How to achieve your goals in 2017 - Free Strategic Goals & Performance Strategy Planner
I spent a lot of time between Christmas and New Years looking hard at myself. With the insight that "the roots create the fruits."
Many of us are not happy with the fruits that are being produced by our labor. Maybe they are too small, or there's not enough, or whatever it might be. We are in some way unsatisfied with the fruit. I'm right there with you.
So I decided to step back into the quiet "downtime" of the holidays. I figured the entire previous year was dedicated to the fruits, so I might as well take some time to figure out what the deal is with these "roots" of mine.
I did not expect to be faced again with the period in my life where I first learned sales. Right before I had the breakthrough that took my company from death's door, to growing.
While learning for the first time, I wanted to do it my way. Telling myself what I was learning probably wouldn't work for me. But then I realized, who am I to tell myself that I know better?! I was the one needed help! I put aside all my judgements and did exactly what I was being told to do by experts who had mastered what I wanted to learn.
Surprise, surprise. It worked. Eventually I did change things and do it my way. But the point was I followed the path of the masters first, and I got where I needed to go quickly.
So once again, faced with how to go about achieving a goal that is very near and dear to my heart, I faced the same block again. This time with creating my own performance strategy & goals.
Once again I began to discount the methods that the experts and masters were teaching. People who had achieved amazing things and were living incredible lives.
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I however, wasn't experiencing this because I was much too busy diluting my efforts by focusing on too many things, and burning myself out in the process. It was in denial of my "no strategy" strategy.
Sure I accomplished some great stuff, but when I considered the massive amount of effort I'd expended doing it. I realized that something had to change.
So how do you actually do it?
- Start by getting very clear on what you want. This means taking a hard look at your business and your life, and being very realistic about things. It can mean collecting data, (everything from financial statements to reviewing previous calendars to see how you actually spent your time and money) and then really examining it for insights about what’s working and what is not, what is aligned with you, and what isn't.
- Next, decide which goals you want to focus on — and the key word here is focus. I encourage you to choose just 1. Maybe 2. Because you do still have a lot of other things on your plate to handle! David Allen is famous for saying, "You can achieve anything, but not everything." As a person who wants to do everything, I like to add "at least right now!"
- Then, have a plan for executing those goals. Break each one down into very simple and doable action steps. For example, if you want to launch an online course, putting “create online course” on your to-do list wouldn’t be helpful at all; so instead add add “outline content,” “Meet with editor,” “research and select platform” etc. would be concrete actions steps you can take.
- Finally, and most importantly, you have to make a date with yourself regularly to review what worked for you and what didn’t. That way you can make necessary adjustments and course corrections to hit your goals. I found something in my first week that I thought would be a cornerstone to my strategy, and it turned out to be unworkable. I found out early and can course correct. Had I not reviewed, I probably would have dropped that (critical) portion of the project, or discovered it was unworkable too late.
In the software and technology world, the framework is similar to what they call "Agile." This is where they take a big goal and break it down into smaller, projects or "sprints" that usually occur on 2 week cycles. They have a bi-weekly "Sprint Meeting" to review what worked and what didn't and adjust along the way.
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