Learnings From A Decade Of Goal Setting Failures

11/21/18

Get out a sheet of paper and make two columns.

To the left, write down every accomplishment from 2016. Think real hard! Don't forget where you succeeded and made progress this past year!

To the right, write down every lesson you learned in 2016. Where did you assume one thing, but another thing happened? Where did you procrastinate or take zero action? Where did you fall short on something you tried to achieve?

Realize that being successful in making positive change within yourself in 2017, will not be a result of any goal or resolution you simply said out loud or wrote down. It will be a result of your behavior.

I've learned this over the past decade of goal-setting wins and losses that I've experienced. And I've had many more losses than wins :)

It's become apparent to me, that the chances of creating a year-long plan that is based on a twelve month term, and executing that plan, are not good.

So instead of doing what the majority of "goal-setters" do, by setting goals for the entire year, set goals in 1-2 week sprints, based on a 12-week week [or one quarter] marathon.

New sheet of paper. What do you want to see change in the next 90 days in each role of your life? Make a column for each role you play (ie. personal, career, parent, etc.).

Set 1-2 big goals for the next 90 days in each role. Let these drive your "to-do" list for this week and next. Continue to measure your progress on the 90 day goals, based on what you're marking off and crushing on your to-do list.

My interview with best-selling author and goal-setting guru Jon Acuff can give you an even more in depth formula to apply at this level.

Also, read my blog on leveraging tech like Evernote and Google Apps to apply and track a to-do list based on your goals. It provides direction on how to script your day based on the bigger plan you've built.

On the final weekend of March 2017, go through the same exercise again. Get out a sheet of paper and make two columns. To the left, write down every accomplishment from Q1 2017. To the right, write down every lesson you learned in Q1 2017...and so on...

I'll share my "big charge" for myself in Q1 2017 later this week...