How to Set Goals in 2021
5 Tips to Plan With Action
January 29, 2021
Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder
It’s the time of the year when we’re all gearing up to look at new plans, check out new visions, and get inspired. As creators, as leaders, and as entrepreneurs, we are called to lead and a big part of that is being strategic with how you set goals, how you set intentions, and follow through and create a plan to win.
I’ll be sharing tips that have helped me over the last 8 years in outlining my goals and turn my goals into plans and not just creating a random list in your notepad.
Here are the five big tips on how to set goals and actually turn them into an actionable plan:
1. MAKE SURE YOUR GOALS ALIGN WITH YOUR BIG PICTURE VISION
One of the biggest mistakes that I see entrepreneurs make all the time, and I’ve made this mistake myself, is that we set up this goal list with zero relation to our big picture. So the first thing you want to do is get clear on where you’re at right now. And then reverse engineer it because you cannot just outline goals.
2. ANALYZE THE MARKET
With what is happening around us, we are challenged to act like a savvy entrepreneur, to think like a millionaire and billionaire, and to look at trends. This means looking at what’s happening in the market, where you can serve people at a higher level.
But things are changing incredibly quickly, especially now, and so you got to make sure that you find that place where passion, that sweet spot, right, or passion intersects with market demand.
3. BE SPECIFIC
You want to be specific, it’s not enough to say, Oh, I want to reach seven figures this year; you need to break down your goal. You also want to create a deadline, and you want to break it down as much as you can. When you break down goals, it feels so much attainable.
So what is it that you genuinely want to achieve this year? Make it hyper-specific, and that will lead to clarity. That clarity will lead to motivation because you’ll realize that it’s a lot easier to get that done than you even imagine.
4. MEASURE AND TRACK
Unfortunately, this is something that very few people do, myself included, in the past year. It’s so incredibly motivating to see how a plan actually comes together to see how you’re growing week by week, you know, month by month, quarter by quarter and year by year, and how your goals are building on each other. I’ve been using Full Focus Planner for the past three years and it’s life-changing. I created a separate video for the Full Focus Planner, check it here, and if you want to avail one, get it here.
And hey, if you want to experience transformational growth this year, I highly recommend that you join us for The Prosper Plan. It’s a workshop that we’ve done with our community inside the business lounge for the past four years. And this is the first time that we’re opening it up to the public. So you want to be a guest, and you want to go through it with us, where you actually lay out your goals and develop habits systematically.
5. Have accountability
Create a plan and put it on paper, and then share it with a friend, someone you can talk to every week and talk about your progress. It’s essential to surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth and people who are going to lift you and encourage you when you have setbacks, which we all inevitably have, no matter how much we plan and how much we try to make projections.
OVER TO YOU
As Dwight Eisenhower said, “Planning plans are nothing, planning is essential.” I know that that contradicts everything that we just talked about when planning, but what he means in this quote is that plans don’t matter if you don’t have action behind them. That’s why planning intentional is essential for us entrepreneurs. Y’all know I could talk all day about goal setting and planning, and if you want to check out the latest episode on our Youtube channel, check it here.
If you want to dig even deeper into this topic, we just released an entire 30 minutes session inside our The Prosper Plan only on developing a personal growth plan complete with worksheets and practical strategies that you can put into action.
Grab your spot here.
Hope to see you in the next episode.
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