I’m quitting all my work in November!

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I’m quitting all my work in November!

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Don’t worry about me. This happens every year.

Every November 1, I stop all active work product and do a month long clean-up and planning session. I wanted to mention this to you, because, aside from my speaking events or maybe a new book that’s coming out, it’s one of the topics people ask me the most about.

Here’s a quick rundown on how I do this.
I have specific terminology for a lot of these items that I use in my classes, so if anything is unclear, reach out to me.

  • I stop doing any new creative work or starting new projects. Aside from time critical items, such as interviews or speaking engagements, everything goes on hold.
  • I pull out my Master Projects list so that I can modify it as needed. This is where I draw my 80-20-1 percent goals from through the year.
  • I pull out my Goals for the Coming Year list and modify it as needed. This is the document that drives everything I do. It covers all aspects of my life from spirituality to business.
  • I do a ‘spring cleaning’ of my hard drive and filing cabinets. A lot of crap accumulates, gets duplicated, or gets misfiled through the year. This is the time I get all medieval on my computer and hard copy files. It’s a time of both organization and purging. What I find in the files is what drives my Master Projects list.
  • I re-evaluate my daily life in all aspects. How is my morning routine? Does our homeschool need any revamping? etc, etc.

During this time, my office becomes an active hands-on mindmap, like something you’d see on…

I take most of the month to do all this and plan to be finished by Thanksgiving. This is so I can completely take Wednesday before Thanksgiving all the way to December 1 off work and just meditate on my plans for the coming year that I made earlier in the month. It’s a time of clarity for me.

Here’s what this does for me…

  • It sets my goals for the coming year BEFORE the year begins.
  • It alleviates a lot of pressure on me for wondering where my priorities are. I’m apt to start running in all directions trying to do everything at once if I don’t do this. Am I the only person that gets frazzled when there’s too many good ideas?
  • It allows me to get so much more done in the year.
  • Most of all, it helps me analyze which projects to trash or delay and which ones need to be top of the list.

If I can do anything to encourage you to take some time and plan, please let me know. You may not be able to take off an entire month. I mean, I worked years before I made this a routine. But if you can find some evening or weekend time, I promise it will be worth it.

Through this time I’ll update you a couple of times on what’s going on with the planning, so stay tuned for those e-mails.

Before I close, I have to give credit to two special friends for inspiring how I do my planning.
Kent Julian is the mastermind behind my goal-setting system. He teaches it in his speaker boot camp seminars, so check him out.
Dan Miller is the guru who inspired me to step back and plan the way I do. As a matter of fact, every year he publishes a free Goals Worksheet to help in the process. Click HERE to access that.

Thanks,
Dr. Redbeard

PS…I’ll have something special in store for a Cyber Monday e-mail, so make sure you check for it on Monday, November 26. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think would benefit from it.


This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Here’s Last Week’s Facepunch Friday

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Is a 3yo Too Young to Set Goals?

Is a 3yo Too Young to Set Goals?

I say it’s never too soon to teach good habits and set your kids up for success.

Check out the video, and you’ll see my little girl going over her goals.

A buddy of mine Kent Julian teaches a goal setting system based on

periodization and 1% goals. It’s pretty awesome. It’s what I use and also what I teach to my kids. We always go over our goals at our Sunday family meetings (2 adults and 5 kids!).

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What’s Better than a Punch in the Face?

I’ll tell you what’s better than a punch in the face…being ready for that punch in the face.

You see, most people set goals, but then give up on those goals when something bad happens. We refer to those times as “getting punched in the face”.

I got punched in the face recently when we lost the financing for a house. We’ve been living 4 kids and 2 parents in a three bedroom apartment for two years. One of those bedrooms is my office. Now that baby Sherlock is here, we’re 5 kids and 2 parents in what is essentially a two bedroom place. But guess what, we can’t afford to buy a house right now. We just got punched in the face and have to shift gears.

Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

That’s where Red Team thinking comes into play. A military Red Team is a group that examines, tests, and attacks installations, procedures, and programs to look for weaknesses. Then those weaknesses can be addressed or avoided.

That’s what we do with goals.

To encourage you, here’s a pile of the #FacepunchFriday memes I’ve been posting.

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What does getting punched in the face have to do with goals?

In case you haven’t been checking in with them or didn’t know, every Friday here at my office is Facepunch Friday. It’s the day we celebrate proper goal-setting in the face of adversity.

Because goal-setting often involves change and plans gone awry, that’s why we highlight the facepunch, in honor of the famous Mike Tyson quote…

Your goals will likely never go according to plan, so that’s why we plan for the problems. Here at the office we call it…

Check in with us each Friday on our social media outlets and we’ll post a new Facepunch Friday pic. If nothing else, enjoy the fact that someone besides you is getting popped. On Twitter just search for #FacePunchFriday, and you can see old ones.

If you need help with your personal goals or those for your team to help make them robust despite problems, give me a call.

For now, I’ll end with a few of our more popular pics…

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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