It is said that approximately 50% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Well, guess what today is February 11th - if you’re listening on the day this episode goes out - and we’re officially in the second week of the second month of the year!
How are you keeping up with your 2019 goals? If you’re determination is starting to decrease and you’re starting to lose sight of the goals and resolutions you created in the beginning of the year, then you’ll definitely want to stick around as I’ll be sharing with you a strategy you can start using right away to make sure you stay on track in your journey to reaching your goals!
So, let me ask you again: how are you keeping up with your 2019 goals and resolutions? Are you still going full steam towards reaching them? Have you reached a few already? Have you fallen behind on a couple?
Well, let me start off by letting you know that I have fallen behind on a couple. Primarily, I fell behind on a challenge or free course that I was planning on creating for Cleanerpreneur last month. But, you know what? It’s okay. I’ve now postponed it to this month. No big deal.
One of the things you have to keep in mind, in case you have fallen behind on a couple (or a few) goals this year is to remind yourself that it’s okay, but, get back up on the horse! I want you to stop being so hard on yourself. And, at the same time I want you to start developing a mindset that will force you to keep striving even if you do fall behind a few times.
You might be asking, how can I do that?
Well, let me give you the strategy I use. You see, I “chunk” my goals. This might have no meaning to you at all. But, let me explain. You see, at the end of each year, I create my yearly goals for the upcoming year. So, for example, back in December of 2018 I started creating my 2019 goals. Now, these goals range from my health goals, to financial goals, to business goals, and family goals to name a few.
But, what’s next? Well, after I’m satisfied with my yearly goals, I then proceed to break down my yearly goals into “chunks” of three months - I actually got this idea after having read “The 12-Week Year” by Brian Moran. This philosophy offers the idea that we view our year in three month periods. Why? Well, you know how usually in November and December we start scrambling to finish the year strong in different areas of our lives? Well, this philosophy suggests that if break down our year into “12 week years” we’ll be inclined to be constantly on the up and up to reaching our goals because our “year” ends after only 12 weeks, not 12 months!
So, after I have my 3 month goals, I proceed to breaking down those goals into monthly goals. And, having monthly goals is a more common strategy for most people, but I don’t stop there!
Once I write down my monthly goals, I break down those goals into weekly goals! And, when you’ve condensed your yearly goals down to your weekly goals, well then, you’ll find it easier to achieve those bite-sized goals and gradually work towards reaching the yearly, big goals.
Basically, you want to work backwards from your yearly goals; and, break down, or “chunk” those big goals as much as you can so that they seem more attainable.
So, let’s say that a goal for 2019 for you was to add 100 new customers in your customer database. Well, that means that if you break down that number into 3 month periods - then, you’d have 4 three-month periods with goals of adding 25 customers in that each three month period. And, to further simplify it, your monthly goal would then be to add 8 new customers (again, per month). If you see 8 as your monthly goal it appears more doable than 100 for the year. And, not only that, but using my “chunking” technique, this translates to getting 2 customers per week. This is possible. And, most importantly it gives you a benchmark of where you have to be each week, month, trimester, and year.
Another important thing I want to remind you of is to celebrate even the smallest win.
You added only 2 customers in a month, even though your goal was to add 8? Celebrate that! Don’t let negativity creep into your life and let it affect your state. Celebrate every small win! And, you know what, small is good.
I’ll finish off today’s episode by telling you of one of my personal fitness goals. I made a goal to run a marathon this year. And, you know how I’m preparing? By adding just 1% to my jogging every day. That’s right, just 1%. I’m confident that by gradually adding a small percentage, one can reach huge goals! Remember, it’s the accumulation of small wins that eventually give you the big win.
Well, that’s it for today! I wish you an EXCELLENT week! And, I’ll catch you on the next episode!
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