It is the third quarter of 2017, how are you doing on your goals? Have you been putting them off or have you forgot about them completely? There is a strategy on how to accomplish your goals and it starts with planning.
Most people do not review their goals often enough. If you are ready to reach success then you should be reviewing your goals daily. This may seem like overkill to you, who has that sort of time?!
When you review your goals everyday, you are keeping your goals in the front of your mind and you stay focused on what steps to take next. You can create a better action plan that aligns your actions with your goals.
Carve out time
Carve out time each morning to review your goals and to make adjustments to your plan for the day, to match your desired results with the actions that you are taking. What are you willing to do, to hit your goal.
Starting the night before, write out exactly what you want to accomplish, go to bed on time and wake up 15 minutes earlier. Doing this sets you up for success right away. During that 15 minutes take a few moments and review your goals and look at your planner, are they aligned?
You are starting each day with the end in mind and you can give yourself just enough motivation and self discipline to make it a reality.
The rule of 4
If you have found in the past that when you set goals you never reach them, you may be setting to many goals. Go with the rule of 2 major goals per year in the 2 areas of your life.
Set 2 goals in the area of business and set 2 goals in the area of you. What this would look like is 1 goal for business, 1 goal for your revenue, 1 goal for health and 1 goal for your personal development.
This gives you 4 major goals in a year, in the different areas of your life. When you set to many goals you have too many wheels spinning, too many balls in the air. With too many balls in the air one of them, or more, will fall to the ground.
By shaving off the amount you want to get done you are creating a clear path of focus to hit your goals. Imagine actually hitting your goal in business.
You also limit the amount of goals in your business because you should be focused on one thing at a time. If your focus is list building, you can have different focus goals list building that break out different areas.
Create 3 focus goals each quarter
A focus goal is the step you will take to hit that major goal. For example say you want to create a business income of $5,000 a month. Your focus goals would be to build your list to 3,000, start doing webinars to your list to make sales and create your featured program.
These 3 focus goals are the focus that will help you reach your major goal. You are now working on 3 things specifically for your $5,000 a month goal.
Break goals down into milestones
Now with these three things in plan you want to reach your milestones. Choose an area and decide what the milestones will be.
These milestones will dictate what tasks you are working on each day. List building is top broad a topic for you to write on your to do list. Instead you will write milestones like, guest blog 2 times a week, update personal blog once a week and create a summit.
These three activities can be broken down even further, for example, writing, editing and reaching out to experts.
How long should I work on goals
Working on your goals will be an everyday adventure however when you break your goal up into 90 days you are giving yourself a tight deadline and you are giving yourself enough focus time to reach those goals.
When you work in 90 day time frames your motivation and your planning work together creating enough self discipline to have you show up each day.
When you focus on your goals in a year long perspective you have “plenty of time” to get it all done, until it’s October and nothing is done.
When using the 90 day mark you are giving yourself a deadline where your motivation to get started syncs with the planning you have in place.
90 days is the sweet spot.
Quit focusing on too many goals. You can see from the method above that even 4 goals a year can seem extreme. This is why you should focus on the different areas of your life.
If you set 5 or even 6 goals a year and several of those goals overlap one area of your life you will get overwhelmed and your body will freeze. You will not take action, and wonder why you do not have the results. Or you take action and cannot gain momentum and have the same question around results.
Take your major goal and break them down into focus goals. What needs to happen to get you where you want to be? Then, go a step further and create milestones and daily tasks.
You can work on the different areas of your life each day without losing traction. So what areas of your life are you not finding results.
Pull out a piece of paper and write each of your major goals for the different areas of your life and start breaking them down. Create tasks so you know what you are working on and review daily.