4 Tips On How To Set Yearly Goals

You don’t have to wait until the new year before you start thinking about how to set yearly goals.

For starters, you need a goal to work towards all the time. And when you unlock the hidden treasures behind a goal that you smash in April, are you gonna wait until December to set a new one?

Whether it’s at the end of a season, quarter, middle of the year, or end of the year, sittin’ down to set yearly goals is a regular habit for the elevated hustler.

The Problem

You like strategizing but have a hard time following through.

Maybe you gave up because you weren’t seeing progress, set a goal that was above your capacity, or just got distracted by something completely different.

Trust me. You’re not the only ambitious go-getter to let yourself down. Everyone drops the ball from time to time because news flash, we all suck sometimes. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for suckin’, but you can use these 4 tips to give yourself a marvel advantage to hulk-smashin‘ every goal you come up with.

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Do these 4 things whenever you set yearly goals

  1. Work in 90-day segments
  2. Do something different
  3. Make specific goals that you can TRACK
  4. Start early!

1. Work in 90-day segments

A lot can happen in a year. And that’s why we always feel like we have more time.

If you’re constantly putting off your hustle until tomorrow, you’re enforcing your habit of procrastination. And the procrastination villain is exactly why you set yearly goals in the first place, right?

Without breaking up your monster goal into smaller schedules, the grand prize at the end of the tunnel moves out of focus before it disappears in the distance.

Plus, human beings naturally crave variety. And working on one thing for an entire year will drown you in sea of boredom. That’s why 90-day segments are perfect for the ambitious go-getter.

Set yearly goals to be achieved in 90-day segments to stay engaged. This injects a sense of urgency and with it, you’ll pack the same effort into a 90-day window as you would in a full year.

Don’t believe me?

Think back to your college days when you had final exams. Instead of mastering your material throughout the semester, you waited until the night before to eat the entire elephant. Red bulls and red eyes later, you pass your class. Not your finest example of planning but it worked more times than it didn’t, right?

Here are some things you can do in 90 days that you might’ve thought would take longer.

You’re a high-performance monster. And when you move with purpose, you can get a shytload of work done that you didn’t think was even possible.

Side Note

90-day segments force you to think clearly about a goal because there’s little time to waste. Binge-watch your favorite season of Black Mirror on Netflix? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

2. Do something different

Everything that you’ve done in the past has combined to get you to where you are at this very moment. If you’re not happy with where you’re at, then it’s time to shake it like a salt shaker and try somethin’ new.

When you set yearly goals, or 90-day goals, recall the things you’ve tried in the past. How’d those work out for ya?

If they didn’t deliver the goods, then obviously, you’d be insane to set yearly goals that are the same as you’ve set in the past. Instead, channel your inner-astronaut and step into the unknown.

Maybe you’ve been workin’ by yourself and nickel-n-diming your costs while expecting millions in revenue (this is the most frustrating thing I hear over and over. So many pretenders try to sell their high-ticket programs without (a) ever selling a high-ticket product before and (b) ever buying into a high-ticket program themselves).

If your cheap online courses haven’t helped you sell or if no one has bought your program yet. Set yearly goals that include getting dedicated coaching and rolling back your pricetag. It might go against the grain of what your favorite guru’s are doing, but guess what? You’re not a guru so stop pretending to be one!

You might know a thing or two but until other people believe it, you’re just another hustler trying to make it.

Side Note

This site and my YouTube channel are examples of me doing something different. I realized that I needed to have an organic presence on the internet, something that can bring people to me instead of relying on JV partnerships. YouTube is especially uncomfortable, which is why I end up rambling, but it’s something I need to do if I want to increase my organic traffic.

Want a growth spurt in your business? Here are other things solopreneurs can add when they set yearly goals:

  • Have your marketing analyzed by a marketing coach or consultant
  • Get professional copywriting for your books/offers
  • Hire a virtual assistant to get minor tasks off your plate

3. Make specific goals that you can TRACK

When you’re ready to set yearly goals, examples that take no thinking would be:

  • Make more money (terrible)
  • Lose weight (terrible)
  • Get 10 clients (still bad but better)
  • Grow a list of 5,000 email subscribers (gettin’ closer)

None of these are actionable. They’re vague enough that they won’t prompt you to do a single action and instead, force you to sit there and think about what to do next, aka. force you to do nothing.

A simple process to follow is create a S.M.A.R.T. goal.

  • S — Specific
  • M — Measurable
  • A — Attainable
  • R — Reasonable
  • T — Time-restricted

All this means is that when you set yearly goals, you create a simple action you can do over and over and it’s something you can track.

Side Note

Here’s an example of my evergreen goal that fits the S.M.A.R.T. criteria:

“Every 90 days, I will upload 26 new articles and videos to my site/channel.”

The big picture goal is to get more organic traffic. But that doesn’t force me to do one thing because there’s a gazillion ways to get traffic. So I took it a step further and broke it down to action steps I can do every week: craft 2 pieces of content.

4. Start early!

This is especially important if the new year (or next 90-day segment) hasn’t started yet because it’s easy to back off the gas pedal and indulge in lazy habits.

This is exactly why most people fail when they set yearly goals for a new year. These guys wanna level up but for the whole month of December, they do nothing.

They wait because the holidays are a time for getting fat by the fire. Instead of hustling, they reinforce their habit of procrastination. And when January comes, they’re still stuck in holiday-mode and it’s easier to quit than it is to keep going.

You’ve done it time and again, as has everyone else you know, myself included.

The easy fix is to gradually adapt the oncoming change by starting early. Make the transition gradual so you don’t get slapped in the face by a habit that’s hard for you to handle.

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The Aftermath

As pointed out in the beginning, we all suck sometimes when we let ourselves sink into an unplanned Netflix session that ends up lasting half the day.

But if you just do these 4 things, anytime you set yearly goals you’ll be setting yourself up for stardom.

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