Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Kick off your new year with a solid plan.  Michael Hyatt’s 2018 release is full of theory, steps, and practical tips.  Goal setting books are a perennial favorite for anyone who reads personal growth and self-help books, myself included.  This book, however, contains everything from A to Z plus a bunch of bonus templates.  Here are the highlights:

It all starts with your belief and inner thoughts.  Limiting beliefs stop us, sometimes before we even begin.  Neuropsychology reveals that our thoughts shape our lives. Our positive thoughts (or negative ones), the activities we engage in (or don’t engage in), our achievements (or lack of), and our enjoyment of life (or dissatisfaction) are all linked together and create linkages of cause and effect in our lives.  Here’s the bright side: liberating truths change our thoughts for the better. Liberating truths improve our actions and results.

Liberating truths are also biblical.  Liberating truths help us apply scripture and even memorize it.  Try these on for size:

  • Instead of: “I never have enough” try Philippians 4:19.
  • Try: God is meeting all my needs according the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
  • Instead of: “I am always so tired” trade it for Ephesians 3:20.
  • Try: “He can do more than I can ask or imagine according to His power at work in me.”

Gratitude is the real deal. Acknowledging and listing our gratefulness from day to day has many benefits.  Gratitude expands our capacity by:

  • Increasing positive goal striving
  • Building resiliency and hopefulness
  • Viewing life through abundance which increases our resourcefulness
  • Building patience as we aim toward big things with a long-range view.

Goals and habits work together.  Goals require we change what we’re doing to achieve what we want and become who we want.  Some goals are achievement-driven such as sales goals, financial benchmarks, or a lower number on the scale.  These goals are extra-motivating when you put a deadline to it. Habit goals, on the other hand, are ongoing activities to enhance your life and well-being, such as regular exercise, saving money, daily devotions, or regular touchpoints with customers and potential customers.  Either type of goal requires redesigning our days.

Years ago, I heard Tony Robbins mention a small habit he began to support his exercise goals.  He began setting out his shoes and workout clothes before going to bed each night. This 30 second action added to a bedtime routine sets up a different kind of morning and increases the odds of achieving exercise goals.  For any goal, simple tweaks create a new chain of actions.  Daily habits eventually result in goals achieved.  Experiment until you’ve got the new habit locked in.

Travel with others intentionally.  Success doesn’t simply appear.  Instead, success comes from careful tending.  We cultivate our dreams with the care of others – a team of willing workers, teachers, and encouragers.  The work is more fun with friends and the fruit is more wonderful when shared.

Exercise caution not to share your goals with anyone and everyone, choose wisely whom you will trust.  Peers matter. Don’t drift with the whims of the crowd.  Be intentional about crafting the best year ever.  Online communities, exercise groups, masterminds, coaching groups, reading, study, and accountability groups are all choices you can make to increase your wins this year.

Hyatt’s book is formulaic, but sometimes that’s just what we need.  A system gives us something to go on, a plan to follow.  It is already February; perhaps this book contains the steps you need for your climb this year.

Written By Julie Stroud

Julie Stroud is the Founder and President of Fervent Coaching. With two decades’ experience as a work at home mom and solopreneur, Julie brings experience, wisdom, and education to the clients she serves.  Through coaching and training, Fervent Coaching equips and inspires Christian entrepreneurial women to be God’s best in the marketplace.

Are you a Christian woman entrepreneur with a story of personal and/or professional overcoming?  Or does your ministry or business have a strong give-back component that is making a difference locally and/or globally?  If you would like your story considered for this blog and upcoming book, contact Julie Stroud at