It’s 2020… Now what?
We’ve entered the year of clarity and vision. Everybody has returned from their holiday visits and hit the ground running on their new goals for the new decade. (I hope you haven’t given up already.) If you were on social media at all for several weeks leading up to the New Year, then I’m sure you’ve seen just as many vision board parties and people posting their audacious goals as I have. It’s truly been motivating to see friends and family make the decision to take life into their own hands and pursue something great. The thing that bothered me though, is that no one was as excited about posting a plan or roadmap to accomplishing those goals.
We’ve all heard that a goal without a plan is a dream. So, I want to talk to you about the things you should do to position yourself to crush each of your goals in the next 12 months.
Make Your Goals Measurable and Attainable
Old Goal: I want to lose weight.
Well, that’s a very vague thing to say that likely won’t exist outside of the moment you utter those words. Give yourself a shot at actually achieving this by making it more specific.
Better Goal: I want to lose 12lbs (5.4kg) over the next 3 months.
Now you have something to work with. This format gives you a metric to work towards which makes it easier to gauge your progress over time. In this scenario, you’d know when you’ve reached the halfway mark. You’d know if you’ve exceeded expectations and can feel good about it. Now if you reach this weight but feel like your summer body is still hiding a bit, then you can always tweak the goal to fit your new reality. The key though is to always have a goal that can be measured for completeness. You’ve also given yourself a timeline to complete this in which brings us to the second requirement.
Make a Plan with Deadlines
It’s imperative that you incorporate a timeline into your plan to help hold you accountable for the things you said you’d do. Have you ever been given an assignment in school that didn’t have to be turned in, like guided reading or something? If so, did you ever complete it? Chances are those pages never saw the light of day. There was nothing there to hold you accountable for that assignment.
Now think about the 3-page essay that was due at 11:59pm. If you cared about your grades at all, you made sure it was turned in on time. It didn’t matter if you wrote it early in the week or at 11:58 that night. The effort was put forth to complete it before the due date. My belief is that if there’s no deadline, then you had no real intention of accomplishing the goal.
Take Action Daily
For my spiritual folks, here comes the saying, “faith without works is dead.”
People set goals every day B. (Leave a comment if you get that reference) However, what is the point in mapping out a 5-step plan and setting deadlines if you don’t start the work. That’s like opening Google Maps, turning the key in the ignition, and keeping the car in Park. You’re not going anywhere. You’re just blowing smoke. Executing your plan is the most important step in the whole process. I know this because even if you didn’t have a plan or a timeline in the beginning, you could still figure things out along the way if you started taking action.
More important than taking action, is making sure that you do it daily. There is something you can do every day that maps to your end goal — even if it’s just creating a to-do list for the following day. It’s not difficult to find something to do every day if you have an objective to complete at the end of the week. The problems come when we don’t have a structure to the things we’re doing. That is why the process I discussed is so important.
Success is simply a culmination of small victories over a prolonged period of time. The journey to losing 10 lbs. is by losing 1 lb. ten times. The journey to six-figures is by figuring out how to make $8,333.33 every month for 12 consecutive months. Will things always be easy? No. Will your progression be linear? Probably not. But if you can focus on breaking your BIG goals down into small, actionable steps, and holding yourself accountable with a reasonable timeline, then you’ll find no issue with achieving them in 2020. Good luck and keep me posted with your progress.