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May 4, 2021

Many of us had grand New Year’s resolutions for 2020, only to have them smashed to pieces by living through a global pandemic. We have a different way of thinking about goal setting that is far more flexible and goal oriented: 90-day incremental goals. This is a way of setting goals we want to accomplish on our own schedule, making them more attainable and able to change course if and when circumstances change.


Key points of the 90 Day Goal Set


  •   Set goals for yourself on your own time schedule. 90 days isn’t set by yearly quarters, or month, but when you’re ready to get started on your goal. It can begin at any time, and so there is no excuse to put it off


  •   Set a reasonable goal that can be achieved in increments during that 90 days to track yourself. Seeing results is key to maintaining your goals and keeping on track


  •   Focus on building the habit that is needed to accomplish your 90-day goal. Building those habits into muscle memory will help sustain the goals you’ve accomplished and will help to prevent back-sliding.


  •   At the end of the 90 days, assess where you are and what you now know that you didn’t know before. Create your new 90-day goal based off of that new information and build upon your results.


Remember, the whole point of this exercise is to give you the tools to achieve the success you want even when the world is changing around you. Set your goals and focus on keeping them in those 90 days, but be ready to reassess when the next 90 days comes around. Form positive habits to keep you on track and to build on your successes as you achieve them.


Some things to consider:


  1. Think about some goals you’d like to accomplish both professionally and personally in the next 90 days. What do you think you could achieve if you only had 90 days to plan?


  1. Track your progress in whatever way is comfortable to you. You can use the calendar on your phone, or a cheap note pad, or a journal. The only person you are accountable to is yourself because you’re doing this for yourself.


Books mentioned this week:


The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran


Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear


Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman


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