Now that you’ve got your copy of a Book of Lift planner, there are a few things you can do right away to get off to a great start and build momentum.
Some of the following may require a notepad outside of the Book of Lift…
Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the book and you have looked over the Questions Key at the back (skimmed or absorbed), let’s start off with something fun and straight-forward.
1. Enter a few ideas for the ‘What brings me to life?’ question.
You’ll find this on page 10.
It can be easy to get caught up in everyday details and stresses. When you think about it, what matters the most are those things that bring you to life. Life is too short to waste on things that drain us of our energy and life force.
Feeling alive, even if what we do is challenging, is what it’s all about.
What are the things that have brought you to life in the past? This will include undertaking challenges, like the feeling you get after you give a talk in public for example.
Be clear on those things as you go about planning your goals and the day-to-day actions.
2. Next, let’s give your goals some thought.
Write down between one and ten goals you’d like to achieve within the next five years.
How would you like your life to look in five years, and what are some goals that would help give you the direction to get there?
For each goal, make sure you follow the ‘three P’s’ i.e. That it is personal (make it about you [start with ‘I’]); positive (help your sub-conscious mind make it happen), and in the present tense (so that it creates a feeling that it is already happening).
Give each goal a definite deadline, to the very day, make them concrete, and make them measurable.
For example, ‘I have completed a 60,000 book on happiness by noon on January third, 2020.’
Identify your most important goal or goals, and break them down into 5-10 steps or milestones. This gives you extra clarity on what you might do each day to move you a step closer to each goal.
I massively encourage you to do one thing every day (no matter what, including vacations) that moves you a step closer to any one goal. If there are gaps in your progress, your momentum will peter out. Make progress daily. Yes, every day of the week.
This is one of the main reasons we don’t reach our goals (and one of the reasons why having fewer goals can be more effective).
Having identified your goals, and adopted the right mindset, you have something to refer to when identifying your longer-term goals in your daily questions, as well as your shorter term daily tasks.
The purpose of Book of Lift is to help you target one goal at a time, but it helps to have a more comprehensive list from which to identify your highest priority 5, 1-year and 1-month goals.
You are still free to pursue other goals from your list. Book of Lift gets you focused on your priority goals.
3. What is your main craft?
I always encourage people to maintain constant development on a core skill, craft, main project, or form of mastery.
Daily consistency is essential for self-growth and developing our own value to tremendous levels.
Figure out your main craft. I always say that if you want to work on many things, you want to dedicate around 80% of your work time to your main project or craft, and 20% on the rest. That way you get the variety, but you have a central focus that builds steam.
The response you put for the daily craft question may be leading to one of your primary goals, or it may be to develop your craft further.
Both are ok uses for that question.
4. Add your first few contact names to the ’75 List’ at the back of the planner.
There has been nothing more powerful for my freelancing business than maintaining my one-to-one connections with people and keeping in touch with people consistently.
It’s down to you whom you reach out to, and how often, but the more energy you put into communicating with people at a more personal level, the more opportunities you will develop.
There is tremendous leverage in those relationships for your life, whether that be in landing clients, making sales, making friends, opening up your work to other audiences through influencers, and so on.
The 75 contact list can be for people you want to get to know; dream clients, and mentors, but it can also be for those people that you have worked with in the past, that are worth keeping in touch with.
The list can change with each new planner. Those contacts can be torn out, or you might move on to a new group with which to connect. The point is that every three months, you are communicating with a group of targeted people.
You would then refer to the list you are building up in your daily ‘ who will I contact today…’ question.
Who are people that could change your life?
Reach out to them with value; a question; interest. Follow up often, and stay in touch. Few do this, so you will set yourself apart if you do.
5. Add items to your monthly calendars.
You can take the milestones you made for your main goal or goals, and add those to the calendar.
6. Fill your first weekly plan.
Add items and periods of time you may want to block off for specific tasks.
The weekly plan is also a great place to record – and remind yourself – of your daily routines.
7. Identify your first week’s number one goal.
8. Figure out your ‘key inch.’
What is the one metric that matters more than any other?
What is worth keeping an eye on every day, to maintain your commitment and motivation?
For me, that’s email subscribers. I love to grow my community at Red Lemon Club, and a new subscriber means I’m doing the right thing to continue building it.
It might be money earned, or sales made. It might be steps walked, or it might be website visitors.
Now tally up yesterday’s statistic, and fill that in under today’s daily questions.
9. Read through the ‘Five Minute Challenges’ booklet.
In your daily questions, I ask you to choose one thing you can do for that day that scares you. This doesn’t need to be terrifying. It’s just something that moves you out of your comfort zone.
In this way, you stretch yourself in a way that pushes you towards your full potential.
This is a good thing.
We want you to build your confidence. Doing scary (but not dumb) things and coming out alive will build you up.
Familiarise yourself with some of the ideas in the booklet, and think what challenges you might set for yourself.
10. Fill in tomorrow’s daily questions.
Finally, you can get started planning your day!
You can do this on the same day, but I suggest answering these the night before. That way you wake up with your day’s plan (and you had the night to absorb those ideas).
When you start the day tomorrow, you have your daily answers in front of you (that you just filled in), which you can organise in your weekly plan, or refer to straight out of that page.
Now you’re sailing!