Goals are great when you are on track. When you are not on track they can be a burden and sometimes even make you want to jump off the track all together. If you aren’t careful and specific with your goals, they can be demoralizing to what you really want to accomplish.
I’ve run into this so much that I keep on doing it. It worked so bad, I decided to do it all over again! Have you ever set a big goal to reach by the end of the year? I don’t know why I even asked. We all know the gym is packed in January and empty by March. The reason why is because people get super jacked about their new year resolution and they envision their new self a year from now, trimmer, more fit, less weight and looking the best they ever have. New year’s is that time of year to make a change if you want to, so many people do.
Time to make a change
You set this resolution, or if you think it was the fact you called it a “resolution” last year is why you failed, you decide to call it a goal. You tell yourself you are going to go to the gym more and lose so much weight that by this time next year, no one will recognize you because you look so good. First problem, you didn’t give your goal a number, but that’s another topic.
Resolutions and goals don’t die at once. They slowly get eaten away by resistance.
You don’t stop going to the gym in March. You go from four days a week in January, to three in February and then in march, you go a couple times the whole month. You’ve missed so many at that point, you realize you are not on track any more. This is why big goals, don’t work. The moment you slip off the track it’s hard to get back on.
I am using the typical gym resolution here for an example but you can put anything in it’s place; budgeting and financial goals, eating and dieting, or even reading and learning. When you put pressure on yourself to achieve something, and you slowly slip off the track, the pressure doesn’t lessen to allow you to get back on. It increases. Ever heard of the law of “Inertia?” Everything that is in motion stays in motion and everything that is stuck in place stays in place (my paraphrase). The fact you fell off the track, puts you in the “stuck” side of inertia.
The solution…a 90 day plan.
Why the 90 Day Plan?
Besides thinking about the exact opposite of the scenario I described above. Here are the many benefits to creating a 90 day plan:
- 90 days is the perfect amount of time to focus in a few areas and make them better.
- With only three months, you can track your results a lot easier. You don’t have to keep entering your numbers in for six, eight, twelve months to make sure you are on the right pace.
- You can achieve more and keep the momentum going into the next 90 days.
- The shorter amount of time, allows you to push harder for longer. If weight loss is your goal, and you are half way through the 90 days you only have 45 days left. If you are on the year long track you have 320 days left…feel the difference?
How to Create a 90 Day Plan
With all other goals or bars you want to hit, you need to work backwards. What I mean by that, is you need to have the end goal in mind and work backward from there.
Step 1. Go Big
Write out your big picture goals. These goals can be anything from five year goals, to achievements, or even tangible items you want to buy. This is your dream, go big. Start writing down everything in a list.
Step 2. Categorize
Now you need to take that list and categorize it out. Preferably you want three different categories. They could be big categories like, fitness, education and wealth, or three categories that are inside of those types. It really doesn’t matter, just group them together. These are going to be your areas of focus on your 90 day plan.
Step 3. Define your success
In each focus group you need to define what would success look like in 90 days in working toward that goal or dream. If three months from now, you are looking back, what would make you feel proud? These don’t need to be unreachable to stretch yourself too far, these need to be just far enough to where you know it will be hard but very doable. What would you like to accomplish in that area in 90 days.?
Step 4. Define your milestones
Now that you have your focus groups and your definition of success in each one, now you need your milestones. These are the steps you’ll take to accomplish your end goal in 90 days. These are the items that you will be accomplishing and checking off the list as you go. A good example would be if your 90 day goal would be to lose 15 pounds, your milestones would look like this:
- Lose 3 pounds
- Lose 5 pounds
- lose 10 pounds
- lose 15 pounds
You would be checking these off as you go to give you that momentum we talked about earlier.
Now that you have your milestones, your criteria for success and your three focus groups, you have your 90 day plan in place. This plan is a real achieveable goal that you can accomplish and not feel so pressured that you give up on. At the same time, it’s enough of a push to make an atmosphere to allow you to go all out and as hard as you can for a shorter period of time.
I recently did my 90 day plan, you can watch my feedback below:
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