Develop a 90-day system for measuring progress
As the spring craziness of games and practices is winding down for all of you, I want you to consider taking a day or 2 to unwind and review your last 90 days.
I learned this 90 day spring and recover session from Dr. Benjamin Hardy, author or Willpower Doesn’t Work. (Great book by the way)
The following are four questions Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, has his clients answer every 90 days:
“Winning Achievements? Looking back over the past quarter, what are the things that make you the proudest about what you have achieved?”
“What’s Hot? When you look at everything that’s going on today, which areas of focus and progress are making you the most confident?”
“Bigger and Better? Now, looking ahead at the next quarter, what new things are giving you the greatest sense of excitement?”
“What are the five new ‘jumps’ you can now achieve that will make your next 90 days a great quarter regardless of what else happens?”
Every 90 days, you want to review the previous 90 days and then set measurable and challenging goals for the next 90 days.
In the book “The Art of Learning,” Josh Waitzkin said:
“Short-term goals can be useful developmental tools if they are balanced within a nurturing long-term philosophy. Too much sheltering from results can be stunting.”
Short-term goals are how you build progress. Working toward a timeline is crucial for productivity. Focusing on only a few key milestones each 90 days is how you build momentum.
Every 90 days, when you look back on the previous 90 days, you want a system for tracking your learning and progress. You want to get out of your routine environment and take a recovery break. Tim Ferriss calls this mini-retirements.
Every 90 days, you want to take a few days off. You want to get away where you can ponder, reflect, think, visualize, strategize, and play.
During this recovery session, you want to pull out your journal and take time to reflect on the previous 90 days.
What went well?
What were your key wins?
What did you learn?
What has you most excited?
Where do you need to pivot?
Given what you’ve done and what you’ve learned, what do you want to do in the next 90 days?
What two to five jumps or wins will make the biggest difference toward your ideal vision?
Every 90 days, when you review your progress, you could be increasing your confidence, because confidence comes from watching yourself succeed.
Very few people truly take time to reflect on what they’ve actually done. We’re very good at seeing where we’re coming up short. We are less reflective of where we’ve succeeded.
Chances are, you don’t even remember what you ate for lunch three days ago.
Chances are, you don’t recognize all of the good things you’ve done in the past 90 days. However, you can train your brain to notice, focus, and pay attention to the progress you’re making. When you begin seeing progress, you’ll start to feel excited.
These feelings are very important.
Feeling movement and momentum gives confidence.
Confidence is the bedrock of imagination, action, and power.
Want more confidence?
Start setting short-term goals (every 30–90 days), track your progress, count your wins, recover, reset, and start again.
When you have a big vision, you don’t need to make HUGE progress every day. You only need to take a step or two forward daily. You then track that progress and watch as the compounding effects take over.
Every 90 days, track the key areas of your life.
Track your money.
Track your health.
Track your time.
Track the progress in the areas you want to succeed with your program and with recruiting.
Tomorrow, I am taking my Recruiting Made Simple group through a session on how to measure and track their performance in key areas of their coaching and personal life. If you are looking for a coaching development opportunity over the summer, click here. If you want to just try it out and if you like it, join us ongoing in the future, just email me and I will send you the link.
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