Ok! At this point you should have your goals outline complete ( see previous blog post for help with your outline if still not completed). As we discussed you should have about 10 broad goals that you want to accomplish at this point. You have thought of the person you want to become this year and you have considered the various obstacles that may get in your way. Now it's time to formulate your plan for 2020! This is a big undertaking so plan on spending some time in order to get this right. You are planning out who you will become and what you will achieve for an entire year. Since most of us are planning on achieving greatness, we must first have a great plan! Use the following steps to help you create an awesome road map for your 2020 journey.
1. Cut your goals list by 75%! Yes, you read it correctly. You can't spread yourself to thin. If you do you will end up with a bunch of half way completed goals by the end of the year. Pick the 3 that are most important to you and that are not counter productive to themselves. For instance, you may not want to have a goal of increasing your net worth by 20% along side a goal of traveling Europe for 6 months. I'm not saying these two can't be done, but for those of us who don't make a couple million a year or who aren't high paid travel influencers it would be nearly impossible. You want to put yourself in the best position to succeed. That position is to have a few clear cut goals that are cohesive in nature. So pick your top three goals that you deem most important to your success this year. You are not throwing those other goals out, your just setting them aside for now. You will achieve all that you want, just not all at the same time. Pick three and focus!
2. Break down the goals: Now that you've settled on your core goals for 2020 you need to break them down into manageable terms. This is done first by breaking your year goals into quarterly goals. Then you continue to breakdown into monthly and finally settle on the weekly targets. I do not suggest daily targets as one day is not gonna make you or break you when it comes to your yearly plan. As long as your on track every week you will get to where you want to be. An easy example would be to have a goal of making an additional $20,000 this year. This breaks down to $5,000 a quarter, $1667.00 a month, or $385 a week. When you put in this way the amount is much less daunting. It's a paper route or a part time job. Make your large goals small and you will be much more likely to achieve them!
3. Make the Plan: Now that you have broken down your year into weeks it's time to create the plan. Ask yourself, How am I going to get these goals accomplished? The answer needs to be written down in a very clear manner as to avoid those conversations you will have in your head trying to rationalize to yourself why something didn't get done ( We all know this will happen at least once over the course of the year). For example let's say the goal is to lose 1/2 pound each week. The plan could be the following: MON-SAT strict low carb meals, Sunday one cheat meal is allowed. Mon- 20 min walk, Tues- 20 min walk, Wed- 1 mile run, Thurs - off, Fri- 2 mile run, Sat- 20 min walk, Sun- 1 mile run. You can go into as much detail as you want, as a matter of fact the more detailed the better! At minimum the plan must be detailed enough to ensure there is no way to talk yourself out of it.
4. Hold yourself accountable: Alright! We have our 3 goals, we have broken them down into weekly tasks, and we have created our game plan. Now we just need to make sure we don't get in our own way! The only person who can stop you from achieving your 2020 goals is you! At some point that little voice in your head is going to come out and start telling you "it's ok to skip a day","take a break", or even "time to quit". How do we stop this? We can't, but we can certainly fight it.
First, write down all the reasons why you chose your goals. Second, take a few videos of yourself. Talk to the future you, cheer yourself on (you can also send yourself emails in the future at futureme.org ). Third, keep a log of your weekly accomplishments so you can see all that you've done and how far you've come. Lastly, find a source of inspiration you can turn to if you need a little help. Whether it's a motivating book, speaker, or a loved one who's always in your corner.
When you think of stopping read those reasons you had when you started, watch a pep talk from yourself, review your awesomeness log, and ask for a little help. These four steps will shut that little voice right down and allow you to keep pushing on your road to achievement!
2020 is right around the corner! Make sure you are ready with a highly detailed and specific plan. This will help ensure that you are not part of the 80% of the population that give up on there resolutions by February!
Happy New Year!
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.