I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. They’re all hype and the vast majority fizzle out by February.
In fact, less than 10% of people achieve their goals. They lose focus, they become overwhelmed, they find excuses, and so many other reasons.
But what the new year does bring, is it allows us to clear our heads, re-evaluate, and get our priorities straight.
For the longest time the way I set goals was completely wrong. I had too many, they were ambiguous, they were too big, and they were incomplete leaving huge holes in my life.
So I did a lot of reflection, read a bunch on the subject, and came up with a new approach. It wasn’t perfect at first, so I fine-tuned it over the years until I had a technique that took setting and achieving my goals to the next level.
The good news, it’s super easy. You Reflect, Rebalance, Reduce, Remember. Here’s how you do it:
- Reflect – Look back at the previous year, and grade how you did across the most important areas of your life. Then reflect on them. I’ve tried many variations and keep coming back to these seven areas to grade and reflect on: personal growth, experiences, relationships, career, health, finances, and giving.
- Rebalance – After you reflect on the seven areas, decide what goals you want to take for the coming year and prioritize them. Maybe you neglected your health so that’s a top priority this year, or you want to grow your network.
- Reduce – Now that you have your goals prioritized, reduce from the many to just your top three. When you have your top three goals break them down to smaller actions. As Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy found, “research [shows] us that we do much better when we focus on incremental change” versus big moonshot goals.
- Remember – There are so many distractions these days if you want to achieve your goals you’re going to need to create a system to remember them. This means writing your goals down, and reviewing and executing on them regularly. Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals by simply writing them down and reviewing them daily.
You now have four powerful techniques for setting goals and achieving massive success. So what are you waiting for?
The moment is NOW.