If you have even so much as blinked, you missed 2017. It seems like just yesterday we were writing up our “Gympire in 2017” post. Now, we’re about to enter into a brand new year with brand new possibilities and brand new objectives.
Are you ready?
A wise man once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). So many people wander through life convincing themselves and others of their imminent greatness only to end up with dandelions when it’s over. Perhaps the reason for this is that they were too afraid to take a risk or maybe it’s because they didn’t know what action steps to take but, one thing is for certain, having a plan helps with the execution.
We Kick Ass
One of the most game-changing habits that we have implemented has been to keep an up-to-date action plan in front of our workstation at all time. This plan has been so influential that it has taken Gympire, the business, from a concept to a nationally registered entity in only a year and a half.
In order to have a profitable action plan, it is not enough to have a single goal written down and placed in an area that is visible, day in and day out. A successful action plan is literally a STEP BY STEP process. Your plan should be so detailed that, upon waking up, there is no question about what needs to be accomplished that day. It should be a complete linear breakdown that guides you from your current position to the place you’d like to be.
You Can Kick Ass
The idea of creating an action plan with such detail may seem a bit overwhelming but, we assure you, it’s far less complicated than it actually sounds. The trick is to work backward from your goal(s). It is inherently easier to tear something apart rather than to build it up from scratch.
Here, we’ll be tearing your goal(s) apart to reveal the functional proponents that will act as stepping stones toward the bigger picture.
- Dry erase board
- Dry erase markers
We recommend using a decent size dry erase board instead of a large piece of paper or poster board. Your action plan will evolve day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year. Using a dry erase board will save you time, money, and hassle as you go along.
A Yearlong Goal
For the sake of this blog, we are going to assume that you are working with a yearlong goal. This method can be applied to a 5-year plan, 10-year plan, 20-year plan, and so on. Understanding how to break the year down is fundamental to any further dated goals.
- Draw out five columns on your dry erase board and label them from left to right “2018, Quarter, Month, Week, Today.”
- In the “2018” column, write out a goal that you would like to accomplish this year. It can be anything. What is something you have wanted to achieve? Write that epic venture down in this section.
The “Quarter” section is for the CURRENT quarter of the year ONLY. Do not get ahead of yourself here or in the columns to come. The trick is to work backward but to also stay as relevant to the present moment as possible. This is why having a dry erase board is ideal. As you end the current day, week, month, and quarter you will update your board and your micro goals to the next day, week, month, and quarter.
- Write down some goals that you can accomplish this quarter that will help you reach your “2018” goal.
Just like the “Quarter” section, the “Month” section is designated for goals that you are going to accomplish THIS month ONLY. Your monthly goals should be based on your QUARTERLY goals. What can you do this month that will get you closer to your “Quarterly” goals?
- Write those down.
- Building off of the previous step, in the “Week” section, write down some action steps that you can take this week to help you achieve the goals that you have listed for the “Month” section.
- “TODAY.” What can you do TODAY that will help you accomplish your goals for the week? Write those down.
NOTE: Your plan doesn’t have to be as extravagant as owning a gym. The example was just easy to break down. Notice the linear progression when reading it from right to left. The business plan will help us get a loan. Once we know how much the loan is for, we can get in touch with a commercial realtor to help us look for places in our budget. The realtor will point us in the direction of our desires, helping us to find a location and making us one step closer to owning a gym.
The Final Product
Once you have finished writing your “Today” goals, your board is complete… for now. After today’s goals have been accomplished, you will need to update it with tomorrow’s goals. After the week is up, you will have to update it with goals for next week that will help you accomplish your “Month” goals. Once the month is over, you will update your board with new goals for the following month that will help you achieve your “Quarter” goals. Once the next quarter rolls around, you will need new goals that will bring you one step closer to your “2018” goal(s).
Do you see?
This is a STEP BY STEP action plan where each micro goal will help you achieve the next biggest goal, inevitably leading to the completion of your yearly goal.
Why Keep It Present?
It’s important that you don’t get ahead of yourself. There are far too many variables to plan for every day, week, month, and quarter. As you go along achieving your micro goals, you will learn from the process. The knowledge you acquire will help you make more informed decisions and establish suitable goals for the rest of the year.
You can’t plan for the information you will receive. Attempting to plan for the unknown is not only inefficient but it also has the potential to be detrimental to your process. The goal is not to rob yourself of opportunity but to provide opportunity a wide door to walk through.
The Following Years
We currently have goals as far out as 10-years out. When establishing goals beyond this year, your main objective is to continue focusing on the current year and how this year effects your 5, 10, 20-year plan. DO NOT attempt to plan for next year for the reasons listed above.
Go Kick Ass
This interactive action plan is your very own tailored manual for life. Stay consistent with updating and following your action plan and we can guarantee your success. As you work your personalized guidebook, you will inevitably uncover obstacles. Do not let these discourage you from completing your goal(s). An obstacle is just another word for opportunity. Whatever the hurdle may be, it gives you an opportunity to evolve. Every level of your life will demand a new version of you. When that demand arises, do not step back into fear. Do what needs to happen and evolve into the person you are meant to be. You got this. Now go kick ass.