As we approach the end of the year, it’s easy to give up on those New Year’s Resolutions, or the goals we thought about during the year – I know I catch myself thinking that January is around the corner and I’ll be fresh then and more motivated to tackle my goals.
However, there are still three months left of the year, and Activate28 proposes that for many people, three months (or 90 days) is the perfect amount of time to dedicate towards achieving goals. Businesses operate in four quarters, many schools revolve around four terms, and even nature conforms to four seasons.
Planning goals is great, but only if followed up by action. Action makes it real. Action takes it out of our heads and into the world. Action is the fulfillment of planning.
Over the next few blogs I’ll run through a three part series covering the seven steps involved.
Step 1: Brainstorm All Potential Goals
Get all the ideas floating in your head onto paper. Did you know that all those goal ideas floating around in your head are draining your brain? What you need to do is a brain dump! Set a timer for 10 minutes and write down all the goals you can think of.
I used a mind map to get everything out of my head capturing them on paper.
Step 2: Choose Three Goals to Focus On
Write affirmations for these three (yes, just three!) goals.
For each goal, imagine where you’d like to be in the next 90 days. Visualise yourself there: How does that feel? What does it look like? Write those ideas down. Then synthesise them into a single sentence.
Next, start playing with the wording. Make sure the sentence is positive (‘is’, not ‘isn’t’), in the present tense (‘is happening’ rather than ‘will happen’) and has an emotional connection for you. Keep playing with the words until it feels right. Less is more – keep it simple. Aim for oomph!
[Starting a business]: “People believe in me and my business” or “My bank account welcomes money from new clients”
[Finding a new place to live]: “My house is my sanctuary” or “Phew! I’m glad to have moved”
[Zest e-Biz example]: “I have valuable products that draw amazing peeps to Zest e-Biz!”
Step 3: Choose a Virtue That Will Support You
What positive character trait will help you through the next 90 days? For example, determination? Flexibility? Openness? Assertiveness? Creativity? Choosing one value to focus on gets you through the tough times and connects you to your heart.
Zest e-Biz example:
Discipline – “My life and business is set-up so it doesn’t stall when my baby arrives.”
In the 3 months from April 1st to June 24th I was finishing full-time work, starting maternity leave and attempting to structure my part-time business so that it would look after itself while I took 6 weeks out completely after the birth of my first child. Hence I felt I needed discipline to stay on track to achieve the goals I wanted to manifest.
Look out for the next posts in this series:
Creating a 90 Day Action Plan – PART 2
Step 4: Break Your Goals into Smaller Steps
Step 5: Put Post-it Notes on a Timeline
Creating a 90 Day Action Plan – PART 3
Step 6: Take Regular Action
Step 7: Pause for Applause
Thanks to Erin from Activate28 for the letting me blog in detail about the 7 Steps of the 90 Day Action Plan. If you’re interested in joining the next 90 Day Action plan you may be able to join the latest one which commenced on 30th Sept if you’re quick! CLICK HERE for more info, or to ask Erin what dates the 90 Day Action plan will be run in 2013.