Planning Your Next 30 Years in 3 Minutes

INTRO: Terence here, a millennial digital marketer and entrepreneur. I’m also Founder of Los Angeles area gift card + loyalty program Food Tribe.

Hey You! The person who’s interested in organizing your life. Life’s hard! And it shouldn’t be.

By getting organized, not only will you have more time to spend doing the things you want to do, but you’ll feel better because you’ll start getting the things you want out of life.

Check out my guide below to learn how to make your BIG goals, into smaller (more manageable) chunks.

Planning Your Next 30 Years in the Next 3 Minutes

30 Year Goals — The Championship

Step 1: Envision yourself in 30 years: where do you want to be? What do you want to have done? What have you seen? If you’re 20, what do you want to see at 50? If you’re 50, where do you want to be at 80?

To make this easy, I recommend breaking these out into 10 year chunks. these are normally the biggest moments of life: career, life, family, volunteering.

Think about the legacy you’d like to leave behind and the things you want to have achieved and experienced. This is the funnest part, because this is really about you dreaming big! Set your sights on pursuing the type of life that you think is going to bring you the most satisfaction… we only get one shot!

T’s Tip: Try to balance what you want want your friends and family to remember you for against what you want for yourself.

3 Year Goals — The Playoffs

Step 2: Now, ask yourself, what do you need to do in the next 3 years in order to get that done?

Go to college? Study a language? Study a mentor? The goal should be to be an expert in your field, so figure out what you need to do in order to be the best.

This applies to your personal life too. You can create goals from being a better family member to a better friend.

The next 3 years of your life isn’t so far away that you can’t see the end of it, but it’s also not so close that you need to have an exact roadmap on how to get there.

T’s Tip: The point here is to be specific enough to know where you want to be. Three years are good signposts to keep you honest in your pursuit of your longer term goals.

3 Month Goals — The Regular Season

Step 3: Next, break those 3 year goals into more manageable chunks: the next 3 months.

The next 3 months is where you need to get tactical.

What sort of monthly progress do you need to to hit in order to achieve those 3 year goals?

If your goal is to graduate from grad school, what classes need to have been completed by the end of the semester?

If it’s to launch a new business, is it to have released a prototype?

Run yourself like a business: use the SMART system in order plan Quarterly Goals which are a good indicator on whether or not you’re going to need your long term goals.

T’s Tip: Interview people who’ve accomplished what you’re looking to do. Let them know what you want to achieve. Most people want to help out, so ask specific questions like what they had to do 3 months at a time to get there.

3 Week Goals — The Preseason

Step 4: Your 3 week goals should be your daily hustle. When you understand that habits are created 30 days at a time, you begin to understand how important the next 21 days are.

When you plan out your life in the next 21 days at a time, you’re well on your way to building new habits, creating new relationships, and figuring out if what you’re looking to achieve is realistic.

This is the stage where if you need to pause, reassess your progress, and pivot if needed.

T’s Tip: If after 21 days you’re not making the type of progress you thought you’d be, use this time to figure out a new strategy, or assess your goals. If you’re killing it, maybe you need to challenge yourself with tougher goals.

The Next 3 Hours — The Gym

Step 5: Believe it or not, the next 3 hours is probably going to be the greatest indicator of where you’re going to be in the next 30 years than anything else.

When you realize that now, not tomorrow, is the perfect place to get started, you’re miles ahead of the competition.

T’s Tip: Recognizing that you’re short term decisions have an impact on your long term goals Now you know what you need to do in the next 3 hours. Those 3 hours are going to have a ripple effect on what you’re able to see in the next 3 years.

Download my free 30 Years in 3 Minutes Goal Planning workbook to help you start planning out the next 30 years of your life.

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