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?

5 Days to Your Best Year Ever, Video #2

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.

We all battle the tyranny of the urgent, lose track of the milestones, get fuzzy on the desired outcome, and lose heart when we hit obstacles. I bet you can probably think of several goals you set in 2013 that are no closer to reality now than when you first hatched them.

Don’t resign yourself to failure. It’s not inevitable. Throughout my thirty-year career I’ve coached countless people toward success through these sorts of challenges, and I want to share my system with you.

I’ve created a free, three-part video series to help you get past the obstacles and achieve your goals in 2014. I believe success is possible if you follow this simple but proven system.

You can start watching here.

In the first video I talked about harnessing the emotional power of goal-setting. Now, in the second video, I talk about:

  • How to take your dreams out of the clouds and make them doable
  • Why you don’t need more time to realize your goals—just the right intention and strategy
  • What can happen in your marriage, career, health, and personal development when you fail to plan for specific outcomes
  • The six ways we rob our goals of effectiveness
  • What the anatomy of a successful goal looks like
  • The power of specificity, measurability, and deadlines

2014 can be just like 2013 if you choose. But do you really want to look in the mirror for the next 365 days knowing that you’re not making progress in life?

If you’re like me, no way.

The good news is that nailing your goals in 2014 is as simple as setting the right kind of goals starting today. And that’s exactly what this video meant to show you. Feel free to watch and share with your friends.

Once you’ve clicked over and watched the video, I would encourage you join the conversation and leave a comment underneath the video with a goal you want to achieve in 2014—but not just any goal. Try to make sure it fits the criteria I share in the video.

To get things started, I’m including one of my own.

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Heading over now. I’m looking forward to a fresh start in 2014.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      I’m a chronic fresh-starter – looking forward to the new year as well Jon!

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        I like that, Tor. A “chronic fresh-starter.” Me, too. :)

  • Dan Erickson

    I don’t do traditional goal setting. I just keep moving forward. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot in 2013: two books, one self-pubbed, one co-authored and trad-pubbed, updated blog @ http://www.danerickson.net, and a new blog starting to follow the journey of becoming a new homeowner after recently purchasing a home. 2014 will see at least one new book, maybe two, and continued blog success. Oh and I’m giving up numbers.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Dan, I like the simplicity behind the tactical idea of “keep moving forward” – we can only affect today. However, without longer-term goals what is ultimate purpose of the two books, updated blog and new blog? I’m not judging, I’m just curious to your outside-of-the-box thinking….

      • Dan Erickson

        Good question, Tor. For now the goal is to become better at my craft, slowly grow my circle, without obsession on numbers, be myself, simply share, be helpful to others. I have faith that one of two things will happen when the time is right: 1. I will be approached by others to be published or produced based on my track record as a prolific writer. More likely, 2. I will know when I’m ready to shop my work with complete confidence of getting a deal.

        • Ed Wojcicki

          I kinda follow Dan’s approach: just do the next thing. My last book took seven years to write and came out in 2012, and it was worth it. Won an Illinois prize for superior achievement. It takes so much luck to “accomplish” anything that I wonder about the ultimate value of goals.

          • Dan Erickson

            I agree about luck. I see thousands if bloggers and writers out there trying every trick in the book to get noticed. The problem is that all these tricks and gimmicks take away from their true sincerity and credibility. I’d rather be real and do things on my own terms than attempt to dazzle and compromise my integrity.

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    Once again you lead with WOW by providing great, free content. Goals are so important – if they’re not specific, measurable, actionable, time-bound and written down then it’s just a dream and not a goal. This free video series you’re providing is not only useful but valuable, thanks for the generosity – it’s inspiring!

  • http://zechariahnewman.com/ Zech Newman

    Love it Michael! Fear stops us from doing so much. Grace for the next step comes when we take that step. Not before but when action comes. Thank you for continuing to challenge me to take that step.

  • Melissa Meyers

    My goal is to articulate in writing what I believe and what I do as an acupuncturist; my unique approach to helping people take charge of their health and healing. My specific writing goals include launching my website, starting a blog, and writing for publication.

  • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

    I’m really enjoying your video series, Michael. Can’t wait to see the other two. Goals can be tough to accomplish. Many times they come head-to-head with entrenched habits. Unless you deal with the habit, the goal will usually fail.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. I am glad you are enjoying them!

  • Shawn Johnson

    Awesome video! When will the third video/course be available?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      We’re planning on next week. Stay tuned!

  • http://www.larrypoolespeaks.com/ Larry Poole

    Great video Michael! The past 2 years I’ve been horrible at sticking to my goals. 2014 is going to be different.

    Thank you for putting this together.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, Larry. Here’s to a great 2014 for you!

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    Good for you, Dani! Thanks.

    • Dani Cherrie

      Thanks Micheal. At least it’s at start.I’ve procrastinated far too long.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Saying it outloud can be the scariest part! Well done.

    • Dani Cherrie

      You are right Michele. Saying it out loud stirs lots of emotion including fear but there’s also relief that there’s no more indecision.

  • ronnie0111

    Platform inspired me to expand my blogspot into a self hosted http://www.ronnietabor.com The new video vast and your podcast have inspired me to step it up and add pod casting to my game. Thanks for inspiring me weekly Michael! Now bring it on 2014

  • http://dougrasku.com/ Doug Rasku

    Loved the first goals video, Michael. I recommend your “beginning with the end in mind” in leadership situations and in my blog writing often as it pertains to accomplishing a goal or project. Thanks for putting such great content out there.

  • Ithamar Fenerson

    I’ve been working on building my own business for about five years with little success until this year. It was in January of this year that I decided to stop making excuses and start taking action. I set up my blog, completed a writing course, and an affiliate marketing course. My blog now has over 20 articles!

    For 2014, my goals are to create my own products to market, improve my current search engine rankings for my blog, and to master the necessary marketing tools to enable my blog to produce income.