Michael Girdley

Michael Girdley



I posted my life goals on the internet. And it scared the sh*t out of me. But it all started with a system that fits on 1 piece of paper. Here's how to set goals and avoid mistakes that cost me years: (1/x)

The harsh truth: We waste most of our lives checking off meaningless to-dos that we call "goals". But they are really just glorified distractions. So I built a system to change that...

Start with SMART A framework for effective goal-setting: S=Specific M=Measurable A=Achievable R=Realistic T=Time-bound So, "I will make $1 million this year" works. But that is just the start...

Set your 10-year goal The Rules: • Must be 1 number like net worth or a life state like "retired" • Scary but possible • Measurable Mine: Net-worth of $X in 2032

Write your 3-year vision Sit down with a blank piece of paper and write a "vivid vision" of your desired life in 3 years if on track for the 10-year goal. It can include • Earnings • Cash flow • Vacations • Relationships • Living situation Define each with a number.

Set your 1-year goal The only question to ask: "If I want to achieve the 3-year vision and be on track for the 10-year, what do I need to accomplish this year?" Nothing else matters. And it can never be more than 7 goals or you will lose focus.

Define your Rocks At the start of each quarter, set 3-7 SMART goals that are critical to achieving the 1-year vision. If you could only accomplish 3-7 things over the next 3 months, what would you do?

Finally, Define your Questions You should never have every answer. So keep a list of open questions which define • What you don't know • What could go wrong Some examples:

The recap: 1. Start with SMART 2. Set the 10-year goal 3. Write the 3-year vivid vision 4. Set 1-year building blocks 5. Define your quarterly rocks 6. Reflect with open questions And it all can fit on 1 piece of paper:

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I tweet on life, business, and my love of @Chilis regularly. Usually doing a thread on Tues and Saturdays. If you want to see more like that, give me a follow @girdley!

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