To achieve goals faster compress time-frames and work at them indirectly.
Write your goals in ink or publish them for others to see.
I read “The 12 Week Year” by Brian Moran and Mike Lennington a few weeks ago.
The main idea in this book I learned when I was working in Primerica and I read “Coach.”
Art Williams would ask, “What do you want to accomplish in the next 90 days?” Then, “What would you have to do each week to accomplish that?” and you would have to plan it out and break it down. Then he would ask, “What do you have to do the first week? … Okay do that tomorrow.” That is pretty much the basis of compressing time-frames.
“The 12 Week Year” shows you how to turn your year in to 4 periods. This idea originated in sales where sales people and business are evaluated in periods usually years and you try to improve over last year. There is always a surge right before the end of the period. You have to get it in before the deadline to count towards that period. The book also provides and example where you could apply this to a fitness goal.
When I read this I definitely liked the idea of aligning my time periods with the seasons. I think it would make me appreciate nature more. In an indirect way I would be more conscious of it. So when I read the book I decided to start my 12 week year on the next equinox which just happened last week.
I set my intentions for my current 12 week year. I plan to weigh 152 (lose 18 more pounds stated positively), to run 1 mile completely, and to blog what I learned from 6 books.
I think you could apply this to education, homeschooling or “after schooling.” I explained this 12 week year concept to Luna. She wants to finish her grades faster she just doesn’t always want to do the work. I will keep you posted on how she chooses to apply this and how it works for her.
I started this post yesterday at 4:00 in the morning. Just by chance later in the day I found a journal of mine from 2 years ago. I read through all of my entries from a 4 month period. In that journal I wrote about compressing time-frames and that it tricks your mind into doing something you would ordinarily think was too big of a goal. I also made a note that there is a difference between what we write in pencil and what we write in ink. Today I can revise that statement in that is there is a difference in what I may type into a personal journal and what I type and publish on my blog.
As for working towards goals indirectly, yes, I stated a number for my weight but that is not what I am focusing on. I am focusing running faster, farther, and for longer periods. When I started, as I wrote in my Get Up post, I couldn’t even run to my car. I can now run for 2 1/2 minutes without stopping to walk. My first runs in my neighborhood were only 20 seconds long then I would have to walk for a couple of minutes before I could try again.
Another follow-up to that post: I am still folding my laundry standing up and I can’t imagine doing it any other way. I am also parking farther out in the parking lot and running to my car. It was such a great feeling the other day when I ran to my car and I it was closer than I thought and I knew I could have kept running.
Good luck on your goals readers and let me know how any of you apply this.