Today marks the first day of a new decade for many people. There are those who have already written down goals for the next year, have made New Years Resolutions and there’s a good chance that some people have already started the fade away from their new vision for this year.
Personally, I embraced the idea of goal setting when I was very young. I am not really sure where my understanding of that came from. I just simply did it. I used to keep a note book with short term, mid -range and long term goals. Basically, in my youth, I was just making a list of things I wanted to do. Thankfully, I recognized that in doing this action, I often accomplished what I wrote down. In fact, there was always a sweet, pleasurable reward in scratching off one of the things on my list.
Fast forward and if I were to show you my ‘list’- you would be suprised. It’s pretty darn extensive. The cool thing is, the system still works. I can’t begin to tell you how many people ask me “How do you do it?” They are referencing the fine balancing act of responsibilities that I hold- and the fruitfulness of what I choose to invest my time, effort and energy with.
Part of my ‘secret’, I’ve just shared. It starts with my list. Still follow the short term, mid-range and long term goals. Only now, they are more specific and very strategic.
The closing of 2009 was for me, much needed. It was a year of intense creative productivity. (I wrote 2 books along with developing a Marketing Home Study Course for Entrepreneurs.) This, in addition to caring for my family, traveling a bit to speak, reorganizing our business structure and continuing to tend to my clients. 2009 wasn’t very easy for many reasons. I am looking forward to 2010.
In 2010, I plan on achieving some big goals. The stage has been set for a ‘come back’ of sorts. Back in Feb of 2008 I particpated in an evening called “Come as you will be in 2013”. It was a pretty trippy night. Those of us attending this evening were implementing a success strategy that is shared in Jack Canfield’s book called “Success Principles”. It was a bold thing to do- and for me, initially, it put me in an uncomfortable zone.
As a leader, when you realize that part of growth means that you are willing to do things others won’t- I allowed my self to fully engage and participate in that evening. It meant role playing out my life as it will be in 2013. Talk about planning!! I give kudos to the other people who were there that evening. We all jumped in and completely embraced the night.
So-what does that have to do with 2010 and my Big Fat Juicy? A lot. Since that night, many of the things that I role played out actually have happened! Very quickly I might add. One of my ‘accomplishments’ in 2010 was to have travelled to Australia and New Zealand for 2 weeks with my family – and get paid to do so. The motive to go is that I will be speaking on marketing and leadership, and it will allow me to also do something I really enjoy: travel and learning about other people and cultures.
Yesterday I got specific in my goals for this year- and identified the time of year we will be going. Now all I need is the speaking gig. By putting this out to the world, I am taking one more action to make this come to pass. I also have it on the 2010 goals list to get paid to speak on a cruise trip to Alaska. Again, 7-10 days, the time of year is between May and Sept. The family is to come along. Since it’s now 2010, more details in the plan are needed to make this goal happen. They’re written down, and I’ve been taking action to make this come to pass.
So what’s the Big Fat Juicy in all this? The Big Fat Juicy is a phrase I coined a few years back referencing the accomplishment of achieving one of the ‘biggest, fattest, juiciest referrals that would bring a substantial amount of business to you. It would be very cool to have my Big Fat Juicy of the speaking gigs come as referrals.
My Big Fat Juicy has many parts. In fact, I have many Big Fat Juicy’s that are leading to the fulfillment of one of my biggest, long term, personal and professional goals. It has to do with creating the wealth and resources it will take to be able to teach others how to truly manifest abundance in their life.
So now I’m going to be even more bold and share a few more of my 2010 goals. In them, you may perceive a person who is passionate. You may see a person with a mission in life. You may decide I’m a bit competitive. Others may think I am very intense and focused. Personally, it’s a bit of all of the above. I made a choice to have a life that has no regrets- at least there will be no regrets from not giving myself the chance to accomplish my dreams. (Part of my personal life’s purpose is to help others achieve theirs.)
Time to share and walk forth boldy:
With that, here’s mine:
1. To make 2010 the most profitable year to date. (yes, I do have the specifics written down in my business/marketing plan this year.)
2. Want to help 50 new clients a month achieve their business goals this year through teaching them effective marketing for their business.
3. Get paid to speak on leadership or marketing in Australia/New Zealand in Sept 2010. Want to take a two week trip with the family and get paid for it
4. Duplicate #3- only do a 10 day cruise to Alaska in June 2010.
5. Wanted to loose 10 lbs last year. Lost 33. Goal this year: 5 more to go, and continue to keep it off with exercise 3-4 times a week and good food to eat.
6. Sell 1 Million of my leadership books this year. Lofty goal- Jack Canfield calls it a BHAG. (Big Harry Audacious Goal.) It’s been done by others before- I know we can do it too.
7. Get sponsorship for my radio show so we can syndicate online, go back to terrestrial radio and be on sattelite radio.
8. Sell at least 100,000 copies this year of my ‘Repairing the Reprobate Mind’ book
9. To go back into the music studio, re-release our first album called “Feel the Heat” and sell.
10. Finish recording our second album and release that next year.
11. Have enough sales from both the books and the albums/CD’s to have major publishers pick them up for more mass distribution and promotion.
12. Create a way to travel, speak, perform our music, get paid handsomely for it- and along the way, use what we write about to inspire, teach, lead a show others that they can do the same as well.
Last: My “BiG Fat Juicy” – a term I teach about- to close out 2010 with all my businesses feeding the profit pipeline to reach my ‘comfort level financial goals’ by working smarter, not harder. This will allow more time for play: ie: back on stage with the band, riding my motorcycle, playing with the kids, travelling, and finally builing my custom home on a big plot of land I’ve identified.
Here’s to 2010 and enjoying the celebration of many ‘Big Fat Juicy’s’!