6 Steps to Start the New Year Spectacularly
You don't have 365 days to achieve your 2020 goals... you only have 45.
In today's video I explain why that is, and what you need to do during those 6 short weeks to bake in success for the rest of the year.
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Hi, Les McKeown here, Founder and CEO of Predictable Success.
Now, if you've been following along in the blog, you'll know that in the last two videos I talked about how to finish this year off strong. We looked at some mechanical things that you can do, some behavioral switches that you can make in order to bring this year to a really good end.
But I made the point a number of times that bringing this year to a good end, that's a good thing - positive - but the most important reason to do that is to set the stage, if you will, to give yourself the runway for a really good start next year. Now, why is this important? It's important for one reason that seems counterintuitive...
You don't have 365 days to achieve your organizational goals.
Next year you don't have 365 days. You have, in my observation, about 45 days. You've got the first six weeks of the year before you've baked into your ecosystem what's happening in all you're doing: the initiatives that you've launched, the stuff that you're maintaining, some of the things that you know you've put energy into that isn't going anywhere.
All of that stuff that happens in the first six weeks bakes in about 80% of what's going to happen for the rest of the year. The first 45 days, the first six weeks of the year will decide whether or not you're going to play catch up the rest of the year or not.
What you're going to do in the first 45 days is going to decide whether or not you hit the end of next year breasting the finish tape, having hit your goals, or whether you're scrambling to try to achieve what you set out to do.
And there's an important reason for this - it's because we work in organizations in complex environments. We all set goals. Many of us set goals every year. We call them new year's resolutions and you know, sometimes you achieve them, sometimes you don't.
But the moving parts in achieving a personal goal are much more simple than trying to achieve organizational goals. There's just so much more in flux within the context of a wider organization.
If I personally decided that I want to learn a new language this year, there are only two or three moving parts to that. I've got to find the time, find the resources, and stay focused - but if I decide that we want a 12 and a half percent top line increase in revenues this year in our organization, or we want to start exporting to Canada - whatever we set as our goals organizationally, there are many more moving parts, and many more people involved in getting there.
And so during the first six weeks of the year we start going down the path of trying to achieve what it is that we've set out to do. And by the time we get to mid February, that early in the year, we have baked in much of what's going to happen for the rest of the year.
It's a little bit like, uh, my golf game. Unfortunately, I am not a good golfer. So, often-or-not IK'll stand up on the first tee (if you don't play golf, forgive me), and I will smash my drive - my first drive - into the woods, and now I'm playing catch up for the rest of that game.
It's a little like watching your favorite team, your favorite sports team, start the season with three back to back losses. You just know they're going to be scrambling for the rest of the year.
And so what I want you to do is to set yourself a goal in the first 45 days, the first six weeks of this incoming year, to be really clear about what you're focusing on, and how you're focusing on it, so that you can bake in success by the middle of February and not bake in the need to scramble.
And there are six things that you need to do in order for that to happen, and they are this:
First of all, you've got to start with an OMG.
No, that's not what the kids mean when they text. That's an 'Overarching Medium-term Goal', an overarching medium term goal. Now you may well have a really detailed strategic plan ready to go for next year, or you may have a two or three pager ready to go for next year. You may have a set of bullet points that you're going to aim at for next year. You might have something the size of a book, which is your strategic plan for next year.
All of that's well and good and very important. Strategic planning is incredibly important, but what I've noticed is that actually the more detailed the strategic plan, the more the six weeks at the start of the year goes astray.
And part of the reason for that, is that you sort of feel, "well, with the big moving parts in my strategic plan, I'll be able to shake everything back and into shape again if we do go astray."
Also, it becomes complicated. There's an awful lot of stuff going on [if you have a detailed strategic plan]. Now, I'm not saying that strategic plans aren't good, they're very helpful to have, but what you need is one point of focus that if you do focus on that at the start of the year is going to pull everything else behind you.
To go back to the golf analogy again for a second or two, Jack Niklaus was a great golfer - I think he still holds the world record for the number of majors won. Jack give a very, very simple golf tip at which is right on point with what we're talking about here. He said, okay, you may be standing here and that hole may be 200, 300 yards down there. When you line up your golf club, there's no point lining up the hole and the golf club, the hole is a long way away!
What do you need to do [he said] is to find a point in the grass with a little divot, or a mark, or a weed that is directly between you and that hole, but is in your line of sight when you line up to make your stroke. And you aim for that little mark. Just a few inches in front of your face and that keeps you in line for the hole, the hole as a whole [grin].
It's the same thing here. You need to establish a clear Overarching Medium-term Goal (OMG), something, not that you're going to necessarily have fully achieved within in a six week period, by the middle of February, but that you can see you can work towards, make constructive material steps toward, and that that in itself will pull you towards achieving your overall goals.
Let me give you a couple of examples. My overarching medium term goal, my OMG for next year is to move all of the primary teaching ideas in the model on the seven life cycle stages on the four styles that we teach, move it all onto a digital platform so that all of that teaching is available for everybody on our online learning center.
That's my overarching medium term goal. If I do that successfully this year, everything else I'm looking to do will come along behind it and so my first six weeks next year is really clearly focused on getting me there. Your mileage may vary. Examples of William G's from other clients of mine end up being a one company wanted to make absolutely clear this year that they're going to separate the sales and marketing function that had one person doing sales and marketing up until night and they self assessed that they really need to separate out sales from marketing and get really good build a marketing muscle because they're good at sales but don't believe they're very good at marketing yet. So that's their overarching medium term goal. Maybe it's two for the first time open a second campus or a new ministry. If you're in a faith based organization, maybe it's to open up a new market.
If you're manufacturing, you need an OMG, an overarching medium term goal that will give you the flow in the first six weeks of the year as you work towards. Then the second thing that you need to do is you need to clearly understand what the personal derailers are that are likely to knock you off course in the first six weeks of the year. You know, one of the things that I've observed over and over and over again is we get distracted by very predictable things. Now to get a little detailed with you, that basically comes down to whether or not you're a visionary operator, processor or synergist leader. Now, if those, uh, that recovery doesn't mean much to you, don't worry about it. I'll explain a little later how you can get to know a bit more about that and what it means for you in achieving your goals next year.
But essentially you need to be very clear, hi. Well, I personally as a leader get distracted from achieving my goals. The second thing that you need to understand and test, anticipate, understand, or what are the organizational derailers What is it that's likely to knock your organization off Focus in those first 45 days. And those again are highly predictable. It depends which stage of the life cycle, the predictable success life cycle you're in. The derailers for a new organization and early struggle are very predictable but very different from the equally predictable derailers of an organization that say is in treadmill or as in fun or is in predictable success. So you need to establish your overarching medium term goal. You need to establish what your personal derailers are for you as a leader. You need to establish what your organizational derailers are and what you're going to do about each of those.
Should they happen Should you start to just get distracted You need to plan out in advance. Hi, are you going to stop that and get yourself back on track The fourth thing you need to do is to identify what your personal amplifiers are. What is it that you specifically as a leader with your profile, your VPs profile, your DNA, what have you got that can amplify achieving those goals in those first 60 days How can you best double dine and get to the early success that we're looking for next year And unsurprisingly, the fifth thing that you've got to do is look at what the organizational amplifiers are. Now again, these are predictable. The things that an organization say in predictable success can do to amplify early success in the first six weeks of the year are very predictable but very different from what an organization in whitewater can do.
So you need to set your OMG, you need to know what your personal derailers are. You need to know what your organizational derailers are. You need to know what your personal amplifiers are and how you're going to execute on those, and you need to know what the organizational amplifiers are. And finally, you need to put in place and accountability or reporting and accountability framework that takes the momentum that you achieve during those first 45 days and locks it in for the rest of the year so that you don't lose that momentum. Now, that sounds logical to you. If that sounds like something you'd really like to do, hit the ground running. Have a 45 days sprint to success next year so that by mid February you've locked in most of what you need to do to reach your organizational goals for the rest of the year. Then I've got great news for you because what I just described may sound somewhat over overwhelming.
There are those six things. That's quite a lot, but I have structured a program for you that will take you literally through those 45 days. I put together a 45 day sprint to success program where we'll start on the first full week of the year, Monday the 6th of January, and through the six weeks finishing on Valentine's day Friday the 14th of February a day. You will love it forever. From then on, I'm going to take you through each of those six stages. You'll get one full are teaching from me each week. It'll be drip fed into your inbox on the Monday of each week and I'll take you through setting your overarching medium term goal clearly how to establish that, what it should be for you, whether you run a division that apartment, a project, a group, a team, or an entire organization, or you just want to do this for yourself. I'll help you select what your O M G should be.
I'll help you work out what the key metrics are that you need to track in order to make sure that you're making progress with your or mg in the next training. Then the week following, I'll show you how to predict what your personal derailers are likely to be. I'll give you a way to make a clear diagnostic of how you're most likely to get distracted or unfocused and how best to respond when an F that happens in week three we'll work through what your organizational derailers are, whether you work with a small team or thousands of people. I'm going to help you establish very clearly what the likely derailers are organizationally that will knock you off your 45 day sprint focus and how to respond to those when you see them. On the fourth week, we're going to look at what your personal accelerators are. Again, taking you through a diagnostic process.
I'm going to help you see what you can be doubling down on and should be doubling down on in order to increase the momentum that by then you will already have been getting week five. We're going to look at what the organizational amplifiers are. This is going to stand you in great stead for the whole of the rest of the year. All of this teaching will, but week five you're going to clearly identify what you as an organization should be spending more resource, energy and time on in order to amplify the results that by then you'll already be seeing. Then finally in week six, I'll teach you how to put in place and accountability and reporting process that will carry your 45 day momentum throughout the whole of the rest of the year. Now you can sign up and just take that training. You'll get it every week.
You can consume it at your own speed and in your own time, but I'll also be hosting six weekly, one hour zoom based web conferences. That's a web conference where I'll be there for an hour. You call in our answer all questions that you have. We'll go deeper into anything that needs further explained and give you precisely the answers you need to be able to implement the teaching from the webinars in your own environment, in your own situation. And so by combining, the training arrives every Monday morning in your inbox and the weekly one our web conferences with me. You'll get everything you need to take you step by step through our 45 day sprint to success. So please just scroll down, read more information if you would like to enroll today. We're closing enrollment on Whedon's day, the 18th of December. The reason for that is I've got to put all the materials together for everybody and launched this for you on January 6th so enrollment closes on Wednesday, December 18th at midnight. Do not miss out. Come join us on this program. Start your 45 day sprint to success and bake in your success for next year. By mid February. I hope to see you on the sprint for success.