Goals. They are talked about a lot. If you know us you know we talk about them ALL THE TIME.
And we think goal setting is key to success. And tracking. Ah, metrics.
I mean it’s great to have a goal, but metrics is like having a map to get you there.
Today’s blog article is a response to a question sent in by a fan at R. Shawn McBride Fans and Audiences on Facebook.
You’ll probably need different types of maps for different goals.
In case you haven’t seen it, we’ve shared our 3 step process for accomplishing goals:
- Habit – What habit do you want to change;
- Metrics – How will you measure if you are getting there; and
- Accountability – What systems and people are making sure you get there.
We’ll go into more detail on these in future blogs.
So when we are working with goals we’ll want to set short term goals, medium term goals and long term goals.
Start with that 10 year vision. What to you want your life to look like 10 years from now: who will you be around, what will you be working on and how will you be spending your time.
From there you’ll be breaking your time into short term, medium term and long term goals and doing metrics for each differently. Let’s work backwards in time as that is generally the best way to do goals.
Long Term – How will you know if you are at your goal 10 years from now. Write down what your life looks like in objective measures. Here are some ideas:
* I own a 3 bedroom home within 2 blocks of the beach
* I am working no more that 30 hours a week
* I only travel for business once a month
You’ll notice each long term goal is objective. It can be measured. I can clearly tell if you accomplished this or not 10 years from now.
Medium Term – Medium term goals will be goals you create – steps really – to get to long term goals. These are usually support of of the long-term goals. Let’s break down one of those long term goals to make it more tangible.
Let’s pick “I am working no more that 30 hours a week”. What types of things might enable this to be true that I can track and measure in the medium term to know if I am getting there:
* I have 2 books published by 2020 — enabling more people to know who I am (this means more inbound leads 10 years from now)
* I am booking 50 speaking engagements per year by 2020 – so more people see me in action and present long-term opportunities.
* I have 2 full-time staff helping me in my business and we are building systems by 2025.
Notice how each goal supports the long-term goal? Notice how each medium term goal can be measured?
Short Term – Short term goals support the medium term goals.
Think: What do I need to be doing today, and this week so that I’ll have a book published in 2020? You better get writing.
And with that we better get writing for our next book. Talk to you soon!
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