Are you ever just not sure what to do? This feeling comes from a lot of places. Maybe there’s so much to do that you’re overwhelmed. Maybe you’re feeling a lack of motivation (it happens to everyone). In either case, you’re stuck and not feeling your most productive self.
I have started about a dozen businesses by now, with my first one being started at the age of twelve. At my current age of 21, I am managing 4.5 businesses, most of which feed into each other in some way.
But even though some of these businesses are complementary, there is so much going on that it can be hard to really peg down what I should be working on at any given time in order to pay the bills.
I’ve read so much about goal-setting, but I always found a “disconnect” between the life-goals that we set and the day-to-day “what to do next” kind of goals that we need to stay productive.
That’s why I have put into place the “Three Things Theory” in my life. This is similar to some other concepts out there for goal-setting and productivity, but this is specifically what works for me:
1. Set 3 goals for your life
The idea is simple, set 3 goals for your life. These are the overarching “vision” goals that may even seem ethereal, especially if you’re young like me. It’s okay if these change, but there’s no way that you can work on setting short-term goals if you don’t have these long-term goals in place.
Here are three examples:
- I want to be happy and have the mental and emotional ability to spread this happiness to others.
- I want to have enough money so that my children and grandchildren will have access to unlimited opportunity in their lives.
- I want the ability to only do the work that I love and give talks to business owners to affect their incomes and their lives.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
2. Set 3 ten-year goals
Now, set 3 ten-year goals. These are things that you would like to have accomplished in ten years that will help you achieve those 3 life-goals you set before. These should still be pretty overarching and high-level, but they should be more tangible than your life goals. One example might include, “Be making seven figures a year by XX/XX/XXXX date ten years into the future.”
This ties into each of the goals from the example above, so achieving it will push you farther along on your journey to reaching those life goals.
3. Set 3 one-year goals
Now, set 3 one-year goals. These are the first steps to hitting those ten year goals. Keeping with the income theme from above, one of your goals may be to make $50,000 this first year. This is a scaleable goal, because each year you can increase that number until you get to that date mentioned in your ten-year goals and make 7 figures.
4. Set 3 monthly goals
As you may have guessed, once you have set your one-year goals, it is time to set 3 monthly goals.
You can do this two ways (or do it both ways). You could set monthly goals that will be the same each month and aim to hit those, or you can set 3 unique monthly goals each month that will push you farther along. The only caution I have about the second option is that many people will set 3 monthly goals, work on them for the month, and then abandon them next month for something new.
Personally, I use a combination of both. I have static goals like monthly income goals, goals for how many guest posts I want to write, podcasts I want to record, etc.
“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale
5. Set 3 weekly goals and 3 daily goals
Each week, on Monday morning, I take a relaxing bath and I think to myself: What 3 things could I accomplish that would make this week a success for me and move me farther along to hitting these monthly goals?
Then I write those down. Sometimes I will write 5 goals for the week, sometimes I will write 3. But the idea is that you have a “barometer” for your success this week.
Now each day I am only working towards reaching those 3 goals. I love this because as long as I finish those 3 things, I can feel like a success and relax during my weekend. Too many entrepreneurs get stressed out when they aren’t working, but that’s just not healthy. As long as you’re hitting these checkpoints, you can take a breather, confident that you are headed in the right direction.
The beautiful part of this is that each of these goals are connected to each other, but are broken down into manageable chunks so that you don’t feel overwhelmed or like your goals are out of reach.
When you reach your daily goals, you know those are helping you to reach your weekly goals, which fall in line with your monthly goals, which ensure you will reach your one-year goals, which feeds into the 10-year goals, which finally, helps you to achieve everything you have ever wanted in your life.
Do things always go exactly as planned? Of course not. You’ll need to course-correct along the way. But using this “Three Things Theory,” I can assure you that you will be more productive and more in-tune with your life goals as they relate to your work today.
Which concept for goal-setting and productivity has worked for you? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator
Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.
Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.
1. Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.
2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.
3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.
4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.
5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.
6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.
7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.
8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.
9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.
10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.
11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.
12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.
13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.
14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.
15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.
16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.
17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.
18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.
19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.
20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.
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