Here we are yet again… Standing at the precipice of another year gone by, and the beginning of a new one.
I simply cannot believe how fast they’ve been flying by recently… I feel like I’m just getting into the swing of 2014, and now here we are… One week away from 2015.
If you’re on my list and reading this, you have a desire to build a profitable business, or you have a desire to learn how to invest the money you make wisely.
Neither of which are tasks for the mindless minions of the world whose daily goals consist of working as little as possible, and watching television.
If you’re here, it’s because you consciously want to change your life for the better, and you’re willing to put in the work to make it happen.
This is no small task.
Ultimately, the prize to be won is freedom. Financial freedom… Time freedom… Freedom of purpose… These are the most cherished victories that life has to offer.
And for that reason, they will not come easily. There is a reason why they call it the 1%.
So what can we do to make sure 2015 is your best year ever? The one where you make more progress towards your goal of financial freedom, than any year previously?
I’ll tell you…
If you’re like most people, you’re going to sit down this week and write out your goals for the coming year.
In fact it’s mandatory.
But if that’s all you do, you’ve already failed.
Setting a goal is akin to choosing a destination on a map. You have to know where you want to go, or you’ll end up going nowhere.
So why do so many people miss their goals? Why is this process typically a reminder of all the things you failed to accomplish last year?
Because the they fail to create a PROCESS to accompany their goals.
A Goal Without A Process
Is Simply Next Year’s Source of Disappointment.
Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about…
One of my primary goals in 2015 is to get into the best shape of my life.
Yes, it’s quite possibly the most uncreative goal on the planet. It’s on everyone’s list.
Some people might right this goal down. Others might go so far as to print it out and hang it on their wall so they can see it every day, as if the reminder is all they’ll need.
Well in my experience, that daily reminder isn’t enough.
You thought about the destination, but you didn’t create a process to ensure you accomplish it.
So once you have your goal, you need to reverse engineer it. What needs to happen in order for you to accomplish it?
For my fitness goal, I need to do three things…
1: I need to eat cleaner, healthier foods on a consistent daily basis.
2: I need to drink less often.
3: I need to exercise on a consistent basis.
Great. All common sense. Now that I know what I need to do, I need to create a process to ensure they get done.
This is the most important step there is because it’s the process, not the goal, that will bring the result, and yet it’s the one that almost every neglects to take.
So in order to eat cleaner, I need to always have healthy food ready to eat in my home. Why? Because I know that if I have to hit the streets of Austin to have dinner, my chances of eating a clean meal have dropped to almost 0.
I know that if I wake up and I don’t have anything in the house to eat for breakfast, that I’m walking down to the local Blue Grocery and picking up some Taco Deli tacos which will in no way help me accomplish my goal.
So the process I’ve created, is to stop by Snap Kitchen three times per week when I’m out running errands. Snap Kitchen makes amazing, pre-cooked, pre-measured meals with extremely clean, high quality ingredients. Basically, they sell easy, convenient meals designed for people who want to increase their health.
Before setting up this process, I went out to eat for 9/10 meals. After setting up this process I’ve reversed that number to 1/10, and the results have been amazing.
Criteria 1 and 2… CHECK.
As for exercise, I’ve done the same thing. Left to my own devices, I’ll go to the gym when it’s convenient.
You can look at the little goal on your desk that says “go to the gym daily”, but we all know there’s a significant chance you’ll be off the wagon within weeks.
So I set up a process and hired a trainer. Now there is a mechanism in place that forces my responsibility and compliance when it comes to this goal.
With these systems in place to support my goal of getting in the best shape of my life in 2015, I’ve increased the likely-hood of accomplishing it to 90%+.
This Works With Your Financial Goals As Well…
When I turned 30, I realized that I needed to start saving and investing the money I was making.
Previously, I’d always managed to find a way to spend my money as fast as I made it. The result? I had a ton of fun, but at the cost of my financial freedom.
And then in 2009, everything changed.
I put my first process in place when it came to reaching my financial goals.
Every single month, a fixed amount of money is automatically drafted from my checking account, and put into an investment account. The key world here is, “automatically”.
I’ve removed myself from the equation, and created a process to accomplish the goal for me.
As a result, I started accumulating wealth for the very first time in my life.
Every single month, I grow a little bit richer. Automatically.
In fact, if I did NOTHING ELSE but let this process continue until I turn 60, I’ll be able to pull out $100,000 per month, every single month, until my 100th birthday.
So as you sit down over the next week to make your goals for 2015, put just as much time and thought into creating the processes that will help you accomplish them.
Doing so will ensure that the next 12 months, are the most productive and transformational of your life.