Use Goal Zeroing to Simplify Your Next Three Months

 Photo by Michael Aleo

Photo by Michael Aleo

Process is what creates greatness, not inspiration.

If you fall into the category of hustler, mover, shaker, go-getter — you might be too freakin’ tired when you take a hard look at your goals. Maybe they scare you.

Are you guilty of goal sprinkling — you work on a little bit of this then a little bit of that? What a waste of energy. Having too many goals at one time can be distracting.

Here’s how to take the pressure off and get better results…

Use Goal Zeroing — cut out all other goals and focus on ONE, to the point where no other goals exist.

Pressure builds up when you know you have enough time to work on your goals. You think to yourself, ok I have to use this time wisely, don’t waste it, get something done you idiot…

That’s already stressing you out. Stress stifles creativity and promotes inflexibility. That’s the opposite of what you want.

The pressure to achieve goals is the reason you don’t reach them.

All things have a time. The seasons. Growing. Aging. Goals need time to germinate just like a flower but they need water first.

Give your goals a glass of water with a smile.

 Photo by Conner Baker

Photo by Conner Baker

Goal Period

I’m at my worst when all my unfinished goals hit me at once. Avoid letting them flood in and drown you. If you have too much to do, you won’t do anything.

Having a single focus for the right amount of time, then moving on is the right way to manage your goals. They can all play nice, wait their turn, and hang out in your nightstand until your ready to let them out.

Here how to attack the goal with Goal Zeroing:

  • Time intervals (30 min)

  • Interval block (3 tasks per day)

  • Interval period (3 to 6 months)

Cut everything out that’s getting in the way — create a goal period and eliminate every goal except one for the next 3 to 6 months.

For me, real estate investing keeps popping up like a little midget bubble but I know that it’s 2 to 3 years out.

Why am I letting thoughts of a distant goal interfere with what I’m working towards this year, quarter, month? It’s a huge distraction.

I’m not saying don’t have that goal, but don’t let it overcome your ability to focus on what needs your immediate attention.

I want to have 100 articles published on my website. That requires a 30 to 60 min commitment every other day. Reasonable right?

So why am I thinking about real estate? It doesn’t make sense.

Start here:

Set a Goal Period of 3 to 6 months and focus on ONE significant goal. This period will give your brain space to have the juice it needs to solve your current problems.

Goals are just unresolved problems that you can solve.

You can change outcomes by applying concentrated action. That’s what goal zeroing in the context of a goal period will do.

Goal zeroing works like sprints in scrum — you have something specific that you want to accomplish in a set amount of time, something releasable, an iteration.

If you don’t know, a sprint in scrum last 30 days or less. Scrum teams are successful at getting things done because they focus.

For personal goals, I’ve found that it’s best to use a 3 to 6 month period for things like launching a new company, getting fit, or writing a book. The reason is you’ll probably be doing this without a team.

The goal is to be big but not too big that it will take years to accomplish.

I feel most defeated when I pick up all my goals at once and say hey, this isn’t the life I want, I don’t have any of this going yet…

If you’re stressed out, you will find a way to relieve that pressure, good or bad. Overdrinking, eating, beating yourself up, or lashing out at people you care about.

You’re the boss of your goals, not the other way around.

Don’t be a goal sprinkler. Develop the habit of working on your goal daily, then evaluate your progress in the goal period.

When the time comes, you’ll know if it’s time to replace it with a new goal or continue with the same one.