6 + 5 = A Radical New Way to Make Resolutions
I'm going to share with you a SOLOSHOT company secret that will change how you make New Years Resolutions: we don't make one year plans.
There are only two time horizons where goals and plans are actually helpful:
6 months and 5 years
It's too overwhelming to think about any time period in between those. There are too many steps, dependences, and things that could go wrong. You can almost see your life 6 months from now. It's not going to be exact, but you can make decisions about what to do today based on what you have planned to accomplish in the next 6 months.
In the next 6 months, I want to ski 12 times, finish shortcut to shred, buy a bike, give a certain amount of money, and save a certain amount of money.
My goals are specific, measurable, and achievable in part because the time period is not TOO far away.
How did I get to those goals? Because I also have a 5 year plan. The 5 year plan is how you see the forest through the trees. It's the foundation for where you're going.
I have an outlandish 5 year plan. If I told you, you'd probably think I'm crazy (and I hope you would). Maybe some day I will share my vision here, but for now I can tell you that if my 6 month goals seem too easy or mundane, my 5 year plan is anything but.
I DEFINITELY don't have it all figured out. I have no idea how exactly 6 months is going to translate into 5 years. The one thing I do know is that, God willing, 6 month chunks will continue to come and go. You can't have it all figured out to move forward. It's a tough pill to swallow, and something SOLOSHOT teaches me every day. You just need to make the best decision with the information you have, and move on.
Everything in between 6 months and 5 years is where I get anxious. That's where I realize that I don't have a clue and it's impossible to connect the dots. Every time I freak out, it's because I'm anxious about things that might happen in that time frame.
Here's what you need to do:
Dream big and write down your 5 year vision. Then put it aside and think about right now. Make plans for what you can and will accomplish in the next 6 months and exactly what you can do TODAY to get there.
One more tiny bit of advice:
If you don’t need God to pull off what you are planning, you are not dreaming big enough. In case you are wondering, no, you are not smart enough. No, you don’t have enough experience. and, no, you don’t have enough resources. But with God, all things are possible (see Mark 10:27)