Have you heard of the Enneagram personality test? What’s your “number”?!
I’m a 3. The Achiever.
That means I’m really good at deciding on a dream, creating a plan to execute, dissecting that plan into tangible, timely, mini-goals which I can then put into action by reverse engineering all of the steps needed to get myself there.
Wham. Bam. Done, ma’am.
See… the 3’s brain ? works like this:
Decide. Plan. Take massive action. Dedicate. Execute. Repeat.
Cases in point:
I’m not telling you those things to brag or be all... woooooo like at me!!!!!
I’m telling you that you can literally achieve ANYTHING you want to. ANYTHING.
Here’s the secret:
If you get out of your own way, create a vision for the outcome you want, set deadlines and goals, and then reverse engineer these BIG goals into mini goals and A-activity action items that you implement daily, you have zero chances of failing.
Did you hear me? ZERO CHANCES OF FAILING.
I have followed this roadmap pretty much since birth. Lol!
And maybe it’s because I’m a type 3, but I know that if there is anything in this entire world that I desire and dream up, I can and will achieve it.
My friends and clients often ask me HOW I do this. How I’m able to get so many BIG things done so quickly and effectively.
And I had an aha moment.
While this might be natural for me, it’s a struggle for many other people.
So, I created today’s podcast episode for you! It will teach you how you can achieve ANY goal… small or big using goal-setting, deadlines and something I call goal-mapping.
I take you through an example of how I recently did this in my own business so that you can visually see my process in action.
I’ll meet you in todays episode!
Love and light,
P.S. Don't forget to take a screenshot and share today's episode in your IG stories to get featured in my IG stories!
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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPTION:
What up boss, welcome to episode number 61. Today, we're talking about setting deadlines and goal mapping because I believe to be productive and to really get things done. You have to hold yourself accountable, but most importantly, you have to understand the art of crafting a tangible goal, and then breaking it down into bite sized pieces that you can plan for and create time and space to actually achieve. Right. This episode's going to be gold before we dig into it. I'm going to read you the review of the week. This review was leftover on iTunes and it's titled Stephanie. You are amazing five stars from Ella. One two four nine five zero six seven three. You gotta love these names that that iTunes gives people. Okay. Ella says I was scrolling through the podcast app a few weeks ago, trying to find some inspiration and came across your podcast.
And can I just say I'm in love? You are so honest and funny and give the best tips. I have learned so much from you that I can pass down to my team. Also. I absolutely love that you pray at the end of each podcast. I think that might be my favorite part. You go, girl, keep being amazing. Thank you, Ella. This review is so fun. I'm so excited that you love the prayer at the end, and I'm just so grateful for each and every one of you that are part of my community. You lift me up, inspire me and motivate me more than, you know, be sure to take a snapshot right now and head over to Instagram stories, share it in your stories. Then I will share your share in my stories. And it's going to be a ton of fun.
What's up. Mama boss. Welcome back to The Mompreneur Mastermind Show. I'm Stefanie Gass, success strategist, and passive income queen creator. If you're ready to step into your God, led potential, create profit from your passions and capture the success that is already yours. This podcast was made for you as always. You can find out more and connect with me over at stefaniegass.com. So grab that cup of coffee or fill up that glass of wine and let's dig in to today's show.
Hey, Did you know that I have so many options for us to work together? Yeah. You and me girl, head on over to Stephanie gas.com/work with me and check out all of the different ways I have eBooks starting at $9. So if money's an issue, I got you, boo. I have private coaching opportunities. I can send you my private coaching menu, or I have like six courses that you can choose from based on what you're struggling with. So head on over to Stephanie gas.com/work with me, and you can book your consultation phone call right there, and I can help you choose what might be best for you. Let's talk about setting deadlines and go mapping. What made that word up? I don't even know if that's like a real thing, goal mapping anyways, it's going to be good. So first and foremost, you boss are running an online business and a brand, right?
You're here listening to the show because you're a mom preneur, or you want to be a mompreneur. Now let me share something with you. One of the first issues that new mompreneurs face even existing mompreneurs face is that they don't understand how to get things done. They are so overwhelmed with when they get home, they have all the kids stuff to deal with the food, to clean up the laundry and let's get real laundry is literally piled high up to my ceiling in the laundry room right now. But so the number one solution and that I can give to each and every one of you is to figure out what it is you're trying to achieve. What is the thing? Are you going to make money? Are you going to create the course? Are you launching the podcast? Are you trying to grow the following?
What is the goal? And then you're going to identify that goal. And then you're going to break it down into bite sized pieces and create a timeline which is called goal mapping so that you can then put inside your planner time and space to focus on achievement of those mini steps within the goal. Okay. And I'm going to take you through my own example so that you have a visualization of what this might look like. Let's start first with what is a goal. A goal is something you're striving towards. And I want you to think about all the different categories of your life, right? So for example, I might have a goal of losing X amount of body fat or losing five pounds. That would be a goal. It's a tangible outcome. Okay. Now I had a goal of launching podcast pro university course, it's an online course.
You guys have heard me talk about it and I'm gonna use that as my example for this episode. So I set out the goal. I'm going to create a podcasting course. Sounds easy, not. So what did I do? I wrote actually I'm an Excel person. So I created an Excel spreadsheet. And at the top of it, the goal was I'm going to create podcast pro university. And my initial goal for my launch date was May 1st when I wrote that goal down, it was March 20th, Holy smokes. So I created this goal and I set a deadline. That's so important. If you don't create deadlines, you're going to float. You're not going to hold yourself accountable. And not only did I create a deadline, I put it out into the world immediately. Before I ever started, I contacted five of my top, top students, my five clients that I know very well and said, yo girl, I need you to be part of this review team for me, my courses coming out, it's launching May 1st.
I need you to hop into this course, gave them a specific offer for them to go through the course in exchange for reviews and feedbacks and video testimonials things. Why did I do this? Because I need to be accountable to a deadline in order to achieve. And so do you, if I would have simply said, I'm going to create a podcasting course, and I don't know when it's going to be done. I may not have published it until next year. And my friend once asked me, she's like, why do you always put these hard deadlines on yourself? I'm like, because I would rather get super lazy focused and get something finished, then it'd be perfect. I can always go back into that course later and update and add actually this morning I hopped in and added a feedback form. And I hopped in yesterday and added certain links to the Facebook group that weren't there yet.
So you can always update, but getting something finished is the key. So that's what you're going to do first. What is the item you need to do? Set the goal and set the deadline. The second step in achieving things and courses and launches. And all of it is to now goal map. And we are in essence, reverse engineering the goal. So I knew if I'm going to create this course by May 1st and I have six weeks give or take to do it, what am I going to do each week? So what I did is I mapped out each module within the course, I knew I was going to have 12 modules and each module in my course was going to have four to five subsections, right? So I knew, okay, if I do three re modules per week, I can be done with the meat of the course.
Within one month, I can have two weeks to review all of the feedback. Sure. That my girls are up to date with everything, get the group set up, start running ads, create a simple email sequence, create a webinar to market. The course, I have two weeks for the promotion, like the actual, like creation of the promotion stuff. Right? So I then, so I knew that's what I'm going to do. So in my planner, step three, I actually had to plan the execution of each goal. So what I did is I went into that first week, week of March 20th and I said, record and create modules one through three. And what I would do, you guys is I would actually time block right then and there in my planner, let's say I scheduled out Tuesday during Landon's nap. Time Friday when my husband was off, let's say I took from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on that Friday.
So now I've created six hours of work time. And if I need, I've got the weekend where I could have taken more time. Luckily I'm very efficient at video and content creation because I've been doing it for seven years. So I knew that that was going to be enough time. So week one, that was the goal. It was create the three complete modules, get everything recorded, get all of the downloads created and do that. And it was also reach out to the review team and get them signed up for the course because the review team can start taking the course early that it doesn't need to be finished. Right. Also that week I started casually alluding to the fact that I had something up my sleeve, something big was coming. So you can actually start promoting six to four weeks out. Anytime you're going to launch something, this isn't a launching podcast, but I'll try my best to kind of give you my tips as we go through the timeline.
So then I knew, okay, week two, that second week I have to do module four or five and six same exact process. Follow up with the review team, make sure they're trucking truck trunking, trucking along. And,ualso I actually went ahead and set out loud to the world to social media. I'm doing a podcast course, and here's why, all right now, week three, I started to create modules seven, eight, and nine got all of that stuff finished. I was so inspired that I also began to create some of the marketing that was going to go into the sales funnel. So this was the intro videos. It was a sneak peek at the course I recorded and started to create some of the sales page stuff that was going to be in teachable. And in my checkout software, it's all the backend stuff, the creation, right?
So then fourth weekend I planned in my planner and you guys, it worked out this way. Okay. Six hours, seven hours a week were enough to build the actual content, to record the videos, to create the downloads and the PowerPoint slides and all the things. And I just created the space to make it happen. And yes, it was more business focused. These six weeks than my normal life is. And I knew that and I was okay with it because once this course was created, I knew I was going to impact women's lives because I believe so strongly that they needed this resource to grow their platform and that it didn't exist. So that fourth week I went ahead and finished out the course. So within one month I had all 12 modules, hours and hours of content recorded all the PowerPoint slides and the downloads were done.
So what did I do that fourth week as well? I created two hours of additional time where I went in and I actually set up the course in teachable. Okay. So uploaded all the things made sure it was extremely organized and all of that, now that I felt 90% finished, I registered the feedback team. Okay. I had five of my clients work on this course and get in there. And they're all launching podcasts of course, but they did the reviews for me and went through and did feedback on each module, et cetera. So got that going. That was the best accountability I could have possibly had because I had promised them two weeks to try and get through the course before it launched to the general public on May 1st. Okay. So now I knew, and in my planner, I had mapped out fifth week was all promotion showing up on stories.
I'm showing up, I'm launching the podcast quiz, I'm creating a webinar. That's going to help answer people's questions. Figure out a podcasting is right for them. I created all of those things and I actually started to market it because you can start to get people inside of your funnel before the course is even live. Okay. And so that was week five. It was all promotion. And I actually had time blocked into the planner three to four hours for promotion and content creation around promotion, which is the email sequence, writing that, recording the webinar, getting the webinar set up in ever webinar, getting all of the affiliate stuff, set up for people that are going to Mark it for me. So you just figure out what do I need to do before this course or this thing launches. So that was week five. And then finally week six, I knew the course was about to launch.
I started to run the webinar. I had set up Facebook ads to launch all of that. Following up with people, created a leads follow-up list and all of the things. And so in essence, I was able to, to achieve this goal. Okay. Before May 1st, I already had people signing up. I sold 10 lifetime licenses to the course before it even launched to the general public. And so setting a goal and a deadline backing into it, and then creating specific time scheduled blocks, where you have action items within each time scheduled block. And then it becomes a non-negotiable. I wasn't going to push out the launch date because that's what I had already promised people. And so the beauty of that was in week one, I set up a landing page and so people could already begin to get information, start opting into the list. By the time it launched in week five, ready to purchase, you feel me.
And if I would've had to scramble that final week and fix and finish things. So be it because the beauty of having a deadline is that it's non negotiable. And I will tell you right now that podcast course it's done. And I think it's 95% perfect. Will there be certain tweaks and things that come up over the next month as people start to navigate through the course? Absolutely. But the beauty of it is it's done. It's in the world. It's ready to start helping and serving people. It's taking action on the goals you have and then not moving the deadline period for anything. So here's what I challenge you to do in your own life. Talk to you about categories all the time. What are your categories that create your most balanced blended life? Okay. Is it spirituality? Is it family? Is it your health and fitness?
Is it your business? Where are you lacking? I want you to write that down. The second thing you write down is one goal within each area that's lacking that you need to improve, write it down, or maybe it's a new course that you need to learn, or it's the ebook that you've been thinking about, or it's starting the podcast. Like what is the thing you've been thinking about? But you're either overwhelmed. You're stuck in the, I don't know how, and I want you to write down the goal, write it down the next step. Look at that goal and ask yourself, when will I be done with this project, this weight loss goal, this book, this et cetera. When can you be done with that? And, and I want you to that your first initial reaction is going to be like, Ooh, I better give myself lots of time.
I want you to actually do the reverse of that. I want you to push yourself, make it realistic. Okay. Like if your goal is I'm going to lose 10 pounds, I don't want you to have a goal of two weeks because obviously that's unrealistic. Maybe you can map out, okay. If I lose pound a week, I can do this in 10 weeks. So commit to the date. What is the date that you will have lost? 10 pounds sounds the next step. Get out the planner. And if you don't use a paper planner, my friend get with the program. They're amazing. Whatever planner system you use, all right, get it out. And I want you to now reverse engineer. So if your goal is 10 pounds in 10 weeks, every week in your planner, write down one pound, lose one pound pound, lose one pound. And then inside the planner, what are the action steps taking to lose one pound.
I'm going to pick this gym class or I'm going to purchase this at-home workout program. Or I'm walking for 30 minutes a day with my kids and my dog put it in the planner because you're not going to lose the pounds just by writing down, lose one pound. Right? You have to decide what is the actionable life choices that I have to plan for for this goal to happen. And so then the next thing you might do is block out four hours on Sunday to meal prep. Because if you don't have the food on hand, you're going to eat the chicken nuggets and the pizza, right? You're going to order the extra happy meal from McDonald's. So if you meal prep on Sunday and you time block for this, you're going to have more success at losing that one pound. Okay. And then maybe you do a weigh in every, at the end of each week, including your measurements to know, am I on track for the goal?
And if I'm not on track for the goal you can readjust in week two, two week three, et cetera. Okay. Then here's the next step. You must find accountability. You have to. So if it's losing weight, I go and I sign up for a diet bet diet day, calm. It makes me spend money. It's like 35 bucks, but it keeps me accountable because there's a group losing this weight with me. If it's launching a course, published the day, stay out there into the world, get a review team, signed up already, go and share the date of your podcast launch in the course group or whatever, right? Like you've got to put it into the world that you're doing the thing, because that's going to make you more accountable than if it's just you. You're always able to just fudge it and be like, no, mom, nobody will know if I moved the date, the deadline out.
Right. So just commit and find accountability. However, that is, even if it's a friend and you say, Hey, I'm just sharing this with you or a spouse. I'm just sharing this with you. So that keeps me accountable. And then the very final step in having this be a success for you is you must take action. You have to decide. I had to decide, right? I'm going to sit here in front of this computer and actually draft out the first video in the first module of this course. Like I'm just staring at this blank PowerPoint. I had to design the PowerPoint, figure out what to put in there. Click record on zoom and record the video. It was like, I had to do it even though I do. I didn't feel ready. I didn't know if I had all the content prepared. You have to just do it and know you can always adjust later.
But if you don't take action, you can't grow from it. You can't adjust it. You can't even change it because nothing exists. Yes. Am I right? So it's just taking action and then committing to the goal to see it through that's the final step. If you can commit to the goal to see it through, what's the worst that can happen. If I had set out to learn this course in six weeks, and I had to discovered that Holy smokes, I really bit off, more than I can chew. I'm stressed out. I'm crying myself to sleep at night like this. Isn't going to work the deadline by two weeks. Guess what? That's still a huge win in my opinion, because I still did it. What if you said yes, how to lose the 10 pounds and you had that 10 week goal and you missed it.
You only lost eight pounds and lost three inches on your belly and lost a percentage of body fat. Well, what do you do, girl? You still winning at life. Am I right? So there's no way that picking goals and setting goals that are going to grow you in the important categories in your life, if can ever hurt you. Right? So that's okay. I want you to do now. I want you to end this episode and you're out. I want you to be successful. I don't want you to, they just hear me and feel inspired and motivated. I'm here for that. Yes, but more importantly, why God has given me this call. His mission is to shake you into action. If you will, you don't go out there and actually jump and leap and start making waves in this world. Then we are failing here because I want you to get out there and try.
And the only way that you're going to take action is by setting up a goal for yourself, reverse engineering, it, creating a goal map and then taking action. And I don't care if no one buys the thing at the end of the day, right? Or nobody listens or reads the blog. You still did something that's going to help you grow. And until you do something, God, can't keep working through you working through all of the failures and the flops show you the answer. Okay? So right here and now set the goals. I want you to come on over to the mompreneur mastermind group, share the goals with the group. Let us be your accountability tag me. I would love to cheer you on, okay? Because I believe in you. And I know that if you get laser focused and you dig into your zone of genius, you ask for God's help in achieving your dream and your goals that will help you get to that dream.
That end goal. You understand. It's a long game. You understand it's a journey and you just accept that. They're going to be failures and flops from now until you actually achieve your greatest potential. And you take the step, you're going to feel incredible. You're going to feel so proud of yourself. And you're going to see that goal setting is one of the number one ways to achieve, but you have to map it out and then create specific actions that are non-negotiable every week and every day and every hour. All right, boss, praying over you. Now that you find direction that you take the time to plan out your goals, get your planner out. That God gives you the time and space to get focused on your goals that you recognize. You have the power to create time spaces in your day for achievement, and that you are worthy of success. You are worthy of your dreams and that you have Jesus holding your hand, pushing you, guiding you and know that he will qualify the called. I'll see you soon as always love and light.
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