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Achieving your wildly important goals

Achieving your wildly important goals

As I mentioned in my 30 before 30 list, one of my goals is to write and publish a book before I turn 30. Yes! There, I’ve said it (and I guess there’s no turning back now). The big challenge, however, before even getting anything published is to manage to put in the work, next to my full-time job, running the blog, work out, and keep some form of social life. Therefore, I was looking for a way to structure the work to eventually achieve my goal. One of the methods I will be trying out is called the 4 Disciplines of Execution, also known as 4DX.

When I was in Kuala Lumpur a book related to 4DX caught my eye. The 4 Disciplines of Execution (which conveniently is also the name of the book) is a set of practices that have been formulated and tested in thousands of teams in hundreds of companies. In their book McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling elaborate on the four principles. These disciplines will be discussed in the section below.

Focusing on the wildly important

The first discipline is to focus one’s finest efforts on the one or two goals that will make all the difference, instead of giving a mediocre effort to more goals. The one or two goals you formulate are what is called, the wildly important.

Writing a book is quite overwhelming, which I have already experiences in the first month of doing so. The first thing I need to get in order is to do proper research, which is what I will be focusing on for the next three months. Good research is hard to define and rather subjective, contradictory to the method I will not define what good research is. However, at the end of these three months I would like to have formulated ten good research questions.

Acting on lead measures

The second discipline is to apply energy in the two activities that drive the lead measures. Lead measures are usually the type of behavior or activities to achieve the wildly important goal. In my case that is:

  • Research 5 resources a week, a total of at least 60 resources over three months.
  • Keep my social outings to a maximum of once a week; work, blog, family, and boyfriend related matters excluded.

Keeping a compelling scoreboard

The third discipline speaks for itself, doesn’t it? I keep a simple list of resources in word and check my iCalender agenda for the social outings.

Creating a cadence of accountability

According to Covey et al. it is important to have a team where one shares their weekly scores in order to create a cadence of accountability, which is the fourth discipline. In other words, a little bit of peer pressure to stimulate the right behavior on lead measures. In my case, I do not have a team to work with on the book, but that doesn’t mean I will not be held accountable. My loved ones are checking in more than weekly about the progress on my research and writing activities to make sure I am accountable for my actions.

What are your wildly important goals? How are you planning to achieve them? Let us know in the comments below! Curious on more material about goal achievement? We’ve written about goal stretching and small wins before.

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