A year is a long time. Plenty of time to work towards those goals and achieve those dreams of a better job, more money and more time to spend with family and friends and do what is important to you. Right?
Right. But it turns out that having “plenty of time” could be where the problem lies. It ends up neing too much time to procrastinate.
If like me and many people, you struggle to stay motivated and find that those big January resolutions are no more than distant memories by March time (and that’s if you’ve done well!), now may well be the time to embrace The 12 Week Year.
It is a concept explained by Brian P Moran and Michael Lennington in their book The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months.
They explain how they have taken a process used by top athletes and on the sports field for many year and transformed it for the business world to help people like me and you reach their full potential and get closer to achieving their big vision.
As 2017 is the year I am going all out to achieve my BIG VISION, of business success and personal fulfilment I was intrigued by what The 12 Week Year had to offer.
And I wasn’t disappointed.
The bottom line of the system, which the authors claim has been successful for very many businesspeople and entrepreneurs, is that a deadline of 12 weeks is more motivating than setting goals for the whole year.
There is not the luxury of “plenty of time”. You need to have a clear vision of where you want to be at the end of the 12 weeks and work out which tactics you will use to get there.
Then you create a plan for every day which includes taking steps to reach those goals.
Moran and Lennington claim working to a 12-week cycle helps you to develop clarity and focus on what matters most and a healthy sense of urgency to get it done.
You′ll learn how to:
- Take back control of your day
- Increase your income
- Balance the priorities in your life
- Lower your stress
- Accomplish your goals in record time
We might be a couple of weeks into the New Year already and you may already be struggling to stick to the resolutions.
If you haven’t made any, it may seem too late to start now. But with the 12-week year, you can get started anytime.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of weeks off over Christmas and New Year, but this book has left me excited to get back to my desk to start putting my 12-week plan into action.
My big vision is already articulated and I’ve worked out the tactics I need to get there and have filled in (literally filled) my diary with the actions I need to take each day to get to my goal.
I’ll let you know how I get on.
You can get hold of Moran and Lennington’s The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months at Amazon.
Let me know how you get on.