I want to share the process that I use to accomplish my goals. This process is really the only method that I know of to get things done. It’s always worked for me, so I want to share it.
I’m not one for complicated or confusing methods to achieve a goal. I’m also not really into the “mystical” realm of things. While I believe that we do influence, and attract, things into our lives, I believe that it is based on the actions that we take, and nothing comes without some form of action.
I can sit and “hope” all day for something to happen, but in my experience, if I don’t get up at some point, and start taking specific action towards my goal, I won’t get the results that I want.
That’s just me. So I have developed my own method of achieving what I want. I don’t always get it (as I often set very hard goals), but more often than not this method works.
So here is the method that has worked for me, when it comes to accomplishing the things that I want. I call it “chunking”.
1. Define specifically what I want.
It has to be specific. For example a specific growth % in my business, or I will complete a book by X date and submit it to my publisher. It has to be something that I will know when I have arrived. So instead of saying, “I want to make more money” I have to specifically state what the amount of money is that I want to make (if I set a money related goal).
2. Define a specific time frame that I want to accomplish the goal.
Giving my goal a deadline creates a definable time frame that I can work with. It also serves as the basis of my chunk plan (as described below). Also, it really holds my feet to the fire. If I know that I only have a certain amount of time to accomplish a goal then I am conscious of the time wasters in my life, and I actively try to eliminate them.
3. Chunk backwards by asking myself, “what is this result comprised of?”
For example, if I want to grow the revenue in my business by 30% in a year I will determine (again with specific clarity) what that means. So I will look at what I did in revenue last year, then I will find out specifically what a thirty percent increase equates to (in actual $). Once I have this $ amount I will “chunk it down”. I will divide the number by the number of months in my goal time frame (in this case 12), so I know exactly how much extra revenue I need to produce each month in order to achieve a 30% annual increase in revenue.
Then I will chunk it down even more. I will determine what the monthly $ increase is comprised of. For example, how many new clients does this equate to? Once I know number then I have a tangible target that I can shoot for each month.
4. Now that I’ve chunked the target, I will create an “action chunk plan”
When I know the $ monthly target I will continue chunking. Let’s say (for sake of example) I determine that I need to get 5 new clients each month (a total of 60 clients in the year, while maintaining my current client base) in order to hit my $ monthly increase (which in turn will get me my 30% annual increase), I will then ask “what are the specific actions (chunks) that I need to do to get the 5 new clients each month (total of 60 throughout the year)”.
At this step I will create a big list. I will make a “massive action plan” that is comprised of a whole bunch of actions that would assist in getting me the 60 total clients (5 each month). Once I have the big list I will then “chunk it down”. I will chunk the list into specific actions and give the specific actions a deadline.
If my goal is a 12 month goal, then from the list I will determine what actions I will take by the end of month 1, by the end of month 3, by the end of month 6, by the end of month 9, etc. I leave nothing to chance. I make the plan very, very specific.
5. Once the plan is done I will get to work
I have found that, for me personally, I work much better when I take the time to set out a specific plan before I get to work. I am more efficient and effective this way, and I waste far less time spinning my wheels. Also, I don’t have to waste time “thinking about what to do” because I have already spent the time creating a year’s worth of work. When this is done I can get very effective and very efficient.
This doesn’t mean that I will never adjust my plan. If I find that certain actions are working better than others (to get my goal) I will adjust and do more of those actions. The magic in the plan is simply that a large goal has been broken down into smaller targets, and massive plans have been broken down into bite sized chunks.
Anyone can perform bite sized chunks. They aren’t intimidating. When you use this method, and it becomes habit you realize that all goals are really just comprised of bite sized chunks. A book has (on average) 60,000 words (220 pages). If you wanted to write a book in a year, you’d just have to write 165 words a day. That is less than one page. Anyone could do this.
Chunking is about building habits, and habits are what control our lives, and what we accomplish.