According to Brendon Burchard, author of the book High Performance Habits, you only need to make five ‘big moves’ to achieve any goal — no matter how ambitious.
Essentially, every ‘big move’ is a project. But a big project. One that significantly moves the needle. Not a small everyday project, which often is an inefficient use of your time.
According to Brendon, the key to achieving your goals in a focused and efficient way is to ask yourself:
“If there were only five major moves to make that goal happen, what would they be?”
Why Identifying Your Five Big Moves Is Key For Goal-Success
The power of identifying your five big moves is that it forces you to think strategically about how you’re going to achieve your goal instead of just randomly approaching it without a clear and strong plan.
Furthermore, by identifying your five big moves, you break down a big and intimidating goal into five smaller chunk — making it easier to achieve.
Most people make a crucial mistake when it comes to working on projects: they don’t carefully analyze the value of a project or consider whether or not it leads to direct progress towards their goals.
Instead, people start new projects every day simply because they feel like it or because it’s the first idea that came to mind. Despite putting in a lot of effort, their results are scattered and unfocused.
However, by asking yourself the question, “If there were only five major moves to make that goal happen, what would they be?” you approach your goals with a much more focused plan.
If you’ve only got five moves to achieve your goal, there’s no room for lesser important ‘busywork’ projects. Therefore, the limitation of five projects forces you to pick the mission-critical ones and avoid getting sucked into the easier (and less valuable) projects.
This is probably one of the most productive decisions you can make. Especially considering that, most often, mission-critical projects are also the most challenging and intimidating projects — the ones we’d typically procrastinate on.
However, by identifying your five big moves and disciplining yourself to work only on these projects until your goal is achieved, you avoid this pitfall.
The Opportunity Costs of Picking ‘Any’ Project
Every time you commit to a project, your valuable time and energy are tied up in it — which means it can’t be spent on a more important project. There are clear opportunity costs involved with committing to any project that comes to mind.
That’s why the projects you say ‘no’ to might have an even bigger influence on your productivity than all the projects you say ‘yes’ to.
Remember, there’s nothing more productive as saying ‘no’ to things that aren’t essential, and there’s nothing more unproductive than doing things that don’t need to be done.
If you want to achieve your goals, you need to be intentional with your actions instead of impulsive. You need to make a few strategic moves instead of many reactive ones.
You need the discipline to say ‘no’ to many good opportunities to protect your resources for a few great opportunities. As Brendon Burchard said in High Performance Habits:
“To become a high performer requires thinking more before acting.”
Doing so makes you much more effective and provide more consistent, meaningful progress towards your goals. All in all, you have to choose your battles wisely — and that’s where your five big moves come in.
Identifying Your Five Big Moves
Before you can establish your five big moves, you need to be crystal clear on what specific goal you want to achieve. Without clearly identifying your most desired outcome, you can’t identify your five big moves.
However, as soon as you’re clear on your goal, chart your strategic five big moves to make a focused plan for achievement.
Here are a few examples of what that looks like:
If your goal is to gain 7KG of lean muscle mass in 2020, your five big moves could be:
- Move 1: Find a gym that best suits your needs
- Move 2: Create an exercise regimen that promotes muscle building
- Move 3: Create a nutrition regimen that promotes lean muscle mass
- Move 4: Get a coach or personal trainer to optimize move #2 and #3
- Move 5: Follow a training course on motivation and self-discipline to ensure consistency in exercise and healthy eating
If your goal is to earn $150,000 with your online business in 2020, these could be your five big moves:
- Move 1: Grow website traffic by writing 50 blogposts
- Move 2: Create a leadmagnet to generate more email subscribers
- Move 3: Create and launch a new premium course
- Move 4: Create and launch a monthly coaching program
- Move 5: Optimize the sales funnel
And if your goal is to get financially fit in 2020, these could be your five big moves:
- Move 1: Track all expenses for a month and minimize them
- Move 2: Start a side-hustle to earn more money
- Move 3: Make a plan for paying off debt and implement it
- Move 4: Create a personal finance system to save money automatically
- Move 5: Learn about investment vehicles and start investing money
As you can see, each of these ‘big moves’ contributes significantly to achieving the goal. By completing any of these projects, you make meaningful progress and take a big step towards achieving it.
This is what identifying your ‘five big moves’ is all about. It helps you make a clear plan for success as each step offers significant progress.
There are many other small projects you could start to achieve any of these goals, but in reality, that would only lead to scattered focus and incremental progress as they distract you from the few ‘big moves’ that matter most.
Now Do It
Change only comes from taking action. Therefore, right now, take the time to chart the ‘five big moves’ that lead to the achievement of your goals for 2020.
Ask yourself the question, “If there were only five major moves to make this goal happen, what would they be?”
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