As I was on the team call for my business, my mentor was doing a presentation on knowing your numbers. During the presentation he talked about where someone could potentially be in the first 90 days of their business.
I thought gosh … that’s kind of discouraging. I thought that because I could see where someone such as myself would be discouraged because they’ve long since past the first 90 days of their business.
But then I thought, “Who says it only has to apply to the first 90 days?”
I also thought about how when a new President is elected everybody is watching to see what he will do in the first 120 days of his/her presidency. Why, when the person has at least 4 years to make change?!
Who says that I ONLY have the first 90 days to achieve the goals that were discussed?
As I said, I’ve long since past my first 90 days. So, since I’ve past the first 90 days, I’ll start my 90-day cycle where I am.
I’ll take action for this first 90-day sprint and see where I end up. After the first 90-day sprint if I don’t meet my goals, I’ll start another 90-day sprint again and go a little bit further.
I’ll keep doing 90-sprints until I reach my goals.
So, then I thought, “I’m going to apply this to my life.” I’ll work on goals in 90-day sprints.
Most of these things I already do except #8. I’ll just start doing them on 90-day sprints instead of trying to bite the whole cow.
How do we eat a cow? One 90-day bite at a time.
Here’s how to crush it:
- Make a list of goal(s). Your list of goals can be small or large goal(s). Just know that sometimes it takes more time to accomplish larger goals. Be honest with yourself.
- Be specific about your goal(s). One of my goals is to pay off student loans. While that’s a good goal, a more specific goal is to pay off my student loans by XX amount of time. Another example could be weight loss. While setting a goal to lose weight is good. A better more specific goal would be to lose XX amount of weight. Do you see the difference?
- Rate your list. You can rate your list according to importance or the time it will take to accomplish the goal. You can also rate your list according to the factors that are important to you.
- Create small goal(s). Based on your list create 90-day sprint plans for your goal or goals. If you put this into place at the beginning of the year you would have four 3 month sprints. Create a plan for each of the four 90-day sprints. Remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
- Give yourself a timeline. While having goals are good. Having goals on an infinite timeline is not good. We don’t just want to set goals, but we want to accomplish them. This is also a good way to hold yourself accountable.
- Large goal(s) are attainable. Know that this will work with large goals too. I’ve already created a multi-year 90-day set of plans to pay off my student loans. I won’t get them paid off immediately. It will take me a couple of years. It may take you some time to accomplish some of your goals. But that’s okay as long as you don’t give up.
- Keep your goal(s) in front of you. Keep your goals posted in a place where they are visible to you. One of the mistakes I’ve made in the past is creating a goal list and then putting it away. What happens when I do this is I forget about the goals or I get completely off track. Keeping your goals in a place where they are frequently visible helps keep them fresh on your mind.
- Don’t beat yourself up. This is something I really, really need to work on. When I don’t accomplish a goal in the set amount of time, I beat up on myself badly. Here is the reality: life happens most times unexpectedly, things and circumstances change. Adjust your mind, adjust your plan and keep it moving.
I believe this will help elevate some of the stress in our lives, 90-day sprints. We can apply this to our financial goals, personal goals, family goals, business goals, etc.
Accomplish Your Goals Sprints and Be Blessed