“The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.”
Welcome to 2017 everyone!
I hope you’ve taken the opportunity over the last week or so to figure out what it is you want to accomplish this year. As we discussed last week creating a vision of who you want to become and developing a plan to make your vision a reality is the most effective way I have found to ensure that the next 12 months will bring powerful and lasting change in your life.
As promised, this week I’m sharing my 2017 master plan.
I recognize that my specific personal goals are likely of little interest to you. Nevertheless, I hope this outline might spark thoughts about how to organize your own plan for 2017. Additionally, I want to make my goals public because once I do it will be harder for me to ignore them or walk away.
So with that acknowledgement and disclaimer let’s jump into it.
For anyone who missed last week’s post for each area of my life I’ve created an objective which defines my vision for what I want to become in the next 12 months and a broad 1 year goal to make that vision a reality.
2017 Master Plan
Creating my Place to Stand
Objective: I have maintained the body weight I achieved in 2016 become stronger and have a clear, active mind
1 Year Goal: Shrink my mid section by 2 inches through a combination of good nutrition, adequate sleep and an increased focus on strength building
Objective: I clearly understand my personal strengths and how to leverage them to add value to my employer and readers. Have a clear idea of the next step I need to take at work.
1 Year Goal: Talk to at least 25 people (inside and outside my company) about their career paths to explore options for my own. Talk to friends, family, associates for help in identifying my strengths
Objective: I have increased my family’s independence by developing an additional source of regular income, diversifying into non-paper assets and reducing reliance on banks.
1 Year Goal: Buy at least two cash-flow positive rental properties and expand our family banking system*
Building a Lever
Objective: I understand how to grow an online audience and write compelling content that motivates people to take positive action to improve their lives.
1 Year Goal: Grow Lever Builders to 100 subscribers and write at least 1 e-book
Plan of Attack
The goals listed above are very broad. In order to achieve them I will be setting many smaller goals with shorter deadlines and more measurable ends to track my progress.
At different points throughout the year I’ll be focused on some goals more than others. That’s the beauty of having a whole year to accomplish your goals; you can focus on one for awhile until you start gaining traction, and then maintain that progress while you start devoting more effort to another goal.
Doing this allows you to accomplish several significant things in the course of a single year.
If there is one thing I’ve learned over the last 3 years it’s that education truly is the key to success. As such, any time I’m looking to grow beyond my current limits I start by finding the smartest people I can to teach me how to be successful.
To support my goals and objectives and continue my personal development during 2017 I’ve put together the beginnings of an education plan for the year. This list will undoubtedly grow and change as the year progresses:
Goal Specific Reading/Education
- Finish Dean Graziosi’s Winning State of Mind course and Millionaire Success Habits book by 1/31/2017
- Review Informational Interview module from Ramit Sethi’s Dream Job course – 1/31/2017
- Finish Start Your Own Corporation by Garrett Sutton – 1/31/2017
- Read Run Your Own Corporation by Garrett Sutton – 2/28/2017
- Complete Palm Beach Group’s A.P. Strategy real estate course – 2/28/2017
- Read ABC’s of Property Management by Ken McElroy 3/31/2017
- Finish What Would the Rockefellers Do by Michael Isom and Garrett Gunderson – 6/30/2017
- Find books, blogs, articles, course(s) on creating information products – 8/31/2017
- Finish Increase in Learning by David Bednar
- Finish The Road to Ruin by Jim Rickards
- Finish The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer
- Finish To The Rescue by Heidi Swinton
- Read The Sleeping Giant by Ken McElroy
My 2016 goals helped me to push through some personal barriers that had held me back for a long time. During 2017 I want to accelerate that momentum by setting goals that will force me to go WAY outside my comfort zone to attack some additional barriers.
While that guarantees a good deal of upcoming discomfort I’m confident this is going to be a great year.
I’ve been struggling for the last 5 years to find a direction for my professional pursuits. While I enjoy what I do I know deep down that I’m somehow capable of much more than I’m currently doing. I just don’t know what that “more” looks like.
I realized during a recent conversation with my wife that during these last 5 years I’ve been waiting around for inspiration or my “dream job” to fall out of the sky and hit me on the head. This year I am finally acknowledging that that isn’t going to happen.
Without more determined action on my part I’m going to be perpetually stuck wondering what to do with my life. If I don’t get out and start actively seeking to understand who I am and what I have to offer people then another 5 years will fly by and I’ll still be sitting around asking myself the same questions.
So enough waiting and whining; time to start doing.
Executing to the Plan
So now that I’ve got a plan it’s time to jump in and start turning the guy I see in the mirror into the guy I’ve envisioned in my head.
There will undoubtedly be updates, changes and possibly even complete reversals in my plan along the way. That’s part of the fun; rolling with the punches as you learn, grow, take action, fail, learn more and try again.
Whether or not I’m successful in all of these things doesn’t matter nearly as much to me as knowing that I’m moving in the right direction. I will not be heartbroken if I only lose half an inch off the belly or buy one rental property.
By consistently pushing myself to do more and be better I will continue making progress towards becoming the person I’m capable of being. The actual date when I get there is of little consequence so long as I keep trying.
Don’t Let This Year Pass You By
I said it last week and I’ll say it again. You’re going to live through the next 12 months one way or the other. Twelve months from now you can either be in a better place physically, intellectually and financially or you can be in the same place you are now. You have the power to decide which result you’ll get this year.
Most people will choose to stay where they are. It’s easy, it’s comfortable and everybody else is doing it.
However, if you’re like me and know that you are capable of becoming, doing and having more then I hope you will join me in making 2017 a year of meaningful and lasting improvement.
If you haven’t already I would highly encourage you to make your own master plan for this year. It can be simpler or more elaborate than what I’ve presented here.
Maybe you only want to set a goal for a single area of your life. That’s absolutely fine. Whatever will move the needle in your life is what you should pursue, just don’t let this year pass you by.
Make a plan and then get busy making your vision a reality!
*I’ve had several readers ask me about family banking from my previous references to it. This is a topic I plan to write about in greater detail this year so stay tuned