However cliché it may sound to some, I do have new year’s resolutions. And I think you should have them, too.

This year I decided to be more serious about it, though. Not randomly coming up with some vague resolutions and forgetting about them a week later… But taking the time to think of the things I really want to achieve. Document these things. And creating an actual plan that I can stick to.

2013 is going to be a spectacular year, I can just feel it. Incitement is going international and happening in the United States on the 4th of January. Incitement Growth is on the roll. Incitement Kickstarter is growing very rapidly. And the Incitement team of volunteers is growing faster than we had ever imagined.
The Incitement Team December 2012
I want to make the most of 2013. What better way to do so than by having a solid plan that contains all the epic shit I want to do?!

So I created a template. For myself to fill, at first. By combining different ways of goal setting I now have a solid plan for 2013. A plan that is going to make it a hell of a lot easier to actually achieve my goals. It’s a guideline for me. So that I know what my priorities are and where to allocate my time in order to get the highest return.

I want to share this plan with you. Hopefully you’ll take a bit of your time to create your vision for this year and the future. Because it’s a lot easier to take action steps if you know the outcome you desire. It’s a lot easier to think in results than in mechanics. Where your focus goes, your energy flows, as Tony Robbins would say.

The techniques in this template I did not create myself. They comes from Mindvalley and Tony Robbins. I just combined them into a tangible plan that works for me personally. I hope it helps you, too :-)

1. Do the ‘3 Most Important Questions’ exercise

This goal setting technique by Vishen Lakhiani helps you to think big. Forget about setting realistic goals. Create a list of everything you want to achieve in life (not just for the coming year). Take 5 minutes per category and list down everything that comes to mind for the following 3 categories:

– What experiences do you want to have?
– What do you want to own?
– What do you want to contribute?

Be bold, unrealistic & outrageous when you list your items. Nothing is too crazy.
Watch the full 10 minute video of this exercise here

2. Value Ranking

Although this is probably a small part of all the things you want to do, you now have a decent list of goals. If anything else comes to mind, just add it to the bucket list. The next step is to value rank your goals by importance. What are the things you want to achieve right now? And what things are not as important to you or the world around you?

What you’ll end up with are the items you’ll want to focus on first. These can be 3 goals or 10 goals. But remember, be critical on what kind of things you want to achieve THIS YEAR.

3. Plan these goals with RPM

Tony Robbins suggests the Rapid Planning Method to plan your goals. I recommend you watch the video to grasp the full concept, but here’s what it is in a nutshell:

– Results (What is the outcome that I want, NOT the action)
– Purpose (Why do you want this)
– Massive Action Plan (What are you going to do to achieve this)

On a separate paper, write down the exact outcome you wish to achieve.

Not: “losing a couple of pounds”
But: “losing x-amount of weight before x-date”

Then you need to get to the root of why it is you want to obtain this. It’s most probably not just about losing a few pounds, but about feeling better, self-esteem, appearance or self-confidence. Think about why you want to achieve your goals. This will motivate you much more than just the goal itself.

Last but not least you need to create an action plan. What exact action steps are you going to undertake to make this happen? What sacrifices are you willing to make? Write down exactly how you think you can achieve this goal.

4. Asset Allocation

Where and when are you going to allocate your time so that you get the most return?

Watch this video from Tony Robbins about asset allocation. You don’t need to watch the entire thing (although it can’t hurt, it’s good stuff). You can forward to around 40 minutes and watch from there.

It is important that based on how important you rank your goals, you allocate time to work on these goals too.

I personally divide my goals into categories:

– Business (What business ideas do I want to focus on and how much?)
– Personal (What personal challenges do you want to overcome? How do you want to grow as a person?)
– Growth (What skills do you want to develop? How do I want to grow?)
– Travel (Where do you want to travel?)
– Relationships
– Experiences
– Etc.

You can add as much categories as you like.

Then write down how much time you think you should invest in order to make that goal a reality. How much of your time per week goes into which category and is dedicated to achieving which goal? Sticking to this requires some discipline. But doesn’t anything that is worth having hardly ever come easy?

5. Create a vision board

Last but not least, you need to make your goals visual. So that you can look at them every day. The more visual the better. Get a piece of cardboard and use images, pictures, quotes, whatever represents your goals, and stick it on your vision board.

Hang this vision board somewhere you pass by every day. This will train your mind to automatically make the right decisions that lead you towards these goals.

What are your techniques for goal setting?

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