We have won 2020! Take another magnificent object, one of those remaining turkey feet, and slap it on the back. 2021 will get better… Isn’t it?
Yes, that depends entirely on you. The New Year’s resolution train leaves the station, but if I were a gambling man, I would bet that most of them would get off the tracks. No, I’m not a critic, but research shows that the deck is set against us. Many decisions failed on January 17.
We make vague, invincible decisions anyway, trying to lose our way to success. After that, we spend a year chasing another 999 glittering shots that distract us from the jackpot.
Successful goal setting requires a specific recipe that can be taught in school. I wrote the opposite guide to setting and achieving annual goals, but if you are struggling with decisions, you will need a simple road map for next year.
So how do you choose ONE goal for the year, and then achieve it? Put on your pinafore, ‘because I’m about to throw away the recipe for you.
Start With a Reason
Think back to when you were 7 years old, and how desperately you wanted that new Gameboy or Rainbow Brite. Have you been good all year to get into Santa’s good list? You bet. You even took the time to write an embarrassing essay to an old man, admiring your beauty.
The anticipation of that glossy barrel has occupied 90% of your mind. Your “why” was eating everything. Today, what you want may be magnified, but the same rule applies even if you are 7 or 77 years old: When you can’t stop thinking about it, you can’t stop working for it.
It is a goal that has been immersed in my brain for several years, because I hear this same message many times from successful leaders.
Tony Robbins teaches that, for good reason why, “hows” take care of themselves.
Advice on Mark Manson’s life is to ask, “Why do I suffer — for what reason?”
Elon Musk says, “If something is important enough, you do it even if the opportunities don’t allow it.”
George Bernard Shaw, Viktor Frankl, Nietzsche John F. Kennedy, Churchill, Lincoln Buddha, Rome, Lao Tzu Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz, Helen Keller, Ayn Rand, Stephen Hawking, Dostoyevsky, Dolly Parton, Ricky Gervais… All Opposition that purpose is central. And when philosophers, politicians, prophets, industry leaders, writers, scientists, musicians and even comedians agree on something, you can’t help but pay attention.
Losing enough word – what actually happens after this system? Simon Sinek gives the best explanation I’ve ever heard of this practice in his book Start with Why (you can also check out his TED talk on the subject). In short, the logical / sensible part of our brain is powerful, but developed millions of years after our emotional / limbic part (limbic system), which is still very active in our systems, including why / purpose / desires / choices.
Plan hard to get into your brain, and you’ll never run out of creative ways to hack your way through any obstacle.
You got your goal… Good! Is that enough to carry you toward your goal? Not alone. Author Steven Pressfield has a test on you. Ask, “How bad do you want it?” If the answer is less than the desire for a thousand blazing sun, then you have a soul-searching thing to do.
When I first heard this advice, the wind blew out of me like a cheap bicycle wheel. Sure, I wanted to be a writer, build a business, be a coach… but I was determined to give up my salary, to buy GOODS all year long, to face the cruel and unusual punishment associated with chasing whatever the right thing to do? Back in 2011 I remember thinking, I’m not sure, as I was going to my brunch bar which was very expensive every week.
Thankfully, there is a formula for creating the kind of emotional juice needed to get to level 10. I got my own with the temptation and the mistake of starting and packing businesses, by winning leaving a multi-day job, I came back when the money ran out. But it is not necessary. Shortcut? Create a depressing view.
No, the idea is not a one-time exercise that pays for a corporate advisor, just to please your shareholders. To make a point simply means to sit in the back of a chair, close your eyes, and visualize your goal. I can see in detail the family house my wife and I are planning to buy: four bedrooms, a wall of windows overlooking the river, surrounded by a forest, and a shelf with a suitable book nut (that’s me).
You clearly see that your compelling future depends on your level of motivation. Clarity will put you in a good mental and emotional state, and this is the only place where you can work hard. Do you feel good? Now, it’s time to choose your one year goal.
Set one goal
Fix things that you see why, and immerse yourself in emotional juice by creating a powerful impression. Good job. Unfortunately, we can’t just be happy, imagine our new life — not if we want to make it a reality. Time to focus on action.
But an act without a plan is like a horse without a harness. It’s powerful, but you can’t ride it for long without being trampled on. Uncontrolled action will bring mixed results. Let us beat our seat of power by setting one goal for the year. Wait – only one goal? Yes. If you have already cracked many projects, then check out the most advanced program.
However, for many people – those who are new to goal setting or who are fighting against New Year’s resolutions (you know who you are!) – hyperfocus for one goal is the best way to secure your victory. Ironically, the death of many is a well-intentioned New Year’s resolution.
And when did you miss that one goal on your list sometime this year? Your confidence will increase, and you can follow the big fish. In the meantime, don’t try to have everything. Do not chase the white whale. Do less, but better.
“But how can I select just one goal?” you ask. It’s easier than you think.
First, remember how many priorities you have set for the past year. Include goals related to your finances, your job, your relationships, your friendships, your family, your home, your health, your travels, and so on. And don’t just choose your higher, stated goals; be honest with yourself about where you actually spent your time. In front of the TV? At the bar? Lost your phone? This was the first, intentionally or not. Write this in the list, and put your success in each place, 1 to 10. If you see this view of the birds of your year, you will see how widespread it was.
Next, give each label priority: urgent, important or unimportant. There is no doubt that quality of life is closely linked to the time you spend working on the most important things. Don’t focus on small things. If you want to stop fighting so many fires, watch the river, and put the Great Work ahead. Do this, and you will reduce the disasters down the river.
Finally, ask: What is one goal, if any, this year, that would make a big difference in your life? Does it finally end your novel? Quitting your day job? Beating the original Super Mario Bros? If you have trouble choosing one, write down all your goals and compare one to the next, one pair at a time, a rock-paper-scissors style, until you find the winner. “But my future is too important to leave in a small game!” In fact, your future is too important for you to stick to this step. Don’t think too much of it; your heart has an answer.
For better or for worse, do you have one goal for the year? Very good. We’re just getting started.
Eat Your Vegetable Metric
I called it weird, but I always liked to eat vegetables. Growing up, the side of the hot broccoli that you had nothing to do with was not an unusual dinner. This healthy habit did not feel like another “growth” dose to pass. Don’t just ask me to iron a shirt or cut the grass. Guhh.
I also have an unusual unity of the world of “riveting” metrics. I could get lost for hours on Google Analytics, looking at explicit images of visitor data on my websites, as the guy at The Matrix could see the 3D world without the green code.
Catch-what’s metric ?! It’s just a standard measurement. View them as ‘measuring sticks.’ Is your goal to lose 30 pounds this year? Your metrics can be the number of steps you take per day, the number of minutes you spend in the gym or the calories you take. It is not a goal in itself, but it is available in the same way as a speedometer. Got it? That’s fine. And statistics? That’s just the process of analyzing this data.
To put it bluntly, the goal is not enough to guarantee your success. You need good planning, and practical habits, but you also need to choose the right metrics so that you can see, at any given time, whether you are moving toward your goal, or not, and then correct Yes.
Good metrics show you two things: first, what you get. Is the money coming in? Are you lifting more weight in the gym? If so, your goal is undoubtedly imminent. The second way to measure progress toward your goal is to look at who you are. Are you happy? More promoted? In the case of frequent flow? Only metrics can answer these questions.
We hold on to one goal because simplicity is the best way to ensure our success. Now, select only one metric to use to measure the distance to your ONE goal. Are you building a business? Your single metric may be a benefit. Preparing for the marathon? Two pairs of worn-out shoes during practice may be your yard. Set your metric now, and let’s move on to the last step in our recipe.
Take That First Step
All big business starts with one innocent step: your first day of school, the first brick in the house, the seeds planted. You really can’t accomplish anything without having to deal with a very small part of the project, which seems so simple that it doesn’t deserve to be mentioned. “CERTAINLY I have to write the first line of code,” Zuckerberg said.
It’s easy to forget this because we compare ourselves to celebrity winners who already enjoy their acclaim in the Hall of Greatness. They tend not to broadcast, waiting briefly, in broad terms, their trials by fire and Ramen noodles. And the media would like to leave out that these “one-night successes” were a decade-long success.
Take a moment to incorporate this, as it will determine whether you win or achieve your goal: Small steps that include positive results; there is not one big step that does it all.
But travel often seems impossible, isn’t it ?! That is the voice of a little enemy called excess. Overwhelm raises its excitement, the only white voice when we try to see the whole project. I’m willing to bet that if Elon Musk, Mark Cuban or Sara Blakely asked for crystal ball when they started their companies, and saw a mountain of misery they would need to measure, it is possible that each of them said, “Forget it.”
Stop trying to catch too many steps in your head at the same time. To start your 1,000-mile journey, start with the first step. Knowing what that first step should be, work backwards.
Is your one goal this year to be your boss? Ask, what steps are coming soon before that? You will need some way to cover at least your basic expenses. Therefore, you will need your business (even if that is negotiable). And the steps involved in building your business? Choosing a product or service, business plan, loan, hiring your weaknesses.
There will be hundreds of steps; don’t try to count them all, at first, just scan the big bits-categories. Work them back until you reach this moment. Your first step should be so simple that it looks new. Do you have it? Do it now, even before you finish this article.
When completed, the snowball will roll, and you can choose the second, most difficult step. Goodbye, too much.
Reap the Rewards
Building an incredible life depends on knowing the difference between trinkets and health, as Jim Rohn puts it. It requires an understanding of what values to look for, and in perpetuity, to focus on.
If you have ever struggled with New Year’s resolutions, then this program is for you. It is an easy way to increase your chances of achieving the ONE most important goal of your 2021.
And if you want to pursue your goal at a company of like-minded winners, check out the 1-Step Ahead Challenge, which starts in January 2021. Thousands of SUCCESS students will sign up to travel alongside you, so you have plenty of support and accountability along the way.
Whether you’re signing up for a challenge or doing the job yourself, know that following it is worth it. More productivity, better relationships, and a happier life will be your rewards.
Let’s get to it. I wish you all the best for a happy and successful 2021.
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