"Leadership is an education and the best leaders think of themselves as the students not the teachers." -Simon Sinek
“Leadership is an education and the best leaders think of themselves as the students not the teachers.” -Simon Sinek

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How to Nail Your Goals with This Simple Secret

4 Keys to Accomplish the Goals You Keep Missing

This is a guest post by Megan Hyatt Miller. Megan is the Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Co. She is also Michael’s oldest daughter. Megan, her husband Joel, and their four children make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Most of us start pursuing our goals with great focus and intensity, but roadblocks inevitably surface before we’re far down the road. We might be tempted to quit, or simply redouble our efforts in an effort to scale the obstacle, but the secret may be tossing our strategy out the window and trying an alternate approach.

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I’ve been steadily working to reclaim my fitness, working out with a trainer consistently for several months, doing cardio on my off days, and dialing in my nutrition. In fact, it felt so good to feel strong again, that I pushed it a little harder than I should have.

Just as all my hard work started to pay off, I noticed a pain developing in my foot. I tried to ignore it for several weeks, but eventually I gave in and went to the doctor, only to discover I had a stress fracture in my fourth metatarsal. As I walked out of the doctor hobbling in my boot, I felt angry, defeated, and ready to quit. But I didn’t.

3 Ways to Treat the Scourge of Cynicism

What to Do if Your Organization Is Infected with the Disease

I hate cynicism. It is like cancer to the human soul. It is especially deadly when it infects an organization.

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A few years into my tenure as the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I thought we had pretty much eliminated it from our company. I was hoping the disease was in remission. But, one morning I discovered that it was still alive and well—at least in parts of the company. The worst part was that a few of our leaders were manifesting symptoms of the disease.

Encore Episode: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

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

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Stu McLaren (who filled 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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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." —Thomas Edison

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How to Become Better Than You Ever Thought Possible

3 Practical Steps for Achieving Peak Performance

This is a guest post by Jeff Goins. Jeff is the author of four books including the national bestseller The Art of Work (available for $2.99 this week only). You can find him on Twitter and follow his award-winning blog.

Why are some people so good at what they do whereas others struggle with the most basic of tasks? Have you ever wondered if you were capable of achieving more in your work and life?

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This question is what researcher Anders Ericsson has spent most of his career pondering. And the answers might surprise you.

7 Reasons to Convert Your WordPress.com Blog to WordPress.org

Plus One Smart Reason to Do It Today

If you’re serious about extending your influence and increasing your impact, I recommend blogging with WordPress. There are two ways to go.

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WordPress.com is great for beginners. It’s free, easy to use, and WordPress hosts your site. But if you really want to maximize your message, you’ll want to upgrade to self-hosted WordPress, also known as WordPress.org.

With self-hosted WordPress, you download the software for free and install it on your own server or one you lease. Modern hosting services like Bluehost let you do this with just a couple of clicks.

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For hosting your WordPress blog, I enthusiastically recommend Bluehost. Sign up with Bluehost TODAY, May 18, and as a special offer for my readers, Bluehost will give you the super-low monthly price of ​$2.95 for the basic plan​ (instead of $7.99).

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Encore Episode: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast]

An Interview with Greg McKeown, Author of ‘Essentialism’

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this twelfth episode from Season 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

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We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce, and consume more—constantly. As a result, our schedules are packed, while our lives seem empty. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, one of the best business books I’ve ever read, offers the perspective and tools we need to break free from this trap.

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"Feeling afraid? Do it scared." -Michael Hyatt

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How to Sync up Your Team for Success

Do You Know the 3 Components for Effective Alignment?

Sometimes it’s easy to spot the difference between a weak leader and a strong one. Take alignment. While weak leaders blame their teams when they can’t get it, strong leaders know it’s their responsibility to create it.

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Years ago, I was making a major presentation to a prospective client. My boss was there. So was my boss’s boss (aka “The Big Boss”).

Our goal was to sign the client and win his business. Everyone on our team was nervous, especially me—since I was the one making the pitch.

7 Steps to Gain More Confidence Now

A Proven Path to Overcome Fear and Reach Your Goals

Whenever I speak with leaders about their greatest struggles, the answer I hear more than any other is a lack of confidence. It’s a universal affliction.

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Early in my career, I suffered from almost crippling social anxiety. At formal office functions, I’d sweat like crazy and my hands would go ice-cold.

Later, as the CEO of Thomas Nelson, I wrestled with heavy feelings of inadequacy. Was I really up for the job? Could I really lead this business through the Great Recession?