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In my last post I focused on setting SMARTER goals to get you off on the right track for 2016. Without goals you are not in a position to achieve the great things that you envisage for yourself and your business. Now that you have your goals, what now? How do you start implementing them? Many of your goals I am sure are long-term goals or even BHAGS – Big Hairy Audacious Goals. So how do you go about ensuring that your daily and weekly actions attribute to your longer-term goals?

There is a term that I have come across that I feel encapsulates the process, and it is called backwards planning. Dr. Steven Covey referred to it as beginning with the end in mind, as one of his 7 habits from his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (if you haven’t read it, I strongly encourage you too).

Backwards planning is the process where you start with a goal, usually one that is more long term, such as a goal with a 6-12 month timeframe on it. In an act of pure transparency I would like to share with you one of my goals and how I utilise backwards planning to create daily and weekly goals. So lets begin with the SMARTER process.

Specific. I would like to generate revenue by doing keynote speaking, being and MC and speaking at conferences both in Australia and overseas. I enjoy public speaking and training and know that it is a strength of mine. I have spoken at conferences and done ad hoc keynotes and MC gigs but would like to create this a strong revenue stream in my business.

Measurable. I would like to generate $30,000 this year with the view of increasing this figure annually.

Achievable. Initially it will be a case of finding the right channels to promote myself, associations, networking. As a capability I know that I can do this so it is definitely achievable.

Relevant. Keynote speaking on the messages around my business and passions is very relevant and in line with my broader company strategy. I will need to refine my messaging but it will always be aligned to myself and the company.

Time-bound. Giving myself the year ahead to achieve this I believe is very achievable.

Evaluate. At this point I am not able to evaluate my goal however I would like to set milestones to ensure that I am on track to achieving this goal.

Reward. I would like to reward myself by going on a 5-day meditation retreat up Byron Bay way. I love that area and feel I can reconnect with myself there.

Now for the backwards planning!

There are a number of actions that need to take place in order for me to achieve my goals and some of them include (in no particular order):

  • Become known as a keynote speaker
  • Research
    • where people look for key note speakers
    • Find associations to register with
    • Speak with other keynote speakers to get advice, guidance and network
  • Write a keynote that is my key messaging
  • Create a show-reel
  • Create a personal website for people to find me
  • Seek a mentor
  • Networking
  • Start booking in speaking gigs

Here comes the fun stuff of backwards planning, let’s take the next 2 months as an example:

In January I will:

  • Contact people that I know that are keynote speakers and arrange coffees/ Skype chats to ask them how they got into it and any advice that they would give me
  • Research local and international associations for keynote speakers
  • Speak with my contacts at local and international conference organisers
  • Action recommendations made by people
  • Seek and secure a mentor
  • Refine my keynote message

In February I will:

  • Have first session with mentor
  • Register with relevant associations as a key note speaker
  • Set up my website
  • Research how to go about creating a show-reel
  • Finalise my keynote speech

By breaking down my goals into monthly tasks I can then break them down into even weekly tasks such as:

January: Contact people that I know that are keynote speakers and arrange coffees/ Skype chats to ask them how they got into it and any advice that they would give me

Week 1 goal:

  • Contact 5 people in my network that I know that are keynote speakers, seek possible mentor
  • Speak with my contacts at local and international conference organisers
  • Action recommendations made by people

Week 2 goal:

  • Contact 5 people in my network that I know that are keynote speakers, seek possible mentor
  • Action recommendations made by people
  • Research local and international associations for keynote speakers

And so on.

It can be a detailed process but one that will ensure that your goals will be achieved and you will be accountable to achieving them.

I do have a template that I use with my clients and I invite you to a free 45 minute discovery call, where we can start working on breaking down your goals in achievable monthly and weekly action points to ensure you reach you goals for 2016. Click here to book. This is a real coaching session, not a sales pitch.

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