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036: The Secret to Setting Goals That Actually Get Done: Michael Hyatt Interview [Podcast]

Fear is something we usually avoid at all costs. But when it comes to setting and achieving goals, are fear and discomfort avoidable? How do fear and discomfort fit in with a happy life?

The Secret to Setting Goals that Actually Get Done: Interview with Michael Hyatt [Podcast]

According to Michael Hyatt, those are key indicators that we are on the right track.

I recently had the chance to chat with Michael about setting and achieving goals. We talked about his 5-day process for goal setting. And the reasons why some people are able to achieve their goals while others don’t.

We all start with good intentions. But good intentions don’t translate to lasting change and we usually give up. Failure doesn’t happen because our intentions are flawed. Failure happens because the process is flawed.

Michael tells us about the seven major life areas that need goals to help us be well-rounded, successful people. Because the truth is, each area of life impacts the other.

In this episode of The Portfolio Life, Michael shares how happiness is not found in arriving at the destination but in the journey.

We are never more happy than when we are making significant progress toward a goal that matters to us.

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Listen in as Michael talks about the process of setting goals and how to have the best year ever.

Show highlights

In this episode we discuss:

  • How fear is an important marker that we are doing something important
  • The difference between a New Year’s resolution and a bonafide goal
  • The ideal number of goals to set — Can there be too few or too many?
  • Why it’s more important to set difficult goals rather than easy ones
  • Essential ingredients to achieving goals

About my guest

Michael Hyatt is a best selling author and sought after speaker. On his personal blog he writes about personal development, leadership, productivity, platform, and publishing.

I hope you enjoyed the interview. You’re welcome to download it and share it with your friends. Also, I’d love it if you take a moment leave a review on iTunes (this helps more people find the podcast).

In this free video series, Michael shares strategies to create a solid foundation for success with your goals. You can find out more about 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever here.

Do you have written goals? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Rachel Miller

    Great podcast! I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions, but I always spend time prayerfully seeking focus for the New Year. I have never really stood at the beginning of a new year, looked out across it and said, “Wow, I’d better get busy setting some goals if I’m gonna get anywhere.” I’ve never really needed to because the goals were always
    out there, always progressing, always moving a few steps further down the path…until this year.

    This year the proverbial rug was pulled out from under my feet. In one, horrible moment my whole world changed. The last 8 months have primarily been grief and survival tempered by faith and hope. But even in those 8 months, I had goals. I had a book to finish for a client. I had my own book to finish compiling. I had orphan ministry projects to promote and other ministry events to plan and host. I had projects to work toward, to get through…but as we near the end of the year, I realize that most of those things are done. I sent off the edit last week. I ordered the proof of my book today. The ministry projects wind down December 31st. What about tomorrow? What about next week? What about the rest of my life? It will never look the same, so now I must begin to decide what it will look like in the future. Do I pull back? Do I press on with some things and let others go? It’s daunting and heartbreaking and discouraging and even embarrassing…but life is real, and I was reminded through the podcast that the new life can be just as much a joy as the old life when the focus—the why—is right.

    Thank you both.

    • Krithika Rangarajan

      #HUGSSSSSS I don’t even know you, but I know your current challenge will empower you. Your courage and commitment shimmers through your words <3

      • Rachel Miller

        Thank you so much! You are very encouraging! And, I like your idea for “F”! 😉

    • Wow, Rachel. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re dealing with these things. It sounds like a trying time, but I love seeing how your faith is shining through, which in my opinion is what it’s there for. Times like these. May you endure in your convictions and grow through this challenging season.

      • Rachel Miller

        Thank you, Jeff. God has definitely proven Himself to be faithful! It’s interesting that you mention convictions. While my old convictions have not changed during, I have discovered so many (often neglected) areas of loving others, which have taken on a new place of motivation and importance in my heart. God always has some way He wants to grow us! 🙂

  • Krithika Rangarajan

    Hey Jeff

    I ENJOYED this podcast. I am trying to get ‘SMARTER’ with my goals for 2015, and I absolutely love dividing your goals into categories <3

    Thanks Michael #HUGS

    Kitto

    PS: How about F for 'Field' (like Field of Expertise) 😉 If you like it, thank Google Search 😛

  • Ooh, loved this!

    For me, one of the best bits was the fact that just writing down your goals makes you 42% more likely to attain them. I’m of course super-into the idea of making time to always sit down and do goal setting – but: life often gets in the way.

    Knowing this fact means I can at least always take this one, easy step (and, who knows, maybe most of the time that’ll give me the momentum to take the next one).

    Thanks!

    • I loved that too, Marsha! Convicting, no? I had better get to writing.

  • Excellent interview. I had been hearing Michael Hyatt’s name all over the place, so it was timely to finally “meet” him and his work. I’ve just been pondering my goals for 2015 – this is going to help me make them much more effective. Jeff, I found it very inspiring that you had such over-reaching goals that you hoped to achieve in 10 years, and you managed to do them in 3! That is incredible – but considering the quality of your blog and other resources, it is hardly surprising. Thank you for your generosity in sharing such powerful material.

    • Thanks, Deborah. That means a lot. good luck in the New Year with your own goals!

  • Dorothy

    Great & timely podcast. I’m working on a lot of goals for my career – within my current position – and sometimes stretching into the unknown of creating a new set of skills and still accomplishing what my boss is looking for can be overwhelming. I also have quite a few goals for myself in the new year (write at least 2 days a week, get into a healthier eating & workout routine, be present and enjoy life). Even just the discussions & ideas in this podcast were helpful suggestions and motivation. I’m sure anyone that commits to these steps will see great accomplishments in the next year!

  • Thank you. This was just what I needed to hear as I begin planning my goals for the new year.

  • Jeff Aman

    Jeff, I’m not even finished listening yet, but this was a great episode! I am an avid follower of both Michael and you, so this was so encouraging to listen to you guys talk about goals. I did BYE in 2014, and have signed up again this year. But this episode provided some nuances that will help me in my goal planning and achievement. Best wishes to you in 2015. I love your show!

  • Imran Khan

    a must-listen episode about goal setting. It will really help me when I sit planning my goals & putting them down; as now, I’m occupied in preparation for the exam commencing from next week. Thanks to motivate & awaken a lazy person like me 🙂

  • markwguay

    Great episode Jeff. I found this to be the perfect listen as I sat down to reconstruct and reflect on my life plan. Thanks for your work.

  • I look over my past year’s goals around my birthday each year. I’m turning the big 4-0 and I’ve been searching for better goal setting strategies. I was so happy to find this podcast! Thank you so much for all the great information, Mr. Hyatt & Mr. Goins!

  • Danny

    I have been listening to your podcasts for the past 6 weeks during my commute to work, I have enjoyed many, some make me laugh others ponder but this one moved me straight into action. I am sitting at the laptop waiting for my gorgeous wife to come home and then we are going to set those goals for all the F’s (and v). No one said you had to set goals at the end of the year right ? Sometimes one statement can change your view and Michael saying to avoid obsessive planning drives home something I do (obsessively) and will stop, promise. I have also just subscribed to Michaels blogs and I see all his podcasts. Commuting has never been so enjoyable !