#54 – Planning for 2016

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[0:00:14.8] Hey everybody, Stephen Esketzis here from Marketing on the Move.

And I’m coming to you today the evening of Christmas, Christmas Eve.

I’m on my way quickly to the office just to pick up a few things for my trip to Hong Kong later this week.

And I want to give you guys a little bit of a podcast episode, a little bit of an update on what I’ve done in the last couple of days.

How I’m planning for my big 2016 and share with you my process.

So it’s funny because with 2016, a lot of people sort of go back and forth, and they don’t know exactly how to plan.

A lot of people have different tricks and hacks and this and that to plan.

But at the end of the day, as long as you’re planning, that’s all that really matters.

So what I say what my process is, I slightly adjust in it this year.

I made a big change last year so I’m pretty much just doing what I did last year with a couple of adjustments.

[0:01:04.2] So essentially, I’m listening to a podcast episode this year from Jeremy Reeves, one of the guys that I actually interviewed earlier in this podcast, as I go back to our chat, even though they’re from another guy.

So what he did mention from his podcast is the first thing he does when he starts planning for 2016 is he starts listing the good things that happened this year and the bad things that happened this year.

Now, I’ve never done that before so I thought I’d give it a try.

And it was actually really good.

It was really fulfilling.

I decided to just at least pointing down all the good things that I’m happy with and I was proud of, and that I had a lot of gratitude for that happened this year.

So I started listing those down and then the same thing vice-versa with the things that I’d like to change, things that I’ve might not have been happy with, areas of my life which I have to improve on.

Things which I wanna make sure I don’t do again.

And it was funny because the list of things that don’t happen was so much more than the things I was happy for, which was awesome, really good feeling going through my life right now.

And even just, I’ll, like click to my Facebook page, and I sort of scrolled back to my timeline just to give me—remember some of the good things that happened, and it’s just so many.

So I’m so happy and I’ve got so much gratitude to everyone around me and the chances I’ve had for this year. It’s been a phenomenal year.

[0:02:18.6] So back to the planning for next year, after I did that, what my plan actually is I start off with a bit of a template, this is the same template that I used this year.

So what I do is at the top of every single goal I have has four different steps, so the first part to the goal… and then I write the goal out, so let’s say, for example, whatever, it’s actually one of my goals I’ll share with you guys is to interview over a hundred entrepreneurs by this time next year.

So that’s one of my goals, to connect and interview a hundred entrepreneurs on the Marketing on the Move podcast by this time next year.

So that’s on there, and what I’ve done is I’ve written Marketing on the Move podcast, interview a hundred entrepreneurs, that’s the goal.

And then I have a deadline, because then I just have all my goals at the same time. My goals are all pretty flexible, so some are just sooner rather than later, and I put the deadline in.

So I put all my goals in one sheet, but then the deadlines are flexible depending on the goal. So for that one, I wanted to have them all done by the end of next year.

So I’ll just put “December 31st.” December 31st was the deadline, and then after that, I was going to say, “Well, how do I make this happen?” That’s the third step.

How do you make this happen?

What do you need to implement?

So I gotta start doing this all right, so I need a list of a hundred people that I want to interview.

I need to go to their website.

I need to do that.

I need to blah blah blah, whatever this process is.

So I write down that and that might be one or two sentences, one or two dot points.

And then the last section is, “What do I need to do to my daily routine or my weekly routine to make this goal up?”

So to me, that might be allocating a specific amount of time to my system to actually look for these people and for these podcasts that I wanna get to that I wanna interview.

So I’m at that. It’s one of those things like I’m gonna give her a task, I’m gonna give this to people I interview, find their contact information so I can reach out to them.

That might be an example of what I need to do to make sure it’s gonna work whatever the task is or whatever the goal is.

[0:04:23.9] So that was my process.

Now, I did that last year without the beginning of the good and the bad thing, and I went through my goals today and I was just so surprised, like you see some of the things that are written there and word per word, they get absolutely kicked off the list, like word per word.

I had some of the specific there. I wanna surround myself with this specific person this time next year and I want him to know who I am and I had a goal like that for someone that I wanted to connect with and I’m almost, now, I can speak to them on a personal level. It’s just crazy.

And that was one of my goals, and just kicked it off like so perfectly, almost word per word, everything I said just came through.

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[0:05:04.5] So I think goal-setting is just one of the most important things.

And I remember making a status about this at the beginning of last year, or beginning of this year, talking about how important goal-setting was and sharing my template with others.

And it just astounds me every time I do it.

The thing that actually gets things off, the things that you follow through on just comes to life and they just happen and they just work.

So guys, just a little tip from me is when you’re planning out the year, be specific, do all the goals and ten extra goals.

Just go for it.

If your goal is to make a hundred thousand dollars in your year-end revenue, make them millions. Just don’t be afraid.

Ten extra goals, you’ll blow them out of proportion.

You’ve just gotta set your sights so high that you just start getting into implementation mode.

And for me, I’ve got business goals.

I’ve got relationship goals.

I’ve got personal goals.

So I use that pretty much, that little template that I explained to you, for all the different types of goals that I have.

And that’s my way of doing it.

So I’ll sit down.

Today, it took me actually a lot longer than I expected because I sort of mapped out a bit more of a timeline as well and I had a couple of other things that I was implementing.

But just sitting down to do it, it might take you an hour, it might take you three hours. It might take you 30 minutes.

Having some sort of goals is just so important and you really can’t live without them.

So I implore you guys to really get on that, start working on your goal setting, make sure that whatever you wanna do, you write down, because then it’ll materialize and will come to life.

So that’s what I’ve got for you guys today.

I’ll actually be hitting to Hong Kong over New Year’s with my family.

So hopefully, I’ll be able to actually share a podcast with you guys as well when I’m in Hong Kong and Singapore.

So I’m looking forward to that.

We’ve got a ton planned for 2016 which I might share with you on my next episode.

But until then, guys, have an awesome time and I’ll speak to you guys soon.

Take care.

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