1. Decide exactly what you want in every key area of your life.
Start off by Idealizing. Imagine that there are no limitations on what you can be, have or do. Imagine that you have all the time and money, all the friends and contacts, all the education and experience that you need to accomplish any goal you can set for yourself.
Imagine that you could wave a magic wand and make your life perfect in the four key areas of life. If your life was perfect in each area, what would it look like?
1. Income – how much do you want to earn this year, next year and five years from today?
2. Family – what kind of lifestyle do you want to create for yourself and your family?
3. Health – how would your health be different if it was perfect in every way?
4. Net Worth – how much do you want to save and accumulate in the course of your working lifetime?
Three Goal Method – in less than 30 seconds, write your three most important goals in life, now. Write quickly. Whatever your answer to this “Quick List Method” way of writing three goals it is probably an exact picture of what you really want in life.
2 Write it down.
Your goals must be in writing. They must be clear, specific, detailed and measurable. You must write out your goals as if you were placing an order for your goal to be manufactured in a factory at a great distance. Make your description clear and detailed in every sense.
Only 3% of adults have written goals, and everyone else works for them.
3 Set a deadline.
Your subconscious mind uses deadlines as “forcing systems” to drive you, consciously and unconsciously toward achieving your goal on schedule. If your goal is big enough, set sub-deadlines. If you want to achieve financial independence, you may set a 10 or 20-year goal, and then break it down, year by year, so that you know how much you have to save and invest each year.
4. Identify the obstacles that you will have to overcome to achieve your goal.
Why aren’t you already at your goal?
The Theory of Constraints – there is always one limiting factor or constraint that sets the speed at which you achieve your goal. What is it for you?
5. Identify the knowledge, information and skills you will need to achieve your goal.
Especially, identify the skills that you will have to develop to be in the top 10% of your field.
6. Identify the people whose help and cooperation you will need to achieve your goal.
Make a list of every person in your life that you will have to work with or work around to achieve your goal. Start with the members of your family, whose cooperation and support you will need this year. List your boss, coworkers and subordinates. Especially, identify the customers whose support you will need to sell enough of your product or service to make the kind of money that you want.
7. Make a list of everything you will have to do to achieve your goal.
Combine the obstacles that you will have to overcome, the knowledge and skills you will have to develop, and the people whose cooperation you will need. List every single step that you can think of that you will have to follow to ultimately achieve your goal.
8. Organize your list into a plan.
You organize this list by arranging the steps that you have identified by sequence and priority.
Sequence – what do you have to do before you do something else, and in what order?
Priority – what is more important and what is less important?
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9. Make a plan.
Organize your list into a series of steps from the beginning all the way through to the completion of your goal.
When you have a Goal and a Plan, you increase the likelihood of achieving your goals by 10 times, by 1000%!
■ Plan each day, week and month in advance.
■ Plan each month at the beginning of the month.
■ Plan each week the weekend before.
■ Plan each day the evening before.
10. Select your number one, most important task for each day.
Set priorities on your list
Ask yourself this question: “If I could only do one thing on this list, which one activity is most important?” Whatever you answer to that question, put a number “1” next to that activity.
Then, ask yourself, “If I could only do one other task on this list, which one task would be the most valuable use of my time?” Then write a number “2” next to that task.
Keep asking this question, “What is the most valuable use of my
time on this list?” until you have your seven top tasks, organized
by sequence and priority.
Here is another question you can ask, “If I could only do one thing all day long, which one activity would give the most value to my work and to my goals?
11. Develop the habit of self-discipline.
Once you have decided on your most important task, resolve to concentrate single-mindedly on that one task until it is 100% complete.
Your ability to select your most important task and then to work on it single mindedly, without diversion or distraction, will double and triple the quality and measure of your output and your productivity.