A personal note from our founder Chris Bradicich on the power of having clarity into what is really most important to you when you are setting goals. By taking a strategic approach, you will increase your success and your goals will come more naturally.
Gear up for a big year ahead
This is my favorite time of year
At the end of every year, even as I charge ahead to get my projects across the finish line, I always set aside some time to reflect and set goals for the new year.
And WOW, what a year 2017 has been. I got engaged to the love of my life, partnered up with an amazing new team that has developed a new full-service lifestyle design curriculum, led my first major speaking engagements on personal power and stress reduction, and really gotten into stride as an entrepreneur.
As the year went on, my feeling of balance and centeredness ebbed and flowed, but I always came back to center because I had created the right support system for myself. My family, friends, coaches and colleagues know my goals and keep me accountable. And I have created systems that keep my habits active even when I am busy and stressed.
Above all, what I am grateful for this year is clarity. For a decade I have been dreaming and building toward this point in my life, when my work aligns with my health, my relationships and my passion. I have a crystal clear mission and vision: I am a growth strategist in the new economy that supports the wellbeing and autonomy of all people.
Clarity is power
When you know what you want, you are 10 steps ahead of 90% of human beings on this earth. The companies that consistently beat the competition are the ones that have the best strategies - they are forward thinking and leverage their resources to position themselves for success.
The challenge is that life can often get too busy and overwhelming, circumstances can get in the way, and we lack the energy to break through and do the things we know we're capable of doing. I sure know what that feels like. For years, I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn't know how to actually get myself to do it.
I became obsessed with this, and I really deepened my understanding of what it means to "know what you want." Smart strategies are not created in a vacuum - they are intimately tied to your capabilities. Here are some examples:
I may have wanted to have a cut 6-pack, but I didn't want to cut back my eating, push my body in the gym and wax my stomach to the point I would see those results.
I may have wanted BestMe to scale more in 2017, but it is more important to me that we had the right product to really deliver on our mission to help people improve their quality of life.
I may have wanted to invest more in Bitcoin than the 1 coin I bought at $625, but my portfolio is already heavily risk-weighted by nature of being an entrepreneur and VC.
Learn to shut out the noise
How often have you set a new year's resolution that wasn't even really something that you wanted, but rather something that you thought you "should" do?
When that word "should" comes up, that's a sign that you've got a little bit of investigation to do to get underneath what it is you really want. The world is full of distractions, and it is easy to fall into the trap of pursuing someone else's goals while ignoring the most important things for you.
When you have the ability to see underneath the noise and really understand your priorities, it feels liberating. To know what you really value what is less important to you banishes the demons in your mind and frees it up to focus on your priorities.
Choose strategic, actionable goals
Do you know what you really value?
Earlier in my life, my bank account showed incredible wealth, but something felt off. On the outside, everything looked great, but how wealthy was I really when measured by my health? How much free time I had? The sense of passion in my life? Being present and enjoying life with loved ones?
I am a firm believer that the right goals from challenging the status quo about what other people value, and asking yourself what YOU really value. How do you want your life to be? What type of work and sources of passion light you up? Who are the people you want to surround yourself with? What is the impact you want to make on the world?
Get aligned with what you care about
We don't have long on this earth and life is too short to live for someone else. No matter how big your goals are or how stuck you may feel at times, there are ways to get more done while doing less. But it takes having the right strategy, the right systems and the right team.
This year, when you are setting your 2018 new year's resolutions, I challenge you to really look in the mirror, cut through the noise and ask yourself the question:
What goals - big and small, short-term and long-term, would make the biggest impact on my quality of life?
Maybe these have something to do with your career, your finances, your physical health, the people in your life, experiences you want to have, skills you want to develop or personal milestones you strive to achieve.
Stay focused on what you will actually do
Here's a jarring statistic: less than 8% of new year's resolutions are actually achieved each year. The biggest reason for this - and I know it from first-hand experience - is that you chose a goal that was unrealistic in the first place given what you are actually willing to do.
When it comes to a big, long-term goal, the way you know you've chosen the right one is when you have a powerful "why". That no matter what comes up, this is something that is so important to you, achieving it would make you feel more complete. It is something you are willing to invest in, to sacrifice for and to continue even when the going gets tough.
And when it comes to smaller goals such as habits or modifications you can make to improve your quality of life, do not underestimate their power and importance! High performing people have something in common: they have created habits that engender their success.
You can design your habits and your life
No matter where you are in life, you can put the science of lifestyle design and behavior change to work for you. I don't say this lightly, as it has revolutionized my life to apply the same principles I used in strategy consulting and investing to my own life, and created the right team to catalyze my success.
Breaking into private equity. Finding and attracting the love of my life. Starting my own business (and my second). Losing 20 pounds. Being a better brother. Before I could do any of these things, I needed to map out the right strategy, get into action and find the right support team.
The same holds true for every person and every goal. There is an 80/20 way to get what you want if you can get the right strategy to achieve your long-term goals, while maintaining enough balance your life to keep you from burning out. By assessing your values, strengths and weaknesses and engineering habits to keep you in balance, you can achieve more than you ever had before.
Join the tribe
Our mission at BestMe is simple and clear: we are here to help people improve their quality of life. We have created a team of passionate, creative problem solvers who guide our clients through setting strategic goals and coach them to success.
With expertise across career advancement, entrepreneurship, wellbeing, fitness, personal growth and many other disciplines, we will connect you to the right person to help you reach the next level.