How many times have you set a goal and on the onset it looks too big for you? The mere thought of how you will acomplish it is so discouraging you are afraid to start on it.
Well, mid this year, I was introduced to the book The 12 Week Year… This book offers solutions to the problems we often have when it comes to achieving our goals. It also helps you to be more intentional and focused since 12 weeks is enough for you to create the sense of urgency required to achieve your goals.
My biggest lesson from this book is that small steps can lead to great wins. Below I share my take aways from this book and how I will use the lessons to help me accomplish the results I want.
Do Away With Annaulized Thinking
Many times when we set goals in January, we immediately convince ourselves that there is still plenty of time left to to work on those goals. However, what the book discourages is having an annaulized mentality. Instead, we are encourgaed to divide our year into weeks specifically 12 at a time. What you do is have a big goal say save $6000 for a vacation at the end of the year. Divide that amount into how much you can save every quarter. What this does is build momentum for you. As you begin to see your savings grow every quarter, you are encouraged to keep going. In the end, you will achieve your goal without much stress.
I came up with a Monthly Planner that helps me capture my focus 5 goals for the year and then break them up into what I have to do every quarter and then every month. I couple this with a weekly and daily schedule to ensure that I am working towards the results I want.
Treat Every Week As Important
With the 12 Week Year, every week is as important as the one before it and the one after it. What this does is ensure that you are focused on the goals you have set. Given that you want to see results on your “mini goals” every 12 weeks. You find that you are pushing yourself to do your very best. The result is that you constantly work with a sense of urgency and this produces results in the end.
Breaking goals into “mini goals” makes them managable and achieveable. In our example above, if your goal is to save $ 6000, this means you need to set aside $125 per week. Do you see how this looks manageable?
Time is always of the essence since you always work with the mentality that every week and every day is important for you to achieve your goals. This automatically moves you from mediorce or average performance to peek performance all the time.
Develop Systems To Hold You Accountable
In order to keep making progress with the 12 Week year, you need to put in place systems that you will use to check your progress. Given that every moment counts and execution of your goals is going on every day, you will also need a system to ensure you keep on track. The book requires that you have lead measurements where you set out clearly what you will do to achieve the results you want. You are also required to have lag measurements where you document the actual results that you have achieved. This ensure that you are able to change strategies to ensure you get your desired results.
Many people like this one, have come up with free spread sheets to help track progress. He offers this spread sheet for free if you sign up for his mailing list.
Celebrate Your Small Wins
Finally what I like about the 12 Week year is that you are encouraged to celebrate your wins along the way. The authors advise that every after 12 weeks, you take a break and celebrate what you have achieved. Many times we wait to actually finish the big goal before celebrating. However, taking notice of the milestones you are making on the way to your big goal is what will motivate you to eventually finish.
I hope that you will at least give the 12 week year a try. It does make a difference and will enable you accomplish the goals you set. In addition, you will be productive all year round since your year is divided into weeks.