- Sep 3, 2014
Goals for February 2019Review
Month one has come and gone. We should take the time to revisit our January 2019 Goals and see if we achieved our intentions. Revisiting them daily or weekly is a great means of keeping us on the right track. After that, it would be wise to take a moment to try to understand the impact of the work we did last month.
Did that work move the needle? If not, we need to reevaluate why we thought it would have an impact and understand why it didn't. Then we need to pivot and set up different goals. This feedback mechanism is how we improve, shed the nonsense (or outsource it), and find the 20% of work that provides 80% of the results. That should be our focus.
I've been seeing quotes like the one above a lot recently. "Motivation doesn't last, it only gets you started. Discipline is what keeps you going." These things are true. Why spend time creating and reviewing and sticking to goals when you could just grind out work? Because working hard means diddly squat if you aren't working smart on the right things. You don't have any boss or manager delegating tasks to you.
It's up to you to determine what the right work to focus on is as much as it is up to you to get it done. This is a critical aspect of owning and operating your own business. And if you resist that, you're failing the mental part of the game that @The Engineer discussed in Day 1 of the Crash Course. The mind game, the motivation game, the discipline game. You have to conquer these aspects of business before you'll meet any serious success or even get on the right path for serious success.
What's it going to be? Don't pull your answers out of a hat based on how you feel. Let the data inform you. That's why we keep these goal threads. Use your site analytics. Use your ecommerce cart tracking data. Review your pomodoro journal. Look at last months goals. Once informed by the data, and only after that, should we craft S.M.A.R.T. goals
It's crazy how fast time moves. 2019 is already 1/12th finished. Don't let your most precious resource pass you by. Win while you're young enough to boast about it and exploit it for mass depravity. It all starts with your goals.