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5 steps to reach your goal in 100 days

Yes, you really can accomplish big things in a short period of time.

Jenna Atkinson with John Lee Dumas, host of the daily Entrepreneur on Fire podcast.

Jenna Atkinson with John Lee Dumas, host of the daily Entrepreneur on Fire podcast.

From the pages of In Business magazine.

In October, I attended a first-time conference in Las Vegas called Thrive. The focus was on strategies to build massive wealth with your business or career, and then use that wealth to create a larger, positive impact on things that are important to you. The conference boasted A-list entrepreneurial speakers like Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, New York Times best-selling author Lewis Howes, media mogul and best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk, and many more.

One of the presenters who was exciting to meet was John Lee Dumas, also known as “JLD.” You might know Dumas as the dynamic host of the daily Entrepreneur on Fire podcast that boasts millions of downloads and brings in six figures monthly. Yes, that’s six figures on a monthly basis. He was actually the inspiration for my very own podcast — Growth Bomb — where I interview top entrepreneurs and executives on strategies they have used to achieve high levels of personal and business success. Dumas revealed that after he built several profitable revenue streams for his business, he was looking for ways to move “from success to significance.” The idea of truly making an impact and using profits to spark positive change was part of what inspired him to embark on his newest project, The Freedom Journal.

The Freedom Journal, which launches on Jan. 4, 2016, is a daily accountability tracker that teaches how to effectively set goals and create a 100-day action plan to accomplish them. It gives members of his audience, or Fire Nation as he affectionately calls them, the tools they need to achieve their most important goal in 100 days. After personally interviewing more than 1,150 successful entrepreneurs, Dumas recognized there has only been one commonality across the board — the ability to effectively set and achieve goals. He also noted that setting and achieving specific goals was one of the largest audience struggles he heard about.

To get you started on the right track to accomplish goals in 100 days, he provided five tips to set yourself up for success.

  1. Set SMART goals. In terms of goal setting, Dumas says the biggest problem he sees is not knowing how to set SMART goals using this five-word formula: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. In short, the more specific you are, the easier it will be to work backward and create an action plan with measurable milestones.
  2. Have a daily action plan. If you plan to accomplish a big goal in 100 days, you must set milestones along the way. In The Freedom Journal, each page is dedicated to one day and broken out into what Dumas calls “10-day micro sprints.” These are smaller goals within your larger goal that help you stay on track. They help you define smaller action steps to make steady progress.
  3. Reflect on how you are doing. Reflection is important because you should take the opportunity to really learn from those experiences. It involves looking back on your day, your 10-day sprints, doing a quarterly review, and identifying those things that worked really well and things that didn’t work well. In so doing, you’re able to double down on what’s working and correct what’s not working. This approach helps you move full speed ahead.
  4. Find an accountability partner. To maximize your chances for success, Dumas recommends getting one or more people to serve as accountability partners. Have weekly or monthly check-ins to make sure you are staying on target and discuss any roadblocks you encounter.
  5. Stay focused. Although you may have goals for many areas of your life — career, business, family life, or fitness — Dumas suggests having only one main goal to focus on. This is a goal for which you dedicate daily action and one that should consume the majority of your attention because it’s easy to fall victim to “shiny-object syndrome” and get distracted.

Use these steps to continuously set and achieve goals to live the life you dream of. Now it’s time to stop reading and take action! What goal will you pursue in just 100 days? Email me at Jenna@JennaAtkinsonConsulting.com to let me know and help me hold you accountable.

Jenna Atkinson is the president of CONNECT Madison, a young professionals group offering development, community engagement, and relationship-building opportunities to local business leaders.

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