The Most Effective Goal Setting Method I’ve Ever Discovered
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Several months back I was reading one of the books that was published as a part of Seth Godin’s Domino Project. In all of the books you’ll learn about the other books that are part of the project. One of the books I came across was a title called Pick Four (Seth’s adaptation of Zig Ziglar’s goal setting program). I’d been listening to quite a bit of Zig Ziglar so I decided to throw down 20 bucks and get my hands on a copy.
The Basic Idea Behind Pick Four
Pick Four is simple but extremely effective. You could theoretically do it on your own, but having that book sitting on your desk serves as a constant reminder. Here’s how it works. You pick four major goals (hence the name) and you work on each of them every single day for 12 weeks. At the end each of day you record what you’ve done to accomplish each goal. Let’s look at a concrete example.
- Goal: Complete the Extraordinary Achiever’s Manifesto
- What Did I Do Today to Accomplish this? Sent the first draft to my friend Jodi for feedback
On the days you don’t do anything, you write NOTHING in the journal. When you write NOTHING too many days in a row, one of two things will happen. You’ll either take action towards your goal or realize it’s not that important to you.
What I’ve accomplished as a Result of Pick Four:
- Landed a new sponsor for BlogcastFM
- Generated over $300.00 in Affiliate commissions in 2 days
- Hit over 152 5-Star Reviews in iTunes
- Written over 10,000 words on the Extraordinary Achiever’s Manifesto
Pick Four is Not a Magic Bullet
In case you didn’t get the memo, there’s no such thing as a magic bullet. Like every self help program what you put into this is what you’ll get out of it. If you order the books and stare at them every single day then the only thing you’ll have accomplished is ordering something from Amazon. But if you actually make it a point to do the work, you’ll be amazed what happens over the course of 12 weeks. Every person I have recommended this program to has been amazed by what’s happen.
One thing I’d really like to do is have people who start this program come back and share their results with other school of life readers 12 weeks from now. New Year’s resolutions suck, so let’s get the ball rolling.
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