Build Your Future

Essential Tools for the Overachiever
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 38 mins
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

If you're like the thousands I've spoken to over the years, you're probably an extremely hard worker-but you aren't satisfied with the results. You may have tried goal-setting exercises, workshops, or courses and left feeling inspired and excited, but ultimately didn't meet the goals you wanted to reach.

While it may seem odd to think, but this course isn't designed to "teach" you anything. This course has a far more important goal. My objective is to inspire you to actually change your behavior and then provide you with proven tactics, systems, and templates to make sure it happens.

In this course, you'll find detailed answers to the following questions:

  1. Why is it so important to reconsider your definition of success prior to setting any goal?
  2. How should you define success?
  3. How can I develop goals that I will actually achieve?
  4. What are the best strategies to stay focused and maintain momentum while working towards my goal?

Each of these answers is supported by a workbook that will guide you through a set of simple exercises designed to get your mind in the right place. These exercises build upon one another to ensure that you aren't just motivated - you've actually made measurable progress!

I've taught this course to more than 1,000 students over the last 5 years and every time I've offered the exact same guarantee- If for any reason this course doesn't change the way you think about life AND inspire you change your behavior, I will refund your money- no questions asked.

What previous students are saying...

"This course helped shape my attention to my work and my life in a way that not only defined my goals but kept me moving towards them (consciously and unconsciously) until I had accomplished them all."

"Attending this course is like going to a revival, it reminds you of why you started your business, brings clarity to your work and leaves you with renewed energy and enthusiasm to move your business forward."

"'Build Your Future' allows people to stop and focus on the WHY rather than the HOW, which is the fuel that we all need to succeed."

"“'Build Your Future' gets you focused on what’s most important — the key goals for both you personally and for your business. There’s so much going on every day that it’s tough to pay attention, and this course cuts through the clutter to keep things in perspective.”

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a pen and have downloaded the supplementary workbook in the Resources section

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Confidently understand an innovative approach for redefining success on your own terms
  • Walk away with useful templates and an approach you can put into practice immediately
  • Understand proven best practices for setting compelling and meaningful goals
  • Be supported with simple exercises for clarifying what's really important in your life
  • Develop a set of meaningful goals that inspire you to actually change your behavior
  • Own strategies and processes for hitting the ground running and overcoming the eventual obstacles that pop up along the journey

What is the target audience?

  • Driven, Type A individuals who are used to setting goals but are never fully satisfied with the results
  • Individuals who feel overwhelmed with all of the information and opportunities that come at them everyday.
  • High achievers who are no longer finding the same gratification in reaching their goals
  • Individuals that recognize finding clarity and achieving their goals isn't a quick fix.
  • Individuals who are self-aware and looking inward for self-improvement
  • People who want to make a big difference in their community, family, or workplace

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome

If you gain absolute clarity on what's important in your life and focus on it daily, you will achieve your goals. It works every single time. Yet despite this truth, it seems that most people start off with the best intentions when setting goals, but then something happens that derails whatever traction they've achieved.

After spending the last 12 years and thousands of hours tackling the question of "Why don't more people set goals?", I've finally transformed a workshop that has been used by thousands of lives to develop a compelling vision for their personal and professional futures into a digital format.

This is a great time to download and print off your course workbook in the resources tab on the upper right hand of the lecture screen.

Thanks so much for taking this course. Now, let's get started!

Section 2: Changing Behavior

What is the biggest challenge you have in your life today? 

Thanks to search engines like Google, YouTube, Siri, and Bing, we can find the answer to virtually any problem we face. So what does that mean? 

Essentially, this means that we are all capable of finding an answer to our problems. For instance, if you want to lose weight, you already have a great understanding of how to accomplish this- eat right and exercise. However, what get's us sidetracked on this is our behavior that follows the decision to lose weight. 

Obviously, this is just one example. The truth is that we know the answer to most of our problems and just need a little guidance to steer ourselves in the right direction. This course is about changing behavior so that you can begin to accomplish goal after goal that you set.

A couple of recommended rules to follow to ensure you get the most from the course:

  1. Set aside time
  2. Don't do other work or worry about social media
  3. Take notes (A notepad has been provided for you in the workbook found within the resources tab)


Why do you set goals?

It's obvious that goal-setting works, so we won't bog you down with details convincing you to do make these benchmarks for yourself. I tend to discover that when most people set and achieve goals they rarely take the time to celebrate their accomplishment before moving to the next task. This can end up being an emotional drain-especially if you are a competitive overachiever. 

So what we want to do is be intentional about setting goals that bring us happiness, contentment, and joy when we achieve them.

Section 3: The Definition of Success

What's your personal definition of success?

We all have our own definition of what a successful person looks like. It could be having a successful business, going to a prestigious school, having lots of money, owning a big home, or driving a brand new Range Rover. However, how many of us have heard stories of people with extreme success being late into their life on their deathbed thinking to themselves, "I should have spent more time enjoying my life than trying to out-achieve everyone else"?

Often times we say to ourselves, "I'll be a successful person when...." and allow ourselves to define success on others' terms. With such a dangerous mantra, we are in a constant state of moving the fnish line away from ourselves. Thus, we begin to feel that we aren't quite as successful as we should be.

In this lecture we try to adjust how you define being successful based on a new mantra:

"The extent to which I use my unique abilities, to strengthen meaningful relationships, and enjoy the journey"

Section 4: Personal Skills

What are your unique abilities? What are your best skills? 

No matter who you are, everyone has unique abilities. These talents we possess give us pleasure, make us invigorated with energy, and let us lose time while we're practicing them. 

It's often stated that professionals are in a state of flow when they're so concentrated on their task that they lose all sense of time. For instance, Michael Jordan was said to be in a flow during the epic "Flu Game". Yo Yo Ma is in a flow when he's playing, "Petunia", a cello built by Domenico Montagnana in 1733. Elon Musk is in a flow when he's working on improving the newest Tesla model or SpaceX's newest flight mission.

However, you don't need to be Yo Yo Ma or Elon Musk to be in flow. Everyone is capable of entering this state of mind. It's all about identifying the task that is unique to us. In this lecture, we discuss how we identify the skills that put us into a "FLOW".


How do I determine what I'm good at?

In this lecture, we will identify the tasks that best describe you within your "flow" by answering these questions:

  1. What do I like doing the most?
  2. What comes easy to me?
  3. What do I do when I lose time?

Using the list of abilities and skills within your workbook, go through and cross-out the abilities that you know for certain are NOT you. 

Next, we're going to determine the Top 10 skill-sets you feel best answer the above questions. 

Once you've got this list, you'll go to the first page of your workbook to insert your Top 4 abilities.

Finally, from this list of four, you'll identify the Top 2.

Section 5: Priorities

How do relationships help or hurt my quality of life?

Research has shown that the quality of one's life and happiness is directly related to the quality of relationships to those you hold close. Often times, we become satisfied with the state of our current relationships and neglect to keep building and developing them for one reason or another. Instances like this might look like us immediately coming home and flipping on the TV or staring into our cell phones instead of talking to our spouse or kids about their day.

It's for this reason that in order for us to reach our goals, it's critically important for us to focus on creating meaningful relationships with those we love and respect at this very moment.


What are the most important relationships in my life?

In our last lecture we discussed why relationships are so important for us to feel fulfilled and reach our goals. In this lecture we will identify the four most important personal and professional relationships in our lives. 

Then, after determining which relationships we value most, we will visualize how we want that person to feel when he or she hears our name.

Section 6: Identify

Using the goal brainstorming sheet provided in your workbook, jot down as many goals as you can think of. Remember to be specific and put an end date to your goal.

Try to imagine goals in two separate buckets: 12-month goals & 3-year goals. 

Here are some categories to get you started:

  • Health & Fitness: Weight loss, exercise
  • Financial: Net worth, eradicate debt
  • Professional: Salary, job title, responsibilities
  • Relationships: Time with family, close friends
  • Fun Time: Dream vacations, favorite hobbies
  • Contribution: Volunteering, stewardship

Using the Goals Ranking exercise, go through each goal you wrote down and assign it a grade on a scale of 1-5 (1=totally disagree 5=totally agree). You'll want to answer the following questions:

  1. I believe I am capable of achieving this goal
  2. This goal utilizes my unique abilities
  3. This goal stretches me outside my comfort zone
  4. The achievement of this goal would make a positive impact in the lives of others who are important to me
  5. I would appreciate/enjoy the journey in achieving this goal
  6. Striving to achieve this goal would help me to build stronger relationships with those important to me
  7. Striving to achieve this goal would help me to develop new skills that I find valuable
  8. The achievement of this goal would allow me to spend more time on activities I enjoy
  9. Striving to achieve this goal would help me to set an example for those I love

By going through this list, you'll quantitatively determine which goals should be the focus point of your efforts.

Section 7: Vision

Congratulations! You're in the minority now because of how detailed and focused your goals are. Great job!

Now, let's take it one step further...

Despite the fact that you've narrowed your focus, we still have a few too many goals for us to give the focus needed to achieve them effectively. So, in this exercise, we're going to narrow the 12-month and 3-year goals to our Top 2.


Last lecture spent time whittling down our goals to the Top 2 within 12-month and 3-year periods. This is important because we are trying to make your reticular activating system become focused on a handful of the most important goals you've set for yourself. 

Section 8: Momentum

In this final lecture, we want to provide you with the perfect advice necessary to make sure you've generated the momentum necessary to keep you on task and reach your goal. So, follow the following tactics to ensure you're making progress

  1. Get some accountability
  2. Review your Vision Card daily
  3. Create a trap
  4. Live in the moment
  5. Look for little wins
  6. Forgive yourself when you screw up

Congratulations on finishing the course! We're excited for you and we feel blessed that you've allowed us to join you throughout the journey! Now go out there and focus on reaching your goals you set today.

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Instructor Biography

CJ McClanahan, Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Founder of CJ McClanahan

CJ McClanahan is an author, speaker, and executive coach. Over the past 13 years, he has spoken to thousands of professionals and has helped more than 300 business owners and corporate management teams achieve record sales and profits.

After beginning his career with Arthur Anderson where he helped organizations utilize technology to improve their business processes, CJ shifted his focus toward the small business. In his next executive role, CJ was responsible for managing operations, finance, and IT. His last corporate position provided him with the opportunity to manage a sales team in the software industry.

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