Happy new year! At this time of year there is a lot of conversation on social media platforms regarding ‘new years resolutions’ and ‘goal setting’ but very little on the process of achieving the goals. So I thought I would give you in detail my goal achievement process.
Let me just start by saying that I have been setting and achieving goals for 30 years. My first major goal achieved was to be the Under 18 Australian Archery Champion. Which I achieved in 1987. It was the same year I ‘got into’ personal and business development material. Over the years I have fine tuned my goal setting and goal achievement into a process which works for me. Here it is…
- I hand write everything into a very special annual journal. I buy it from Smythson of Bond Street, London. I have the journal customised with my name and the current year. This the notebook I buy
- At the back of the journal I have all my life goals listed – currently 136 of them. I update this every year before the start of the new year.
- In the journal I also have my personal values, my over-arching purpose in life, my constant energy and focus state, what’s important to me and a list of my beliefs – all hand written.
- Throughout the year I will collect as many pictures as I can (from magazines) of my life goals and put onto my vision board. I will also have a visual management process so I can see how I am going for some of the goals. See photos below.
- I write at the front of my journal a list of goals for this year. There are 21 listed this year – however 5 are the most important. The top 5 are highlighted.
- I have a full page on Business Reality (key numbers) for the past 12 months and then KPI goals for the next 12 months.
- I write a statement for the year ahead. To set the context of the year.
- Once all goals are listed I reflect back on last year and work out why I did not achieve all of my stated goals. Something has to be done differently. I write down what I am going to start doing differently, stop doing and continue doing. Each one covers a page in the journal.
- For goals that take time to achieve I block out time in my diary for the entire year for each one. So already blocked out are… family day trips (weekly), board meetings (monthly), accountability meetings (monthly), seminars to attend, known seminars to deliver (64 days so far), gym (2-3 per week), bike riding (2-3 per week), blog writing (5 per week), date nights (monthly), dinner parties we will host (monthly), holidays, golf lessons, golf practice (2 per week), golf playing (1-2 per week), school holidays etc. Everything is blocked out and then I work with what is left. It’s amazing how much time is actually left for random stuff or extra work if needed when the year is blocked out. I have a view that if it’s not in the diary it won’t get done.
- I write down action plans for each of the goals on my annual list. So fun, business, personal, health, family, relationship etc. Bullet point action plans for the ones that need it.
- I only divulge my goal list to people who are going to help me get them. It’s private. So that includes my wife, my accountability group and some goals for my management team & employees.
- I keep myself accountable to my goals each month by my accountability forum.
- I review and read my goals every week.
- Whilst achieving my goals I live by all of my core values especially finish what I start & do what I say I am going to do.
To make all this happen I still sleep 7-8 hours per night and I wake up at 0445 6 days per week. I want to milk everything out of this life and be the best I can be. I love living up to my core purpose and having great stories to tell of my experiences. As I said this works for me – it may even work for you.
PS. This first appeared in January 2014 on my blog. It was well received. So I have updated it with current process.