We’re going to talk about New Year’s and how to get ahead in the coming year. You need a specific process that will take you from here to where you want to be. Something that lets you focus on progress and doesn’t overwhelm you and doesn’t get dropped before Saint Patty’s Day.
It won’t be easy but there are simple ways to reach your goals.
- Set long term goals, mid-term goals, and short-term goals
- Write your goals
- Read your goals every day
- Focus on your short term goals
- Push yourself and forgive yourself
- Success Is Not an Accident by Tommy Newberry
- How To Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson
- How To Plan Your Entire Year On One Sheet Of Paper by Laura Posey
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers (Congratulations Derek, you made it in my first blog post twice.)
- Principles by Ray Dalio
- Read even more
New Year’s Brunch is the real holiday hero.
New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday, or possibly New Year’s Day brunch. You ask, “Can brunch be a holiday?”, of course, it can and is one of the best. Just embrace it. Your New Year’s day brunch is the most important brunch of the year and set’s the tone for all of the brunches for the whole year.
Your overall success in life can likely be measured by the frequency and quality of brunches throughout the year.Michael McCranie
New Year’s is used as a time for us to reminisce on the past year and look towards the coming year. Historically, it’s a time to come up with goals that we may or may not keep, and in general, put together lists and organize our life a bit more than before.
What does the New Years Holiday mean to you?
Over the past few years, I’ve read an increasing number of articles suggesting that New Year’s should be ignored as a time of self-improvement and that instead, we should focus more on this throughout the year. (The most recent is from one of my favorite authors, Derik Sivers. (Go see what he has to say here: “Time is personal. Your year changes when your life changes.“)
I agree with the second half of that but, not the first. New Year’s should be celebrated as the best day for goal setting and for improving your life. It is the King of all other goal-setting days, the true holiday hero.
New Year’s should be celebrated as the best day for goal setting and for improving your life. It is the King of all other goal-setting days, the true holiday hero.Michael McCranie
Ok, enough about how much I love New Years. I do really love new years though.
Warning: I’m not a professional writer but I am a professional marketer and I know that long winded, poorly written content that takes forever to get to the point, or any real point at all, is going to significantly decrease the number of people who read your blog.
This is my personal blog and I’m ok with that. If you have a website for your business, and you’re writing content, make sure you quickly make a point that is interesting and compelling. You want to pull your reader along the page.
Also, if your writing is as bad as mine, please hire a writer and work closely with them. 🙂
Are you ready for your goals
When I meet with potential clients, I oftentimes end up telling them that they aren’t ready for us to run a marketing campaign. Marketing is an amplifier. If your business isn’t ready, marketing will just amplify the things you’re still working on. You have to be ready. Setting goals for your business is similar.
Before you can successfully work on your business and get it ready for amplification, you need to get yourself squared away and ready for success.
The Four Areas of Self
Most experts break down the areas of self-improvement into 4 areas.
James Altucher does a great and quick breakdown of these in his blog post, “How to be THE LUCKIEST GUY ON THE PLANET IN 4 EASY STEPS” As the title suggests, he also talks about how focusing on these four areas can improve your life.
to Improve any area of life, it takes 2 things, knowledge and action. Sometimes we’re able to make a great effort at improving things without enough knowledge but, it always makes for a longer and more painful process. Learning from the wisdom of others allows us to shorten our path to success.
Wisdom comes from the experience of attempting to improve by applying the knowledge you have towards the success you seek.Michael McCranie
Where to get knowledge
So you know that to reach your goals for the year you need to start with yourself and work towards your business. You know that while focusing on yourself, you need to focus on the 4 areas of self. And you know that you need to have the knowledge to succeed. But, where do you get this knowledge?
Mentors are great but why rely on the advice of one person to help you in all areas of life? If you can find an expert in every area you’re wanting to improve on and can then convince all of them to mentor you, DO IT! Of course, once out of school, it’s unlikely many of us could find such a group, much less convince them.
These are the books that I’ve found to meet the most basic criteria to lead you to success in all areas of life. I’d suggest reading them all in this order and reading them quickly. Once you’ve read them, you’d probably be well served by going back over them again and focusing on the areas you really need more help in.
- The Bible – If you are a Christian you will see a religious benefit to the Bible. But, if you’re not a Christian, I would recommend that you still read the Bible and take from it the spiritual and life lessons it has. If you’re not a Christian you might want to just read Psalms and Proverbs.
- Success Is Not an Accident by Tommy Newberry – This book combines the parts I love about many similar books and puts it all into a much more specific and well-rounded system. These types of systems and thought processes are the core of your success in all areas of life.
- Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig– I put this as the third book to read but really, I would read it as you’re reading the first 2. It is a 30-day diet cleanse and a great way to start either January or February. Every time I have done this cleanse, I’ve finished it feeling a clarity of mind that I don’t usually have.
- How To Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson – I’ve found the ideas here especially helpful the structuring my emotional health while focusing on the 4 areas of self. Modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is closely related to Stoicism. He a Crash Course in Stoicism on his site that looks interesting. It says it’s a ten-minute course. I’ll probably check it out soon.
- How To Plan Your Entire Year On One Sheet Of Paper by Laura Posey – There are many one-page plan systems online but this book does the best job of systematizing the process that I’ve seen. It is written with the goal of helping you create a simple yearly business plan but I’ve found the same structure can help with your personal goals as well.
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington – There is some overlap between this book and Laura’s book above. But, for me, this book filled in some gaps, gave me extra tools, and most important of all, it helped me change my mindset to focusing more on my short-term goals. The goals that we are actually actively working on.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear – If you’re reading these in order and you’ve reached this point, you have your goals really dialed in and know exactly what to focus on. This book will help you create the habits you need to execute every single day. Also, go follow James on Twitter, you won’t be disappointed.
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers – On the Face of things, Derek’s book, “Anything You Want.” is about a different way of doing business. Potentially a smarter way of doing business. Dig just slightly deeper and it’s really just about life. Amazing book and a great way to transition into focusing on business development.
- Scaling Up by Verne Harnish – What’s that, your MBA didn’t actually teach you how to run a business. No worries. Scaling Up does a great job of helping you figure out the processes you need to be focused on. This is a must-read for every business owner who didn’t come from a strong business background, and from what I’ve seen, most that did.
- Principles by Ray Dalio – I’ve listed this book last, but it could have easily been first. Principles is about exactly that. What are the principles that are under the surface of everything we do, and every action we take? You’ll learn what principles Ray has identified in his own life and hopefully start looking for them in your own journey.
This list is so short it’s painful. There are so many books that together can change your life. The books listed are the ones that I believe are the most applicable in the world right now and the ones that I see having the highest impact overall.