Vote on the Most Inspiring Transformation Story of 2014

More than 2,500 people went through my goal-setting course last year. The results have been pretty astounding.

Vote on the Most Inspiring Transformation Story of 2014

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My team and I asked participants how their lives changed and what advice they would give the rest of us about accomplishing more in 2015. We combed through all the responses and picked the five most inspiring.

Now it’s your turn to vote on your favorites.

The Gratitude Advantage: Four Ways Giving Thanks Improves Your Life

There are a lot of myths around the first American Thanksgiving in 1621, but one thing is for sure. The Pilgrims were lucky to be alive, and they knew it.

The Gratitude Advantage: 4 Ways Giving Thanks Improves Your Life

“Eleven months earlier the Pilgrims had arrived at the tip of Cape Cod, fearful and uninformed,” says Nathaniel Philbrick in his history Mayflower. “By all rights, none of the Pilgrims should have emerged from the first winter alive.”

But they did. Thanks to God, their faith, and help from many Native Americans, they did more than survive. They began to flourish. And it’s a virtuous circle.

The One Thing That Separates the Successful from the Unsuccessful

People often ask me how I’ve been able to build a successful business that’s doubled every year for the last three years.

The One Thing That Separates the Successful from the Unsuccessful

I had similar wins in the corporate world. I was able to set some audacious goals and beat them again and again. This has been a pattern for me professionally, but I have a secret: I’ve never assumed I could do it on my own.

So how have I done it?

Season 2, Episode 06: What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the difficulty of waiting.

What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait

I am good at a few things, but waiting is not one of them. Whether it is being put on hold when I call a business, sitting in the waiting room of my dentist’s office, or standing in the security line at the airport, I am impatient.

How about you?

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Season 2, Episode 04: My Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my top ten favorite books of all time.

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John Maxwell says that readers are leaders and leaders are readers. I believe that is true. That’s why I make reading an important priority. It is something I do literally every day.

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Get an Almost Free Copy of Tony Robbins’ New Book, Money: Master the Game

One thing I’ve always appreciated about Tony Robbins is that he’s driven by results. He has the uncanny ability to make the complex simple and provide practical strategies anyone can use to get what they want out of life.

Get an Almost Free Copy of Tony Robbins New Book, Money: Master the Game

Now he has taken that skill and applied it to the world of money and investing. His new book, Money: Master the Game, provides a powerful, seven-step plan for achieving financial independence. In a minute, I’ll tell you how to get a copy almost free.

Why Keeping Your Commitments Is Critical to Your Influence

When we think of someone with integrity, we think of someone we can count on to come through on what they promise. Unfortunately, that’s not always a safe bet today.

Why Keeping Your Commitments Is Critical to Your Influence

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Over the last several years I’ve noticed a change in the way we use the word integrity. The word used to mean staying true to your word—even if it’s difficult, inconvenient, or expensive. But today I hear more and more people using the word as if it means being true to themselves—even if that means leaving someone else to clean up the mess.

This might look like a win if we’re trying to save ourselves from difficulty and discomfort, but it will come back to bite us in the end. Nothing destroys our credibility faster than bailing on a commitment.

5 Proven Ways to Keep Your Platform from Outstripping Your Character

There are several different ingredients to success. Talent, persistence, and timing all contribute. But there’s one factor we might sometimes overlook—character.

5 Proven Ways to Keep Your Platform from Outstripping Your Character

Character reminds me of a tree’s root system. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or majestic a tree might look above ground; it’s only as strong and durable as the roots below.

Since we can’t see the roots, we might miss what it takes to keep that tree fed and standing strong. But the roots are essential to the success of the tree.

Season 2, Episode 01: What If You Could Take a One-Month Sabbatical? [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss my recent sabbatical. We explore how you can plan to take your own sabbatical—even if it seems impossible right now.

What If You Could Take a One-Month Sabbatical?

For each of the past three years, my wife, Gail, and I have taken a thirty-day sabbatical. This year, we went to Europe. We toured Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

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How to Reframe Your Fear and Let It Work for You

Do you ever get uneasy—or even afraid—when you’re close to achieving something big in your life? I do. In our recent relaunch of Platform University, for instance, we started with fewer responses than I anticipated.

How to Reframe Fear and Let It Work for You

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I began estimating the results for the entire campaign based on those early results and didn’t like where things were going. I started messaging members of the team, asking questions, reworking our strategy, and adjusting our tactics. Almost immediately, the results began to improve.

Later that same morning, my daughter and Dean of Platform University, Megan, said something that made me laugh.

7 Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce Stress and Restore Your Sanity

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story on the trend in slow reading. The idea is that intentional time in a book can improve our minds and reduce our stress.

My Top 7 Stress Reducers

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If you’re a book person like me, this is no surprise. It doesn’t matter if it’s paper or digital, just taking thirty minutes out of a busy day brings me a sense of calm. A good book gives me a moment to myself in a world of racing and rushing and lets me collect my thoughts—or even escape them for a while.

We all have favorite things we do to deal with the stress in our lives. These are things that take our minds off our difficulties, help us reframe them, or reenergize us to face them. Here are my top-seven stress reducers.