Michael Hyatt--author, blogger, and previous chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers--has experienced tremendous success in the publishing world. His latest book--Living Forward--is poised for instant bestseller status. Read on for some particularly inspirational quotes from this amazing business guru that are sure to make you happier and more successful in everything you do.

1. "Most people spend more time planning a one-week vacation than they spend planning their life."

Although this may not necessarily be true at face value, Hyatt brings up a great point. Many people put effort into something temporary, that won't last, rather than investing in what's right before their eyes: their lives.

2. "What single brave decision do I need to make today?"

Being aware that each day requires choices, especially the ones that we make, allows us to go about our days more in control of our own destinies. Being in control and focused sets us up for having a better life--at work, at home, and in our community.

3. "People lose their way when they lose their why."

Remember the purpose behind all of your actions. It will keep you grounded when the going gets tough.

4. "Marketing is really just about sharing your passion."

As long as you truly care and believe in the product you are selling, marketing it isn't rocket science. It's just sharing with others something you care about.

5. "Your future does not equal your past. Tomorrow is full of possibility you can access right now."

Don't let your current actions be limited by what you did or did not do before.

6. "The strength of our relationships is measured by how much people can count on us."

The only way to know a true friend from a fake one is based on how much they trust you--not the other way around.

7. "You can't fail if you don't quit. You can't succeed if you don't start."

Hyatt gives us a gentle reminder that failure is relative. The important thing is trying, not necessarily succeeding.

8. "The most powerful way that anybody can lead is by example."

Going first gives people the opportunity of following you. Lead, but lead with your actions--not your words.

9. "Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination."

Don't fall for the trap of obsessing over something simply to make it perfect. Chances are, you're just looking for an excuse not to do other work.

10. "Watch your mouth--the language we use creates the reality we experience."

We rarely remember that our words are an action, one that directly determines the lives we lead.

11. "Things don't happen to us. They happen for us."

At the end of it all, remember that you have a hand in your own destiny. Every day, we decide the things that will or won't occur in our lives. So, make things always happen for you. Don't wait for the world to act.