On this episode of The Mark Struczewski Podcast, I'm going to give you four things you need to do before the end of this year that used to be known as Happy New Year. But it's going to lose that title in less than a month to a new year that rumor has it they're going to call 2020. Imagine that. Breaking news here on The Mark Struczewski Podcast.
Thing number one you need to do before the end of the year is you need to review your 2019 goals.
Now, I'm assuming here that you do have goals that you created for 2019. If you didn't, well, you're just gonna have to wait until step number two because you can't review what you didn't do. Hopefully, you won't make that mistake again for 2020. We're going to talk about that in just a minute.
But let's say you did do what you're supposed to do, and you did create goals for 2019. What I want you to do is I want you to pull that list out. Now I personally write my goals out in the morning and at night and I've got them written down. I just don't do them once a year. I actually look at them and maybe make changes with them throughout the year.
So pull that list out. Scheduled time. This is really important...schedule time in your calendar, where you can sit down and look at your goals.
How did you do? Did you accomplish every goal? Did you exceed every goal? Did you not even come close?
Before you can do steps two and three, you've got to know how well you did in 2019. Now, this shouldn't take very long because you have the goals written down, right? So it's either you did or nay you didn't. That's all I want you to do in the first step. Really easy.
Now, step number two, keeping that same list out in front of you have your 2019 goals or if you didn't set the goals, you can still do this step. I want you to think about how you did in 2019. What did you do that worked right. What worked out that was awesome. Now these may or may not have anything to do with your goals. And then I want you to look at what didn't go well, what sucked this year, what was meh.
And write these things down. See, it's not enough to keep the stuff in your head. I want you to write this down. So get a piece of paper, get a notebook, whatever, and write down all the things that you feel went right in 2019. And then I want you to write down everything that didn't go well because there's something very powerful, having it in your own handwriting.
What went right, what went wrong? And then you go, "okay, I didn't hit do bad over here." Maybe give yourself a grade. Remember a grade school? When you get an A, B, C, D, or F? How would you rate 2019? Give yourself a grade. Be honest, but don't be too harsh on yourself. Step back and go, "okay, how did I do this year?" It's really important because you've already evaluated your goals for 2019. Now you're looking at it as a whole: your goals and how your year went in 2019. So give yourself a grade, okay? That's step one and step two.
Step three is I want you to either review or create goals for 2020. So maybe you've already done it. Maybe you carry over goals from 2019. But I want you to review your goals and take a really strong look at them. Are they going to stretch you? Are they going to make you feel uncomfortable? Are they going to push you waaaayy outside your comfort zone?
This is very important because a lot of people, let's say you made $100,000 in 2019. Some people go "well, you know what, I'm going to go for $110,000." No, go for a million. Okay?
If you lost one pound in 2019, don't say you're going to lose two pounds in 2020. Say you're going to lose 50 pounds if that's a safe weight for you and your doctor says it's okay. You need to stretch yourself.
I love what Jim Collins talked about in his best-selling book number years ago, Built To Last. He talks about big, hairy, audacious goals. BHAGs. Do you have at least one BHAG? Do you have one goal that is so scary that there's no way that you can ever imagine achieving it? You should. You should have a goal that scares the crap out of you. It's very important that you do because when you have this goal, that's really scary, it really forces you to put your nose to the grindstone, to step outside your comfort zone and say, "okay, I really want this goal, man."
And here's the thing, you may have no clue on how to achieve that goal. That's okay. There's this thing, I think you may have heard of it, it's called the internet. You're watching this video on the Internet, that you can find out nearly everything you need to know how to do on the Internet. When I started The Mark Struczewski Podcast, I literally went to Google and typed in "how do you start a podcast?" There you go. I didn't pay someone 10,000, $5,000, $2,000 to teach me. I taught myself. So what is your big hairy, audacious goal? If you don't have one, get one.
Okay, and here's the thing about goals. I want to step back just a second. When you create your goals, I want you to realize that they're not cast in stone. These are not the 10 commandments that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. Okay? These are goals that you can change.
So let's say it's December 2019. You create some goals for yourself. And then you get to the first week of January and you're like, "I don't like these goals." You can change them. Nobody's going to come to your house and arrest you. Okay, the goals police are not going to come to your house. So don't think that whatever goal you come up with is a goal that cannot be changed.
Now, don't say, "okay, I want to make $150,000 in 2020. But January was horrible, so I'm going to make that goal $50,000." Don't weasel out. If anything, make your goals bigger, make your goals stronger. Because when your goals are bigger and stronger, guess what? That makes you bigger and stronger.
So review your goals for 2020. Make them bigger if they're not big already. If you haven't created goals ever, look at there's no magic. you can go and Google "how to create goals". But it needs to come from your heart. What is on your heart that you want to accomplish in 2020? It's fine to learn how to create goals, but you gotta look in your heart. What is your passion, you might not even have a goal that aligns with your passion. You may go, "you know what Mark,now that think about it, you know what? I've always wanted to do X." Okay? So put that in your goals list and then create time throughout the year to learn how to do that. You only get one life. I hope I'm not spoiling life for you, but you only get one life. So I want you to live it to its fullest. Look inside your heart. Find out what your greatest calling is because I believe everyone on this planet, everyone on this planet was put here for a reason. I don't know what your reason is. You don't know my reason is. But look in your heart and find out what you should be doing with your life.
And the fourth thing is going to seem really odd because we're only in December. I want you to begin to get your financial documents in order. We have tax season in America coming up April 15. Why wait till April 14? Now, you may not be able to get them all together. But let's say you are an entrepreneur, and you have not tracked your expenses all year. I mean, you can look at your bank statements. But it's a mess. You don't have a profit loss statement. You don't have any kind of documentation or have any database.
Begin to get that stuff together now. Why stress when we get in the new year, and you start pulling your hair out? Of course, I don't have any hair for those of you listening to this podcast. But why cause yourself that undue stress? Begin to figure out what documentation you're going to need for taxes next year this month. And the thing is, you're not in a rush. You can do a little bit today, a little bit next week, over the coming weeks. And then when the January 1st rolls around, you just put the final touches on it. You're done.
I see so many people on April 1st, they're freaking out when they could have started in December. Again, I know you can't get everything together. But especially if your finances are a total mess, maybe you create a spreadsheet and you start plugging numbers in or you go download a template or you go get an app or something like that.
If your financial statements are a mess, if your financial, what's the word I'm looking for wisdom or togetherness? I'm at a loss for the word I'm talking about looking for right now. Well, start this month to get that stuff together. Make sense? Avoid the stress of April, because April 15, will be here before you know it.