You Can Achieve Anything With These Goal Setting Tips
Hi. My name is Coach Jimmy and you probably have goals in your lives. I mean, who doesn’t have goals or wishes or things you want to obtain in your life? Maybe it’s losing weight. Maybe it’s starting a new career. Maybe its finding the love of your life. I don’t know what it is, but there is some big passionate goal in your gut. Maybe it’s starting a non-profit doing something for charity and right now, whatever it is that that dream you had that aspiration that you have it seems so big.
It seems…or maybe, you’re like myself. You’re a business owner, you’re an entrepreneur, and you have three or four or five different projects that are in your brain that you want to execute, but you feel a little overwhelmed because you are not exactly sure where to start.
That’s where I was. Well, that’s where I was before getting started in business because before I got started in business and becoming an entrepreneur, I found myself about 9 years ago now, as a three-time college drop-out that was a hundred pounds overweight living back at home with my parents.
So as you can imagine, a lot of my dreams and aspirations had gone down the toilet and I’ve gone from a dreamer with big goals to just surviving. Just getting by day to day and since that time, obviously I’ve lost a hundred pounds, kept if off for ten years, created a seven-figure online business. I’ve been featured in work out DVDs like Insanity with Shawn T and PiYo with Chalene Johnson and as a business owner now, I still can fall into that trap of, “Wow, I have these big goals. I’ve achieved some things, but there’s other things I want to do. I have too many too many ideas and I don’t know where to start first.”
Well this week I found myself getting into that. Me and my team. I have a thing…I don’t know if you ever feel this way a bit like a squirrel, the shiny object syndrome, where you are excited about something and you’re excited to get something started, but once it’s kind of rolling, you get bored and you move to something else.
You never…you never follow through and see that first thing to the end. While it was a great idea, your attention has been diverted to something else. That’s been me for the past year when I have about six or seven things that I’m working on right now. An event that’s coming up that I’m doing, a leadership retreat that I’m doing for my team, a product that I wanna produce, I’m redoing my mentorship group and how I work with my clients, and I also want to create a community for people that want to improve their health and fitness.
So you can see I’m like, “Okay, well which direction do I go first?” and this year I’ve been working with a gentleman by the name of James Wedmore. If you don’t know James Wedmore, look him up on You Tube. He’s kind of the King on YouTube. That’s how I found him and he teaches people how to build their businesses using video.
Since I’m getting to know James, he goes way beyond just the video guy. He really is one of the most brilliant people I know as far as putting together systems and being efficient with your time. So my team and I got on a Zoom call with James the other day and he really shared something with me that I had learned before, but was reminded of.
Reverse Engineer Your Big Goal
The first thing I also learned from Chalene Johnson, who I worked with for a few years, is that any big goal can be achieved if you take the time to reverse engineer it. If you take this big overwhelming idea and break it into pieces and then figure out…so you do something like a brain dump like. In order to achieve this goal, here are all the things that need to be done and you just, you take a piece of paper and you just brain dump everything.
Then you start moving those pieces around. “Well, this can’t be done til this is and this can’t be done ‘til this is.” Well, this is exact the kind of thing that James did with me. In fact, he shared with me a book called Scrum. Scrum. And it’s…it’s talking about how to get twice as much done in half the time and it’s a lot about systems and teams. He showed a graph with me about people that try to multi-task. He was like, “It’s already been proven that talking to a client on the phone and emailing at the same time – not a good way to multitask.” Even if you’re trying to study and learn something while surfing in your Facebook news feed, you probably aren’t going to take as much in.
Any big goal can be achieved if you take the time to reverse engineer it. If you take this big overwhelming idea and break it into pieces and then figure it out.
But when he, by this type of multi-tasking was working on multiple projects at once. So he showed me this graph and in the first column of the graph, it showed if you are working on one project, that one project gets a hundred percent of your effort and your very best work. So if one project, with one focus at a hundred, what did that jump to when you, when you had two projects? And my wife who was on the call said, “Well it’s gonna be 50/50.” He said, ‘You’d think that. Well the studies have shown that actually you give 40 and 40 percent to each project and there’s this 20 percent of wasted time.”
What he meant by wasted time either the time wasted by shifting from one project to the other, getting out of this creative space and moving to that creative space, getting back in that flow, kind of revving back up, and it’s like shifting gears too quick. You kind of ripped your transmission.
And then he went on to show the rest of the graph and every time you add on a project, three, four, five to the point where at five like the productivity level was at 20% and the majority of the graph was red,was the wasted time, was the restart time. We listed all the things I needed to get done and all the projects that work on and it was seven. I was just, I was really kind of defeated I was like, “No wonder we are not getting anywhere.”
Work Smarter, Not Harder
So we sat there and took the time to say, “Okay, let’s list everything that need to get done.” Then we started seeing what clumped together. What two things actually were really one project. “Okay, this and this kinda work together. This and this kind a work together,” and I think we got it down to five. So, then we had to five.
Then it was, “What do we…what what one project affects the rest of them?” So for me, it was setting up systems for how my team, my, not my, not my coaching clients, but my personal team, my two assistants, my web guy, my videographer, and my wife and I how we communicate and build things.
So I was like, “Well, we can’t do the rest of these officially unless we build the systems first.” So, all of a sudden, we started identifying what needed to be done first. So what am I doing today? After I get done with the video today we’re sitting down and just giving a hundred percent of our attention to that number one thing. That the goal is to have that up and running in the next 48 hours, that nothing else gets done until this is up and that’s really what you gotta do some times is slow down some other things to destroy one thing.
Narrow Your Focus
So ‘cause if I’m still trying to do all of them at once, none of them are gonna be done that well and none of them are gonna be…it’s not gonna be my best or my team’s best work, but if we blinder it and go, “Okay, these things may suffer for a couple days, but that’s okay. They’re not gonna go anywhere, it’s not gonna get destroyed, the business isn’t going anywhere. I gotta get this done.”
And you could apply that to so many areas of your life. If you’re talking health and fitness, maybe it’s just, “Okay. I just gotta focus on…what good is it if I’m going to do a bunch of work outs if my eating is shit? So my first thing I gotta do is focus in on what is my meal plan? What are my meals for the day? Have I gone grocery shopping? Do I have my meal prep? Do I know when that is going to be done?” Create that system first.
Once you have that, then maybe you can move on to the workout thing, making sure that you have an accountability partner. That can be achieved in health and fitness. I just gave you a business example. If you are trying to create something new, maybe you’re trying to create that online course or you’re writing that book or whatever, it’s the same thing. It works the same way. It’s using this chunking system and then really focusing on just one task.
Chalene Johnson has a great program, her 30-day push, and she has a book called Push. It’s very similar. She has a Push goal. What’s the one goal that affects…that all the other goals are things that you need to get done? Then she says, what three things every day can you can do to move that one forward? Because that’s your priority. Because that one is gonna domino the rest of them.
So hopefully you’ve found this helpful. Do you know how you’re gonna let me know if you found this helpful? Number one, you’re gonna like this video. Excuse me. You’re gonna like this video. Got choked up! So so happy about this! Then I want you to leave in the comments what is that big goal? What’s the one thing you need to accomplish in order for the other things to fall in line?
So like the video, tell me the comments, what it is. What’s that one thing that you just need to put blinders on and in the next 24 to 72 hours, knock it out. I’m so excited to hear about your goals so I can cheer you on as well.
My name is Coach Jimmy and until next time, keep moving forward.