20 Jan 90-Days, This Week, Today to Reach Your Goals
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Before we dive into this week’s topic, let’s do a pulse check on our goals for the New Year.
How’s your motivation? Is your head still in the “let’s-conquer-the-world-it’s-the-new-year” mindset?
RECHARGE & RECOMMIT
We’re now 3 weeks into 2018, and some of our resolutions might’ve already fallen by the wayside. Brand new gym memberships with barely a week of use. Big plans for the year forgotten as life keeps moving forward irrespective of our goals. Reality is setting in that some things are going to have to seriously change if we want to make continued progress towards our dreams.
Don’t let this happen to you and your goals!
If you find your motivation waning or if you just love encouragement, especially of the spiritual kind, watch this video now on The Value of Vision.
This sermon lit a fire in my soul this week and hit on everything we’ve talked about in this blog series up to this point and beyond, all while maintaining our focus on God.
It’s all about vision. Finding vision. Maintaining vision. And where your vision should come from.
I loved it, and just couldn’t wait a moment longer to share it with you! Watch the video to recharge your motivation, and afterward, recommit yourself to accomplishing your goals this year!
1 YEAR, 90-DAYS, THIS WEEK, TODAY
Ok. So, are we ready to keep charging full-steam ahead? We’ve done a lot of work in this goal-setting series—go ahead and pat yourself on the back right now, you deserve it! Bravo!!
Week 1, we made tough decisions on what goals to bring forward into the New Year.
Week 2, we focused on creating balanced goals and came up with our word for the year.
Week 3, we learned how to make sure our goals were SMART targets we could actually aim for.
Now, it’s week 4 and we’re going to tackle how to take our giant goals for the year and break them down into bite-sized pieces, so we get to the end of the year on purpose with our goals achieved.
In the creation phase of our goals, we’ve primarily been focused on a one-year trajectory. But, when it’s time to get practical and make progress, a long-sighted goal can prevent us from taking the necessary steps today to move forward because we’re looking at the big picture alone.
We need to break-down the forest into its individual trees. To do this, we break our goal down into The 90-Day Goal, This Week, and Today Actions.
As we work through how to break down your goals in this format, we’re going to use this goal for the example: to lose 20 pounds by December 31st, 2018.
- The 90-day Goal
I like to look at my goals throughout the year on a quarterly basis, every 90 days. This really helps when it comes to checking-in and having accountability on your goals throughout the year (hint, hint, week 5).
A 3-month view for a goal is long enough to make real progress, but also short enough to see the progress you’ve made and stay motivated.
I also recommend keeping your 90-day goal on track with each quarter of the year, January-March; April-June; July-September; and October-December. This way, you’ll get to the end of your goal by December 31st, 2018, right on schedule! So, even though we’re 3 weeks into the year, I’d make your first 90-day goal end on March 31st, counting those weeks which have already passed as part of the 90-days.
- With our goal to lose 20 pounds this year, to break this down into bite-sized pieces, I would decide to lose and keep off 5 pounds every 90-days. It’s a smaller, more realistic goal to achieve, and by the end of the year, those 5-pound increments will add up to 20 pounds.
ACTION: Take each of your top goals for the year, and break them down into smaller, 90-day goals. You don’t even have to have all four quarters determined right now. Just decide what you need to accomplish in the next 90-days to make measured progress towards your goal for the end of the year. On March 31st and at the end of each future quarter, you’ll do this same thing again. So don’t worry if you can’t see what needs to happen every 90-days for the whole year. Let’s just get through this first 90-days!
- This Week
With your bite-sized quarterly goals in hand, it’s time to take a look at what you’re going to do this week to get there.
You’ll start each week determining what your action steps for the week will be to get to your 90-day goal. You’ll also assess how last week went, and course correct as needed along the way.
- With losing 5 pounds this quarter in our view, we need to determine what to do this week to make it happen. Last week, we hypothetically gave-in and ordered a burger and fries from the drive-through on the way home, and we should never have eaten those donuts in the office or the cake for Suzie-coworker’s birthday. So this week, we’re going to take action and get out and walk for 30 minutes at least 3 times. And, we’re also going to “Just Say No!” to fast food and sweets. It’s only one week, we can say no for a week, right? We’re course correcting and also adding new steps.
ACTION: At the end of each week, take a few minutes to reflect and plan. First reflect on the week before. What worked? What didn’t? Keep doing what worked, stop doing what didn’t and course correct. Then, ask yourself, is there anything else I can add-on this week to keep making progress towards my goal? What are the next steps this week (and this week only)? The key to this process is consistency. Each week, you check-in with yourself as you move along to 90-days. And at 90-days, you check-in for your annual goal.
Without today, we’d never get to tomorrow. Each day is a vital piece towards achieving your goals. And while we don’t have to make progress on every goal, every day, we do need to keep our goals in the forefront of our minds each and every day.
To do this, we don’t necessarily have to have our goals framed on our desk staring at us (although it’s not a bad idea to have them written down somewhere you’ll see them regularly). But, we do need to plan our days with our goals in mind.
It’s important for our daily actions to match our long-term ambitions.
If you want to write a book, did you write today?
If you want to make more sales in your business, did you make any sales calls today?
If you want to start a jewelry making business, did you create any designs today?
If you want to grow your social media, did you post and engage with anyone online today?
It’s the small, consistent, daily steps which get you to where you are going. They determine if you’ll get to the end of the year with intention or not. Don’t let your days just pass by in the busy-ness. Find some time each day to take a small step towards your future!
- With our goal of walking 3 times this week and not giving in to our food cravings, we’re going to have to be diligent each day to check-in with ourselves on our progress. If we didn’t walk yesterday, then we need to make sure we get it in today. Keep track of our walks on our calendar, marking each one off until we hit our 3 days for the week. And, with not giving into our cravings, we’re going to need to make sure we plan our food each day and stop ourselves when we reach for the chocolate or candy dish.
ACTION: Each day, make sure you’re intentional with your actions for the day. When you reflect and plan for your week, be sure to think about what you can do each day to make progress towards your goals. We tend to fail at what we set out to do, not because the desire isn’t there, but because we didn’t follow our desire up with action. And the days are where you make the action happen. Be sure there is something each day, no matter how small it is, that keeps you moving towards one of your goals. It’s in the day-in-day-out consistent action where we make real progress.
The most important takeaways:
- Reflect, course correct, and keep moving forward.
- Set your annual goal. Break it down into smaller, 90-day components.
- Each week, reflect on your progress, course correct where you were off, and plan for your next steps to move you towards your goal the following week.
- Each day, take measurable action towards at least one of your goals.
- Repeat, daily, weekly, and quarterly, and you’ll reach your goals by the end of the year! Or at least you’ll know you made every effort to make them a reality.
What part of this process is the most intuitive for you? Which part do you think will take the most work? What do you think it will take for you to reach your goals this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!