Here we are, on January 1st of another year. Most of us are going to take some time today to review what we want to accomplish in the coming year. I hope you aren’t starting this process today. I hope you started 8 weeks ago so you can go into 2016 on a strong roll
However, I know that many of us haven’t gotten that done. I know that most of us have a long laundry list of stuff we haven’t done, both personally and professionally. I know this because I am one of those people, but I have found a way to change that.
The other day I was looking at my list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2014. It made me a bit sad because I didn’t get very many of them done. But when I compared it to my list for 2015 I was happier. I accomplished a lot more in 2015 and I want to share with you how I did it.
I have written out my goals for a while now. But for a long time I stopped there. I just wrote the big goal. The problem with that is that when we write down a big goal like “lose 30 pounds” or “get 600 members at our studio” there are a ton of steps that do into making something like that happen. The other problem is that time frame we typically give ourselves is too long. We use the whole year because we are focused on the calendar.
So here are the steps to success with accomplishing your goals for 2016:
- Write them down. This may sound funny and like an obvious step, but it is often overlooked. Writing them down is a form of commitment to them. I like to actually write things like this by
hand in journal. Something I am going to see everyday. There is a certain power to seeing a goal or objective written in your own handwriting. I also like to write them because if they are typed it can be pretty easy to just change a number or a date and there is no physical record of it. If you have to scratch out something and write an updated entry there is a reminder. When you write them down use words of action and nothing that indicates ambiguity. Leave words like “try” and “attempt” out. You are not going to “try” to do something, you are going to make it happen.
- Tell someone you respect and trust about them. This serves a couple of purposes. First it makes them real if someone else is expecting to see these things from you. It also gives you an opportunity to hash them out with someone if you haven’t. This is important if you are a one person business and maybe have come up with all of your goals on your own.
- Once they are written down work backwards to break them into smaller, more manageable chunks. By creating a list of projects inside each goal and then a list of tasks that need to be done for each project a huge goal turns into simple, manageable tasks.
- Take those tasks and make a realistic time frame for them. You may find that your goal to lose 30 pounds gets easier to deal with when you make that goal 7.5 lbs per quarter, or just 2.5 lbs per month. Or lets say you have a new business idea, maybe just a new product in your existing business or a whole new idea. There are a ton of 30 minute tasks that need to be accomplished to get that done. If you only have to accomplish one of those tasks per day to get it done by midyear the idea of actually accomplishing the goal is very believable, even for the most audacious idea. If you give yourself the whole year it is easy to say “I don’t have to do that today, I have the whole year to get it done…”
- Reward yourself for completing those steps along the way. Should you get a gold star for getting out of bed each morning? No. Should you reward yourself with intentional self acknowledgement when you check an item off the list of tasks needed to achieve one of the goals? You bet! Celebrate those small wins, both with yourself and with your team if you have one. If you are a solopreneur and don’t have a team I would suggest you celebrate those wins with an accountability partner-maybe a friend or a member of your mastermind group.
It all comes down to this…You have to execute. You have to do. You have to complete tasks. If you don’t know what those individual tasks are, you can’t ever get them done.
I think the hardest part in all of this for me is the planning part. Identifying all the tasks that need to be accomplished. Once you are through that part all you have to do is starting checking things off the list.
Do something every day that gets you closer to having completed one of your tasks that is a part of one of your projects that need to be completed to achieve your goal.
I am going to take step one here with all of you. I am going to start a new business this year called Valer Social Marketing. It is going to focus on training small business owners to leverage the wonderful marketing and targeting power of social media advertising. The website will be up by January 15, 2016 and the first product will be available by March 15th.
I won’t bore you with the entire rest of the process, but now I have completed not only the first step of writing my intentions down, but I have also completed number two and shared it with someone. Stay tuned to watch the development of our new business and we can’t wait to hear what you think!
Happy Near Year!