Happy New Year everyone! Great to see you back in 2015!

I normally do not publish articles on Mondays, but today is a very special day. It’s the 5th of January and the birthday of one of my best friends, Marian Mut.

For me, friends and family are priceless and I remind myself every morning of just how blessed I am to have met such amazing people. Happy birthday, Mut!

Also, this year I would like to write two articles per week. Twice as much as last year. This will push me to add even more value to you and will further increase my competency in written communication.

Today, we’ll talk about one of the main skills that differentiates the average person from the highly successful: Planning. Not just goal setting, no. We’ve already talked about goals last year. Today I’ll give you a small introduction to planning.

I’ve learned this system from one of my heroes, Tony Robbins. It is genuinely the best system I’ve ever used. It took me about one month to fully implement it into my life and thought process, but I’m already feeling the benefits! Let’s start, shall we?

1. Define what’s important for you

Before we plan anything, we need to know what we’re planning for. The first step of the process is to define all of the parts of your life that are most important to you. Tony calls these your “Categories of Constant And Never-ending Improvement”, CANI for short.

He also suggest dividing all of your categories into two “Areas of Management”: Personal and Professional. A few examples from within your personal area can be Finances, Family, Physical/Body, Personal Growth. Your professional categories depend on your career choice. For example, three of the areas I personally choose to focus on are Empowering my Team, Public Relations and Strategic Planning.

I divided my personal life into eight categories and my professional life into six. It’s important to know what to focus on so that you can you don’t let yourself pulled into activities that are not important. Decide on your own categories and let’s move to the next step.

2. What do you want and why?

The next step is to write your ultimate vision, purpose and 3 to 5 key results for each category. To help you even more, I’ll give you an example of one of my professional categories:

Category

Empowering my Team

Ultimate Vision

Each one of my colleagues has all of the information, tools, contacts and guidance they need to progress as fast as possible and achieve their desired outcomes. Everyone confidently takes decisions by themselves and single-handedly creates the results that will move the entire team forward!

Ultimate Purpose

To eliminate any and all roadblocks that stand between us and our vision! To move forward at full speed and storm through any obstacle that might stand in our way! To create the best team of over-achievers the World has ever seen! To make sure that each and every individual Wesrom member achieves their own goals whilst also contributing to our common vision!

Key Results

  • Keep everyone up to date, on a weekly basis, regarding every aspect of the business.
  • Have everyone share both their progress and their roadblocks with the company.
  • Invest in each member’s personal and professional development.
  • Be extremely supportive of the teams progress and accept mistakes as humanly natural.

I personally suggest that you do this for all of your categories before continuing to the next step. Why? Because then you have an overview of everything you want in your life from every aspect and it will make the next part easier.

3. What do you want this year?

Now that you have fully defined your categories, let’s set some one year goals for each. What do you want in the next 12 months?

Try to be as clear as possible. Instead of writing something vague like: “I want more money.” rather say: “I want to start earning $… per month.” or “I save $… .” Or instead of saying “I want to travel”, say “I want to go to … for 2 full weeks!”

You can have several goals for a category, but remember to be very specific. To continue the above example, one of my goals for this year in the Empowering my Team category is: Each Wesrom member has participated to at least one personal development seminar (fully financed by Wesrom). Now, write your own goals and let’s move on.

4. Divide and conquer!

After setting your one year goals, it’s time to make a plan! The first thing to do is to divide your one year goals into quarterly goals. What do you commit to achieving in the first 90 days (3 months)? What about the next 90 days? And so on.

These should be just as specific and ultimately lead to the accomplishment of your 1-year goals. For example, if one of your goals is “Increase my monthly income by $… for a total of $…..” then one of your goals for Q1 might be “Find a coach that helps me to double my productivity so that I can get more (important) things done.”

It’s time to divide and conquer! Do you have your quarterly goals? Perfect! Now let’s see what could you do this week to get closer to your desired outcomes. What do you need? What can you do? Who can you call?

5. Act, measure and adapt

The first two points you do just once and then update them only if needed. Yearly goals you set every year and quarterly goals every quarter. The only thing that’s left is weekly plans and daily schedules.

I suggest you plan every week, the weekend before (or make it your first priority on Monday morning), and review your schedule for the next day, the night before.

Every day we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. – Buddha

Act every day according to your goals, measure your progress daily and adapt to what happens. A few thoughts here:

a) The best plans in the world are worthless if we do not take action.
b) What gets measured gets done.
c) Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a sign of madness. (or at least that’s what Einstein said)

Later, I will write a detailed article on how to make a weekly plan and, for goals that you need to work on for several weeks, I will show you how to plan projects. For now, I think this is a very good start.

The last thing I want to say is that Tony’s course can help you much, much more than I ever could by writing articles. If you’re serious about creating an abundant and fulfilled life for yourself, I suggest Tony’s work.

Hope this helps and here’s to an amazing year!

Creating a better tomorrow,

Robert

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