What Has Been Your Experience in Setting Goals? [Survey]

Almost 10,000 people have gone through my 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course. While I am thrilled with the results, I am not content.

Setting and Achieving Goals Survey

My team and I have already begun work on the 2016 edition of the course. We have discovered some ground-breaking new research that will be a game-changer for most people—especially those who have struggled to achieve their most important goals.

However, I am now at the place where I need your input. Could you do me a quick favor and take this brief survey? It will take less than two minutes. However, it will help me better connect my research with your exact needs.

Please click here to participate. Thanks in advance for your help.

Season 4, Episode 1: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit

We’re back! Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of our brand new season, Stu McLaren (who’s filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

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Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we? The good news is that we can get through those moments and stay on course. I’ve got six tricks for training yourself to persist when you want to quit.

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5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader

The Science Behind Reading and Influence

Pollsters say reading is in decline. As an author and former publishing executive, the statistics make me wince. But I’m optimistic for another reason.

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Why? A readership crisis is really a leadership crisis. And for people who know how to respond, crisis is just another way of saying opportunity.

3 Surprising Reasons Every Entrepreneur Needs Regular Exercise

Research Reveals How Getting and Staying Fit Helps You Achieve More

Exercise used to be the last thing on my mind. Now it’s a regular part of my life, and I can’t imagine missing the benefits—especially as an entrepreneur.

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Most adults don’t get the regular exercise they need, according to the CDC. As a high-achiever, I totally get it. Carving out time to run or strength train seems like a waste when there’s a project to complete or a product to launch, doesn’t it?

What You Do Right Before Bed Determines How Productive and Focused You’ll Be Tomorrow

My 9-Part Nighttime Ritual

I have written and talked a lot about how the right morning routine can set you up for a productive day. The same is true for nighttime rituals. The right activities before you sleep can set you up for success the next day.

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I used to have the worst time getting to sleep at night. I knew it was important for my health and productivity, but my mind raced long after the lights went out. I couldn’t seem to turn it off.

As a result, I woke up groggy, grumpy, and ill-prepared for the day. My energy flagged right after lunch, and my afternoons were a grind. I just wasn’t my best self. Maybe you can relate.

Don’t Hire People Unless the Batteries Are Included

5 Signs a Potential Employee Will Drain Your Team of Precious Energy, Creativity, and Joy

Some gadgets come with batteries and some don’t. If I told you it’s the same with people, what kind would you like to work with: those with or without batteries?

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I picked up this metaphor from a recent episode of Dan Sullivan’s 10XTalk Podcast. Dan said he basically divides everyone into one of two categories:

  1. Those that have their own energy source (those with batteries)
  2. Those that are dependent on others for their energy (those without batteries)

Some may not like it, but based on a few decades working in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings, I’d say the metaphor is spot-on.

Your Last Chance to Register for Platform University Ends Tonight

What Would You Give for an Audience of Thousands of People Eager to Hear What You Have to Say?

I’ve been talking a lot this week about Platform University. There’s one simple reason: Enrollment only opens twice a year—and today’s the cutoff. Tonight, after 11:59 p.m. Pacific, the doors close until fall. Can your message wait that long?

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If you have something to say or sell but feel like you can’t get the traction you message deserves, now’s your chance to join the one online community that can help you get the visibility you need, increase your traffic, and expand your influence.

Join Platform University today and get the training, tools, resources, and inspiration you need to skyrocket your platform and get your message heard. But act fast: Registration closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

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Want to Blog Faster, Smarter? More Webinar Slots Opening up Now!

Registration for today’s free webinar, Blog Faster, Blog Smarter, is maxed out. But we’re expanding registration for two additional webinar times tomorrow.

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If you missed your chance today, don’t worry. I’m presenting the same great material Thursday, April 23, at 1 p.m. Central with an 8 p.m. Central replay.

If you want to blog faster and smarter, now’s your chance. But don’t delay. These spots are already moving fast. Once the registration is full, you won’t be able to attend either of the new presentations.

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How to Defeat the Terrible Tyranny of Tiny Tasks

5 Simple Solutions to Get Back Your Time—and Your Sanity Too

My wife, Gail, recently purchased a DVD set of The Jetsons. Remember that? The cartoon imagined what life would be like in the future: robots, flying cars, and other conveniences—like minimal work hours. But it hasn’t panned out like that, has it?

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Believe it or not, since the 1930s economists and others predicted a future where workers had loads of free time. And while work hours have gone down for some, despite what we know about overworking, many of us regularly put in fifty hours a week or more. Professionals with mobile devices clock more than seventy.

What’s going on?

What It Takes to Get a Publisher’s Attention and Ink a Deal for Your Book

My Newest Resource Shows You How to Craft an Irresistible Book Proposal

Odds are good you have a story to tell and a message to share. But do you know how to get the attention of a publisher?

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Along with a powerful personal platform, you also need an irresistible book proposal. If you had just one shot to hold a publisher’s interest and sell them on your book, what would you say? What would include in your pitch?

To discover the nine essential elements of irresistible book proposals, sign up for Platform University® today before 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

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Why You Don’t Need a Huge Platform to Get Published—And What it Really Takes Instead

If You’re a New or Aspiring Author, the Answer is within Your Reach

These days everyone knows that you need a platform to get published. But if you’re like a lot of people I meet, you’re overwhelmed, short on time, and not sure where to begin. It feels impossible. But what if I told you it’s easier than you think?

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Part of our problem is that we blow things out of proportion. We think we need a massive celebrity-sized platform. I used to think that. Maybe you think that too.

But here’s the good news. It doesn’t take huge platform—just an engaged one. And that’s within your reach.