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?”

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

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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?

7 Apps to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Build New Habits

Hopefully, by now you have written goals for this next year. If not, my new course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever, can guide you through the process.

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But as much as I believe in having a set of written goals, it is not enough. You have to take action and then systematically measure your progress. Fortunately, there are numerous apps designed for just this purpose.

5 Reasons Why You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing

As 2013 has rolled over to 2014, there has been the usual emphasis on New Year’s resolutions. Network television, radio shows, podcasts, and blogs have all had features on the topic.

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But the truth is, New Year’s resolutions don’t work. Get this:

#078: Replay of Live Q&A Call About Goal-Setting [Podcast]

Well, it’s that time of year again. Last year is officially over. The new year has just begun. The future is pregnant with possibility!

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As you may know, a few weeks ago, I launched a new course called, “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.” In addition to offering three free videos about goal-setting, I hosted a live Q&A call on the topic. We had over a thousand people on the call and dozens of great questions. In this episode, I share the recording of that call. I think you will find it helpful as you finalize your plans for this year.

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#077: How to Find a Mentor to Take You Further, Faster [Podcast]

Recently, I recorded a podcast interview with Alex Barker at the Leadership Dojo. He asked me, “So how do young leaders find mentors?” It’s a question I get at least once a week.

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To be brutally honest, your chances of finding a mentor are slim and none. The problem is your definition of mentorship. It’s too narrow.

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How to Get Clear, Get Motivated, and Get Started in 2014

It’s easy to get lost in the moment when hiking through a place like the Colorado Rockies. It happened to me recently. After following a winding trail up a flower-covered slope, I returned down the same trail—or so I thought.

5 Days to Your Best Year Ever

It was several minutes before I realized that I was in the wrong place. Things looked different. The landmarks had changed. Somewhere along the way I had taken a wrong turn and ended up here.

I was lost!

What You Need to Nail Your Goals in 2014

Unless you’re banking on blind luck, goals are essential to your success. But having goals doesn’t guarantee success. In fact, most people I know have several significant dreams and aspirations but struggle to see them realized. Why?

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As a business executive, corporate consultant, speaker, and mentor, I’ve seen traditional goal-setting fail time and again in the face of demanding schedules and competing priorities.

The Secret to Achieving the Goals You Missed in 2013

It’s almost time. No, I’m not talking about Christmas—though who doesn’t love that? I’m talking about one of the best times of the year to slow down, take stock of the past, and ready yourself to maximize the future.

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Most of us naturally do this already, making resolutions and setting goals. But, sadly, most of us never realize those goals.

The Gift of Today—Lessons from a Monk

I originally published this post last Thanksgiving. It has such a powerful, simple video that I wanted to share it with you again today. I pray it inspires you to focus on the things that matter most. Have a blessed holiday.

The older I get, the more I believe that gratitude is the answer to almost every problem we face. It can transform anxiety, anger, and depression.

It may not change our circumstances—though it often does—but it can change us. And isn’t that really the purpose of this journey we call “life”?

#072: 5 Strategies for Building New Habits [Podcast]

Good habits lead to good outcomes. Bad habits lead to bad ones. But if it’s his simple, why is it so hard to change?

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Maybe it’s time to step back and deconstruct the whole process. In this episode I confess to a bad habit and what I learned in the process of trying to overcome it.

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