060: Deciding Your Next Move and Setting Your S.M.A.R.T. Survival Goal

New Year’s Goals
January 5, 2015
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“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

~ Mario Andretti

 

SMART Survival Goals

  1. Specific
    1. Don’t be vague. Know exactly what you want.
    2. Don’t say I want more  energy independence. Say, “I want to get 400Watts of Solar Panels and 4 100AH GC2 batteries.”
  2. Measurable
      1. You need to be able to measure your results.
      2. There must be some way to see if you have succeeded.
        1. For the panels and batteries, it is pretty easy to measure, but you can make it easier to measure if you give yourself specific dollar goals to afford it as well
        2. In my business, I need to keep up with the arithmetic of visits, listens, and dollars generated. I use statistic software for this.
  3. Attainable
    1. Be honest with yourself. Can you actually achieve this goal?
    2. I could choose something like being FULLY prepared for 5 years, but that isn’t real
      1. I need to get more attainable in my preps, like getting 2 months worth of food accomplished.
    3. Saying I want to make a living solely on my business is a little too aggressive for where I am
      1. I need to make a smaller goal financially
  4. Relevant
    1. Does the goal make sense? Will it actually help me achieve what I am trying to do in my field or personality?
    2. I will not try to be a video game developer, because that is not relevant to my podcast, business, or prepping.
  5. Time-Bound
    1. Have some kind of deadline
    2. Break it down into actionable goals and steps over time
    3. I want to be 3 months prepared in my food…but by when?
      1. In a month, six months, 3 years?
      2. If you get 67% there, it probably isn’t a total failure
        1. Now you are 2 months prepped with food!

How to achieve your goals

 

 

make goal a habit

 

  1. Break Big Goals into smaller ones
    1. Smaller goals are easier to achieve and to actually envision
    2. so maybe instead of getting 3 months of preparedness in 6 months time,
      1. work on 2 weeks of food preps each month
  2. Focus on goals every day
    1. If I don’t keep reminders to tell me to do something daily, then I may forget
    2. 3 months of preps can be broken down into 1-2 meals each day
    3. I can keep a sticky on my monitor to keep me at $40 dollars in product sales per day, so I know to work on THAT first.
  3. Schedule Regular time to work towards goals
    1. Reminders don’t work unless you schedule time to work on it
    2. 15 mins a day is two hours a week, and nearly 90 a year
    3. Use a calendar to schedule days to work on stuff
    4. Use a kitchen timer to dedicate the time. Set it and FOCUS until it goes off.
  4. Remove Distractions
    1. My big problem is distractions. I get very distracted at times.
    2. Some are important distractions, yet others are not.
    3. If you can’t remove the distraction, then move yourself away from it. If it is an email or something, just defer it to another time.
  5. Get help and support
    1. This is serious, you need accountability.
    2. You may need a teacher to help you with actions (of which I can do in survival)
    3. You may need someone that is willing to just follow up with you (which I can do as well)
  6. Review your progress and adjust
    1. Frequently check your progress
      1. Because your goals are measurable, this should be easy.
      2. Do this weekly or monthly
    2. You can see what you have to do to catch up, or
    3. If you are exceeding expectations, you can figure out what is causing this and focus more on that.

Now For My Own Goals This Year

 

setting up goals

Last year I had too many goals, but this year I have learned to reduce the number of goals to the very important ones.

  1. Get more products on my store.
    1. I currently have seminars and trainings I have done on my store, but I would like to get “items” for sale on there. If you are already in the fulfillment business, please contact me.In “non-business” survival (because I think a business is a large part of a resiliency plan), there are a few things that I did not do that I wanted to do last year. I am considering a couple goals for my wife and I BOTH:
      • Concealed Carry Permit:
        1. We did not do the concealed carry permit, but after our gun-fighting class, I realized the need even more.
          • Concealed Carry Training by March
          • Take Exam by May
      • Build a better rain catchment system
        1. Our rain catchment is nowhere near where I want it.
      • Get a NEW generator to run, probably one to run on natural gas
        1. Generators that run on natural gas are MUCH easier to use when the service is there, but it is a system that EVENTUALLY could fail, so have a different method of powering it (wood gas or methane)
        2. Having Gas hookup is more resilient that having gasoline storage for a portable generator.
  2. Make Sales
    1. I want to make $1000/month in business
      1. 12 How to Be a Prepper Systems
      2. 16 Advanced First Aid Kits Trainings
      3. 56 Advanced Firearm Carrier’s Trauma Kit Trainings
      4. 7 hours of 1 on 1 coaching
  3. Get more products on my store.
      1. I currently have seminars and trainings I have done on my store, but I would like to get “items” for sale on there. If you are already in the fulfillment business, please contact me.

    In “non-business” survival (because I think a business is a large part of a resiliency plan), there are a few things that I did not do that I wanted to do last year. I am considering a couple goals for my wife and I BOTH:

    • Concealed Carry Permit:
      1. We did not do the concealed carry permit, but after our gun-fighting class, I realized the need even more.
        • Concealed Carry Training by March
        • Take Exam by May
    • Build a better rain catchment system
      1. Our rain catchment is nowhere near where I want it.
    • Get a NEW generator to run, probably one to run on natural gas
      1. Generators that run on natural gas are MUCH easier to use when the service is there, but it is a system that EVENTUALLY could fail, so have a different method of powering it (wood gas or methane)
      2. Having Gas hookup is more resilient that having gasoline storage for a portable generator.
    • Get 4 more electric blankets
      1. This will give every single person their own temperature controlled electric blanket, which will reduce power consumption and raise comfort in the cold.
      2. Each blanket will cost 15-30 dollars for a total of 60-120 dollars

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Ken
Ken
Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

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