Get ready: the New Year is approaching.
This is the season of annoying Facebook posts about joining clean eating challenges, 6 AM running clubs or the money-making millionaires group. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with joining these groups to give yourself something to work towards, I don’t like the mindset of it being a resolution.
Having a New Year’s resolution means having 12 months to make a change. There isn’t much structure within that, and I also believe that New Year’s resolutions put down the year before as if there was something wrong that you did and you were too far on a negative path. I don’t think that way.
Everything that happens, happens for a reason. You weren’t running every single morning because you had other priorities, so please do not forget to give credit where credit is due. You did your absolute hardest to eat well, move your body daily, be there for your family, keep up with your health, work and accomplish all the other things required of you on a day to day basis.
And if you don’t feel that way? Well, that’s okay too. You did what you felt you needed to do.
With the New Year approaching, I want to let you in on how I go about setting (and accomplishing) my goals. I will tell you this, truthfully: I have never accomplished a New Year’s resolution. Without structure, drive and simplicity, I could never achieve whatever my over-arching goal was.
On the other hand, by creating a system that I revisit every 3 months, I’ve been able to accomplish huge feats such as doubling my income, shifting my mindset, manifesting the type of relationship I desire, making more girlfriends, getting plugged into my local community, eating in a way that works for me, and so much more. Here’s a way to go about New Years goals that I swear will lead to results 10X better than the typical “resolution” route.
So, are you ready to make shift happen?
Enter: 3 In 3
Tony Robbins says “complexity is the death of productivity” and I’ve found nothing to be closer to the truth.
My system is simple. Easy? Maybe not. But simple, definitely.
Break up your goals into 3’s that you want to see come to fruition every 3 months.
I give myself 3 goals that I want to accomplish within the first 3 months of the year. The goals range from being spiritual, emotional, relational, personal, physical and financial.
So for January to March, I will pick three simple goals I want to see happen. For example, let’s say I want to make $7,000 each month (financial) , travel out of the country once (personal) and have a more consistent spiritual practice (spiritual). These 3 goals are great because they are practical, achievable and immediate. I can begin working on them now, and I know I have a timeline to accomplish them: three months.
From there, I break them down even further, like so:
Make $7,000 each month
- Collaborate with 5 coaches throughout January to reach a new audience
- Give out 10 discovery sessions
- Be a guest speaker at a local Meetup
- Create a video e-course
Travel out of the country
- Set a date, and put it on the calendar to act “as if” it’s definitely going to happen
- Put 15% of everything I make into a travel account
- Make a list of 5 potential countries
- Connect with people in the area (online)
- Get clear on the feeling I want to have from the trip and determine what location will give me that feeling
- Set an alarm on my phone every morning with the label *meditation time* to remind myself
- Schedule prayer
- Connect with more spiritual friends for accountability
- Start a morning devotional
And that’s the gist of it! I will write down these goals (and subgoals) on a piece of paper and hang it up somewhere I can read every morning. I will set my passwords to reflect these goals, I’ll create vision boards, I will talk about my goals “as if” they are already coming to life, and I will take time to feel grateful for all the wonderful works happening.
I will revisit these at the end of 3 months, let go of what didn’t serve me, continue to push myself in the directions that do, and create new goals that might be more applicable to where I am in life at that time.
I do this 4 times throughout the year, and I can tell you that this simplified process of goal-setting is ten times better than any over-arching, vague resolution could ever be.
Give it a shot, and let me know below what your first three goals are going to be!