It’s the last week of December. Are you ready for 2017?
For many, this is a week of reflection. New Years gives people a chance and a reason to start a new cycle – a new beginning. Due to this, it’s a tradition to have New Year’s resolutions or goals that they want to achieve in the next year.
However, at the same time, it seems like a tradition for people to not to stick with those goals or resolutions.
So it seems there’s something missing that successful folks do.
In this post, I’ll be sharing a couple of methods that work for many successful online entrepreneurs.
Yearly Achievement Method 1: Check last year and set New Goals
Ok, so this first method is one I’ve seen being promoted by Michael Hyatt this past month. He interviewed several successful folks and found out what their success making habits were as they were planning. Those folks included people like Chalene Johnson, Marie Forleo, Pat Flynn, Chris Ducker, Andrew Warner, and John Maxwell – just to name a few.
What he found out wasn’t anything new to me. In fact, there was only one different thing that he found that I’ll point out here in just a second.
But first, here’s the findings of his interviews…
- Stay Positive
- Express Gratitude
- Eliminate the Excess
- Set Compelling Goals
- Break those Goals Down
- Schedule the Year
- Don’t Forget to Plan to Unplug
Now, as I said before, this isn’t brain science.
In fact, most of these steps I personally already employ.
But the one that really got to me was the plan to unplug step.
Because, I’ll tell you, I did not plan to unplug from NI at all this year and… I didn’t.
It’s not that I’m complaining. Any spare second I found, I was working on one thing or another.
But I didn’t have a light at the end of the tunnel like these folks build in. In his report, Michael shows that many big names actually go off the radar in late December (and here I am writing!) or the entire month altogether. And they’re able to do that because they actually PLAN to do it.
Yearly Achievement Method 2: BRINGIT
Now, if Method 1 seems like a lot of work and lots of things to remember or maybe you’re thinking that starting off with the reflecting part is a tad on the slow and tedious side, then I have an alternative for you.
Here’s the plan that I actually use.
Personally, I like to use a process that starts off with momentum building and ends with a plan to check periodically throughout the year to make sure you’re on the right path.
Here’s the acronym:
Inspect for Good Opportunities
Nominate the best
A few notes to add about these are as follows:
When you’re brain dumping at the beginning, go as big as you want to go in your career. Starting with the end in mind has always been a good plan. Set a time for 10 to 15 minutes and just see what comes out. This can be anything from write a book, appear in media, to becoming a speaker – anything.
Main thing – DON’T EDIT. There will be time for that soon.
When reflecting, sure you can take an entire week to do it like John Maxwell does, but really, you can do it in as much or little detail as you want.
Main thing here is to just make an evaluation of where you spent your time. What should take less and what could use more?
Inspecting and Nominating Good Opportunities:
Now that you have a list of things that you think might be great ideas to pursue or things that might not necessarily be useful, make a list of 25 things that sound like something you can definitely achieve in the new year if you put your mind to it.
Now that you have 25 possible things you could do the next year, now would be a good time to come up with 10 great goals. And what I mean by a great goal are those opportunities that you can put a definite Why to. If you can’t put a Why to it, then forget it and move on to the next opportunity.
After you have your goals, make 3 to 6 steps to complete each. If you’re creating a course, for example, then your steps might include creating an outline, ask high level folks to make parts for your course, build a launch schedule, then begin.
The last part here, is to touch base. And what that means is to one, make sure when you’re just about to start implementing – make sure that everything ties together. Think about how they do for a few minutes.
Then, when you have time in the future and you’re questioning whether your actions are moving you towards your goals, just touch base again. Ask yourself are your actions reflecting your goals?
Ok, guys. There are two methods you can take to plan out this next year. I know there’s plenty of other plans to get going in this next year that you could probably find as well. Find one that you like.
In this instance, you can pick one that’s kinda analytical based… gets it’s momentum from facts and figures. Or you can go with the plan I use which is more focused on creativity.
Whichever one you find, the trick is to have the determination AND discipline to stick with it. Commit to yourself first and then commit to your plan.
Also, don’t expect the world from yourself at first as this new year is getting going – especially if you’ve never been an entrepreneur or creative in your life before.
Just like any transition, there’s going to be a time to go from the ending of one stage to the beginning of another. This is called transition time. Give yourself some time to become your new self.