15 Minutes with a New York Best Selling Author

Posted on 01/07/15 23 Comments

10636303_10154974912695494_6886646217612652548_nLast Friday was a very special day for me. I had New York Times best selling author Michael Hyatt “in da house.” You see, Michael and I have a common friend who told Michael about the setup we use to do our coaching calls each month for our online students. So, Michael asked if he could fly up and have our team run one for him (he loved it and plans on doing it again 🙂 .

I thought I would turn my awesome good fortune into yours, so I asked Michael if he would do a brief interview focused on his specialty, “goal setting”, and my specialty, “dog training.”

I can’t tell you what an impact Michael’s course “Five Days to Your Best Year Ever” has direct and indirectly, already made on me. In all my years of setting goals, I have never gone through a process like this one before. Sitting down and listing out your own limiting beliefs is an eye opener.

Can you tell I am excited about this course?

This is my third blog post on “goal setting” this year. You may notice I have never promoted anyone else’s online class on my blog before…even though I get at least a dozen requests a year to do so.

But this course is different. I am sharing it with each of you now for two reasons. First of all, as Michael says in this interview, “people who set goals are happier than those who don’t” and who amongst us doesn’t want to be happier? My other reason was that I wanted to go  through his course for myself, and I thought I could invite other dog owners to join me and we could all do it together…help each-other to stay on course, be accountable. So that is why I agreed to be affiliated with  “Five Days to Your Best Year Ever.

For me personally, the “Evernote” “bonus” that he gives with the course is worth the price of the course itself (I LOVE Evernote…which if you don’t already use you can get free btw). Click here to get Evernote! 

What I didn’t realize was the difference it makes having a “community” be involved through the process…a first for me again! You see I set up a Facebook group for people for THIS community (our dog loving one) so we could share ideas and keep each other motivated during the process. So far there are about 100 of us in there …and I am pleasantly surprised to be learning as much as I am sharing!

Our little Facebook group has been active as we are all setting goals here at the goals training coverbeginning of this year. It should get quieter as we move on but I will be checking in on everyone once a month to make sure the motivation is still high to either continue on or, if there has been any steps backward to re-commit to goals.  At the end of the month, once people have had a chance to work through Michael’s course, and focus upon what is important to them this year, I will be sharing two ebooks with our little “goal setting” Facebook group.

At some point I imagine “dog training” will be a goal for everyone this year so I have an eBook that I use to set up my own dog training goals each year. It doesn’t matter if I am starting with a new puppy or I am re-establishing training goals with one of my older dogs, I review, refresh, and get re-charged every year using this process.

goals trialing coverFor those people that will be competing in dog sports this year, I am putting the final touches on an ebook sharing my Competition goal setting process…which of course I will be sharing with our Facebook “goal setting” group as well. It won’t matter if you will be competing in agility, obedience or any other sport… this process will apply. Obviously if this has helped me to win National and World Championships it will likely even help those in sports other than dog sports 🙂 …although I wrote it for dog sports in particular.

Check out Michael Hyatt’s Five Days to Your Best Year Ever and if you can see yourself designing your next year with intention, then once you have joined Michael’s course fill out this survey so we can add you to our little Facebook group. It doesn’t matter what “level” you join on Michael’s course…although I myself signed up for the “full year of coaching” (because I look forward to the extra motivation at key times throughout the year)…just signing up for any level of BYE will automatically make you eligible to join our “dog training focused” Facebook Group.

Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life. If “goal setting” hasn’t been your thing in the past, I suggest you at least take time to think about 2015. When you start 2016 and look back at your past year…what do you want to see?

That is what goal setting is in a nutshell…painting your own picture of the future so that when you get to that point and look back, the picture you are looking at is something YOU created with intention… rather than something you were driven to by the priorities of others.

Today I am really grateful for our “Say Yes to Your Best Year Ever” Facebook group. I love how the diversified talents of so many can pitch in to create something even I had no idea could be so fantastic.


  1. Mary Ellen says:
    Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 4:51pm

    I was so hoping this webinar and interview could be downloaded so I could share with my large circle of summer friends at the cottage. It would be totally awesome if Michael’s program could start every 4-6 months. Then we wouldn’t lose a whole year!


  2. Anne Chapman says:
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 9:33am

    Thank you for sharing the interview and making me aware of the five days to the best year ever. Unfortunately I was not able to join this year but have it planned for next year. After watching both your interview and the introduction video on 8th January I am feeling motivated and inspired. Feeling grateful to both you and Michael for the motivation – in short a kick where I needed it . Good luck to you and all the others who joined the best year ever in reaching your goals.


  3. Jennifer Farrell says:
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:43am

    I’ve watched your interview with Michael so many times – absolutely wonderful. Thank you Susan


  4. Debra n Snap says:
    Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1:15am

    Susan… What a great video! When you and Michael started talking about the Discomfort Zone, I so related to it. That’s exactly how I felt when I took the plunge with Snap and flew to Indiana to take the field test for National Cert. In Human Remains Detection. I felt fear, overwhelmingly over my head, and just knew I would be the laughing stock of the course. But it was exactly what I needed to do and we accomplished it. If I had not… I would have given in to a trainer who almost made me feel a failure.

    This video is an affirmation to never give up! You know how much I love your programs. Thank you for bringing Michael into the mix!!! 🙂


  5. Peggie says:
    Friday, January 9, 2015 at 12:11am

    Okay, Susan, you and Michael convinced me to try this. After many years of just “wishing” I could achieve my goals–not just in dog training but other important areas too–I have decided that life’s too short to always feel at best mediocre and at worst a failure. I’m ready to see some success!


  6. Angela says:
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:24pm

    Susan, Thanks so much for introducing us to Michael Hyatt and his BYE goal setting program. Your Email on the 31st December popped into my inbox just as I was thinking about 2015, unsure of how I should approach the New Year. I signed up that day and it’s been incredibly helpful. Working your way through the exercises really makes you take stock of what is important, the motivations that drive us and it provides clarity on how to really set the best goals ever!

    I received the invite to join your Facebook group and would so love to join but I don’t use Facebook. Is there any other way to access these Ebooks if you are a member of Michael’s program? I’m getting a new puppy this year so the “Goal Setting for Dog Training” eBook would be especially helpful. I’m a Puppy Peaks member so perhaps these will be offered through that program? Thanks!


  7. Janice Cruikshank says:
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:44pm

    Thanks for doing the interview! The points made in such a relaxed format resonate with me. Appreciate you taking the time to share.


  8. carole nicholson says:
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 6:58pm

    I signed up for the class and filled out the basic info at the survey link to get on the private Facebook page. Does it take a while to get an email confirmation?

    I stopped short of taking the survey. I REALLY don’t want more unwanted email in my inbox!!

    It wants me to create a user name etc to take the survey and I wonder do I have to take this survey to get into the Facebook page?


    One other question-Michael Hyatt’s web site is organized exactly like Susan’s online classes-(dashboard etc..) Is this common in the industry? I have not taken many online courses!


  9. Laurie says:
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 5:39pm

    Can you share more about the Evernote bonus? I already have Evernote, and the link just goes to a create an account page. Thanks!


  10. Stephanie says:
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 5:27pm

    Trying to decide between the basic and the higher-end version. Any advice?


  11. Jim Davis says:
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 3:14pm

    Well it looks like I really needed to sign up for Michael Hyatt course seeing as how I procrastinated till the last day to do it.
    On board now, thanks Susan for including all of us in this, exciting journey in self improvement.


  12. Deb says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:58pm

    That was a great interview; both of you came of as two very down-to-earth people having a friendly conversation, even though you are both rock stars in your own fields.

    I like the idea of adding a new goal to replace one already accomplished–that helps me as I’ve got 11 goals, but two of them I should NOT be working on at the same time–this allows me to start on the second one if I accomplish the first–but if I don’t get to it this year, I can certainly add it next year.


  13. Wendy says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:45pm

    The link from your email to the webinar didn’t work – it made me register for 9am Thursday webinar(when I can’t attend). How weird is that? I assumed it was an on-demand pre-recorded webinar from the other day? Maybe its the wrong link?
    Thanks anyway.


    • Susan says:
      Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 11:12pm

      Completely my fault Wendy..sorry! Here is the link to the webinar at our place http://bestyearever.me/a8104/resolutions


      • Wendy says:
        Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 4:16pm

        Brilliant! Thanks Susan! Watching now 🙂

      • Wendy says:
        Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:34pm

        Hi Susan, me again. That link took me to an interview with Michael hosted by Stu McLaren (not sure who he is) but I don’t think it was your dining table 🙁

  14. Janet says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:00pm

    I signed up and am so excited!! Before I heard about the BYE class I really wanted things in my life to change, so I started with your H360 class. I have so many goals for 2015 I was already overwhelmed and didn’t know how to begin. I really feel now that this will be my best year ever! I can’t thank you enough for passing this on!


  15. Dianne says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:38pm

    I have learned to enjoy the journey including the setbacks, screw ups and successes along the way. When you reach the goal it like finishing the pie, the best part of the goal is gone. Getting up each day with something in the goal to do or work out is a wonderful feeling.


  16. Esther says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:26pm

    Thanks for the interesting interview Susan. And excited to hear you’re learning to become fluent in French! I hope this means that some of your courses and material will become available for my french speaking dog friends.


  17. Karin says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 3:58pm

    Hi Susan. I,m on the online course from Michael Hyatt. But don,t don,t have access to the facebook group. Where do I find this fb group.

    Many thanks…Karin


  18. Kate says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 3:49pm

    Susan, you have been sharing your views on goal-setting, record-keeping, motivation and inspiration with us for years, and I heard many similiarities in Michael Hyatt’s introductory videos. But it’s hard to move from agreeing with a blog post or coaching call illustration to actually doing it ourselves. I decided to do this course in part because I heard myself described by Michael 😉 and also because of your commitment to having a community to share with through the FB group. I gotta say, that group is packed full of supportive, creative and determined individuals who will turn this course into something that I know will have lasting effects. Today I’m grateful to you for having this idea and having a truly exceptional group of people take on this challenge with you. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.


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