Achieving Your Goals: Breaking Them Down

So if you remember a couple weeks ago I posted my goals for 2011. If you missed that post, please go back and take a look here.  Today, I am going to walk you through a process I use to help achieve the goals I set for myself.  I recommend you do the same, it has helped my a lot when I get stuck on what I need to do each day.

Breaking them down

First, as a reminder and so you don’t have to keep switching between posts, here are my goals for this year:

  1. Max out my retirement accounts
  2. Spend three weeks on vacation in Australia
  3. Get my body fat to 12%
  4. Become conversationally fluent in Spanish
  5. Learn to play piano
  6. Finish 50 Best Pictures
  7. Have 5000 subscribers to Find Your Peak
  8. Break 90 in golf
  9. Travel to South America
  10. Double my income and net worth from 2011

As you can see, I have some pretty ambitious goals, so I need a system to ensure I keep moving towards the prize.  What I do first, is break each goal down into bite sized chunks if possible.  I always at least list something additional I need to do to make the goal happen.  I have done this for each below:

  1. Max out my retirement accounts
    I.    Increase my 401K deduction
  2. Spend three weeks on vacation in Australia
    I.     Research hotels
    II.   Research flights and using miles
    III. Plan to take time off from work
    IV.  Contact friends in Australia for planning
  3. Get my body fat to 12%
    I.      Create an eating plan to lose weight
    II.    Plan a workout regimen to lose weight and build muscle
  4. Become conversationally fluent in Spanish
    I.      Research the best ways to learn Spanish
  5. Learn to play piano
    I.      Research ways to learn piano
  6. Finish 50 Best Pictures
    I.      Choose the next pictures I want to watch
  7. Have 5000 subscribers to Find Your Peak
    I.       Research ways to increase subscribers
  8. Break 90 in golf
    I.      Create a plan for getting better at golf
  9. Travel to South America
    I.      Ensure I have a trip planned sometime during the year
  10. Double my income and net worth from 2011
    I.      Research other streams of income
    II.    Save and invest more money

As you can see, there is at least one task for each individual goal.  The next step involves breaking them down further into action steps and if possible, taking immediate action to move forward on the path to making the goals a reality.  In the next post I will explain how this is done and how to make a tracking system to ensure you stay on track.

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Comments

  1. Sean Mathena says

    Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for the comment! They are pretty ambitious, so we will see how it goes. I took a quick look at your site, looks great. I am going to dig into it some more tomorrow.

  2. Sean Mathena says

    Hey Alison,

    Thanks for the comment! I am going to break it down further in another post this week in to daily action steps, but this has always helped me to know exactly what I should be doing with my time.

  3. says

    Hi Sean!

    Breaking your goals all the way down to specific action steps, no matter how big or small the goal, is the key. Great to see you are on your way to doing that.

    Don’t forget affirmations, visualisation, and most importantly, obstacles. Identify the obstacles now and find solutions before they come up. This plan of action sheet might be useful for you.

    Kind regards,
    Steve

  4. Sean Mathena says

    Hey Steve,

    Thanks for the comment! Thanks for the link to the sheet, I will take a look at it. Love the new chapter by the way!

  5. says

    Wow this is a great post. It was a little strange reading since I have some pretty similar goals myself. I am currently learning spanish as well and planning some international travel. Also music and music theory is my area of expertise. I play guitar, bass, drums, and piano. Feel free to use me as a resource on your goal of learning to play the piano (youtube has some decent lessons for free).

    Brandon

  6. Sean Mathena says

    Thanks for the comment Brandon! I am learning a bunch so far studying the piano. I have been playing instruments for quite a while, but only on the treble clef, so now I get to use a whole new staff! Thanks for the offer, I might take you up on it!

  7. says

    Hi Sean, Wow! you already have your concrete plan for the year. That’s an excellent example to follow. I’d be following your blog so I’d inspiration from you. I like your idea of breaking down your goals as it makes each of them more achievable.

  8. Sean Mathena says

    Thanks for the comment Anne!

    Yes, breaking down my goals into smaller chunks has really helped out in the past. Hopefully it will be as effective this year!

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