9 Steps to Design Your Life Today
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Take 5–10 minutes out of your day to design your future! It will improve your life and give inspiration to the people around you.
1. Let’s Get Thinking
If you could design your life 5 years from now, how would it be?
What job would you have?
What would your week look like?
Would you have your own business?
What new hobbies would you have?
Where would you live?
How much money would you make?
It’s common not to know everything that you want- such as your job, what business you would like to start, or where you’d like to live.
The good thing is that you can run experiments, for a limited time to see what you like. This could be volunteering at a company once a week, or taking short trips to a new city.
Write out how all areas of your life would be if you could design them.
2. Create Your 10
Now, write out 10 major, 1-year goals that will help you realize your five year vision.
If a part of your five year vision is to buy a vacation house in Los Angeles, a one year goal could be to save up X amount of money.
If you want to have a $10 million/year business in five years, a one year goal could be to directly work under someone who has a $30 million/year business.
3. Pick Your 1
From that list of 10 goals, choose the one goal that will give you the most positive impact on your life.
The accomplishment of this goal may even result in you accomplishing your other goals as a byproduct.
4. Ask Yourself Why
Just creating the goal is not enough. You must now get leverage!
This will help you find true purpose and drive to take action every day.
Come up with 10–20 reasons of how achieving this goal will improve your life and/or the lives of others.
5. (A) Skills & Knowledge
Ask yourself- does this goal require me to learn new skills that take time to develop? Or can I achieve it by placing it into daily routines? An example would be learning code (skill) to build websites versus going to the gym to lose 30 pounds.
Either way, it’s paramount that you:
You write out any and all skills if needed
Allot a certain amount of time per day to work on your goal.
(B) Silent Killers
Think about secondary skills and knowledge that aren’t directly correlated to your goal.
A few examples are your understanding about your overall health, time management, and personal awareness.
If you’re not eating nutrient dense foods or getting adequate sleep, your focus, energy, and willpower will suffer.
Write out all the skills and knowledge you will need to learn in order to achieve your one year goal.
To get where you want to be, you have to find people who have already reached the level of success that you are trying to achieve.
Once you’ve found some people, the best thing that you could do is to learn about them, then find a way to communicate to see if can work for them (most likely for free). You won’t get paid but you will be equipped with invaluable knowledge, skills, and connections.
The next best thing is to go to their seminars, listen to their YouTube videos or Podcast, and read their books. By doing this you will begin to think and act like them. With enough time, action, and effort you will start to see tremendous results.
Who are three people that you are going to start learning from to help reach your one year goal?
Who are people that you’re no longer going to be around that much?
7. Drip it Down
By now you have your major one year goal, the skills needed, and the people that will help guide you along the way.
One of the last things to do is small chunk your one year goal into a six month goal, one month goal, and a weekly goal. Small chunking with specific deadlines prompts you to take immediate action.
Break your one year goal into a six month goal, one month goal, and a weekly goal.
8. Daily Reminders & Momentum
It’s so easy to go throughout your day without even thinking about your goals and consequently not take any action to achieve them.
To combat this, commit one day out of the week to plan the upcoming week (a good day to do this is Sunday).
Then, to remind yourself it’s essential that you take a couple minutes each morning to review your short and long term goals. You can even create a picture/vision board that reminds you of your vision and goals.
Commit one day out of the week to plan the next week.
9. Other Areas of Your Life- Scheduling
Spending time on your goals makes it so that you’re forced to cut out some things that you would normally do during the course of your day. For most people this would be excessive use of social media, watching television, talking to friends for days on end, etc. You must become more discipline and aware of your time.
With that said, you don’t want the main areas of your life to crumble in pursuit of your goal.
For example, sacrificing your health or close friendships probably isn’t ideal. Of course there will be imbalances, but it’s important to put systems in place to make sure that the “plates” of your life continue to spin.
Carefully planning each week beforehand enables you to strategically insert time blocks for leisure, work/business, social life, and time-consuming goals.
How are you going to make sure that you stay on top of the other, main areas of your life?
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~ Book & Mind
-This guide is inspired by the book “Goals”, by Brian Tracy.