How to Plan And Set Goals in 20226 min read

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We are officially approaching Q2 of 2022. Twenty-five percent of the year is already behind us. The important question that presents itself is; how do we actually accomplish my goals in 2022? There are several steps. I would encourage you to write these down.  

The first step is you have to get clear on your long-range goals, that being your 5 to 10-year goals, look at your business, your finances, your family, your health, fitness, and so on. Get really clear on what it looks like 5 to 10 years out. Once you take the time to complete that portion, scale that down to 3 years in the same exact areas you had for the 5 and 10. Then once you have created that, scale it down to one year. Why? Because you first want to get clear on the big picture and continue to keep chucking it down.

Once you get the yearly plan, now you break it down to each quarter. Just take the next 90 days, of what exactly needs to be accomplished to get you closer to your year-end goal, which gets you closer to your three, five, and ten. Now a 90-day plan should be broken down. What are your priorities for the quarter? Is it building your team? Is it increasing revenues? Is it increasing branding and marketing? Get clear on the big picture priorities that will deliver the biggest impact over the next 90 days. 

Next are your goals. This is where you get much more specifically related to your priorities. How do you want to build your team over the next 90 days? By how much do you want to increase your revenues? Goals need to be specific, not just to increase revenues, however, to increase revenues by 20% over Q-2 of 2021 is much more specific. Actually, you could document an increase of a certain dollar amount as your goal. The more specific you get, the better your chance of you achieving that goal.

Once you get the priorities and the goals, create some strategies. What exact strategies do you need to put in place to accomplish that goal? Finally, start creating action steps for each and every week of the 90 days in each area of your plan, break it down, break it down, break it down. Five to 10, 3, 1, 90 days.  

Now, once you have completed all that, I always recommend is have a weekly plan of exactly what needs to happen that week. Once you get that in place, get very conscious of what needs to happen each and every day. Now, you want to plan your Monday either on Friday or Sunday night. Also, doing it the night before gets you intentional, gets your mind subconsciously working on what needs to happen to accomplish those goals. Obviously, Tuesday needs to be done on Monday night and so on and so forth.

Now, as you complete that step, I also recommend you create some type of calendar to block your time out, so you know exactly what needs to be done at certain times and on what days. Color code it, make it very structured to keep you on point. I also recommend in the morning before you get out of bed, get really intentional. Start imagining how you’re going to show up today. What appointments do you have, what conversations are you going to have with your team. You could actually rehearse this in your bed while you’re lying there, thinking of how your day’s going to go. Then you jump out of bed and you go make it happen. Just like a movie star. They have a script, they read the script, lights, camera, action. Get very intentional on how you want to show up that day. Make it that you control the day opposed to the day controlling you.

A couple of other side thoughts as far as creating goals and planning. Remember focus, focus, focus, focus. Focus One Course Until Success. You’re going to need to be very intentional on what needs to happen, where you are to spend your time to get the most return on your time, effort, energy, and money. Additionally, with focus and intentionality, make sure you’re only focusing on what serves you, your goals, your team, your family, and so on. Watching the news about what’s happening on the other side of the world does not serve you and your daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals. Yes, we need to be aware of what’s going on in the world, however, we really need to focus away from things that can distract us from our intentionalism of what needs to happen.

Last and most importantly. Get clear on why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you are just creating a lot of goals and doing a lot of different planning, but you’re really not sure why you’re doing it. What drives your passion? What drives your fuel to do what you do to give back and serve a purpose? You’re just going to show up each and every day and make a grind out of it. Get really clear on your why, because once you get clear on your why, the how will just show up. Along with the intentionality and being specific, you’ll know exactly where to focus your time, energy, and money.  

There are some tips on how to plan, to get clear on your goals. Stay away from the negative input. Get really intentional on how you need to show up. Create the big picture, keep chucking it down into little portions, bite-sized portions that you can accomplish and execute accordingly. Do this, this way, and I guarantee you’ll be more successful.  

Take it out of your head and put it on paper, plan it out. Better yet, get an accountability partner. Get someone who’s actually going to hold you accountable to do what you say you’re going to do as if we leave it to our own device, well, some of us know how that works. Follow these tips, follow these steps, and you will be successful in your goal planning and most importantly, your accomplishments of those goals. 

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com