What the Science of Goal Setting Tells Us about Accomplishing More of What Matters Most

I’m a big advocate of goal setting because I’ve personally benefited from it. But I’m also amazed how much the science of goal setting explains my personal experience.

What the Science of Goal Setting Tells Us about Accomplishing More of What Matters Most

Whether working as an independent entrepreneur or a corporate executive, I’ve seen personal and organizational goal setting reap big rewards—and the research shows why.

Season 2, Episode 09: The 3 Forces That Shape Character [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this ninth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of character and the forces that shape it.

3 Forces That Shape Character

Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.

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Will You Reach Your Goals in 2015? My New Free Video Series Shows You How

We are all made to accomplish certain things unique to us. Our dreams and ambitions tell us all the time what those things are, but sometimes we tune them out, right?

Will You Reach Your Goals in 2015? My New Free Video Series Shows You How

Maybe other voices—all the pressing, demanding, urgent things in our lives—take precedence. Maybe we’re afraid about what our dream might cost us. Or maybe we feel like our ambitions have led us astray in the past.

Those last two were big for me.

Update! Vote on the Most Inspiring Transformation Story of 2014

The votes are in, and David Hollingsworth and Scott Kedersha have won the top spots for most inspiring transformation stories. See the winning videos below. I am thrilled to award them both VIP access to my updated 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever goal-setting course. We heard so many exciting success stories in 2014. I can hardly wait to see the transformations that happen in 2015.

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?