Midway through December 2019! While it is not time to give up on our 2019 goals, it is time to start thinking big picture for 2020 goals. If you are to have a good chance at reaching all your goals next year you need to create a strong game plan. This starts with a general overview/ outline. You need to decide what it is you want to achieve for the entire year. What accomplishments are going to bring you the most happiness? Once you have those ideas nailed down, you then will work backwards on the details of how to realize those goals you have set.
Now is the perfect time to start spending some time on this outline. Don't stress if you cant sit down and write your goals in one sitting. NO ONE can. You need time, that's why we are starting now. This outline is not intended to be completed in one day, it should take at least a week to formulate! After all, your setting your success plan for an entire year, not what your having for lunch tomorrow!
Step 1: Review
The first step in the process is to review your current year. If you have a goals list from last year you can use that. If you don't have a list, make one. Think back to the beginning of the year, where did you think you would be now? What had you wanted to achieve?
Compare what you wanted to accomplish with what you actually accomplished. For those goals that were not realized, write down the reason. Ran out of time, realized you didn't actually want that goal, worked on higher priority goals instead. Whatever the reason is, jot it down. Then spend some time considering what you could have done differently to achieve those goals that were missed. This will help you create a realistic outline for 2020.
Step 2: Consider who you want to be and the accomplishments you want to have completed at the end of 2020. Think in broad terms to start ( you will narrow you thoughts down into measurable goals later). You are just writing down a general overview of where you see yourself at the end of next year. I recommend you pick 10 broad goals to begin. These are very general and simple. For example, one could be "I want to have more money in the bank at the end of 2020 than I do now". Another maybe " I want to be in a different career at the end of 2020". You get the idea. The priority in this step is to create the vision for the person you will become throughout the year. Think this out over a few days, this is not something you can do quickly. The essence of a goals list is to change your current situation. In order for this to happen you yourself are going to need change. Your making a plan to transform yourself from the 2019 version to the 2020 version of yourself. Make that plan with purpose.
Step 3: Think of the possible obstacles that may try to get in your way. All of them! These could be self inflicted, such as doubt or lack of motivation. Or they could be external, your job consumes your free time, or one of the kids has a hectic travel baseball schedule. Anything you can think of, write it down. You need to be thorough on this list so you can try and prevent as many unforeseen circumstances as possible. Don't get me wrong, there's always going to be something that pops up but you can minimalize these occurrences with a well thought out obstacles forecast. That way you are less likely to get off track when you hit a bump in the road!
These three steps will help you formulate the basic outline needed to create a well thought out, detailed goal plan for 2020. You will use the knowledge you gained from the review in step 1 to help you formulate a realistic and attainable vision of your future self and accomplishments in step 2. Forecasting obstacles in step 3 will help you pave the road for the successful journey you are going to undertake to reach your goals.
Start with these! Part two of this series will be published next week. We will get into a lot more details. We will be trimming down the thoughts from step 2 into measurable/actionable goals. We will also begin to think of the philosophies and tactics we will use to overcome the obstacles in step 3.
This process will take us some time to complete, but I guarantee you this. You are definitely worth the time and effort!
Thanks for reading!
A little bit about me! I'm a family man with a lovely wife and three awesome boys. I have a bit of an entrepreneur bug. I started and sold my own company twice ( small businesses but the experience was valuable), I've dabbled in real estate, been an Ebay reseller, and also spent many years in management roles which is my current stream of income ( plus a few side streams I've put together). I'd say all in all I'm your typical guy trying to make a better life for his Family.