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5 Steps To Making 2011 Incredibly Awesome

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How’s the view when you look back on 2010?

I’m currently in New Zealand as I write this post, and the view has been amazing.  2010 was also my biggest year (in the business world) by a long shot.

I expected big things to happen.  Not only did they happen, but a number of unexpected blessings occurred as well.  I’m so grateful for all the good from 2010, and there was one thing that set the tone early on that allowed me to focus throughout the year, and that was… having a plan.

Looking Back at 2010

It was mid January and I still didn’t have my “goals” set for the new year.  I met up with my good friends Jon Myers (creative business genius) and Barry Chandler from manageyourbar.com to discuss some things they were working on and it wasn’t 5 minutes into the conversation where I already felt like complete dog shit (in a good way).

Barry went through this entire story about how he knew what his goals were and had the entire year mapped out with the right systems in place for everything to work in order to achieve each goal.

I was still trying to figure out how to pay off three credit cards and didn’t even have one goal yet for the year.  In short, I felt like dog shit failure and the first month wasn’t over.

Something happened that night.

Barry laid it into me when I told him I hadn’t had any goals for the year.  It got so bad at one point that I got up during mid conversation, gave him a hug and told him “thanks for the tough love words of wisdom” and ran close to 2 miles home in the freezing Winter wind to map out my goals, and prepare for the launch of a sports business membership site that I had been putting off for months.

Taking Massive Action

Barry told me the entire time that I wasn’t taking enough massive action (even though I’d been known to do that a lot).  He lit up a fire inside me when he drilled home the point that launching my site didn’t have to be perfect, and that things would change over time so why try to perfect it when I’ll change it later.

I realized I was over analyzing things too much and decided to launch it asap.

Within a month the site was fully created with content, and a marketing plan for the rest of the year.  I now have over 350 monthly paying members, and a library of content that I could sell, plus a new business I didn’t have before… all because I took massive action.

I made a number of other goals that night for my other business with Sean Malarkey, and for my personal goals.

My business with Sean has exceeded our goals and expectations and my personal income increased 12 fold since the previous year.  Setting the tone that night for the year allowed me to invest in two start up companies, travel the world including London five times, Paris, Ireland, Buenos Aires, New Zealand, and nearly every major city in the U.S. to rack up a years worth of frequent flier miles.  It’s been an amazing year, and it all started with the night where I decided to map out some goals (thanks Barry!)

Have the “End” In Mind

Now that a new year is around the corner, it’s time to acknowledge the good and ugly from 2010, and start to figure out what you would want to have happen by the end of 2011.

Instead of just writing down what you want to have happen, make sure to frame the exact goals you want.

For example, “I want to do 2 million in total sales by December 31st”, or “I want 5 clients that pay me $10,000 each”, or “I want to write and publish my first book by March 16th”.  The more direct you are with your goals, the easier it is to work backwards and put the puzzle pieces in the right place at the right time.  Also writing your goal down, and hanging them in a frame on your wall acting as if you have already achieved them, tends to help me the most.

How to make 2011 Incredibly Awesome

Now that you realize you want to make this year freaking unreal, let’s break down the necessary steps to making that happen.  I created an overview of bullet points and unedited thoughts, but if you want to hear more of an explanation behind my thought process, then make sure you watch the video below that covers more detail.

1.  It’s All About Connecting and Building Your Network

  • Make real world connections by showing up
  • Attend the correct events
  • ”BPB”  Business Passion Business or  “the 2am connection principle
  • Follow up sincerely

If it’s online then make it “feel” real world any way possible by sending them a happy birthday video on their Facebook wall, write an article about them, make 3 highly targeted introductions for them, etc.

2.  Taking Massive Action

I believe those who produce will be remembered, those who sit back and wait will be forgotten.

Steps for producing more:

  • Start small, then make it bigger
  • Write a free ebook
  • Do a video series
  • Write a monthly free webinar
  • Just produce something!

Collaborate with your key connections and reach out to your network

Come out with something where you can take payment solo, or with a partner with someone who will do well in the things you aren’t great at if you don’t feel comfortable doing it.

Perception is reality, even if you don’t make money… those who produce will ultimately sell more and succeed over time.

3.  Prepare For The Big Game

Speak as often as possible in front of small and big groups.  Speak in person, on teleseminars, webinars and any other way possible to get in front of an audience.

Join Toastmasters and hone in on on presenting like a master!!!

  • Presenting over and over will be crucial when preparing for the big game
  • Everything is a small moment working towards big moments

Have a game plan:

  • Content
  • Speaking
  • Products
  • Services
  • Events
  • and more

4.  Document Your Success And “Misses” (not failures)

Do a monthly log of where you are and where you want to be

Celebrate the successes, and review the misses

Frame the end goal

5.  Enjoy The Journey Baby

Make the business stuff pleasurable

Have fun on the travel and enjoy what the city has to offer

Stay out late and connect on personal levels with people

Remember your passion, and live it daily/weekly

It’s not about the destination, its about the journey!

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What do you think about this process for making 2011 amazing?  Do you have these steps and your plan in place yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?

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58 comments
DrChrisMcKenzie
DrChrisMcKenzie

@LewisHowes This post single handedly inspired me to revisit Tim Ferriss' 4HWW and create a membership website like you did. I read this post and said "I need to take massive action," and I did. Here's the proof! I'm so excited. http://maximumsportperformance.com Its sports related..so I think you'll like it too!

DinoGomez
DinoGomez

Great post Lewis! Love the part about getting started. Just get started and make adjustments along the way! That is awesome advice. Thanks for sharing!

Sportspeacelove
Sportspeacelove

I love the part about taking "massive action". I was offered the opportunity to host an internet radio show about sports. Without broadcast experience, I was hesitant and dragged my feet. I finally jumped into it and LOVE it. I am launching a business inspired by my show. I can't wait to see what 2011 is going to bring next!
Sports.Peace.Love., Inc.
Website coming soon!

Shante

jacobstoops
jacobstoops

Very insightful post Lewis. We should all do this. In fact, I feel like crap for not doing it myself!

DaliBurgado
DaliBurgado

Hi Lewis, Thank you for the inspiration! Mapping my goals for 2011 as I type ;-)

loreevans
loreevans

You are VERY INSPIRING! Here's to putting your advice into action! Thank-You!

RachelGedney
RachelGedney

Love the beginning of your video Lewis, I am a 'Cuban' Salsa dancer! Nearly became a professional dancer, many moons ago!
Brilliant info - I'm a Business Adviser, have 2 businesses under my belt and about to embark on an incredible journey in 2011, professional and personal. I am using the knowledge and skills of my business background and the focus, drive and determination I gained in Sports Competition along with continued education from the 'experts' to make 2011 the beginning of how I want to live the remainder of my life. As a positive person myself, I am only mixing with positive, wealthy and successful people who are encouraging and supporting me in my ventures....I know from past experience, just how important this is! I am attending 'Breakthrough To Success and Wealth Propulsion' weekends in London early next year (Chris Howard) and reading his inspiring book 'Instant Wealth, wake up rich'.
I am working with a friend who is running a 'Goal Setting Workshop' in January. Over Christmas, I am shutting myself off from the world to write my 'big picture' business plan, research a new venture to become a 'specialist in that field', along with writing a book about my journey.
17 years of extensive networking across the south coast of the UK and parts of London (and the world-wide Salsa family from my days working with Salsa UK), has put me right in the centre of a potential high-net-worth business - I intend achieving it! I finally know where I'm going and how I am going to get there!! I'm also 'mentoring' others to achieve their dreams.
As a footnote, I have even 'retired' from salsa for a year to commit to and focus completely on achieving my goals for 2011 and beyond.....
Well done you, keep writing as even though some of us 'inspire' others, we too need to be 'inspired'. Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2011 to you; hope to meet you one day :-)

KarenONeal
KarenONeal

Here's to enjoying the journey every day! Thanks for sharing about your incredible year of 2010 and how you did it - it's an inspiring story.

BethBridges
BethBridges

You have an excellent network when they are willing to kick you into such beneficial action!

I believe that networking is the first place to begin. It can be a source of information and inspiration as it was for you, leading to the other decisions and actions.

Thanks for the post!

susanalexandar2
susanalexandar2

Lewis ~ Just found your blog via Jonathan Fields' tweet yesterday. Your style of writing rocks because it's concise, to the point, clear, and tells the reader exactly what to do. Your "take massive action" idea just helped with a particular decision I'm making about my own blog, launched a couple of days ago. It's the culmination of a lot of effort that essentially included your 5 steps, so I know from my own experience that they work! I think you and your readers might be interested in my first post, the one Jonathan tweeted yesterday, called "Start Me Up: How To Get Started Like The Rolling Stones." It's about the getting started process, which I wrote in such a way that people can analogize their getting started process to what the the Rolling Stones did in their early years. The Stones totally nailed the getting started process, and there's a lot we all can learn from what they did. Find it at www.gooddisruptivechange.com. I look forward to reading more of your posts and to following you on Twitter. All the best for a great 2011. Susan Alexander

Daro
Daro

Great article and thanks for the tips Lewis!!! Next time you come to Argentina please let me know!

drymyfield
drymyfield

On vacation in Florida. It's midnight. And it makes me go to my iPad to work on my 2011 goals. Thanks Lewis. You are an inspiration to entrepreneurs EVERYWHERE.

CRR
CRR

Great to hear the successes of a fellow entrepreneur. Im in the middle of a start up now and I find myself trying to do the same thing, perfection. I cant tell you how many times I hit a road block, not knowing which direction to take the company. There is so much that needs to be done so where do I focus my time!
As you know it always pays to talk to other entrepreneurs to get their experiences and advice. I would love to hear some feedback from you if you get time. www.getmyschoolbucks.com
chadreist@aol.com

Thanks Lewis

1Lourdes
1Lourdes

Thanks for these reminders, Lewis! I especially like #4 and #5. Recording my successes for 2010 the biggest of which is to be 5lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight after 9 months with my personal trainer :) 2nd biggest win is to be in a high end program with amazing high earning people; 3rd is paying off all my bad debts!
My top 3 goals/intentions for 2011 are: 1) continue to be 115lbs by exercising 3x a week; 2) launch my new niche helping executive business owners earning $1,000,000 to $10,000,000 create new ways of doing things better in their company; last but not the least 3) start contributing to a scholarship foundation in the Philippines :)

VladDolinsky
VladDolinsky

Lewis – thanks for sharing the importance of goals, plan and taking actions. Very good timing of this post as well. It is the end of the year and it reminded me that I have to complete my self-evaluation at work and establish my goals for 2011 as well. Have a great new year!

tejones
tejones

Nice job Lewis! Have a great 2011 and Merry Christmas!

JimKukral
JimKukral

Really great post Lewis. Having known you for years now I know you're not a pretender. Everyone should watch what you're doing and emulate it.

1Lourdes
1Lourdes

Thanks for these reminders, Lewis! I especially like #4 and #5. Recording my successes for 2010 the biggest of which is to be 5lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight after 9 months with my personal trainer :) 2nd biggest win is to be in a high end program with amazing high earning people; 3rd is paying off all my bad debts!
My top 3 goals/intentions for 2011 are: 1) continue to be 115lbs by exercising 3x a week; 2) launch my new niche helping executive business owners earning $1,000,000 to $10,000,000 create new ways of doing things better in their company; last but not the least 3) start contributing to a scholarship foundation in the Philippines :)

Have a better and better day,

Lourdes Elardo-Gant, CPA, MBAhttp://www.moneybreakthroughmethod.ca

TiaSingh
TiaSingh

Excellent recap of your year, strategy and goal setting process! Huge congrats on the Big Leap that 2010 has been for you. I have a feeling 2011 is going to be even more kick ass for all of us. Yeehaw!

JoshSchoenly
JoshSchoenly

Great stuff Lewis. Laser focus on what you want to accomplish, a success plan laid out and MASSIVE RIGHT ACTION are what it takes. Love it!

NatalieSisson
NatalieSisson

Ah Mr Lewis you're all fired up and I LOVE it - cos I am too and it's been a joy to meet you this year, to watch your awesome progress and be along for the ride.

I'm super excited about 2011 and charting my own path to massive action as we speak. Looking forward to seeing you in some destination around the world and of course my couch (that I don't yet have) is yours to crash on if you come to Buenos Aires!

Nat

Kristi Hines
Kristi Hines

Definitely some great tips for 2011. I got sidetracked with your 2AM post... I guess I'll not have to turn into a pumpkin at midnight when I go to these events, starting with the Afilliate Summit coming up in January. :)

thenakedredhead
thenakedredhead

I think it's really nice that you wrote this article just for me, but you coulda just told me in person. :)

All good things, many of which I'm starting to do...I love the idea of stopping the over-analyzation. it'll probably NEVER be good the first time, and it'll DEFINTELY not be good if it's nothing at all.

Good stuff.

DeniseOyston
DeniseOyston

Just wanted to clarify I am not illiterate though my last post came pretty close. Oh la la think before yo press post by mistake!

LewisPoretz
LewisPoretz

High Quality Advice from the RockStar himself... I am making it gospel - TY

DeniseOyston
DeniseOyston

Great post lewis. I find myself opening your emails more amd more. So much I have printed off your email ( always a good sign :-) ) and have it next to me now. Any one hat increases income x 12 has to be listend to unless you are a total pratt ( britsh word for idiot! )

Have a great Holida and I look forward to maybe seeing you when yu next come to the UK!!

Best Wishes

DEnise

suebecks
suebecks

Lewis, what I love about your posts most is your complete honesty and the fact you are so willing to share both your ups and downs and real life experiences. Very few get given a free golden ticket, but through the amazing connections we can make using social media, it is possible to both learn and share so much. The knock on affect is a win win situation! You are leading by example and your good practice can be applied to both business and education.

This is a brilliant post and there is no doubt in my mind that it will inspire sooooo many people! Thank you for being you and I look forward to learning more in 2011.

Festive greetings from Sheffield, England

Sue

Jaime
Jaime

Really enjoyed this. I love being able to see how much can be accomplished in a year! Everything can change, and that's what makes owning a business exciting.

Plus I'm jealous about all of those palces you visited! Time for me to get cracking too.

AskDrBurt
AskDrBurt

Great tips Lewis. I had already goals written for 2011 but after reading your post I certainly need to add a few more goals. Thanks for a great post and enjoy your stay in New Zealand.

Kristi Hines
Kristi Hines

@RachelGedney Coincidentally, my big picture for next year includes some Latin dance competition! Nice to see another fellow dancer in the mix. :)

RachelGedney
RachelGedney

@LewisHowes Thanks Lewis, worry not, my 'bigger picture' actually involves Latin Dance in a very big way (and property); put those together and you might work out what I am aiming for. Sport and Dance are my 'passions' as is property!! For balance I swim and cycle. We will indeed dance one day......

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@RachelGedney Hope to meet you one day as well Rachel, and excited about your journey. Don't forget to still do what you love (salsa dance) as that will help keep a balance during your work this year :) Let's dance sometime we are in the same city!

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@KarenONeal Thanks for your support Karen, look forward to learning more about your journey!

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@BethBridges Beth, it's all about the network. Invest in yours and you will do amazing things.

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@susanalexandar2 Thanks Susan, Jonathan is a smart guy and a great friend. Glad my "take massive action" point resonated with you, as I think people can do that one thing and get to where they want to be fast. It starts with doing something, and the faster you do it, and more action you take... the closer you will be to getting what you want. Look forward to learning about your success in 2011

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@CRR thanks chad, look forward to learning more about your journey my friend.

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@TiaSingh Thanks Tia, it's going to be big for all of us for sure... I feel it :)

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@JoshSchoenly Josh, you have been a big part of my success this past year, and it's a blast sharing ideas with you my friend. Look forward to seeing you soon!

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@thenakedredhead Sarah, I told you all of this in person last time we met... remember? ;)
See you sometime in the new year!

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@DeniseOyston You just made my day Denise :) Not sure if I'll be back to the UK for a while but if I do I'll let you know. Make it a great year!

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@suebecks Thanks Sue, I'll continue to be open and shrare more as long as it contineus to help others.

Jaime
Jaime

@LewisHowes I'm actually headed to Belize and Honduras in January. The problem I have isn't so much the money or time but my two small children! That's why we are doing a cruise as our "test" trip with the kids.

I also love that you have different areas of expertise. I always knew you as the Linked In guy, but it's great to see what you have done with Sport Execs.

I'm a huge goal and planning supporter. Glad to see you are too :) (and nice to meet you!)

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@Jaime Thanks Jamie. I'm grateful for all that has happened this past year, but I'm also now aware of all that can happen in a short amont of time, and how to leverage time to getting even more done (I'll be working on that this year).

No need to be jealous about the places I've visited, I just bought flights and found places to crash from friends most of the time... anyone (including you) can do that for extended weekends or holiday trips :)

AskDrBurt
AskDrBurt

@LewisHowes I am not sure if it is appropriate to share my 2011 goals on my blog. But I do have them written down. Suggestions?

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@AskDrBurt Would love to see your goals... you should put them up on a blog post to ensure you work on getting them done, thoughts?

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