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3 Secrets to Making 2015 Your Best Year Ever

Leadership / Personal Development / Time Management //

Did you know that 25% of people break their New Year’s resolutionswithin the first week? Another 40% or so join the Non-Finisher’s Club before the kids hit summer vacation. I have certainly been guilty of not succeeding at things I have said I want to accomplish. You, too?

Most of us "hope" 2015 will be a great year. These 3 secrets will make sure it is.

You might be asking, “Why is Keith talking about 2015 while there are still leftovers from Thanksgiving in the fridge?!” It’s the first week of Advent and most of us are in the party-shopping-planning-cooking-wrapping-decorating busyness of the Christmas Season.

There is a really good reason I’m writing about it now (instead of the first week of January like a million other bloggers will do). This reason is actually the first of three secrets that will help you move from “I hope 2015 is a good year” to “2015 will be a fantastic year!”

Secret 1: Start Planning Now.

Planning is hard. Reacting is easy. (Reacting is also a horrible way to accomplish anything.)

Simply put, thinking about what you want to accomplishtoday – relationally, in your business, financially, and spiritually – is going to massively increase your chances of accomplishing what you dream of seeing happen.

Not only that, but you’ll have a few weeks to let the goalssimmer. You will be able to think, pray, discuss, evaluate, and refine them – all before the “deadline” of January 1.

Secret 2: Have a Partner.

I’ve written about this before. You’ve also heard it from people much smarter than me.

You were not meant to do this alone.

This is true in almost every area of life. We know it. And yet, most of us still fly solo. We exercise alone. We try to parent without discussing our parenting challenges with a small group or even one other couple. We read the Bible alone. (Yes…alone time with God in His Word is vital. But it’s not the only way. More on that next Wednesday. How’s that for a teaser?)

And we dream, plan, and set goals – alone. This is a huge mistake.

It’s not just about accountability (although that’s helpful). It is also more fun. More engaging. More enjoyable. And more doable. The successes, struggles, challenges, and perseverance of another person will contribute mightily to your own success.

Tell someone your goals. Set some goals together (with your spouse, kids, or a friend). Remind each other. Set up contests. Just do it…together!

Secret 3: Engage a Process.

This is where we need to hunker down a bit.

If I’m completely transparent with you, I must admit that many of my “goals” or “resolutions” would more accurately be labeled “hopes.” I hope they happen. I want them to happen. It would be really helpful if they happen.

Sound familiar? As I read and listen to what other people have written and said about accomplishing goals, there is one thing they all have in common:

Every one of them had a process.

There is a guy who accomplishes more – with the simplest process – of any human being I know. (This isnot an exaggeration in the slightest!)

His name is Michael Hyatt and he is the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing. He is currently a blogger and conference speaker with over 500,000 monthly readers. He’s also been married to his lovely wife Gail for more than 35 years, raised five daughters, and is a NY Times Bestselling Author.

What I have loved about getting to know Michael over the last five years is watching him accomplish so much while maintaining a truly inspiring level of integrity, humility, and generosity.

Combining the “goal setting” and “generosity” themes – Michael is releasing a FREE, 3-part video series. The first video went live yesterday.

It’s called “4 Secrets for a Breakthrough Year”and you can watch it here.

I was given the opportunity to watch the complete series and it is terrific. The way in which Michael breaks everything down into bite-sized, understandable, attainable elements has me excited to walk through this individually, and with Kari.

If you want to make 2015 the best year ever…

…start planning now…get a partner…and engage a process.

And if you need help with the last one, do what I’m doing, and follow Michael’s plan. Here is the link to his free, 3-part video series.

Question: What is the one goal you WILL achieve in 2015?

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About the Author

Keith Ferrin is an author, speaker, blogger, and storyteller who is passionate about helping people read, study, engage, and enjoy the Bible. He was a youth pastor for six years before writing and speaking fulltime. He is the author of three books, including Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word. He and his wife, Kari, have three kids who are the source of both his big smile and gray hair. They live just outside of Seattle. Keith also holds to the belief that coffee and ice cream are proof of a benevolent God.