coaching, Consulting & Training

Business is booming these days for personal business coaches and trainers as more and more people begin to realize the benefits of having an expert help them improve their mindset and more quickly reach their personal and professional goals. Still, as with any business, knowing exactly how to get clients as a coach or trainer isn’t as simple as hanging up your sign and expecting them to come pouring in.

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To succeed as a coach or a trainer, you’re going to have to learn how to find and enroll new clients.

To help you with this I’d like to give you five tips for how to find new clients and customers:

You might have heard it said that success is not about what you know but who you know.

And while this is not entirely true, it is very important.

In an industry such as coaching that is driven by personal connections and relationships, effective networking goes a long way in helping you find new clients.

1. Go to Events and Network

Get out of your home and go to events where success-driven people gather and go to events where your fellow coaches and trainers gather as well.

You don’t have to be overtly marketing yourself the whole time, but take time to get to know the people there and forming connections with them.

In many cases, these connections can later turn into new clients in a variety of ways you might not even have anticipated.

My friend Ivan Misner, the Founder and former CEO of BNI, Business Network International, and author of Networking Like a Pro, says that networking consists of three steps or stages: Visibility, Credibility, and Profitability.

First, you have to show up and be seen. Introduce yourself to people.

The second step of successful networking is credibility.

You gain that by contributing something of value to the other person, often by making a promise and keeping it.

Ask people what they are working on at the moment or what their biggest challenge is at the moment, and then later you can refer them to a resource like a good book, or send them an article or introduce them to someone that can help them.

Once you have credibility in their eyes, then you can ask them for referrals for your coaching or training business.

Here’s a great video on networking like a pro:

Join a Mastermind Group

Another great way to network is by forming or joining a mastermind group.

They are becoming increasingly easier to find, and should be an integral part of your business plan for getting started.

These groups and the advice that they offer are able to help you grow your coaching/training business in a number of ways, including finding new clients.

Join one if you have the opportunity, and learn everything you can from it. You can also form your own.

2. Make Use of Advertising

It’s worked for businesses for decades, and now, thanks to services such as Facebook Ads and Google AdWords, it’s more effective than ever.

The advantage that Facebook Ads, AdWords, and a few others bring to the table is that they allow for highly specific targeting.

Rather than paying to send your ad out to the masses, you only have to pay to send it out to those that you have already identified as your target market.

If you’ve managed to carve out any sort of niche with your coaching and training business, this can be especially useful for gathering qualified leads that you can later convert into paying clients.

3. Offer a Loss Leader

My third tip for beginning to build a coaching practice is one I learned from David Wood, a very successful coach and trainer of coaches.  It’s amazingly simple and amazingly effective.

You start by making a list of everyone in your life who has contributed to your success in any way—colleagues, teachers, mentors, friends, people at your church temple or mosque, past customers and clients.

Then you call them and say that you really appreciate the difference they have made in your life and that you have just become a coach, and as a way of thanking them for their contribution, you’d like to offer them a free coaching session.

In my experience and the experience of my students, almost everyone says yes, and then many of them, assuming you have provided real value in that coaching call or session, you can ask them if they would like to continue and do some more session, and if they say yes, you now have a new client.

In the business world, this is known as a loss leader. You are taking a loss on the first session or a sale item in a retail store, to gain a future stream of income.

You can also do this if you have a mailing list of any kind by offering a free group coaching call or webinar on a particular topic, such as how to lose weight, or how to become aware of and release the unconscious limiting beliefs you have that are holding you back in life.

The key is to make it available to the first 20 or 30 people that sign up, so you create an urgency and exclusivity to the event with the promise of some individual interaction.  

4. Enroll New Clients Wherever You Are

I learned this from one of my friends named Marcia Wieder. I consider her the Queen of Enrollment.  Here are a couple of her ideas that I have found useful.

#1: In order to be successful at anything, you need to connect deeply with what you care about.

And then communicate succinctly why they should care about it too. When talking to someone about your work, offer them a compelling invitation for them to join you.

The emphasis is on inviting. You have to offer them something they can participate in. The compelling part usually has to do with a sense of urgency around the offer, — which is usually around timing and a special price and scarcity.

But it always has to be the truth.

She once told me she is enrolling new clients all the time everywhere she is—even at the checkout counter of the supermarket or in line at Starbucks.

She strikes up a conversation with the person in from or in back of her and at some point asks the question: “Do you have a dream that matters to you?”

If they answer yes, she asks them more about it and tells them briefly how she can help them.

If they answer no, she mentions that people with passion and dreams live longer, happier lives, and then enrolls them in wanting a dream… that she can help them find and create.

Obviously, this question will work at any event you might be attending as well.

If you’re attending the right events, networking with the right crowds, and really just interacting with curiosity and a passion for what you are offering people, opportunities for telling people about your coaching practice or training are going to be everywhere.

You just need to be ready for these opportunities and capitalize on them when they do present themselves.

5. Create a Great Elevator Pitch

You need to create a great elevator pitch – a short, 20-30 second pitch of your services that lasts about the same amount of time as an elevator ride.

Practice this pitch, hone away the parts that aren’t necessary, and learn to highlight the parts that seem to get people’s attention.

If you can pin down a great elevator pitch, you’ll be able to spark the interest of potential clients when the opportunity arises and convince them to give you their contact information.

In some cases, you may even be able to get them to sign up for your services right there on the spot.

Never just answer the question, “What do you do?” with, “I am a coach” or “I am a trainer.”

It tells people nothing.

Craft a statement that tells people in a compelling way who you work with, and how you serve them.

You want the statement to cause people to say, “How do you do that?”

My elevator pitch is this: 

“I help authors, coaches, trainers, and entrepreneurs double their income while at the same time doubling their time off in two years or less.”

At first, finding new clients can be one of the most difficult parts of running a coaching or training business.

The real secret of how to find new customers and clients is that it takes consistent effort over time, but the effort is worth it because you get to make a significant difference in the lives of many people.

Which one of the methods I’ve shared with you today to get more clients for your coaching business will you try? Let me know in the comments. If you want to learn how you can start your own training business, click the button below to watch my free training webcast.

3 Big Reasons to Join Me for One Day to Greatness

Every single person is born with the potential for greatness.

But sadly, most of us go through our entire lives without ever recognizing our own potential or achieving anything close to greatness.

We stay in jobs we hate because leaving a “sure thing” to go after a more exciting opportunity seems too risky. We fritter our time away arguing with people on social media instead of writing the books we’ve always longed to write. We stay in relationships that don’t fulfill us… say “no” to anything that will push us out of our comfort zone… and avoid exploring the most important question of our lives:

“What do I truly, passionately, deeply desire to DO?”

I don’t want you to get stuck in this kind of rut – always settling for “good enough”

instead of unleashing the greatness inside of you and creating a life of deeper joy purpose, and fulfillment.

Because the world needs more great people – now more than ever.  

When more people are achieving their dreams and showing up in the world in a more inspiring and impactful way, they motivate the people around them to do the same – to aim higher, get better results, and experiencing more happiness and meaning in what they do.

… And that means a better world for everyone!  

WHAT DOES “GREATNESS” LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Only you can answer this.

  •   What kind of life do you want to live?
  •   How do you want to spend your time?
  •   Who and what do you want to surround yourself with?
  •   What kind of purpose and meaning do you want your life to have?
  •   At the end of the day, what do you want to be able to look back on and say, “I’m so happy and grateful I did that!”?

These are big questions… probably the most important you’ll ever ask yourself. But when you get clear on the answers and then take action to create a life that fulfills your vision, that is what greatness is all about!

The good news is, you don’t have to find the answers by yourself.

I have made it my life’s purpose to help others discover their own potential for greatness and create lives that fill them with joy, purpose, and fulfillment.

That’s why I created One Day to Greatness – so I could help as many people as possible unlock their full potential and gain the clarity they need to make their dreams a reality – in a single, life-changing day.

And I would love to do the same for you!

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

Here are 3 great reasons why you should do whatever it takes to join me at One Day to Greatness this fall:

1. You’ll discover what you’re capable of

It’s more than you think – guaranteed. And once you fully comprehend your own  potential for greatness, you will feel compelled to develop that potential and use it to achieve incredible things in your life.

2. You’ll gain clarity on your purpose

You were put here for a reason. Don’t you think it’s time to discover what it is?

3. You’ll leave inspired, energized, and motivated to make your dreams a reality.

It’s time to stop spinning your wheels or heading off in too many directions at once.

In just one unforgettable day with me, you will gain valuable new insight, let go of old habits that no longer serve you, and leave empowered to reach a level of personal and professional success greater than anything you have ever experienced.

And this year I’m bringing this intensive one-day workshop to four brand-new cities across the country. So if you’ve never had the chance to experience this event because it’s always been too far away, maybe this fall is your time to finally make it happen!

Discover which cities I’ll be visiting here.

WHAT WILL YOUR EXPERIENCE LOOK LIKE?

My One Day to Greatness tour is one of the best experiences of my year.

I love visiting new cities and meeting new friends and old…

… and looking into the audience and seeing face after face light up as they experience powerful a-ha’s and truth about themselves.

It’s amazing to see them experience one big epiphany after another…

… and finish the day energized to show up in the world in a different way – and do what it takes to make their dreams a reality.

(Plus there are always so many great hugs!)

BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW AND GET A 2ND TICKET FREE

For a limited time, when you buy one general admission ticket you will get a second one at no extra cost – which means you and a friend can attend for only $149 each!

(Normally people spend a minimum of $700/day to attend one of my workshops, so you can see this is a huge bargain!)

We also have a limited number of VIP seats (at 50% off) that guarantee the best seats in the house, as well as the VIP Seminar Package and event recordings that allow you to revisit the success strategies you’ll be learning during our day together whenever you’d like.

These early-bird deals won’t be around forever… so if you’d like to spend the day with me in person – and discover what you’re truly capable of achieving – join me for One Day to Greatness this fall.

Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.  

Get Motivated By Learning the Importance of Taking Action

There’s an enduring axiom of success that says,“The Universe rewards action, not thought.” Yet as simple as this principle seems, it’s surprising how many people get bogged down in the analyzing, planning and organizing stages when what they really need to do is to simply take action.

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“What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” – John Ruskin

When you take action, not only do additional resources come your way, but you get feedback that helps you adjust your course and refine your approach.

In my seminars, I conduct a very illustrative exercise. I hold up a $100 bill and ask participants if any of them would like to have it.  I stand in front of the room, and wait until they “get it.” 

Usually, after several seconds, someone jumps out of their seat and rushes forward to pluck the $100 bill out of my hand. I then tell the rest of the audience that they, too, could have been the one to get the money if only they had taken action.

The Importance of Taking Action

The truth is, while most of us know a lot about earning money, making things happen and bringing about change in the world, only a surprising few get to have all the abundance, glory and satisfaction this world has to offer—simply because they are the select few who consistently take action.

Taking action is the one thing that separates the winners from the non-winners…the haves from the have-nots…and the high achievers from the everyday people.

Perhaps you’ve already seen someone create a big win in their life, only to grumble to yourself, I could have done that. Or perhaps you’ve watched as a co-worker launched a new project that included your ideas—only to conclude that you stood by while they took action.

How to Start Taking Action

The simple fact remains that, in life, we are not rewarded for what we know, but for what we do.

Of course, many people don’t take action because they’re fearful of the consequences. 

Perhaps they feel they don’t have permission or perhaps they’re more afraid of failure than they are of success.

Successful people realize that failure is an important part of the learning process. They know that failure is just a way we learn by trial an error. Not only do we need to stop being so afraid of failure, we need to be willing to fail.  I call this kind of instructive failure “failing forward.” 

Simply get started, make mistakes, listen to the feedback, correct and keep moving forward toward the goal.

Of course, one major benefit of taking action is that it’s a key factor in putting The Law of Attraction to work in your life. 

Step 1: You have to ask for what you want.

Step 2: You have to believe it will come about

Step 3: You have to create a vibrational or emotional match in order to receive the results when they come your way.

When you’re in action—doing research, connecting with people, finding ways to accomplish a goal—you are sending a powerful signal to the Universe that you expect and anticipate meeting that goal or enjoying that experience soon.

After all, you wouldn’t be doing all that work if you didn’t expect to be living that new life sometime soon, would you?

How to Learn to Take Action: The Rule of 5

A powerful strategy to get you in action and keep you in action is something I call The Rule of 5.

Here it is:

Every day, do five things that will move you closer to your goal – 5 concrete action steps.

If you’re self-employed, do five things to grow your business.

If you want a promotion at your job, do five things a day to improve your skills and knowledge so you’ll be eligible to be promoted.

Even if you accomplish just 5 things each week, that’s more than most people do in a month to achieve their dreams.

I remember back when I was building my speaking career, I would send 5 letters a day to school districts and program directors for educator conferences for teachers, counselors and school administrators.

And later, when Chicken Soup for the Soul was published, I would send out 5 books a day to companies who could hire me to speak at their next industry event or sales meeting.

Practice your “5 Things a Day” habit and after three weeks – not only will you have taken major action toward your life goals, you will have developed a new habit of being pro-active in creating your future.

Without action, nothing happens. So to help you get into action, I want to invite you to tune in to my webcast, which will teach you how to set and accomplish your biggest goals and create the life you want. I’ll teach you how to create awareness for where you want to go, see the big picture, and create an action plan to get there.

How to Overcome the Fears That You Create

Fear is the single biggest thing that holds us back. Overcoming fear is an essential step in achieving our goals and dreams.

“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s one of most common reasons people procrastinate on taking action toward their goals. We fear failure, or rejection, or being embarrassed, or disappointing or angering other people, or getting hurt. So we play it safe and avoid taking risks or trying new things.

Fear is natural. But where does it come from?

The answer is that it comes from US – from our own minds and imagination. it’s important to remember that, as humans, we’ve evolved to the stage where almost all of our fears are now self-created.

We scare ourselves by imagining negative outcomes to any activities we pursue or experience. But just because we imagine these things happening, that doesn’t mean they WILL happen, or that they will be as painful as we think.

That’s why psychologists like to say that fear stands for “Fantasized Experiences Appearing Real.”

Because fear is all about what MIGHT happen – not what WILL happen.

Overcoming Fear

The good news is, since we are the root source of our fears, that means we have the power to overcome them.

Instead of allowing ourselves to imagine a worst-case scenario and be a victim of our fears, we can take control of our own minds and consciously decide to visualize a best-case scenario instead.

Here’s a simple exercise to help you gain more control over your fears – and show you how unfounded they really are.

Make a List of the Things You Are Afraid to Do

These are not things you are afraid of, such as spiders, but instead, the things you are afraid to do, such as skydiving.

Your list might include things such as: leaving my job, going back to school, talking to my spouse about our relationship, asking for a raise, and so on.

Once you have completed your list, restate each fear in the following format:

I want to ____, and I scare myself by imagining ____.

For example:

I want to start my own business, and I scare myself by imagining that I would go bankrupt and lose my house.

Or:

I want to talk to my husband about our relationship, and I scare myself by imagining that if he knew how I really felt and what I really wanted, he would leave me.

By completing this statement for all of the things we are afraid to do, you can see how you are the one creating your fears by imagining negative outcomes in the future.

Take More Control Over Fears

I want you to take the last part of that statement – the fearful outcome you imagined – and transform it into something positive.

For example:

“Instead of scaring myself by imagining that I will go bankrupt and lose my house, I will work hard to do whatever it takes to make my business a success.”

Or:

“Instead of scaring myself by imagining that my husband will leave me, I will work with him to cultivate greater love and intimacy in our relationship.”

Do you see how each of these statements flips the fear on its head and transforms it into a powerful positive vision?

I encourage you to try this for yourself – and transform all of your fears into empowering visions of success!

7 Strategies to Move Past Fears

After you complete this exercise, you will still experience fear from time to time. It’s part of being human. But to help you in the process of overcoming fear faster, I have seven strategies to share with you today:

1. Become More Aware of Your Thoughts

Thoughts produce emotions – so if you want to change how you feel, change your thoughts. Whenever you feel fear, retrace your mental steps and observe what you were thinking.

What thoughts led to your feelings of fear? Once you identify them, it will be easier to resolve them.

2. Choose More Positive Thoughts

You can’t rid yourself of negative thoughts simply by not thinking them. The Law of Replacement dictates that you can’t replace something with nothing – you have to replace it with something else.

So when you notice yourself experiencing a negative, fear-producing thought, replace it with a positive thought instead – like I did in the exercise I just showed you.

For example, if you want to become a best-selling author, be on the lookout for thoughts like, “What if publishers reject my manuscript?

Instead, visualize what will happen when a publisher DOES accept your manuscript and agrees to bring your book to market.

3. Notice the Physical Effects of Fearful Thoughts

Observe the physical sensations you experience when you think a fearful thought. You may feel fear as a sinking feeling in your stomach, a tightening in your shoulders and chest, or an elevated heart rate.

Notice what you feel and then consciously replace them with sensations you’d rather be experiencing.

Focus on how positive emotions, such as peace and joy, show up your body – as a rush of warmth or a tingle of delight. Imagine yourself experiencing those sensations instead, and your fears will be neutralized.

4. Use Positive Affirmations

Utilize affirmations to create a more positive, success-oriented mindset. Affirmations are powerful statements that describe the reality you want to create – and they are a powerful antidote to fear.

Here’s how they work: Imagine the reality you would like to create then form a positive statement that describes it as already being achieved. For example: “I am so happy and grateful now that I am a New York Times bestselling author.”

By stating it as already being achieved, you create a tension between what you are saying and experiencing physically, and what your mind knows to be true.

Your subconscious doesn’t like this tension and will begin to work overtime to resolve it, prompting you to take more action and become more aware of resources that will help you achieve your goal.

As you practice your daily affirmations, you may find yourself thinking, “What if this doesn’t work?”  If that happens, I encourage you to ask yourself instead,

“What if this does work?”

“Why will this work?”

“How will it work?”

By shifting your questions to focus more on action and solutions, you will find it easier to maintain your forward momentum.

5. Charge Your Visualizations with Powerful Positive Emotions

Take this affirmation for example:

I am so happy and grateful now that I am a New York Times bestselling author.”

When you include a positive emotion in the statement – such as happiness or gratitude – you open yourself to experiencing that emotion in your body, giving your affirmation far more impact.

Just as the emotion of fear can paralyze you, intense positive emotions can motivate you toward greater success.

6. Be Realistic About Risk

A practical – and often overlooked – strategy for overcoming fear is to make sure you’re not risking more than you can afford to lose.

To grow and achieve greater success, you have to risk something. Just make sure that you can bear the loss if you don’t succeed the first time. My advice is to begin by taking on smaller challenges and work your way up.

If you want to start your business but you need a guaranteed income each month to pay your mortgage and stay out of debt, maybe run your business as a side gig until you have enough clients to quit your job for good.

If you’re starting your first job in sales, call on prospects or customers who will be the easiest to sell to. If you’re eager to take on new responsibilities at work, start by asking to do parts of a project you’re interested in.

If you want to run a marathon, start slowly with a simple “couch to 5K” app. Master the skills you need to learn, move through your fears, and then take on bigger challenges.

7. Celebrate Your Successes

You’ve overcome countless fears to become the person you are today, whether it was learning to ride a bike, driving a car, or kissing someone you liked for the first time. Taking risks and opening yourself to new experiences is always a little scary.

But when you face your fears and take action anyway, you build up confidence in your abilities.

The situation you’re facing now and how your fear is manifesting may be different than what you’ve experienced in the past, but you already know how to overcome your fears. You’ve spent a lifetime doing it! So I encourage you to follow Emerson’s advice and do the thing you fear.

It is the best possible way to grow as a person and achieve more success in life. Every successful person I know has been willing to take a leap of faith even though they were afraid. Because they knew that if they didn’t act, the opportunity would pass them by.

Recognize Fear For What It Is: a mental trick your ego uses to protect you from the negative outcomes it imagines. You create your fear and you have the power to dissolve it as well.

Think about something that you’re afraid to do. Now replace that fear with:

 I want to ____, and I scare myself by imagining ____.

Then transform the second part of that statement into a more positive outcome by saying,

“Instead of scaring myself by imagining ____, I will ____.

Repeat that to yourself a few times and see how you feel.

Learn how to reclaim your happiness and reach your goals without feeling stress with my Positive Thinking Guide. Discover how to overcome negative thoughts and feelings with ease.

How are you overcoming fear today? I challenge you to do something that scares you today. Do you have any questions or comments? If so, leave a comment below!

How to Deal with Fear of Missing Out

Fear of missing out or FOMO affects everyone, harming personal happiness and hampering inspiration. The “fear of missing out” is an uneasy, often all-consuming, feeling of missing important events.

It can arise when a birthday party happens. It can surge when the weekend rolls around. It can pop up when the phone doesn’t ring. FOMO is the fear that results when you think your peers are having more fun than you.

It can stir up beliefs that you are not good enough. It comes from wondering if they’re experiencing life’s best face when your face isn’t around.

Truth be told, FOMO is a widely experienced phenomenon. You’re not alone. The problem is that it can lead to an obsession with social media, create high levels of anxiety and contribute to your happiness. While FOMO is experienced by lots and lots of us, it is totally beatable. If you’re caught in a FOMO cycle, you can break the chain.

Where Does FOMO Come From?

Fear of missing out can be caused by many things: an imbalance between your home and work life, loss of sleep, loss of autonomy or a deep need for more competence. At the end of the day, however, FOMO is derived from the fear of unhappiness. So, really, the fear of missing out is just that: fear.

Our mental and spiritual happiness isn’t derived solely from social happiness, but it’s certainly influenced by it. Being “in the know” feels good. Centuries ago, humans roamed from group to group, finding food sources, entertaining themselves and experiencing life to its fullest.

Understandably, this survival instinct isn’t as useful in modern society. Between work, school and home lifestyles, it can be difficult to consolidate one’s time.

Simultaneously, we’re working to consolidate and enhance communication between our fellow humans, keeping one another up to date on news, events and social interactions. As a result, it’s easy to slip through the cracks. It’s easy to feel a little left out sometimes.

Whether you read a newspaper, watch television, browse Facebook or skim Instagram, you’re likely engaging a slew of social-related information. It’s impossible to be present everywhere at once, but your mind might be attached to its obsolete need to be included and in the know.

How To Overcome Fear of Missing Out

Overcoming FOMO is a beautiful experience. Even in today’s fast-paced, highly digital society, it’s possible to disconnect. To do so, however, you’ll need to return to your body’s natural state.

Disconnecting from the digital world helps. As a result, your mind will revert to its natural state. Where inspiration is concerned, you’ll become less self-destructive due to pervasive—and inaccurate—thoughts about the world’s going-on.

I’m going to tell you how to beat FOMO:

The answer is to practice mindfulness.

Only 20 minutes is needed. Settle in, and let the negative thoughts pass. By practicing mindfulness through meditation or daily affirmations once per day, you can bring your mind’s FOMO urges down.

Remember: The digital world isn’t an accurate depiction of life. You—right here and now—are the only accurate observer. Take time to fully experience it!

Every so often, a wonderful, opportunity arises. What if you could make every moment wonderful? Great moments can be stumbled upon, but they can also be generated by your own thoughts, actions, and perceptions.

How You Spend Your Time Matters

Many people are unaware of how little their daily rituals matter. How you spend your hours is how you spend your years. Likewise, how you spend your years is how you spend a lifetime.

We’re comprised of our experiences. Wonderful memories and special moments can be a part of these experiences, too, if you let them in. Spend time with family members. Spend time with your friends. Rather than waiting for a vacation, savor all the small pieces which construct your day.

The fear of missing out can make you feel like you’re not participating in your own world. Fortunately, you can reallocate your attention to become more immersed. Pay attention to your surroundings.

Feel the moment…

If the opportunity for happiness arises, don’t turn it away. Embrace it.

True peace can be obtained when one withdraws their attention from the negative and tends to the positive.

How To Break The FOMO Loop

The FOMO loop might be strong, but it can be broken. Look around. What positive things might you be taking for granted? What would happen if they were taken away? The more you’re inclined to gratitude, the less likely you’ll be to lose inspiration, become anxious or become lonely.

Our world goes by quickly, and life can easily be taken for granted. This is why those who feel secure in their relationships aren’t compelled to feel ever-connected.

Sometimes, insulating yourself from the world’s many possibilities can result in a higher degree of gratification. Loosen your grip, and let things flow. You might be surprised by what happens next.

To learn more about the power of positive thinking, click the button below to download my free positive thinking guide. If you have thoughts or questions about how to overcome the fear of missing out, please comment below!

How to Lead a Successful Training Workshop

If you want to become a successful thought leader, author, speaker, or simply share your message with the world, you must understand how to lead a successful training workshop.

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I am going to share with you my very own process – what we call The Canfield Training Methodology for leading amazing, transformational workshops.

These are the exact workshop plans that I use every time I speak, whether it is for an hour or a weeklong training seminar.

First, I want you to think like you were building a house…

When you build a house, you have to start with a blueprint. You don’t just keep your vision of what you are going to build in your head right? If you have ever built a house, you know that would be an expensive mistake. You think about all the details, the size, the number of rooms, the layout, the overall feel you want to create and so on.

You need to do this same thing when you are designing the content for your workshop.

Start by determining what is the desired outcome you want for your attendees:

  • Is it to help them find their true purpose?
  • Improve their business?
  • Increase their income?
  • Learn a new skill?
  • Develop a new habit?

Determining the purpose will then help you determine who should attend, how many, and at what kind of location. And of course, it is important to know who your audience is so that you have relevant examples and stories they can relate to.

For example, if you are speaking to a women’s group, you probably don’t want to only use a bunch of sports analogies.

In my work, I use a pre-program questionnaire that is filled out by the workshop planner or the individual attendees, so I am clear on what outcome we are looking to create once the training is over.

Workshop Plans for Leading a Training

I’d like to share my workshop plans and ideas I use that provides me with the structure I need to stay on track and cover all of the key ingredients I have discovered that make a presentation clear, engaging, and memorable for your audience.

1. Engage the Audience

First, start by engaging the audience – Clarify your purpose and your goals for the seminar or talk.

What is the central purpose of your event or presentation? What do you want people to go away from the seminar knowing, experiencing, being or doing?

2. Set the Tone for the Day

Then set the tone for the day: Why this message is important to you – what I refer to is your WHY. What makes you so passionate about the what you are sharing with them. Tell them the story about how you became so committed to sharing this subject.  

The more open and transparent you are with the audience, the more connected and safe they will feel with you.

3. Tell a Funny Story

Tell a funny story, add cartoons into your presentation, or show a funny video.

comic from training workshop

No matter how serious your topic is, using humor is the best way to connect with your audience and get everyone relaxed.

4. Have an Icebreaker Activity

Next, I introduce an icebreaker activity, which is specifically designed to create a safe space and give you and the group a chance to bond quickly and efficiently.

It could be as short as a 90-second exercise, a short 5 to 10-minute game, or an hour filled with several short exercises done in a specific order to create a specific effect.

You can introduce an exercise to complete in small groups or simply have everyone stand up and walk around the room and share two things they are grateful for or why they chose to attend your presentation. Use your imagination and always demonstrate what you are asking them to do before you have them do it.

For example, if you are asking them to share a recent success they have had or to share one thing they hope to take away from the presentation today, tell them how you would answer that question before you have them do it. And again, be totally honest and transparent so the group gets to see you are human too! This builds huge levels of trust.

5. Introduce Your Concept

Now it’s time to give them what they came for. Introduce a concept or principle that will deliver on your promise to them and why it is important.

In my case, I typically start with the first principle in my book The Success Principles, which is Take 100% Responsibility for your Life and Your Results. This is the fundamental principle that everything else I teach stems from.

6. Share Research

After introducing the concept, create credibility by sharing any research, statistics and case studies that validate what you are teaching them.

7. Share a Story

Then drive your message home with a story to illustrate the concept. Stories are a great way to velcro your message or the concept you are teaching their long-term memory and stories keep your audience engaged. Everyone loves a good story. And it’s even better if it’s a story from your own life. That’s not always possible, but personal stories have the deepest impact.

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8. Follow Up With an Interactive Exercise

In order to appeal to all types of learners, I typically follow up with an interactive exercise or demonstration to drive the point home even deeper. I like to ask for a volunteer and invite them to come up on stage with me and do a demonstration for the whole group, which works best for shorter presentations and workshops.

Or I might have them fill out a worksheet and then get into groups and share their answers with each other while I walk around and help them. With some groups, I have them do a total group activity, like a meditation or a guided visualization.

Use Visual Aids When You Can

There are basically 3 types of learners – auditory, visual and kinesthetic. If you follow the formula we have been discussing plus some powerpoint or keynote slides, you will have accommodated all 3 types.

9. Debriefing Session

At the end of a workshop or shorter presentation, I like to rap it up with a debriefing session. You can do this by putting people in pairs, in a small group of three to six, or have a few people share their aha’s and awarenesses in front of the whole group. This also gives the participants the opportunity to ask questions if they are feeling stuck. If one person has a question, there’s almost always someone else who has that same question.

While you’re doing this, honor and celebrate the level of trust that has been established so far. It’s best to be impartial to their feedback in this part of the session. Don’t necessarily evaluate their ideas or contribute more, but definitely encourage their input.

10. Commit to Action

One more step: When everything has been reviewed, get everyone to commit to one action step they can take to get them closer to their goal – based on what they’ve just learned – and have them write it down!.

Lastly and very important – Make sure that you have a clear transition when you are moving from one concept or principle to another one.

11. Repeat for Your Next Concept

Once you have introduced your next principle or topic all you need to do is repeat the same steps again.

12. Leave Them Motivated

When you’ve reached the end of the training workshop, whether it is one hour or a full day have a final closure exercise and wrap it up with a powerful story that will have them leaving motivated and inspired, ready to go from where they started to where they want to be!

That’s how you think like a trainer and lead a compelling and engaging training seminar! If your goal is to become a trainer and you’d like to know how to become a trainer for virtually anything, click the button below to sign up for a free webinar about training others.

Feel free to modify this workshop plan I have provided above to make your training workshop your own.

If you have any questions about running a successful training workshop leave a comment below and I’ll follow up with you. 

 

Start Your Day Off Right With The Hour of Power

The morning is the most important time of the day. If you spend an hour a day to do these three things you will be happier in life, healthier, and more motivated than you’ve ever felt.

hour of powerI call this my hour of power. Every morning I wake up and I spend 60 minutes doing three things. They’ve helped contribute to a lot of my success.

So what is this Hour of Power exactly?

It’s a full hour that is broken up into three 20-minute sessions:

  • 20 minutes of exercise
  • 20 minutes of meditation
  • 20 minutes of reading (positive, uplifting material)

The benefits of doing just these 3 things are great.

The Benefits of the Hour of Power

1. Exercise

Simply by meditating you’ll make better decisions, have better mental health, energy, and focus. Reading something positive every day ensures that you are always learning and growing, along with increasing your focus. Exercise, even if you are taking a walk or stretching for 20 minutes will make a huge difference in your overall health and longevity.

You can switch the order of the 3 activities and you can also choose what hour of the day you’d like to reserve for your personal Hour of Power. I usually schedule my Hour of Power for the first hour I’m awake in the morning.  This really jumpstarts my day and allows me to feel energized, focused, and engaged.

And each day, I change my routine a tiny bit….One day I might exercise by taking a 20-minute walk around my neighborhood. The next day I might jog on the treadmill. Whatever type of exercise you choose to do is fine; what’s most important is that you commit to doing it!

2. Meditation

The same goes for the meditation portion of the hour.  There are so many amazing meditation resources out there for everyone.  I’ve created a free e-book on a 4-step meditation technique that is perfect for beginners. The most important thing is to find one that you feel connected to and spend 20 minutes really grounding yourself.  

And remember, you don’t need to be in a remote cave in India to meditate, although that would be pretty cool!.  You can meditate almost anywhere….in your home, at a park, at the beach or a lake.  

Again, go with your internal guidance and find a place that you feel calm and present in, and use those 20 minutes to feed your mind, body, and soul.

3. Reading

And last but not least, the third portion of your Hour of Power is 20 minutes of reading.  Get your hands on positive, uplifting material – it could be from an online magazine, a book, journals or articles.  

But again, find something that excites you and that you’ll look forward to reading.  By reading positive material, your subconscious will become emerged in the affirmative, which helps you to remain in that positive state throughout the day.

I want to leave you with some homework after watching this video. I’d suggest test-driving the Hour of Power for 30 days. After 30 days, see what worked well and what didn’t. Try moving your hour to different times of the day.  Did having your Hour of Power in the morning work better for you than having it at night?

Remember, you can always change the terms of your hour. It is YOUR Hour of Power.

But have fun with it.  And know that it’s extremely effective in centering you, uplifting you, and helping you create a powerful, positive day.

Learn how to meditate with this free 4-Step Meditation Guide.

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My “101 Lifetime Goals” List (And Why You Should Have One, Too)

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If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals. –Lou Holtz

Personal Goals: My “101 Lifetime Goals” list (and why you should have one, too)

Experts on the science of success know that the brain is a goal-seeking organism.  Whatever personal goals you give to your subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve them.

However, one goal isn’t good enough. Some goals take longer to achieve than others – and if you spend years working toward only one objective, you’re likely to get discouraged when it doesn’t happen right away.

But when you have a long list of goals you’d like to achieve, you have more to strive for, and more opportunities to check those goals off your list. And the rush you feel every time you check one of those goals off the list will inspire you to accomplish even more of them!

What goals do YOU want to achieve in your lifetime?

Make a list of 101 goals you’d like to achieve in your life. Be as specific as possible. Include details such as when they will happen, where they will happen, how much you’ll make, what model you’ll buy, what size it will be, and so on.

Keep your goals somewhere you can review them often. You might want to put them on a deck of 3”x5” cards you shuffle through every morning, on a poster or piece of paper you hang on the wall beside your computer, or in a book you read each night before you fall asleep. By keeping them top of mind, you’ll be more likely to make them a reality.

And every time you achieve one of your goals, check it off the list and celebrate what you’ve managed to accomplish in your life!

Here’s my list – and examples of the goals I’ve achieved so far are in bold font.

For inspiration, check out the list of goals that I committed to achieving before I die:

Travel
I will travel to the following places:

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Paris, France
  4. London, England
  5. New Zealand
  6. India
  7. Bali
  8. Tahiti
  9. Nepal
  10. Tibet
  11. Turkey
  12. Africa (Morocco and Cameroon so far)
  13. Israel
  14. Russia
  15. Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia
  16. Vacation on a Greek Isle

(I have now traveled to more than 50 countries, and conducted seminars or given speeches in 47 of them.)

 I will visit and see the following sights:

  1. Disneyworld
  2. Epcott Center
  3. The Eiffel Tower
  4. The Vatican
  5. The Great Wall of China
  6. The Taj Mahal
  7. The Great Pyramids
  8. Machu Pichu
  9. The Terracotta Soldiers of Xian, China

Adventure
I will:

  1. Go fishing in the Northwest Territories
  2. Climb on a glacier in Alaska
  3. Go on a safari in Africa
  4. Become a certified scuba diver
  5. Snorkel in Hawaii
  6. Learn to sail
  7. Skydive
  8. Ride in a hot air balloon
  9. Go on a river-rafting trip
  10. Go kayaking
  11. Attend Vic Braden’s tennis camp (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  12. Fly in a glider
  13. Dive in a submarine
  14. Learn to windsurf
  15. Learn to ski
  16. Ski black diamond level (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  17. Ski Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Sun Valley & Jackson Hole
  18. Ski in Europe (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  19. Explore all 5 of Hawaii’s islands
  20. Swim with the dolphins
  21. Go to the Super Bowl
  22. Go to the Rose Bowl
  23. Go to the Final Four College Basketball Championships
  24. Go to the Olympics
  25. Take one of my sons to the Olympics

Personal Achievements

  1. Appear on the Phil Donahue Show (deleted because it is no longer airing, but I have appeared on the Larry King Show, Fox and Friends, The Today Show and Good Morning America, as well as more than 100 other television shows and more than 700 radio shows)
  2. Appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show (I also appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday this past year.)
  3. Write a best selling book (61 best-sellers so far)
  4. Make one million dollars in one year ($20 million best year so far, plus $20 million one year when we sold one of my companies)
  5. Golf 18 holes under 90 (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  6. Run a 10k race
  7. Run 14 miles in less than 3 hours
  8. Meet a U.S. president while he/she is still in office (I had lunch at the White House but President Bush was traveling in Texas; I also met Bill Clinton but after he left office.)
  9. Build or buy my dream house
  10. Own a vacation home in Hawaii
  11. Own my own pool table
  12. Assemble a good art collection
  13. Own a Mercedes or Lexus (I have owned 6 Lexus cars so far)
  14. Speak in 30 or more countries (47 so far)
  15. Give a university commencement address (3 so far)
  16. Attend my 50th Harvard reunion in 2016
  17. Publish 100 books (225 so far)
  18. Speak at the Million Dollar Roundtable
  19. Produce a TV infomercial
  20. Write a children’s book
  21. Complete NLP training
  22. Produce a PBS program
  23. See my sons Christopher, Oran and Kyle graduate college (No longer important – they took alternative education paths, although Christopher, now age 26, was just accepted into the degree program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston)
  24. Have $3,000,000 net worth when I retire (I have much more than that already)
  25. Sell $20,000 worth of books and tapes at a live event in one day (I have sold $160,000 in one day)
  26. Have 1,000,000 people graduate from the GOALS Program (Over 600,000 so far)
  27. Have 500,000 people graduate from the STAR Program
  28. Sell 1,000,000,000 books (500 million so far)
  29. Sell 1,000,000 audio albums
  30. Learn to speak Spanish fluently
  31. Appear in a movie (The Secret, 2006; The Opus, 2009; The Tapping Solution, 2009; Beyond Belief, 2009; The Truth, 2010; The Gift, 2010; The Keeper of the Keys, 2012).
  32. Learn to paint with oils
  33. Publish a poem
  34. Master 5 magic tricks
  35. Learn to sing and play 10 popular songs on the guitar
  36. Give a speech or conduct a seminar in all 50 states
  37. Appear on the cover of a magazine (over 20 so far)
  38. Get paid $10,000 for a single talk ($70,000 highest fee to date for a single talk)
  39. Keynote an NSA conference
  40. Win over a $1000 in a casino ($3000 at the New Orleans Hilton Casino)
  41. Give a talk to an audience of 10,000 people (12,000 people the largest so far)
  42. See one of my books piled high in the window of a bookstore
  43. Learn how to take world-class photographs (I just bought a Canon Mark III D5 Camera.)
  44. Type 50 words a minute
  45. Weigh 175 pounds (I’ve lost as much as 35 pounds and gotten down to as low as 185)
  46. Bench press 200 pounds
  47. Run a mile under 6 minutes (Deleted due to ruptured disc)
  48. Do a fire-walk
  49. Have a personal gym in my home
  50. Conduct a training for a professional athletic team
  51. Write a book for couples with my wife
  52. Write a book for teenagers
  53. Write a children’s book
  54. Have a syndicated newspaper column
  55. Take more guitar lessons
  56. Have an incredible 50th birthday party
  57. Convene Two Beautiful People Conferences (TLC)
  58. Meet the Following People:
    Garth Brooks
    Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton
    Jimmy Carter
    The Dalai Lama
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    George Lucas
    Kenny Rogers
  1. Attend the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

In 2006, I added the following goals to my list:

  1. Attend the National Championship College Football Game
  2. Attend the Country Music Awards
  3. Take the Landmark Forum Training
  4. Create a dynamic coaching and training community with 500 or more members
  5. Sell one billion books by the year 2020 (500 million so far)
  6. Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina
  7. Attend the Oscar Awards ceremony
  8. Attend the Radio Music Awards in Los Vegas, Nevada
  9. Retire with a $30 million net worth
  10. Live to be 100+ years old
  11. Receive the CPAE designation from the National Speakers Association **
  12. Create a curriculum guide for a college course based on The Success Principles
  13. Create a high school curriculum guide based on The Success Principles
  14. Create a Curriculum Guide for teachers based on the Chicken Soup for the Soul stories
  15. Visit Japan
  16. Visit the Achawara tribe and work with a shaman in the rainforest with Lynn Twist
  17. Learn to play “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach on the piano
  18. Take a formal training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) (I’ve even written a book on it.)
  19. Develop a leadership training
  20. Go to Dubai
  21. Obtain a $1,000,000 advance for a book (The 30-Day Sobriety Solution)

My 2018 New Year Goals Update: 

2017 has had many successes. I’m adding 3 more goals to my list that are very important to me, my business, and my family. Here’s what I will be focusing on in 2018:

  1. Have 1,000,000 people (teachers, trainers, coaches, and counselors) actively teaching the Success Principles by the year 2030
  2. Enroll 5,000 people into our Train the Trainer Online program
  3. To have at least 100 “Free Days” (24-hour days from midnight to midnight with no activities for work), so I can spend more time with my wife, my family, and my friends 

I’m looking forward to everything that 2017 has to bring. I wish you a wonderful year.

I wrote this list back in 1989 at the age of 45 – and I’m proud to say that I’ve crossed more than a few goals off the list – 80 to be exact!

Once you’ve completed your list, please share some of your own personal development goals and professional goals in the comments below.

I’d love to read them!

Learn How to Transform Your Life and Career

Most of us have big dreams for our lives.

We yearn to create joyous, abundant, and meaningful existences for ourselves. We want to experience deep love and friendship. We want to feel mentally and physically strong, completely healthy, and financially secure. And we want to know that we’re great at what we do – and that we’re making a positive impact on the world. I’ve created a webinar called the 7 Pillars of True Life Transformation that will help you learn exactly how to live the life that you’re meant to live.

 

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How to Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever

Regardless of how you ring in the New Year (with lively parties and fireworks or cozy celebrations at home), there is a recurring theme at every New Year’s celebration: to the make this year the best year ever.

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“If you get clear on the what, the how will be taken care of.” – Jack Canfield

Here are a few things you can do to make 2018 your best year yet.

1. Review Last Year

First, take inventory of last year. By reviewing last year and all the ups and downs of 2017, we are provided with the map to moving forward into 2018. Reflecting deeply on last year can highlight your successes and – more importantly – the areas most in need of improvement.

Find a quiet room in your house and carve out a bit of meditation time. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself the hard questions; the answers to the hardest of questions will only help you grow. Use a journal to collect your thoughts so that you can refer back to your answers.

  • What were the biggest accomplishments of 2017?
  • Why were those accomplishments meaningful for you? What did they signify?
  • Did you have any regrets? What were they?
  • What obstacles did you face?
  • What goals did you reach?
  • What goals did you not meet?
  • What are you not happy with in your life right now? This could be personal, professional, spiritual. Identify the areas that you want to improve, and be as specific as you can be.
  • And finally, what was the overall recurring theme of 2017?

By taking the time to review the events of the previous year, you not only have the opportunity to be grateful for all the good moments, but you also gain the knowledge of where and what to improve.

It is only when you know which areas truly need improving (and why), that you can work towards creating the best year ever.

Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever By Creating Your Extraordinary Life Plan.

2.  Try This Instead of Making New Year’s Resolutions

Next, don’t make New Year’s resolutions. On the outside, making New Year’s resolutions seems like a festive way to bolster optimism and prepare for the upcoming year.

However, there is a reason for so many jokes about resolutions fizzling out before Valentine’s Day: many individuals simply do not follow through on their resolutions – despite their best intentions.

Instead of setting resolutions, set New Year’s goals.

Although those words may seem interchangeable, understanding the difference can help you make the best out of 2018.

While a resolution is intended to be a promise you keep indefinitely, a goal refers to a specific achievement by a specific date.

An example of a resolution is something like, “I will go the gym every day.”

You intend to keep this promise, but because it is unrealistic, you lose momentum once you miss a few days and you realize you cannot keep this promise.

A goal is:

“I will run a 5K by April 30th, 2018.”

Unlike the resolution which has no end in sight, this goal has a very specific and measurable achievement (run a 5K) and deadline (April 30th). Because of these characteristics, goals are much easier to keep. And yes, it might entail going to the gym a lot, but you are not committing to more than you can realistically handle.

When you make your New Year’s goals, be sure to be as specific as you can. That is one of the keys to your success.

3. Create a Breakthrough Goal for the Year

A well-formed goal is both powerful and measurable. Specifically, a goal must quantify something, and it must list a specific date for completion. Going back to the goal versus resolution example from above, a good goal is:

“I will participate in the charity 5K on April 21st, and I will complete it in 30 minutes or less.”

As admirable of a goal as that is, your year has even greater chances of success if you set a breakthrough goal. A breakthrough goal is a goal that will quantum leap your success, a large goal that could dramatically changes your life dramatically.

Carefully consider possible breakthrough goals for yourself. What would dramatically change your life?

Instead of just running a 5K, set a breakthrough goal such as losing 35 pounds or totally eliminating the need for a certain medication.

Instead of just volunteering at the polls, set a breakthrough goal to run for a local office.

Or set a breakthrough goal to write a book, earn your Master’s degree or get your real estate license.

Because a breakthrough goal has the power to transform your life, it also has the power to make 2018 your best year ever. This fact alone makes setting a breakthrough goal one of the most powerful things you can do for your future success and future happiness. Follow these tips to make 2018 your best year ever. 

Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever, One Breakthrough Goal at a Time

If you are looking for a roadmap to achieve any goal and create the life you want, look no further than my Your Extraordinary Life Plan Program. 

This powerful video course is my ultimate training program in setting and achieving your biggest goals. I’ll walk you through the steps needed to create a crystal clear vision of what you want, choosing a BIG, ambitious goal, and putting together a complete plan of action and achievement. Make 2018 your best year yet.yelp-launch-bottom-blog-post-650x300

23 Questions to Celebrate Your Year & Set New Year Goals for 2018

As you set your new year goals for 2018, it’s a good idea to take stock of the progress you’ve made toward your goals this year. For many people, this review is unpleasant and can even lead to a downward spiral.

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If you didn’t achieve all of the goals you set at the beginning of the year, you may feel like you have failed. Our self-esteem can take a hit, we can become disheartened and discouraged, and our motivation drops. Some people actually become depressed.

If this sounds familiar, it’s time to reframe how you look at success. Zeroing in on accomplishments that didn’t happen puts your focus on what you lack, rather than on what you have (the things you did experience and accomplish). This subtle mental trap leads to a host of negative consequences, which usually leads to attracting more lack.

The answer is not giving up the review of your year. Periodic review is essential to the process of growth and goal achievement. The key is to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate what you did accomplish, and then to refocus on the goals that you still want to achieve.

Achieving a goal is a lot like flying a plane. You’re guaranteed to be off course 99% of the time, which means that if you want to successfully reach your destination, it is essential to periodically check your position and correct your course. December and January is an ideal time to perform this much-needed review and analysis.

Create a “Win List” For the Year

One of the techniques I teach my coaching clients is to create a detailed “Win List” at the end of the year. Its purpose is to help you acknowledge all of your wins, especially those that didn’t start as a written goal or intention.

This powerful technique takes about 30 minutes to complete. Start by listing all of the goals you set and achieved this year. Then list any other wins you think of – both large and small.

Here are some questions to help identify your successes.

• What wins or progress did you achieve in business?
• Did you discontinue an old product or develop a new product or product line?
• Did you identify a new market to focus on?
• Did you create any new marketing pieces or campaigns?
• Did you delegate any tasks to become more productive? This could include adding new staff and/or assistants, such as a housekeeper, executive assistant, gardener, errand runner, babysitter, or child care person. It also might include putting new systems into place to increase your efficiency.
• Did you buy, use or learn to use any new technology? This includes mental, emotional or spiritual technology, as well as mechanical, electronic and digital technology?
• Did you spend more time in nature?
• Did you develop any new supportive habits (such as meditation, exercise, sleep, or gratitude)? Did you overcome any non-supportive habits (for example, addiction to alcohol, caffeine, sugar, video games, porn, gambling, or shopping)?
• How did you grow in leadership?
• Did you deliver any presentations or speeches or develop new programs?
• Did you develop any new abilities, skills, or competencies?
• What success did you achieve in the areas of financial income, investments, or debt reduction?
• Did you create any new relationships or deepen existing relationships? Consider both business and personal relationships.
• Did you make any progress in self-development?
• Did you attend any positive events (e.g., seminars, lectures, concerts, theater, or sports)?
• Did you experience any positive events with your family?
• Were there any positive events in relation to your house or apartment?
• Did you take any trips or vacations?
• Were there any positive additions to your life?
• Were there any positive events in your community?
• How about any positive events in your spiritual life (e.g., church services, meditation, retreats, rituals)?
• Did you experience any positive events in regards to letting go (e.g., bad habits, negative people, or clutter)?
• Did you have any wins in health and fitness (e.g., weight, exercise, cholesterol, sports, or endurance)?

Reduce Mental Friction

Mental “friction” caused by negative thoughts and feelings will slow down your progress as you work to achieve your goals. By using this technique to focus your attention on what you did achieve, you’ll shift into a state of gratitude and joy, accelerating your momentum into the new year.

Begin Thinking About and Setting New Year Goals for 2018

Once you’ve gone through and written down what your successes are for this year, I want you then to start thinking about setting goals for next year. Goals need to be specific and measurable. How much, and by when? When do you want to accomplish it?

Also, review your long-term goals. Maybe you have a goal to write a book, to become a professor, to become a multi-millionaire. That may be five, or 10 years out. But you want to think about, “What do I have to accomplish in 2018 to make sure I get to my long-term goals.”

Here are 6 areas of your life that I want you to set goals for:

1. Set Goals for Your Financial Life

Have a goal for your financial life. How much do you want to make in 2018? Do you want to have a side income? Maybe you want to be debt free by the end of the year. Think hard about your finances and set a specific and realistic goal for the year.

2. Set Goals for Your Career

Have a goal for your job and career. What do you want to accomplish at work in 2018? Do you want to make more money, get a promotion, or release a new product? Use your win list to evaluate what you want to accomplish this year in your career.

3. Set Goals for Your Relationships

Have at least one goal for the most important relationships in your life. Think about your family, your friends, your significant others. How can you help them achieve more? How can you give back to them? In what ways can you improve these relationships?

4. Set Goals For Fun and Recreation

Have a goal for fun and recreation. Mine is 135 free days in 2018. That means no work from midnight to midnight, including 30 vacation days with my wife.

5. Set Goals for Fitness and Health

What’s a goal for you in terms of health and fitness? It might be running a marathon or achieving your ideal weight. Perhaps it’s to become more flexible or strong. My goal for 2018 is to weigh 195 pounds or less by December 21st, be able to do 40 pushups in a row, do 100 hours of yoga, and improve my posture.

6. Set Personal Goals

Set personal goals for yourself for the year. What is something you want to do, simply because you want to do it? This year, I’m going to commit to two hours a week to learn Spanish so I can talk to the people in Southern California where I live a lot more effectively than I currently do. I’m also going to read 50 books, and totally declutter and reorganize my office and my garage. What’s a personal goal for you?

Tell me in the comments below, what is one big goal you’d like to achieve in 2018? Take time to really think about that. What is a goal that you want to achieve that would help you create an extraordinary life, that will be a breakthrough to a new level for you? This is possible, and I want to help you achieve that.

Remember, review your past year, really realize you’ve achieved a lot, and feel good about that. That’s building the poker chips of self-esteem that will allow you to take the risks you need to take in the new year to create your extraordinary life.

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