I’ve been an advocate of goal-setting for decades. Most successful people I know are. They set big goals and recommend others do as well. But some people are more doubtful.
They point to significant goal-related disasters and suggest goals can backfire. In 2002, for instance, General Motors determined to boost its share of the U.S. automobile market to 29 percent, a position they hadn’t held since 1999.
The company was obsessed with the number. But they missed it. Why?
Tell me this hasn’t happened to you: At the end of the year, you brainstorm several goals. You start the New Year full of determination and enthusiasm. But after several weeks, you get distracted and lose ground.
Months later you realize you’ve made no real progress. You either feel lousy and quit, or feel lousy and try again—only to experience the same dynamic.
But what if I told you it takes only two little words to break out of that cycle?
Welcome to this special edition of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Megan Hyatt Miller (my oldest daughter and Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Company) and I discuss the top 10 mistakes that are derailing your goals.
Goals are the solution we need to make meaningful progress in the areas that matter most. But there are some common pitfalls that can derail our performance and keep us from accomplishing those goals we’ve set. In today’s podcast, we’ll share the 10 most common mistakes that could sabotage your success so that you can avoid them right from the start.
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December is here. That means not only holidays and family, but also taking stock. What targets did you hit this year? What goals did you miss?
Here’s a big one I missed. Earlier this year my friend Daniel Harkavy and I published our book, Living Forward. This represented years of work, and one of my goals was to hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. We didn’t.
When I asked successful business and thought leaders how they prepared to reach their goals in the upcoming year, several said gratitude gave them an edge.
Some mentioned setting aside special time to reflect and express gratitude for all the positive they experienced. This close to Thanksgiving, that seems perfect this time of year. But why stop there?
Jon Gordon told me practicing gratitude one day a year isn’t enough. “If you do it daily,” he said, “you’ll notice incredible benefits and major life change.” The science backs him up.
Years ago, I heard a motivational speaker encourage his audience to “eat that frog.” The line has a long history. And it makes sense: Stop procrastinating and just do the thing you fear. Once you do that, everything else is easy.
While that may be helpful in overcoming procrastination, it’s exactly backwards for big goals and projects. Instead, you should tackle your easiest task first.
Leadership and entrepreneurial breakthroughs depend on creativity. But we don’t always feel very creative, do we? Thankfully, research suggests we all have access to the kind of creativity we need to get the results we want—even if you don’t feel especially creative.
Last week I went fly fishing on Hesse Creek in East Tennessee. Nothing takes my mind off work like fishing. Worries and challenges fade into the background, and I find myself fully immersed in the present moment.
But it’s not about avoiding difficulties. When I’m finished I often find I have the clarity I lacked when I started. There’s something about the relaxation that actually sparks my best thinking.
When I was the CEO at Thomas Nelson, one of our authors was frustrated. In response to a disappointing sales report, he fired off a blistering email to one of our divisional leaders.
He complained about poor results. He criticized the sales strategy and our failure to execute. Worse, he challenged the leader’s intelligence, competence, and work ethic. This thing was so hot, it nearly melted the servers.
We all have things we do really well. In our businesses, these are usually the tasks that drive revenue. But if you’re like most entrepreneurs and executives, you probably only spend 20 percent of your time on these tasks.
The rest goes to solving other people’s problems, wading through oceans of email, attending inefficient meetings, putting out countless fires, and addressing draining operational issues. Been there, done that.
There are a hundred different ways to approach our work, but some are less effective than others. Given the number of productivity myths out there, it’s easy to think we’re being productive when we’re really not.
These productivity myths can actually waste our time and prevent us from focusing on high-leverage projects that drive revenue and results.
I’ve been a serious student of productivity for a couple decades now. As the primary income earner in a family of seven, I had to be.
When I first started in business, I lived in a constant state of feeling overwhelmed. Work took my best, and I struggled to find time for my family and my health.
I excelled at the office, but my pace was unsustainable. I was going to burn myself out or burn my family up—probably both. I had to find a better way.