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#024: How to Effectively Plan and Execute Audacious Goals for the New Year [Podc

December 8, 201330 min
I am not a fan of resolutions -- but I am a HUGE fan of intentionally planning overly ambitious goals. In today's episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I discuss how to plan the new year AND accomplish more than ever!Photo Credit: ClickFlashPhotos / Nicki Varkevisser via Compfight ccThough I think this Les Brown quote is a little cheesy, it nails the theory behind setting big goals: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."That's where we're heading in the new year, to the moon, at least metaphorically.
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The Tip of the Week
This week's tip is how to optimize the holiday season with your family while maintaining your health and sanity.Have a plan.
Share your plan with others and recruit them to join in.
Keep you schedule flexible, but always have some structure in place.Featured Content
In this episode, I discuss how to plan for the new year. More specifically, I share . . .How to plan for the upcoming year.
How to decide which goals to pursue and which to ditch.
How to effectively block little distractor-goals so you can focus on what matters.
What to do every day, week, month, and quarter to monitor your progress.
Who to turn to when you need support throughout the year.
How to let go of goals that just aren't bold enough.
How to celebrate when you've crossed the finish line!Resources Mentioned in the ShowSimon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action [TED Talk]
Start with WHY [book by Simon Sinek]
Man's Search for Meaning [book by Viktor Frankl]
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Big Rocks Illustration in First Things First [book by A. Roger Merrill and Steven Covey]
How to Deal with Friends (and Family!) Who Demean Your Dreams [blog post by Jeff Sanders]
Switch [book by Chip and Dan Heath]
Rework [book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson]
Nozbe [my preferred digital task manager]
The 4-Hour Workweek [book by Timothy Ferriss]
Getting Things Done [book by David Allen]
Steven Covey's Time Management Matrix [discussed in Episode #19]AnnouncementsFirst, if you have not yet joined The 5 am Club, you can easily do so today for free. When you join the club you will get a free copy of The 5 AM Miracle eBook, which shows you exactly how to wake up each morning with vigor and make enormous progress on your biggest goals. To join The 5 AM Club AND jump-start your morning, visit
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