If you are ready to crush your goals, then keep reading, my friend.
I have a confession to make. I really hate planning travel (stick with me – this is all related). The endless options really overwhelm me, and it takes me forever to settle on the most efficient itinerary. Recently, we took a road trip from New York to D.C. I spent hours putting it together. I decided on departure times. I rented a car. I got a sitter for the dog. I reserved the hotel. I booked a tour. I timed out meals. I researched additional landmarks. I put a ton of time into the prep.
And you know what? Aside from horribly uncomfortable beds, the weekend went off without a hitch. We were super clear about where we needed to be at all times, and as a result, we packed SO much into a 48 hour getaway. But this effectiveness wasn’t the result of coincidence – it was the byproduct of meticulous consideration and roadmapping.
Question for you. When you set out on a road trip (or any trip, for that matter!), what do you typically map out beforehand? For me it’s:
- Starting point
- Ending point
- Necessary stops along the way
- Possible obstacles/outside considerations
Guys, as promised, I’m going to bring this full circle and share a little secret: mapping our your goals is no different. If you want to truly see through your goals, you have to identify where you’re starting, where you’re going, the stops along the way, and the timeframe in which you want to get there.
Goals, if not broken down, can become looming, seemingly insurmountable feats. The trick to achieving your goals is NOT to try to consume the entire pie at once, but to cut it up into very small, digestible pieces. Bite after bite, you chip away at the pie, and before you know it, you’ve finished the entire thing. (Can anyone tell what I’m currently craving?)
breaking down your goals
There are three types of goals: your big picture goal, the check point goals that inform the overarching goal, and the daily tasks that bring you closer to completing your check point goals. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to:
- Identify: where are you today?
- Identify: what is your overarching goal?
- Identify: what is your reasonable timeline? (i.e.: 6 months, 12 months, 3 years, etc)
- Identify: what are your check point goals? These are medium term goals that should inform your overarching goals
- Identify: what are your daily tasks? These should be action items that, when completed, bring you one step closer to achieving your check-point goals.
- Plot out your check point goals and daily tasks month by month and create a timeline that leads to accomplishing your big picture goal.
I WANT you to crush your goals, and if you approach them systematically, I know you will. Drop your email below, and I’m going to shoot you my exclusive Goal Planning Guide to help you plot out these daily tasks and check point goals. We’re going to break down your monthly goals into weekly sub-goals and slowly but surely chip away at the whole. Ready to get started? Here we go!