We are bringing the 2020 DFL Goal Setting Project video series to an end with one of the most overlooked and yet powerful tools for accomplishing your goals.
Well, it’s been a long trip over the last month to make great goals for 2020. Hopefully, you’ve got the tools you will need to set goals not just for this year, but for years to come.
Now we’re going to add the Who to our goals.
No, not Dr. Who, though that would be awesome.
No, Who is a key distinction and one of the main reasons I created this series to share with you. It is something I overlooked until the recently. I learned it from the book Never Eat Along by Kevin Frazzazi, and I’m going to share it with you now.
After you’ve made your list of actions, or maybe while you are making a list of actions, ask yourself
“Who do I need to know, meet, or talk to move my goal forward? Who could help get me there faster and or easier?”
Now you have a list of people who you need to make contact with, help out and develop a friendship with.
I created a video in the past about building a personal network in a general sort of way. That is important and fun, but when linked with a goal, it suddenly has purpose.
You can know a lot of people, but until you have a goal, you don’t know how they can help you. Once you connect your network with a goal, then not only do you now know how your friends can help you, but you start getting an idea of who else you need to make friends with.
While thinking about this list there are a couple of connections to make. The First is connecting action steps with people. Look over your action steps and ask
“Is there someone I need to know to make this happen? To make it better? To do it so I don’t have to?”
For example, if I want to produce more YouTube videos in 2020, one of my action might be to hire a video editor. That means I need to know a video editor.
That’s an example of a direct relationship between an action and a person.
But that’s only the beginning of using Who.
When creating the action steps for one of your goals, you may have gotten stuck knowing what to do. You could work backwards or forwards to your goal, but there were just places you didn’t know how to get from one point to another.
Do you know someone who has done what you are trying to do? Put that person on your Who list. If you don’t know a specific person, then add that you need to meet someone who has done what you are trying to do.
You see your who list might not contain specific people, but rather a kind of person. For instance, you may need a personal trainer, but don’t know a specific one. Just put “personal trainer” on the list and work to fill in the name as you take action.
Now that you have a list of people you need to know, how do you find them?
As with many goal setting tasks, knowing is half the battle.
Now you will see people you didn’t know you needed, all around you.
The second way to find them is to ask your current network. Ask the people you know, if they know the person, or kind of person you want to meet. Then ask them to give you an introduction.
If you still don’t know a specific person or someone who knows a person, you’ve got a little more work to do to reach them, but it is still possible.
I’d suggest you rewatch my video on networking if you haven’t. There should be a card on the screen, and a link in the description to it.
And we will undoubtedly come back to the networking subject in future episodes, so subscribe if you haven’t.
Question of the Day: Who do you need to meet to accomplish your goals?
Leave your answer in the comments below. Who knows, maybe I or another viewer can give you an introduction.