A Simple Structure That Will Change Your Life
Post by Jonny Gibaub
Define You Elephants And Then Eat Them
Morning/Afternoon/Evening Lads/Ladies/Sirs and Madams depending on where and when you are reading this post. I am writing this from Chicago airport having just spend two glorious weeks in Kansas City under snow in -25 degree weather and so my fingers are still relearning how to type.
As I am sure many of your are aware, we have just left 2009 and are tentatively starting to take baby steps into 2010. If you are unaware of this then frankly I am surprised you can operate a computer. Go look in the mirror and ask yourself some serious questions.
A New Year and no doubt new GOALS, new RESOLUTIONS, new HABITS and new inventive ways to eat an incredible amount of CHOCOLATE CAKE.
This is how it should be, this is what January’s are for. Unfortunately, it is the law of the land and of human nature that February and March are designated months for slipping back into old habits and forgetting goals.
Well on this blog, we don’t stand for that kind of nonsense
Todays article is about creating a structure for making the most out of this coming year and in the process developing good habits that will ensure each day, week, month, year and decade of your life are equally as productive and fulfilled.
How do I know this system works? Well frankly because I developed it, I have lived by it for many years now and believe it or not I am actually highly productive. Useless with the ladies but highly productive.
If you want to transform your life then this system is the simplest and very best possibly way I know how you can do it. It is definitely worth 15 minutes of your time.
The 7 Life System
If you want to live this system, and I definitely recommend it, then your life will now consist of sevens. The Seven Life System is a highly structure and focused yet very flexible way to ensure that your are heading towards your goals and the life you wish to lead.
What Will This System Do For You?
This is the only structure I follow and because it focuses me on the core 20% of tasks that will return me 80% of the results I have a lot of time to “swan around abroad” like my good mates tend to say while still achieve a fair amount more then them.
This system ensures I waste very little time on things that are not important and CORE to my dreams and my goals in life. This system allows me to be calm when things go wrong in the short term because it keeps me focussed on the end game, the bigger picture.This system has allowed me to quite my job and live life on my own terms and eventually this system will help me make an impact on the world.
This system helps me lead a stress free and hyper productive lifestyle full of adventure and it will do the same for you, you need only apply it.
How Does It Do It? Like Eating An Elephant
How do you eat an elephant? In small pieces. How do you solve a problem or finish a task or achieve your life goals? Break it down.
If you are set with the task of eating an elephant then trying to do it on one sitting is just going to make you sick. However if you break it down and maybe eat a few steaks a day then you could conceivably polish it off in a few months. The same thing applies for problems, tasks and life goals.
A huge problem never looks quite so large if you break it down into its core components and focus on each one in term. A large task can also be handled easily if broken down and undertaken in small mouthfuls.
Life goals look as big as elephants and so they should but if you break them down into easily manageable chucks and eat your elephant then you WILL achieve them.
The 7 Life system helps you define your elephants and then gives you a structure to polish them off.
The Power Of Goals
First, let me just give a quick visual representation of the power of having goals.
Positive progression is one of the greatest creators of happiness in life and having targets and goals is the map by which you navigate.
As shown in the Pictomin, goals keep you moving in a generally forward direction to your dreams. Although it will never be a straight line, nor would it be any fun if it was, having targets will help you keep moving in the right direction. If you do not know where you would like to be in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years or 10 years, how will you know how to get there. It is like trying to get to somewhere you have never been without a map.
Have a target to aim for, otherwise you will not know what to shoot at. Set your targets and watch as your life aligns to meet those targets.
Integrating Your Goals Into A Structure
Most people, unlike poor football teams, have plenty of goals but no system to achieve them.
The Seven Life System will help you achieve whatever goals you set.
Predictably the 7 Life System has 7 sets of goals as outlined below.
- 7 Life Principles
- 7 Life Goals
- 7 Before 20/30/40/50/60 Goals
- 7 Year Goals
- 7 Month Goals
- 7 Week Goals
- 7 Daily Goals
7 Life is a top down system meaning you start at the top and work your way down. In this system your 7 Life Principles are the most important, then your 7 life goals, then your 7 before 30 goals and so on.
Your 7 Life Principles
If you have never had any life principles then you need to get some.
These are Seven key points that define who you are, how you behave and how you operate. The cliche “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything” is brutally true.
Make sure you define who you are because if you don’t then the world is more than happy to do it for you.
As an example I have included the 7 life principles that I live by, in the early days these changed a lot but as the years have gone on I have refined them. These current ones have not changed in almost 3 years.
- Love People. Love Life. Love Circumstance
- Live Life Like An Adventure
- Never Waste A Breath
- Learn Ferociously
- Don’t Hurt People
- Take Risks
- Dream Big
Take some time to write down the 7 Principles you want to live by, the 7 things that define you. They will change and be tweaked but start by getting something down on paper. It is a powerful process to write down your goals, it helps you clarify them and concrete them on your subconscious.
Once you have your 7 Life Principles you can move on an define your 7 Life Goals
Your 7 Life Goals
These will not be defined overnight but if you don’t have any life goals then now is a good time to get some.
What 7 BIG things would you like to achieve in your life? Dream big, think about your perfect life and what it would involve. What life goals would get you there?
Again, for reference here are mine.
- Save a Life
- Live On Every Continent and see 50% of the World
- Become a Millionaire
- Design and Build A House
- Complete My Life List
- Make An Impact On The World
- Live To Be 90
If I come to the end of my life at age 91 and I have achieve these 7 things, I will be happy.
Your 7 Life Principles and 7 Life goals are critical to defining your life direction. Once these are complete, and they can change, don’t worry about getting them right the first time, you can move onto you 7 Before 30 goals (or before 20,40,50 depending on your age, the next closest decade)
Your 7 Before 30 Goals
So you have you life principles and you have you life goals? What next?
These will now no doubt influence your 7 Before 30 goals as ultimately everything you do should be aiming towards your life goals.
Again for reference here are mine
- Get Married
- Make £16,000 Passive Income A Month
- See 25% of The World
- Own Three Cash Generating Properties, Three Cash Generating Businesses and Three Cash Generating Patents
- Have 5 Marathons, Three Iron Mans and 1 100k race under my belt
- Have 50 Life List Goals complete
- As you can see a lot of these goals are working towards achieving my life goals. The system continues and you next define your 7 Year Goals.
Your 7 Year Goals
What are your 7 goals for this year? If you don’t have any you don’t have a target and how can you take aim with no target?
If you do, what are these goals based on? What will achieving them move you towards?
Your 7 goals this year should mainly focus on moving you towards achieving your 7 Before 30 goals which in turn are focused on achieving you life goals.
For reference here are my goals for 2010:
- Make £1000 Passive Monthly Income
- Spend Over 6 Months Abroad
- Start Another Company
- Complete Three Running Races
- Reach 2000 Blog Subscribers
- Become an Expert on Real Estate and Improve Credit Rating To Above 800
- Read 52 Books (12 on Property Investment)
As you can see they help me towards my 7 Goals before 30 and thus my life goals. If I achieve nothing this year but these 7 goals I can be incredibly happy that I have been productive and am working towards my dreams. Of course I have other goals and I am sure I will achieve more but these are the CORE things I will achieve above all else.
So how are you going to achieve these goals? Lets break it down into months
Your 7 January Goals
Lets review my goals this month which will help me ensure I achieve my years goals.
- Read India Book
- Launch EFS new website and North and South Stores
- Confirm Ovo Deal
- Publish SUCCESS Ebook
- Complete World Travel Map
- Learn 5 Guitar Songs By Heart
- Get Set For India Adventure
If I achieve all these goals this month I can leave for India happy in the knowledge that I am making big progress towards where I want to be at the end of the year and this by the time I am 30 and also my life goals. Hopefully the 7 Life System for achieving your goals is becoming clear now. To finish the example I will end with this weeks goals and todays 7 goals.
Your 7 Week Goals
- Get EFS Site To Testing Stage
- Get EFS Marketing Material Complete for Stores
- Collaborate all received entries for SUCCESS book and Chase Final Few To Reach 40 Bloggers
- Complete Overview World Map – No cities
- Record 6 potential Acoustic Songs onto Garage Band
- Enjoy Your Badboy self in Kansas
As you can see I have two more goals to finish by Sunday so that I can look back an know I have had an incredibly productive week which was focused on achieving the defined goals I set.
Your Friday Goals
- Read Source Control
- Read Seth Godwin Book
- Finish Weeks Podcasts
- Write New Blog Post – A Productive Day
- Read 70 Pages of Book
- Explore Chicago and eat at Lou Micelios world famous pizza joint
- Follow Up On Pictomins Deal
Friday I was just traveling so I focused on reading.
The Flexibility Of The 7 Life System
This brings up the flexible aspect of the 7 Life System, I don’t always achieve all my daily goals or even my weekly goals, sometimes life gets involved. This is ok, you can be flexible. I try to always achieve my monthly goals and definitely never miss my yearly ones but daily and weekly are flexible, if something comes up they can always be shuffled around and almost always are when I am traveling.
The KEY To The 7 Life System
Right people, now the key to this system and the power of it is REPETITION. I have all of these goals in a descending list on a word page and I read them EVERY MORNING when I get up and EVERY EVENING when I sleep. On Sundays I plan my weekly goals so I hit the ground running on Monday and in the evenings I plan the goals for the next day. This is where the power of the system lies, this is where your 7 Life Principles, 7 Life Goals, 7 Before 30 Goals, 7 Year Goals, 7 Month Goals get ingrained into your subconscious and become a part of you.
I have no doubt this system changed my life
I have no doubt the reason I have been able to risk the good and go for the great and live the life I do is because for the last 3 years I have been repeating to myself day and night that I am the guy that takes risks, the guy that loves life and everything in it. I read, listen to podcasts and learn daily because I have repeated “I learn ferociously” to myself every day for 3 years. My life principles have become who I am, my life goals are ingrained into my subconscious, everything I do, consciously or subconsciously are aimed towards these goals. This focus and directions is powerful and will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
This is not a difficult system to follow but it does have the power to seriouslyCHANGE YOUR LIFE. I highly recommend you at least give it a chance, you will be stunned at the results.