A few weeks ago, in mid-December, I decided to register for Michael Hyatt’s 2016 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. I did the same in late 2014 with intent of defining my goals and making 2015 my Best Year Ever. Things didn’t go according to plan.
Yes, I logged onto the 2015 site in January of last year and completed maybe one of the 5 courses. As January progressed and February arrived I never logged back in. As the year passed I’d think about it now and again knowing that I could log in at any time. Thinking back that is where I went wrong.
I failed because I knew I could log in at any time during the year but moreover no one else knew that I hadn’t completed the program. No one knew that I had even registered.
I figured that I had all year to get to it. Ironic, huh? I procrastinated on completing a course of making 2015 my best year by thinking I could start at any time. It was just one of those things that “I’d get to” and like many similar things on my list I never got to it. I never made it a priority nor did I ever tell anyone that I was going to complete it. The year slipped away.
So in December 2015 I decided to forgive myself for spending and wasting the money I had spent in late 2014 for 2015’s registration and decided to register again. This time I not only registered for the revamped course but I decided to register for the VIP version which of course cost more than the non-VIP version.
With the VIP version the registrant has the ability to participate in a closed Facebook group that is hosted and monitored by Michael and some of his staff. There are videos and questions posted to help initiate conversation and sharing of each others’ goals.
I decided that if I was going to spend the money again that I wasn’t going to leave it up to myself alone to complete the course. I already proved that not making it a priority was not a good option. I didn’t want to do that two years in a row. This time I paid for the higher priced course, which allows me to participate and learn from Michael and his team throughout the year. In addition to all of that I asked for help from my friends and family.
A day or two after I registered for 5 Years to Your Best Year Ever 2016 I posted the following on request on Facebook:
Within minutes I had family and friends saying that they wanted to participate and be part of the group. I was excited and at the same time nervous about being the one to facilitate the group. What was I going to post? What would I share? Am I adding yet one more thing to my to-do list that would keep me from actually working on my goals?
Ultimately I decided that if my dream is to one day get to shape my life, be in a better position to help shape the lives of my wife and boys, then this is one stepping stone towards reaching my goal. I have a passion and earnest desire to serve and help others meet their goals and be successful in their lives. I want to spread optimism. I want to make sure others don’t feel like they are the only ones that don’t have it figured out. I want to earn an income and design a business where serving others is at its core but not be intimidated by earning an income by providing that help.
I’m still left with the questions of how I’m going to get there but by creating my own accountability group I am not only getting like minded, goal oriented family and friends to keep me accountable but I’m getting to dive into the world of leadership outside of work and youth coaching. I’m learning as I’m going, I don’t have it figured out by any means, but as I repeatedly hear from the authors, bloggers, and podcasters that I study and learn from it all boils down to getting started and putting yourself out there.
And so, in 2016, I plan to not only make it the Best Year Ever via Michael Hyatt’s course and learn from one of my virtual mentors but I also intend to take what I learn and share it with others. I will not be giving away any of the paid course’s content. I plan to keep my integrity in tact but I will take what I learn and share my own interpretations via blog posts, videos, quotes, and any other means I can think of to help the 17 or so members of my accountability group.
With that, I have given myself until this Sunday, January 17th to complete the 5 courses in the 5 Days to Your Best Ever program. If you like, feel free to help keep me accountable and check in with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.