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  • Writer's pictureEmily White

Goal Setting & Planning

Now that you have an established vision that you are emotionally connected to, we need to move closer to execution for your 12 weeks. The whole point of planning should be to help you identify and implement the critical few actions you need to take to REACH YOUR GOAL, which propels you toward and into ACHIEVING YOUR VISION. Goals must be aligned to the vision.


A GOAL IS A DREAM WITH ITS WORK BOOTS ON

I'm going to pause and say something that may be a little unpopular here, and it's not because I believe details don't matter. In fact, I think details are of monumental importance. I also believe that people were created to do big things! I don't think that goals can be too big, but I do think that there can be too many. If there are too many priorities, you may find yourself overwhelmed and being robbed of motivation.


WHEN EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT, NOTHING IS IMPORTANT


It can be hard to commit to only one area of focus when you're passionate about growth. But understand that when you start to grow in one area of your life, other areas improve right along with it. Just as when the tide rises in a harbor, ALL the boats rise.

Once there is clarity with your goal, effective planning strikes a working balance between too much complexity and too little detail. Your plan starts by identifying your overall goal for the 12 weeks. You then reverse-engineer the tactics necessary to accomplish the goal. The plan is structured so that if the tactics are completed in a timely manner, the goal is achieved. The 12-week plan is powerful. It allows you to focus on what's important now...12 weeks is long enough to get things done, and yet short enough to create and maintain a sense of urgency.


FOR TOP PERFORMERS, 12-WEEK PLANS PROVIDE A STEP-BY-STEP ROADMAP THAT ELIMINATES DIFFUSION AND DELAYS, AND DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION


See sample 12-week plans at www.12weekyear.com/gettingstarted


**Concepts and quotes taken directly from The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran & Michael Lennington as well as Rachel Hollis.


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