There are certain things in life that all of us must do every single day. Things like brush our teeth, eat, drink water, and… If you have children you have to make sure they do these same things everyday as well.
Now you could say that you have to go to work every single day, but that isn’t true. Most of us have weekends off. And if you don’t, you probably have vacation time. So what are the things we have to do every single day? There probably aren’t very many things we must do every single day unless we choose to do it.
About a year and a half ago, I learned from one of my mentors to do this one thing every single day. And it has been a game changer for me. My mentor said that I should write down my 10-15 biggest goals every single day. Yes. He said I should do this every single day. He said he does it as soon as he wakes up and he does it again before he goes to bed.
Maybe he does or maybe he doesn’t. He is wildly successful, so I am not going to question him. I like to try to do what really successful people do, so I gave it a shot.
First of all, for me, I have found that I don’t do it every day. Hence why the title of the blog isn’t, “Implementing this one activity everyday has been a game changer for my life.”
There is really no reason why I can’t, but looking in my journal over the last year, I just didn’t. I just looked at my journal and I counted 298 days that I wrote down my goals. Not bad, but I could do better. Again, doing anything for 365 days a year is hard. I can do better though.
I have been a very aggressive goal setter for the last ten or so years of my life. I have accomplished so many things that I would have never dreamed of accomplishing, just because I wrote it down and made a plan to accomplish it. I consider myself to be in the top one percent of goal setters and goal accomplishers. This consideration is purely from my observations of hundreds, if not thousands of people, that I interact with in my business who don’t set goals. It is not a common thing.
All of this to say, that I know a lot about goal setting and I have helped a lot of people accomplish more in their life by becoming better goal setters.
So when my mentor told me to write down my goals every single day, I thought that this was a silly idea. I said how will this help me. I am already doing a really good job at setting and accomplishing goals. I have a document that I write down all of my current year goals on, and included on that document is some long-range goals as well. They all kind of go together.
But because of his challenge to me, I decided to take on this challenge of writing them down every day. And in my case, I did it the last 298 days of my life. I didn’t write down every single goal. I just wrote down the 10 to 15 bigger goals that I have in my life.
For example: I turn forty next year. I am not worried about the forty number, but one of my goals is to be in the best shape of my life, backed up with test results, when I turn forty next year. That is one of the goals I have written down the last 298 days of my life.
Another one is “I own 100 paid for rental properties”. Yes a big goal. I currently have five.
What I have learned from writing these goals down for the last 298 days, is that they are always in my head, they never leave. I am reminding myself about them every day. This has helped me put in place certain habits and other things that are helping me work toward these goals. Id dint have this before. This has been really beneficial for me to doing what I need to do, every day to get closer to accomplishing the goals.
Most people never accomplish much because they never commit to accomplishing anything. That is why writing down your goals is co critical. But I have learned that writing them down every single day reminds me to do the things that I need to do so I can accomplish the goals.
This is not a to do list. This is a reminder of the bigger things you want in your life. These are the big goals. These bigger goals is where you get your motivation.
I can’t get too excited about running six miles a day, but I can get excited and motivated about being in the best shape of my life at the age of forty.
It is hard to get excited about making another sales call, or taking on a client that I know will be a pain in the ass. But I know that I have to do it, to generate the money so I can get to my 100 rental properties.
These 10 or 15 goals set your task list for the day automatically. The only difference is, the task list isn’t that exciting, but the goals list is.
As you can tell, I have some room for improvement in this area as well, but I want to challenge you to try this. I consider myself to be a pretty self motivated person, but after doing this the last 298 days, I am even more motivated and committed to my goals and to my success and this has pushed me to do even more every day to get closer to accomplishing them.
If you want more information about my process, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
To your success and your future.
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