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Ever feel like you’re not getting enough done? Like you’re spinning your wheels, you’re busier than ever, yet when the day is done and you think back to what you accomplished, you aren’t sure if you accomplished… anything?

By all accounts, I accomplished a lot in 2019. I ran my first marathon, published my first bookacquired two companies, and started a new one (a nonprofit called Ripples of Hope). I did that while leading/growing Dragon Army, chairing two nonprofit boards, helping 48in48 run seven events, reading 36 books, and trying (to the best of my ability) to be a very present husband and father to five children.

Whew, lemme take a breath for a second.


Ok, yes, last year was big for me. But, it started with a simple trick: setting goals. And that is the big idea here.

What gets measured, gets done. And through that logic, you will never feel like you are accomplishing anything important if you don’t set goals!

If you want to feel like you’re accomplishing more, it starts by determining what you want to accomplish. When friends ask me how I get so much done, my answer is pretty simple: I know what I want to do, and I say no to most things that don’t help me achieve those goals. But it starts with knowing what you want to accomplish.

It seems obvious, but start by thinking about one year from now, when you’re looking back at 2020 and you think to yourself, “what did I really get done this year?” Pick three things — three very specific things — and then put your mind to going after those throughout the year. People typically never pick goals, or pick too many (ambition runs high on Jan 1). Keep it simple, and focused.

Saying no is, by the way, the second step to accomplishing more.

Have you defined your goals for this upcoming year? I also believe that sharing your goals with others helps create accountability…so, are you willing to share yours here? :)