Any time of the year is the PERFECT time to reevaluate your goals! You don’t need January 1st to pivot, tweak and change especially after the kind of 2020 we’ve had so far. You couldn’t make this stuff up! It’s like straight out of a movie!
Maybe you’re starting to feel the overwhelm and pressure that there isn’t enough time in the day to achieve your big, audacious goals. How do you achieve what you want to go after without setting yourself up for failure? How do you start doing the opposite to set yourself up for success?
The answer is by creating goals that you will not only crush but surpass without the overwhelm. We all have the exact same 24 hours in the day, but it’s how we choose to utilize that time and prioritize what’s most important that makes all the difference in the world!
In my video I share in great detail all about:
- The Art of Breaking It Down
- My Weekly “Brain Dump” Planning for Success Day
- My Method of “Front Loading” to Create White Space, Freedom, and More Days Off!
Let’s dive in…
The Art of Breaking It Down
The thing about goal setting is that it’s not just about creating more overwhelm with endless to-do lists or buying fancy planners. When you get really clear on your intentions, as we talked about last week, we realize that it’s not just about adding more to our plate, but simplifying and focusing on what’s truly important.
1. Create Your Big, Bold Annual Goals
The first step is starting with your big, lofty, annual goals. Now you might be wondering, how do you know what your big goals are? The key to creating your big goals is not to think like everybody else and ask what you could “realistically” accomplish.
Instead, think bigger and get specific about the goals you want to achieve.
What do you envision yourself feeling at the end of the year? What do you envision yourself doing at the end of the year? What will you have? What will it look like?
If you’re an online business owner, what is the product that you want to launch, or relaunch? How many stages do you want to speak on? How many different live events do you want to create?
These are the big goals that are going to take you anywhere from 6 to 18 months to make happen. This is your opportunity to dream big and turn those big, audacious dreams into your reality.
2. Break It Down into 90 Day/Quarterly Goals
Once you identify your big goals for the year, the next step is to break it down even further by reverse engineering your goals. What are you going to do in the 90 days immediately coming up to get closer to that annual goal?
This is what successful people do. We do not back away from those big, hairy scary goals. In fact, we go after them.
Just the way that cliché saying goes, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The art of breaking it down is about taking your big, bold, annual goals and breaking it down further into smaller and smaller steps that are doable in 90 days.
3. Then to Monthly Goals
Then we turn our 90-day goals into monthly goals. Take those small steps and make it even smaller! So, what do we need to accomplish in the next 4 weeks to get even closer to the 90-day goals?
When you hit those monthly goals, then you know you’re going to hit those quarterly goals. So, taking the time to create those monthly goals is a 7-figure business habit that will set you up for success.
4. Chunk It Down Further Into Weekly Goals
If we know where the destination is (our ultimate BIG goals), then what we need to do is work backwards until we break it down into totally doable baby steps that we focus on weekly.
If you’re like most successful entrepreneurs, you don’t shy away from seeking out support to reach your goals. It’s not if, but when, we get sidetracked we have that next level of support to keep us going. The reason why I invest in several coaching groups, mentors, and masterminds is that I know as self-driven as I am, i’ll get there so much further, faster, and easier with a whole lot fewer bumps, bruises and heartache if we don’t do this dang thing alone! Support is everything!
5. Create a Weekly “Brain Dump” Success Day
Then I designate one day, called my Planning for Success Day where I do my weekly braindumps to determine what do I need to focus on this coming week to reach my monthly goals.
This takes me all of 20 minutes to do each week! I’ve been doing this for a number of years and because I’ve been practicing at it, I’ve gotten better and a whole lot faster!
If you’re just getting started with your weekly brain dumps allow yourself to be terrible, to be a beginner, and to be humble enough to suck at it at first like anything that is new that we are trying. Learning how to be more proficient, efficient and productive comes with practice. Allow yourself to be a beginner!
6. Top 10 Intentions & Goals for the Week
From your brain dump, create what becomes your top ten goals and intentions for the week that will get you closer to reaching your monthly goals. Let that sink in. Not ten goals per day, but ten goals for the week!
This is not busywork. It’s not answering other people’s last-minute requests. It’s not being reactionary. It’s about being proactive.
For me, these are a combined list of business and life, because to me they are intertwined. There might be lots of little things that I do, but these are the ten most important things that at the end of the week once they’re completed I feel accomplished and gets me closer to reaching my monthly goals.
If you do this consistently every single week like I have for several years there is a cumulative effect. These little, simple tools and tweaks will help you take control of your day and create more time so that by the end of the year, you’ve reached your big annual goals!
My Weekly “Brain Dump” Planning for Success Day
Now that I’ve shared the art of breaking it down, I’ll briefly share how I do my weekly brain dumps. I choose to do my brain dumps every Sunday, but your brain dump does not need to be on a Sunday. It can be on whatever day that you want. Whatever the beginning of the week is for you, you want to look ahead to see what is the most important thing that you need to do in that week to get you closer to your monthly goals.
By reassessing your goals week after week, it prevents you from allowing a little slip to become an entire slide.
Don’t let those little slip-ups, which happen to all of us, become big, downward spirals. That’s why I like to reassess and create my goals on a weekly basis.
These are success habits that have helped me grow my business to 7-figures without killing myself, with less overwhelm and have allowed me to actually enjoy my life!
If you’re passionate about what you get to do you have to protect it! One of the things that I do to protect it is to plan and know that I did my best to do the most important, vital things first. So, choose one day to focus on whats the most important things that you get to do for the week.
My Method of “Front Loading” My Week
Now that you’ve broken down your goals from annual goals to weekly goals, there’s one more step that is the cherry on top and is my secret sauce. This is how you use your weekly Top 10 Goals to move the needle in your business and life.
Take those ten goals and front load your week by scheduling them into the first three days of your week. This allows for that beautiful and much needed white space.
It’s where the magic happens. Where business and life changing ideas happen when we create the open space for it when we’re taking a long bath, in the shower, working out, running around with the kiddos at the playground, learning a new hobby, playing, enjoying… living and NOT forcing the creativity to happen locked behind our laptop!
It’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter.
The reason this is my secret sauce is that breaking it down, brain dumping, and front-loading your week means you are no longer floating through life like most unhappy, unsuccessful people do. You my friend are different! You are successful because you focus on your goals, you have a purpose, an action plan to make them happen, and the white space that you need to not just create, but smash your goals this year without overwhelm!
With Grit & Grace, xoxo!
Tiffany aka Coach Glitter