How To Set Goals For The Coming Year

I’m not much for resolutions — I set goals instead. But last year I didn’t set goals — I was flying high and thought that everything would be fine and dandy.

But before I knew things went on the decline. I didn’t know what happened — but it felt like the rug got pulled under my feet.

It took me a few weeks to get back on my feet — and would’ve taken me longer — if I didn’t follow what I’m about to share with you.

In this post — I’ll share with you a quick method to set goals for the coming year.

Using this method — I was able to grow my email list to 1,702 at last count in under 60 days. Before that, it took me two years to get to 372.

What was the difference? The way I set goals.

And I’d like to share this with you today.

How to set goals for the coming year. We’re about 10 days away from the New Year. If you follow the system I share here you will quadruple your results in the coming year.

Before we get started, let’s take a look at

Why You Must Set Goals For Yourself And Your Business

If you don’t set goals you will drift through life. Your business will stagger along without getting any real traction. You won’t get the success that you’ve been looking.

Without setting goals your actions will be empty. They will have no direction and produce no results.

When you do set goals, you will get traction in your life and your business. You will see your business moving in the direction that you’ve always wanted.

You will become magnetic and attract the kind of clients and sales that you’ve always wanted.

You will get a jump in your step. And wake up feeling like you can conquer the world. You will jump out of bed in the morning to attack the tasks of the day.

You will achieve more in 90 days than most people do in an entire year.

What It Means To Set Goals

Imagine playing soccer. But this time there is no goal. No one is keeping score. There are no rules or boundaries of the field.

What would happen?

You would run around kicking the ball for a while — and then get bored with it.

But if put in a goal, make some restrictions on the field of play. Put some rules on what part of the body can touch the ball. Add a referee to see if those rules are being followed. And make scoring goals the aim of being on the field.

The whole game becomes more exciting. You find yourself rooting for one team and hating the other.

You want to win. If you’re in the game — you want to score. You want to get to the goal and make a play.

The only thing that’s changed is we’ve put some restrictions on what you can do and what you can’t. Then we’ve made the purpose of the game clear and precise.

By adding a few limitations and a specific purpose, 90 minutes of play become exciting.

Look at any other game.

Chess. The object is to surround the King until it has no legal moves left.

Monopoly. The get properties and bankrupt other players before you become bankrupt.

Volleyball. Hockey. Tennis.

Rules. Objectives. Time limits.

With these three in place, everyone on the field becomes electrified.

That’s what we’re going to do today.

Set your goals with certain specific rules. A definitive aim. And imposing time limits.

Before we set goals for our coming year — there are two concepts that I would like to share with you.

Two Principles To Set Goals

The first principles comes from Grant Cardone and his book ‘The 10X Rule’.

Grant’s thesis is simple. To achieve any real success you need to put in 10X the effort, determination, and input. Then you will achieve great success.

“The 10x Rule shows you how Success if your duty, obligation, and responsibility.” (This book is an absolute must-read. Get it, immediately).

If you have small goals — you will have small success. To get great success you must set your goals high. No more being average.

Time to step up your game. We’ll use this basic premise to step up our goal setting.

The second principle comes from Brian Moran and Michael Lennington’s book ‘The 12 Week Year’.

The main thesis of this books is that a year is such a long period of time. Most of us can’t imagine the variables that will impact our goals in a year.

But having specified periods is necessary. Specified periods keep our goals in check. They help us see there is an ‘end’ to the game.

We’re not playing full steam all year. But only for a short period of time.

For our goal setting purpose, we’ll use Brian’s method of setting goals for a ’12 Week Period’ — this will be our game time.

(Must read book ’12 Week Year’. Get it).

Now that we have these two principles — we’ll put them together.

We’ll set out goals for a 12 week period — considering each week equal to one month.

For these 12 weeks, we’ll set our goals at the 10X level.

Sounds scary right. Well if you aren’t scared then you aren’t setting your sights high enough. Rest assured you’ll also learn how to remain on track.

Onwards to implementing this in your life and business.

How To Set Goals Using ‘The 10X Rule’ and ‘The 12 Week Year’

Here are the steps that you need to take to set goals that are 10X and that you can do in the next 12 weeks.

Step 1. Figure Out Why Do You Want To Do It

Okay — I have to admit this is a bit cheesy. Find your ‘why’, figure out your ‘vision’. These are all so vague and woo-woo that I almost didn’t put this in there.

But the reason why I decided to put it there is because this woo-woo is actually necessary. You need to know why you want something.

Think about it this way — would you cross from one 100 story skyscraper to another 100 feet away. On a plank. Without any safety net.

Probably not.

What about if you had a loved one hanging half way across and needed your help. Now, it doesn’t seem too difficult to do. Scary still — but now imperative that you do it.

See how having a reason made the impossible, easy.

This is what ‘finding your why’ and your ‘vision’ is about. What are the stakes for you if you don’t do this?

What will you lose? What great thing will you fail to achieve?

Who in your life will is affected if you don’t achieve the goals you’re setting for yourself?

Think about this for five minutes. Then write it.

Step 2. Figure Out Your Top 3 Goals.

I can’t tell you what these goals are. Don’t make all three of them from the same domain in life. Choose one from each of the domains.

  1. Finance
  2. Family
  3. Fitness
  4. Faith

Pick three goals from any of the four domains above. Three in total.

So it could be to make $10,000. Plan a family vacation. Lose 10 lbs. Meditate each morning. Whatever seeks your fancy. Three goals.

When you’re writing your goals keep them positive. Lose 10 lbs is kinda negative. Instead, rephrase it such ‘Weight ___ lbs’. This is a more positive goal.

Think about each of your goals and make them positive vs making them negative.

Step 3. Multiply The Goal 10X

Now this would be absurd in either direction for weight loss. Losing 100 lbs whether it is positive or negative.

So for something like this increase the goal to an amount which will push you to an insane level.

If you’re currently earning $5,000 per month — make your goal for the next 12 weeks to earn $50,000 per month.

This will force you to change your thinking. To find out new solutions. To find new ways of doing things.

You will need to work. Really. REALLY. HARD. But imagine getting the results of doing this.

Don’t censor yourself.

As a starting point, multiply the results that you had last year and multiply them by 10. Do this in the top three areas that you’re most concerned with.

Step 4. Write Down Tactics That Will Get You There

At this point — you’re thinking about the specific actions that will get you there.

You may or may not know the right answer. But just thinking about what will get you there — will get you closer to the solution than not thinking about it.

So for each of the three goals — think about 10 things you could do in the next 12 weeks. These will get you the results that you’re looking for.

Some of these actions will not need to be repeated — others might be.

For example — to weight 180 lbs – one action could be to hire a personal trainer. You only have to do this once. But training with the personal trainer— is a daily action.

Similarly — there will be actions that you can take once to setup your goals. Others you will need to do every week.

As another example, if you’re looking to grow your income to $50,000 — one tactic could be to make 10X the outgoing calls you make right now.

Think about 10 tactics that you can do to get there.

Step 5. Put A Date To Each Tactic

We’re thinking within the 12 week time period. Give each tactic a specific week number when you will complete that task.

Some tasks will be done every day or every week.

Put weekly / daily on those tasks.

This step shouldn’t take too long. Spend five minutes doing this step.

Step 6. Score Your Action

Remember earlier I mentioned Soccer and how keeping score makes the game interesting.

We’ll we must keep score on our goals as well. The typical method is to keep score of the results that you get at the end of the year.

That’s slow — you don’t usually know if you’re doing well — or not doing too well.

The alternative is what Brian talks about in ‘The 12 Week Year’.

Here it is — set lead indicators and lag indicators.

Lead indicators are the actions you do every day that will get you to the results that you’re looking for.

Lag indicators are the results that you will get due to those actions.

In our weight loss example — lead indicator would be measuring how many times we worked out. This tells us whether we’re moving towards the goal that we’ve set.

— lag indicator would be measuring our weight at the end of each week. This tells us whether we’re hitting our targets or not.

Both of these combined ensure that we get to the goals that we’re looking for. Plus measuring them each week keeps us on track of whether we’re getting to our goal or not.

The weekly lead and lag indicators give quick feedback of whether we’re moving in the right direction. It keeps the game interesting.

For the 12 weeks, our goal isn’t to hit 100% — it is to hit 85%. If we can do 85% of the lead indicators — that week is a success.

Even if we don’t hit the 85% it’s a success if we measure it. Because this will give us a way to analyze why we failed.

By measuring both the lead and lag indicators, we’ll quickly be able to assess whether our tactics are viable for us to reach our goals.

Step 7. Make A Commitment And Setup Accountability

We’ve talked about, ‘How To Force Yourself To Finish What You Start’.

One of the keys to finish what you start is to set up accountability and consequence for yourself.

This is an important step. Without a definite commitment and weekly accountability, you will fail.

With these in place, your chances of success become infinitely better.

Accountability means you have another person you have to meet each week and talk about

  1. your results for the 12-week plan to date
  2. your weekly score (lead and lag scores)
  3. your action plan for the coming week
  4. feedback and suggestions from the accountability partner

These seven steps put together in the next 12 weeks will help you achieve more than you did in the past year.

But before you go to set goals using this new method. Schedule this accountability first thing each week in your calendar.

For the next 12 weeks make this your first priority. Schedule it in your calendar right now. I mean it. Do it.

This is the one tools that will help you stay on track and keep doing the things that need to be done. Even if you feel that you’re losing.

A Word Of Warning!!!

When you install this method in your business and life you’ll notice a few things.

First — that you don’t set high enough goals. Remember we’re doing 10X goals — and 10X effort. For the next 12 weeks.

Second — you might not want to keep score. Scoring is the most important part of this. Even if we lose — the score tells us what did right and what we didn’t.

Third — you discard the plan. Remember, we’re only doing this for the next 12 weeks. Not the rest of our lives. 12 weeks only. I’m sure you can do something for 12 weeks without straying.

Fourth — not having an accountability partner or consequence. With a consequence in place and an accountability partner, you will get things done. Some days will be bad. Some days will be good. But having this in place will ensure success.

Keep at it. Do this for 12 weeks and your life will change. Your business will change. You will get the success that you’ve always wanted.

Alrighty that’s a lot of work for today — before you go — let’s do a

Quick Recap

In today’s post, we looked at

  • How success is your duty, obligation, and responsibility
  • How using The 10X Rule will help you achieve more this year than you’ve done in the last few put together
  • A simple method to discover whether you’re reaching your goals or not — each week.
  • The one tool that will help you stay on track, even if you’re behind

Action steps

Here are quick action steps to set your goals for the coming year.

  • Figure out why you want your goals
  • Write your top three goals
  • Multiply your goals ten-times
  • Write down specific actions that will get you to your goals
  • Date each action that you will take
  • Measure your lead and lag indicators
  • Get an accountability partner and schedule it in your calendar

Using these simple action steps will help you achieve more in the next 12 weeks then you did in the past year. In fact, it will help you achieve more than your competition will do all year.

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn. What top three goals did you pick for yourself?

Did you choose an accountability partner?

What’s the consequence you’re going to use to keep you on track?

Leave a comment below to let me know, I love to hear from you.

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