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Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,897 ratings  ·  578 reviews
We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner--and then, more often than not, they get forgotten. New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt wants readers to know that it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, he thinks that thi ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Baker Books
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Jami Balmet
Based on Michael’s first two books that I loved (Platform and Living Forward), I had high hopes for this book. But I was very disappointed. Michael use to teach solid, step by step approaches to creating a platform, writing, and setting goals. But like his podcast that I seldom listen to anymore, this book was more fluff and stories than anything else. For anyone who has ever read anything on setting goals, you can probably skip this book. I kept waiting to get to the meat - but sadly never did! ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Nothing groundbreaking here. Lots of secret Jesus though. It felt like he brought god up in every other page. Also used lots of Bible anecdotes. Sorry, no, if I want to read the Bible (I don't), I'll read the freaking Bible. While there are lots of concrete, action-oriented points in here, there's also a lot of positive thinking nonsense. He cites a lot of research studies with small samples of mostly college students, and the whole book felt very White and Privileged (tm) in a way that made me ...more
Anna LeBaron
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am delighted that Michael Hyatt's "Best Year Ever" program is now in book form!

I have used his program for five years in a row to set goals for each year and then accomplish so many of them, year after year! This has been a game-changer for me. Actually, a LIFE-CHANGER! Since I began using these proven methods I have become a published author and started a new career!

Imagine setting goals and then actually following through and doing the work required to reach them! How would that change you
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think a healthy suspicion of any guarantees of making a certain life for ourselves is good, unless what's being offered are promises from God's Word. We are not the captain of our souls, even though many live as though we are. This type of book is somewhat of an unusual read for me, but after seeing it recommended a couple of times by a teacher I greatly admire, I decided to give it a read. We make our plans, and God directs our steps; that reminder was never given in this book, at least not i ...more
Misty Beller
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional book for anyone. Whether you're a go-getter and want to move to the next level personally and professionally, or whether you're just tired of slogging through the same ol' rut, this book is a must-read.

I've set goals for years, some I've accomplished and some I haven't. I love the way the author gives tools to examine all aspects of our lives and find the areas where we want to take action. The book then takes us step-by-step through creating goals that stretch us, then developin
Allysia K
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I'll be reviewing this closer to the end of the year to really get clear on my 2019 goals, but I did a lot of work and journaling as I read this book and I'm already super pumped for next year.

The first few chapters on an abundance mindset and perspective was something I'm well-versed in already, but I see the importance of starting with that. Michael is a practical writer who gives clear action steps, which is exactly what I was looking for.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the time of year, I picked up this book to add to what I already know about goal-setting and to hopefully learn another approach. The trick will be whether I go through the steps Hyatt lays out moving into 2019. He provides simple enough examples throughout, as well as sample templates for the two types of goals he mentions in the book within the appendix (Achievement Goals and Habit Goals).
I would recommend this book to individuals exploring options to improve goal setting and follow-thro
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this with a book study crew l and although the conversations we had were great, I feel the book is very mediocre. Singing the same tune of other business minded achievement books. Not unhelpful information, just ideas I've heard from others put into his own words. There were a few times when I literally would yell out in confusion as to what he was saying, buuuut it wasn't a bad book.

Some books have nuggets of gold on them, this however had a few nuggets of weird goop. Should I give it a 2
Nopadol Rompho
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you always fail whenever you set your goal, you might want to read this book. Your Best Year Ever tells you how to set and implement your goal successfully. Strongly recommended.
Brandon Kelley
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has helped me gain clarity for 2018 and has given me a great process for taking steps toward the things I believe God is calling me to in the next 12 months. Whether you've given up on New Year's Resolutions/Goals or if you're a goal-setter already, this book is a great tool to move forward personally, professionally, and even putting together a plan to grow your faith. Highly recommended. ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I feel like you can't really review a lifehack/ self help book immediately upon completion, but I really like how action oriented this book was. This is a very clear action path for how to make changes over a year by analyzing your current situation, goal setting and periodic review. I did follow along with the exercises, so I guess I'll know for sure in a few months! Very easy to process through audio imo. ...more
Joli Hamilton
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent strategy guide for developing new habits and achieving goals. I only wish Hyatt didn’t fall into the trap of using almost all male examples in his anecdotal case studies. It sticks out like a sore thumb and becomes grating quickly. That said, the info is solid and tracks to my prior knowledge of growth oriented research results, so I will keep it on my coaching bookshelf.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am thrilled for Michael’s new book. I have read both Platform and Living Forward and was thrilled when he announced he would be sharing his Best Year Ever content in book format. I am about 2/3 of the way though his book and it is proving to be just as beneficial as the other two. What I love about this book is the simple actionable step by step process Michael walks you though to accomplish what he promises. I recommend this book because I believe it will help you identify, define and achieve ...more
Jeffrey McDowell
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I benefitted greatly from reading this book. Inspiring, challenging, and doable.
Erica Clou
I think that if you like books in this goal-setting genre, this one is pretty good. I'll probably also buy a copy for reference. I have to admit, I really love the title (maybe to a bias-forming level). *Warning! This review is more like note-taking on the book than a real summary. It's definitely more valuable if you take some notes on it.

Some of my favorite parts of the book were in the first introductory chapter:
1. Starts with a story about the amazing results of resilience. "Stay in the game
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, business
I have enjoyed listening to Michael Hyatt’s low key success podcasts and listening to his self-narrated audiobooks. He has a comforting voice with a bit of contagious call to action that he adds to what he publishes. Given his earlier book called “Platform” described how he had combined all kinds of media to get his message across and build his business, it’s no wonder that this platform master needs to create content for his own platform – his mix of social media, podcasts, books, training, ema ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The latest from leadership developer and writer Michael Hyatt, Your Best Year Ever is apparently a companion to an online course called “5 Steps To Your Best Year Ever”.

The book read quickly, each part is comprised of several chapters and capped by a multi-step “Action Plan” that distills the advice you’ve just read into a checklist of sorts. I liked the practical nature of the book and will likely use some, if not all, of the action plan steps in the coming months.

For negatives, I think the bi
Anick Globensky-bromow
I am usually a big fan of the content Michael Hyatt puts out. But this time, I did not find the value in the content. I also bought his course, 5 days to your best year ever, and was disappointed that I did not learn a thing, except from his acronym SMARTER which basically added two letters to a wildly known SMART goal. Nothing groundbreaking here. Maybe I read too much about goal setting in the past, but I felt like this book was just putting together what others have already taught about goal ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I think this is probably going to be a better book to read than a lot of other books in this genre. Your Best Year Ever not only encourages personal responsibility but also emphasizes how thankfulness is key in completing your goals.

The book is easy to read and Hyatt is a sraight-shooter. You won't be wasting your time.
Yet another typical Self-help book, with some stories from Michael's life. ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many, many books on setting and achieving goals. What sets Your Best Year Ever spare from all the others? Honestly, not much. The material covered is pretty well known: SMART goals (Hyatt adds ER to make them SMARTER), understanding the “why” behind a goal, making a plan, getting help, employing an accountability buddy, etc. Goal setting has been covered so well over the decades, we should all be experts at accomplishing our dreams by now. So why did Michael Hyatt feel the importance ...more
Kalyn Barrick
This book does have some good information in it. The idea of setting goals in pairs such as "write a book" as the large goal and "write 200 words a day" as the steps to get that goal, is definitely something that can help keep you organized, motivated and intentional on achieving your goals. Additionally, if you had never read a self-help book then this would be a great place to start since he quotes word for word 15 other self-help writers. This is basically a "best of" any similar book written ...more
Jason Hoschouer
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a follower of Michael Hyatt's for years. His no-nonsense approach to goal setting is second to none. The timing of this release is perfect as it will allow me to finish out 2017 on a high and jump into 2018 with clear direction and purpose.

The best part of this book is Hyatt's assertion that goals often bleed into one another and setting a single goal isn't particularly realistic. When I'm focusing on something personal, I need to realize it may be impacting my work life as well. Str
Jason Cox
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Highly recommended.

I read this after attending Michael Hyatt's Your Best Year Ever, Live conference in early January. It's a great resource for getting yourself to maximize your efficiency to accomplish what is really important to you. It goes into depth about goal setting. Daily evaluation of how you are spending your time. Keeping you focused on those goals.

This is a super choice to read starting right now, as the new year is just around the corner. I'm going to put this on my
Claire Sheats
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t let the gimmicky title deter you! This was an enjoyable and though-provoking read. Hyatt writes in a very consistent and themed way, and really dives into the psychology of why we are (or aren’t) successful. Not all of the steps of his 5-step plan are completely innovative, but the way he dissects some well-known concepts is very interesting. His idea as a whole is logical and is laid out very methodically.

While this isn’t presented as a spiritual book, Hyatt does speak to some spiritual a
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to provide an unbiased review, as I’m a big Hyatt fan. I’ve read his other books, use both the Full Focus Planner and Journal, and am a Business Accelerator participant. Despite having all of those other experiences, I STILL got quite a bit out of this book. Walking away with a deeper understanding of how to best use those tools.
Can you implement his advice without his other tools? Yes, with some thoughtful effort.
The investment of your money, time, and/energy will be worth it regardless.
Karen Roth
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like Michael’s approach to goal setting and execution. In the business world I’ve experienced many times developing meaningful goals, but with difficulty in actually achieving them and keeping them relevant. This book is very straightforward and gives the tools to make achieving your goals a much greater possibility. This book works well with Michael’s Full Focus Planner to actually have a system to make your actions bring your goals to life.
Salman Israr
Helpful. Gives you system+strategies to do a yearly review (reflection on past), and set goals+systems to achieve next year's goals in all areas of life.
If you're a total beginner to yearly goal setting, read the whole book.
If you're intermediate level goal-setter like me, only do these parts:

1. Go to the Action part at the end of each chapter, and do the exercises.
2. Read the chapters:
- Great Goals Check Seven Boxes  
-You Can Trigger Success 
-Visibility Is Essential    
- The LEAP Principle  
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and found it very practical, but also inspiring. It was helpful to learn the difference between habit goals and achievement goals and how to leverage habits to reach achievement goals. The book was an easy read, but implementing it will definitely be work. But work well worth the effort if it leads to my best year ever!
Sarah Tang
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great book with practical advice on how to prioritize and set goals. It definitely gave me a clearer sense of the things I was doing wrong and how I had previously gotten in the way of myself. I would recommend this book to anyone who is feeling at a loss and confused in their life direction.
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