Seven Principles for Setting Goals that Work

Matt Perman is the former director of strategy at Desiring God and is now an author, consultant, and speaker on productivity and leadership from a faith-based perspective. He is the author of the recently released What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. He blogs What’s Best Next and you can also follow him on Twitter.

Executives who do not ask themselves, ‘What can I contribute?’ are not only likely to be aiming too low, they are likely to aim at the wrong things.

— Peter Drucker

How do you make change happen? More than that, how do you make the right change happen? When there is a gap between what is and what you want to be, how do you cross that gap?

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This is where we enter the realm of goals.

How Millionaires Manage Their Time

This is a guest post by Jaime Tardy. She has interviewed over 130 millionaires on her blog and just published a new book about what she’s learned. It’s called, The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup. You can follow her on Twitter.

Let’s face it. One of the most difficult areas of most people’s lives is time management. We all want enough time for our work, our family, and ourselves. So how do the most successful people manage their time?

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I’ve been lucky enough to interview over 130 millionaires. They know the value of their time, and use it to the best of their ability. I’ve curated the top tips on their time management to help you have more time to work, and more time to play and be with your family.

What Helps Your Dreams Come True (and What Never Will)

This is a guest post by Wayne Stiles. He is an Executive Vice President at Insight for Living Ministries and author of several books, including Grow Strong. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Not long ago, a man in front of me at the checkout line spent $100 on lottery tickets. “Hey,” I asked him, “do you ever break even on all that?”

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He smiled and answered: “Yeah, sometimes.” In other words—no.

Later that day I wondered what is it about our human nature that wants something for nothing. Why do we look to luck or quick fixes in order to make dreams come true?

10 Powerful Online Business Tools for a Productive 2014

This is a guest post by Leo Widrich. He is the Co-founder of BufferApp, a Twitter app I use daily and can’t live without. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Wow, the new year has really come around fast this time, hasn’t it? One of the things that I find most helpful towards the end of the old year and start of the new one, is to evaluate how I work.

10 Powerful Online Business Tools for a Productive 2014

Especially, with the huge amount of online tools and the fast pace at which they’re changing, there’s almost always a way to improve my workflows and to make my life that much more efficient. What better time of the year to do so than at the beginning of 2014?

5 People to Consider for Your Blog Audience

This is a guest post by Joseph LaLonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and a leadership blogger. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

When I began writing my blog, I wanted to reach everyone. Young, old, and anyone in-between. Choosing everyone as my audience seemed like a wise choice. It would give me the widest reach.

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But, man oh man, was I ever wrong. I should have considered narrowing my audience and writing for one specific person.

3 Simple (but Powerful) Website Design Tips for Any Business Owner

This is a guest post by Brian Casel. He is web designer and author of Design for Conversions, a book to help startups design a better marketing site. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Your business’ website is everything. So how do you make sure it’s designed to perform its primary duty—converting visitors to customers? Let’s find out…

Website Design Tips For Any Business Owner

Whether you’re designing your own website from scratch, using an off-the-shelf theme, or hiring a designer to create your website, you’ll need to end up in the same place: with a website that performs for your business.

Why You Must Delegate Before You Automate

This is a guest post by Owen McGab Enaohwo. He is the co-founder of SweetProcess, an app that enables you to quickly and easily document how you get repetitive tasks done so that your employees know exactly what to do.

In Michael’s post on successful delegation, I left the comment:

“Sometimes in order to automate a task you might have to delegate it first, and then remove all the chinks before automating it…”

Why You Have To Delegate Before You Automate: 5 Steps To Reducing Your Workload And Getting The Right Things Done!

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As Michael mentioned, delegation takes quite a bit of time and effort to setup, but in the long run it pays off.

Six Psychological Secrets to Public Speaking

This is a guest post by Bryan Kelly. He lives in Chicago and interviews experts like Michael Hyatt, Chris Brogan, and Jeff Goins about presentation skills. You can watch his web show and follow him on Twitter.

Regardless of your skill level, every platform builder can benefit from the six scientifically researched insights I’m about to share. I know my very good friend, Alisa, put these to great use.

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Alisa is a vibrant, charming, whip-smart professional. However, when she’d stand in front of a group to share her brilliance, she would lock up and deliver a wooden presentation. It was extremely difficult to watch.

How I Became a More Confident Public Speaker

I was invited to speak at Training Minds Camp in San Diego last week by Chris Jeub, father of sixteen children (seriously). The real story with Chris is his wife, Wendy, who used to be totally afraid of public speaking. Chris brought Wendy to The SCORRE Conference in 2012, and it has transformed her life. She has a powerful platform, and this is a guest post of how SCORRE helped her. You can follow Wendy and her husband, Chris, on their website.

Following Michael Hyatt’s lead, I guess you can say I have a significant platform. I’m mother of sixteen children. There’s “wow” for you. Needless to say, I get asked to speak for all sorts of occasions—women’s groups, conventions, and churches. I have a unique message on “Love in the House” that I enjoy sharing.

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My problem is this: I hate public speaking. I love the message, but the actual public speaking part makes me sick. My knees lock up, I can’t keep my notes organized, my voice shakes and I sound like I’m about to cry—because I am! Not a good combination for an audience who just wants to hear what a mom of sixteen has to say.

5 Unique Social Media and Blogging Tips that Helped Us Reach $1 Million in Revenue

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Leo Widrich. He is the Co-founder of BufferApp, a Twitter app I use daily and can’t live without. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

A little over two years ago, I jumped into an epic adventure while still in college. My friend, Joel, had just launched a small app to help him post better on Twitter. Joel had called it “Bfffr.” He quickly changed the name to “Buffer” a few weeks later, after he realized, that was much easier to spell.

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Fast forward two years into today. We were incredibly lucky to see Buffer thrive. Just this month, we crossed 650,000 users and $100,000 in monthly recurring revenues.

5 Unselfish Reasons to Charge for Your Content

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Stu McLaren, the Co-founder of WishList Member and Rhino Support, as well as being a popular business speaker. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Nearly ten years ago, I made my first sale online for a $7.95 ebook. You would have thought I had just won the lottery. Dancing, high fives, pictures and a huge ego boost—all from one measly sale of $7.95.

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Now I’d like to tell you that from that day forward I became this “sales machine,” but that wouldn’t be true. Anytime you make something available for sale, self-doubt will kick in no matter how much experience you have.