The Habit of Generosity: 3 Ways Giving Beats Receiving

Nothing characterizes the Christmas season like generosity, the generosity of God to us and us to each other.


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Gift giving has been an important part of Christmas ever since the Three Wise Men presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But sometimes it can seem like receiving gifts is the main point of the holiday.

Early Bird Special on ‘5 Days to Your Best Year Ever’ Ends Today

Except maybe the time around our birthday, no single period in the year can bring us to a place of deep reflection about the past and future like the days leading up to Christmas and New Year’s.

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It’s like hitting the pause button on life. Even if it’s only for a few hours, we can slow things down long enough to evaluate how things went in the last twelve months and what we’d like to make happen in the next twelve.

But we can’t keep things paused forever. Inevitably, life ramps back up, and the moment to pause and reflect vanishes. What will you do to maximize your moment?

The Real Reason You’re Afraid to Set Goals for 2015

Joy is one of hardest feelings to hold onto, isn’t it? Fear is always crouching nearby ready to snatch it from us.

The Real Reason You’re Afraid to Set Goals for 2015

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In Daring Greatly Brené Brown talks about “foreboding joy,” the idea that some sort of disaster looms just around the corner no matter how promising things look for the moment. Instead of experiencing joy, even when things are going well, we feel worry, fear, and dread.

I am looking forward to doing a goal-setting webinar with my friend Amy Porterfield. It is open to the public.

Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 12:00-01:30 pm CST
Event: Goal-Setting Webinar with Amy Porterfield
Topic: Get What You Want This Year: 5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals
Sponsor: Amy Porterfield
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Season 2, Episode 10: 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Setting Goals (and How to Fix Them) [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this tenth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the ten most common mistakes when it comes to goal-setting.

10 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Goal Setting

It’s that time of year when people begin planning for next year. That’s why I have been talking about it so much during the last week. I have also just released the newest edition of my goal-setting course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.

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The Proven Roadmap You Need to Reach Your Goals in 2015

It doesn’t matter if it’s The Odyssey, The Hobbit, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, every great story about a journey involves getting lost. Why?

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Because storytellers know even the wildest fantasy has to be grounded in reality. And we’re all familiar with feeling lost, sidetracked, and stalled out.

5 Characteristics of People Who Get What They Really Want

Most people I know have several significant dreams and aspirations. But some make much more progress than others. Why?

5 Characteristics of People Who Get What They Really Want

When I was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I used to oversee the monthly business review. It was a time for our divisional leaders to report on their performance against monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial goals.

There were always some who beat their plan, and others who let the plan beat them. I paid special attention to the different approaches these leaders took.