Best Year Ever LIVE Biggest Takeaways

Jon and I just completed Michael Hyatt’s 2019 Best Year Ever LIVE! This has become one of our favorite events of the year because it’s an opportunity for Jon and I to spend time together dreaming and planning for the upcoming year.

To be totally honest, I was coming into this year’s event feeling like 2018 had been a bit of a failure. Though I had made progress toward my big goals, I hadn’t been able to officially mark anything off my list. However, it was so interesting to see how Jon viewed my year. He was able to see growth that I couldn’t see. He saw my year as a huge success. Then, when I spent time reflecting on what I did accomplish, I began to see the growth myself. So, though I didn’t officially check off many goals in 2018, I was able to see how the work set me up for success in 2019. It was transformational to measure the gains we had made rather than the gaps.

My Favorite Exercise:

One of my favorite exercises at this year’s Best Year Ever Live was when we imagined a breakthrough year. We wrote down anything that we really wanted in these areas of our life: Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, Marital, Parental, Social, Vocational, Avocational, and Financial. It was so fun to just dream about what breakthrough would look like in each of these areas for me to live my best life. This dreaming exercise became the guide for what I wanted my 2019 goals to be.

My Favorite quotes from Best Year Ever Live 2019:

“Set backs are a gift to make us stronger.”

“Everything up until this point has been beta (or practice). Only the story until now has been written. I can change the rest of the story.”

“Most of the things holding me back aren’t out there, instead they are in my mind.”

“The moment you doubt, the moment you suspend the possibilities.”

“Quit proof your goals by identifying why they are important. Why does each goal really matter?”

“You must visioneer – walk into the future and see what it looks like to accomplish that goal.”

“Concentrated focus leads to amplified results.”

“The resources won’t show up until you’re clear on what you really want.”

“What gets scheduled, gets done.”

“You won’t get more of what you want until you’re grateful for what you have.”

My Big Change for 2019:

I realized that I need to do a better job of reviewing my goals daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. I’ve always done this on some level, but I realized that not putting a big emphasis on this is why many of my goals from 2018 didn’t get accomplished. Here are a few things that I’m committed to doing this year:

  • I’ve written my goals on the front page of my iBloom Planner, so they are easily accessible.
  • I’m going to print and frame my goals. In fact, I’m going to do post them in 3 places- my closet, my pantry door, and my office. I want to be reminded of them often!
  • Daily- I’ll read through my list of 2019 goals and ask myself, what can I do today that will move me closer to the accomplishment of a goal?
  • Weekly – I’ll read through my goals and remind myself WHY I set the goal and why it’s really important. I want to connect with the reason behind the goal on an emotional level. I’ll also use this time to check in with Jon – we’ll celebrate progress that we’ve made, discuss setbacks, and recommit to our goals.
  • Monthly – I’ll celebrate the GAINS I’ve made toward my goals (rather than focusing on the GAPS). I loved the suggestion from Megan Hyatt Miller, “To celebrate a win, think about how you could create a memory to remember the win. You want to cement the feeling of accomplishing the goal.”
  • Quarterly – I’ll have time away with Jon to celebrate to do a deeper dive into our goals. We’ll celebrate the progress we’ve made, connect to the WHY behind the goal, remind ourselves what life will be like when our goals are accomplished, and discuss any changes that we need to make.

I’ve been goal setting since I was a teenager and I’ve attended Best Year Ever Live the past three year, but I feel like I’m more committed to my goals this year than ever before. I know that each of my goals are important. I have an emotional connection to each one and I can feel what it will be like to accomplish it! I’m going ALL IN this year and I can’t wait to celebrate the accomplishment of each goal.


  • Lynnae Bussell

    January 12, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    This is wonderful! I love how you outlined and posted your plan for making your goal visible. I want to do this too, so that I remain focused and move forward toward my goals. I love the idea of creating goals that will help me to grow in ALL areas of my life. Way to go Kelly!!!

  • Jan Rowland

    January 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I’m reading “Fast Focus: A Quick-Start Guide to Mastering Your Attention, Ignoring Distractions….” by Damon Zahariades.
    I was surprised that “Tactic # 3” was “Know Your Reason”. So many things “just have to be done”, but he said that without a reason for doing a task, it is easier to get distracted or let it slide. “Purpose is what drives us. It gives us clarity and keeps us on task.”
    I love it when I hear or read something and then it comes up somewhere else as a reinforcement. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Kelly!

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