share_02 (1)The start of the new year is a perfect time to reflect on one’s life. There are a lot of things you’re doing right and a lot of things going perfectly for you. And, there are probably things that aren’t so perfect.

You can’t serve others if your own life isn’t fully inspiring. Your ability to make a difference – to yourself and to those around you – grows when you focus on what’s important to you each day and when you spend more time on those things each day.

Hyrum Smith‘s new book, The 3 Gaps, provides concise guidance to help you do just that.

Hyrum is one of the original creators of the Franklin Day Planner and co-founder of both Franklin Quest and Franklin Covey. Since 1984, he has been teaching people how to gain better control of their personal and professional lives through values-based time and life management. I’ve been a huge fan of Hyrum’s since learning his Reality Model back in the late ’80’s, hearing him speak, and crafting a friendship over the years. Hyrum is one of the kindest, smartest, and most dedicated humans I know.

The 3 Gaps presents Hyrum’s best thinking, founded on new research, about the vital gaps in our lives and how to close those gaps.

What are the three gaps? They include:

  • The Beliefs Gap, the gap between beliefs that lead to behaviors that meet our needs and beliefs that do not. Not all of our behaviors meet our needs. This books helps you understand and revise the beliefs underlying those behaviors.
  • The Values Gap, the gap between what we value most in life and where we actually invest our time and energy. If we’re not aligned to our values daily, we experience dissatisfaction and unhappiness in our lives. Hyrum guides the reader to craft their own “personal constitution” to help them measure the congruity of their choices.
  • The Time Gap, the gap between what we plan to do each day and what we actually get done. Most of us create goals in life. To achieve these goals, we must be intentional with our time and energy. And, we’re not consistently good at investing our time and energy effectively. The book presents tools to help you maximize what gets done in the time you have.

When you align your values, beliefs, and time, you’ll be happier, have more energy, and enjoy greater capacity to make a real difference in your own life and to those around you.

Close your three gaps by following the formulas in Hyrum’s new book, which launches this week. Download a free sample chapter or buy a copy at your favorite bookstore.

What’s one gap that inhibits your best self today? Share your insights on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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S. Chris Edmonds

S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of The Culture Engine and six other books.
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