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One of the questions I get asked most often, as a person virtually obsessed with constant progress, is how do I plan my goals?

 

In theory it’s really quite easy and straight-forward….but in practice it takes a bit of dedication and focus to really make this method work.

 

The best place to start, and it sounds a bit counter-intuitive is at the end. You already know the start…the starting point is today. In order to know the target we have to hit, aka our goal, we have to fast forward to the end and write down where we want to be. A word of caution, it’s vital that you push through any mental blocks that prevent you from setting the end game as your goal. Often when we dream about where we want to be – we shut ourselves down because we begin to let fear and uncertainty creep in.

That’s not the point of goal setting, because a goal is like a sunset you want to see at the top of Mount Everest. You might not get all the way to the top…but as you climb and persevere….wherever you end up on the path….that sunset is going to be visible and breathtaking. It may not be as incredible as the sunset you envisioned at the top of Mount Everest – but it’s going to be spectacular and it’s going to be an achievement.

So, set the highest goal you have for yourself and be specific. Make it a SMART goal, that is a goal that is strategic, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time bound. Write it at the end of the stair step (it’s best to do this in Word or a Notepad software) and write where you are now at the top.

Step 1:

Write the end goal and the starting point.

Ex:

Start: I have a 500 subscriber mail list of general contacts.

End: I have a 10,000 person subscriber list with segmented user types: Leads, Customers, Evangelists, Influencers.

Step 2:

Fill in each stair step along the way that bridges you from Start point to the End goal.

Ex:

Start: I have a 500 subscriber mail list of general contacts.

             I have a 500 subscriber mail list of segmented contacts, and outlined definitions for Leads, Customers, Evangelists, and Influencers.

                   I have a 500+ subscriber mail list of segmented contacts, outlined definitions, and relationship development plans for Leads, Customers, Evangelists, and Influencers.

                          I have a 600+ subscriber mail list…………

                                         I have a 1000+ subscriber mail list…………………

End: I have a 10,000 person subscriber list with segmented user types: Leads, Customers, Evangelists, Influencers.

 

 

Why this method works….

This method always works for me, because it forces me to be realistic about the steps required to get from Start to End Goal. It also helps me case about how long the plan will need to be consistently worked on to get to that End Goal. When you ballpark and right your goal on a piece of paper and look at it every day (which is the prevailing sage advice) you might not be really hitting the milestones you need to, in order to get traction towards the actual goal. This method ensures that you really dig into the stair steps towards the goal, but also the sub stair steps. In the above, I could easily go back in and add details in between the steps I’ve already built. For really long term goals, I often get down to the day by day milestones I need to hit in order to chip away at the end goal.

 

The Planner That Will Grow With You….

As you may have seen on social media, I’m debuting The Growth Planner 2018 edition – and I’m really excited to offer a planner that takes into consideration your 360 degree life. It has ample room for workout logging, to go lists, free form ideation, and of course creating goals that generate growth. Check out the BLOOM store to purchase. Here’s to your growth!