New Year’s GOALsolutions

New Years GOALsolutions

You sit down at your workstation with your coffee or RedBull.

You look at the calendar. It’s June 2020.

How’s it going for you?

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I never took the act of writing down your goals seriously.

However, last year I set a list of goals for my business. I called it “Accomplishments for 2019”.

Taking things one step further: Having goals is great, but actually picturing yourself sitting there at the finish line gives you even more clarity:

• Was it worth the effort?
• What did you have to give up to achieve the goal?
• Were the results actually what you wanted – or needed?

You can work through all this when setting goals, but you might as well picture yourself having accomplished it and skip all the extra mental mind work it takes to get there.

Looking back at 12 months of wins and failures, I can see that writing things down and calling them Accomplishments is powerful – but there needs to be even more.

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Never make New Year’s Resolutions

The definition of a New Year’s Resolution is this: Making a promise on December 31st to go to the gym regularly for a full year but give up before the Groundhog sees its shadow.

Resolutions are “iffy”, like when someone says “You should really kinds sorta maybe…”.

Make New Year *GOALsolutions instead

*Yes, I just made up that word. GOALsolutions™ – © Steve Stewart Solutions, LLC

But you get the idea.

Last year I wrote down goals for my business. I called it my “Accomplishments for 2019” list.

Goals are great, but actually picturing yourself on the finish line looking back gives you clarity:

  • Was it worth the effort?
  • What did you have to give up to achieve the goal?
  • Were the results actually what you wanted – or needed?

You can work through all this when setting goals, but you might as well picture yourself having accomplished it and skip all the extra mental mind work it takes to get there.

Writing down future accomplishments are better than making New Year’s Resolutions, but there’s something even more powerful.

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Looking back at my list, I can see where I went wrong

First of all, I didn’t pray enough. That’s all on me.

But second: While the goals were realistic worthy to be accomplished, a couple had absolutely no groundwork or support system to build upon.

In order to build the house of your dreams, you first need to dig into the ground and pour some concrete. All I had was a plot of land and picture in my mind.

I needed blueprints and/or training to truly accomplish my GOALsolutions.

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Turn a Resolution into a GOALsolution

Here’s an example from my Accomplishment for 2019 list: #8: Promote the FinCon Podcast Network

Backstory: I love spreading financial literacy, and the annual conference for money nerds like me is FinCon. The founder of FinCon and I created an association for support and comradery for those who podcast about personal finance and investing – and I get to be the community leader!

I completely failed to make any progress on this last year. It was an epic failure that started from the moment I wrote it down.

Here’s how I should have stated the goal and set myself up for success in that area:

1. Define the GOALsolution

I had been sharing releases from people in the FinCon community on Twitter, but that’s about it. Since I didn’t define what “Promote” meant, I let other things take priority. I mean, where do you even start to build a house when you don’t know what it’s going to look like?

2. Get the right tools

I had a Twitter and Instagram account for the FinCon Podcast Network and tied them to Buffer and SocialBee.ai.

In other words, I was totally set up to be a social spammer.

Yeah, everybody loves that 🙂

3. Read the blueprints

What I didn’t have was a game plan (or blueprints) for how I was going to promote the podcasters in the community.

Should I tweet a different FinCon podcaster’s episode every hour? What about getting good images for Instagram?

4. Is the reward worth it?

This was the biggest reason for my failure.

I don’t get paid to promote these shows. Admittedly, it does help build credibility and good will in the niche where most of my clients come from, but I don’t need to spend hours every month Tweeting about their podcasts to be successful.

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An example using the 4-step process of creating GOALsolutions

Here is an item on my 2020 GOALsolutions list: Move t-shirts to TeePublic

Backstory: I have t-shirt designs for podcast editors on sale at Amazon. What I didn’t realize is if a shirt doesn’t sell, they take it down. I’d like to have my entire line available because you never know when something might “hit”.

Using the four steps above, I can see if moving my t-shirts to TeePublic makes sense:

1. Define the GOALsolution: This is easy. I currently have nine designs, so once all nine are listed then I can check “Move t-shirts to TeePublic” off my to-do list

2. Get the right tools: Also easy. I have to create a TeePublic account.

3. Read the blueprints: TeePublic has FAQs, which I’ve already begun reading. As far as I can tell, there is no limit on how many designs I upload and they don’t take the listings down if they don’t sell.

4. Is the reward worth it? Yes. Absolutely.

The commissions are close to Amazon’s and there is no active management needed for the product line. In other words, it doesn’t cost me much time/energy to get them listed and there is no maintenance cost to keep them listed.

I can just lay back in my hammock and wait for the dollars to roll in! (Yeah, right).

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Create your GOALsolutions list

I’m currently writing the rest of my 2020 GOALsolutins list and going through the 4-step process above for each. It really doesn’t matter that I’ll begin working on them in January – or that I might have started on them a few weeks ago – New Year’s Day is an arbitrary date.

Reviewing them regularly WILL help me focus on what’s important and stop wasting time on what’s not.

Use the process above to turn your New Year’s Resolutions into New Year’s GOALsolutions.

You can use the comment section below to work through one as an example. I’d love to see what your 2020 will look like!

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