Change Your Life in 6 Months (My Process for Achieving Goals)

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This post is for those of you who have things you wish you were doing, but you just haven’t started doing it yet. The amount of time we all truly need is 6 months of focus to see the type of change we really want to see in our lives.

The big changes you want to make just needs 1000% of HARD CORE focus. There’s a version of you (6 months from now) that already exists. You have complete control of what you do with the next 6 months and I’d like to help you map it out if I could.

First, I want to recommend a few rules that are UNBREAKABLE for the next 6 months.

  • You’re not allowed to give up on yourself.

  • You’re not allowed to make excuses.

  • You’re not allowed to give less than 1000%.


The Design

Let me say, I like to design my life ON PURPOSE. Live life on my OWN TERMS…cause…I don’t like limitations and limiting rules. Just sayin’.

Your vision of your life is the design.

Hone in on what it is you want to accomplish. Think about the things you want to manifest and journal the kind of life you want to build. Writing and journaling is a critical step in the design process.

Grab a coffee (or glass of wine), your journal, and a pen.

Here are a few questions to consider. I encourage you to write the questions and answers in your journal, dated with today’s date.

  • What kind of life do you want to build?

  • What is most important to you?

  • What is the ONE thing you want to accomplish to start building this life?

  • Where do you want to be in 6 months above all else?

  • What do you need to give up so that you can zone in on that ONE thing? Reflect on where you are and what needs to change for you to get where you want to be.

A book that helped me simplify my life by focusing on one thing at a time instead of dividing my time between too many things (and not accomplishing anything) was “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. I recommend it if you struggle with that.

You’re going to take your one thing or your one big goal and seriously focus on it for the next 6 months. It’s like a HITT workout for your life™.

Maybe for 6 months you focus on your health and wellness.

Maybe for 6 months you focus on starting a business.

Maybe for 6 months you focus on writing a book.

Maybe for 6 months you focus all of your effort on saving a down payment.

Maybe for 6 months you focus on improving your credit score by 100 points.

Whatever you want to achieve, you need a plan that includes actionable steps, daily habits, and a deadline.

The Inspired Action

Now you’ll want to break your goal down into actionable steps. List 3 to 6 main actions you need to take to achieve your goal. For instance, if you want to focus on your health and fitness for the next 6 months because you’d like to lose 20 pounds and get more toned, your actionable steps might include….

Action #1: Eating healthier

Action #2: Getting physically active

Action #3: Joining a fitness group

Action #4: Getting an accountability partner

And if you want to focus on starting a business that you’ll launch 6 months from now because you want to break free from your traditional 9 to 5 in two years, your actionable steps might include…

Action #1: Taking a business class and writing a plan

Action #2: Learning about business structures and selecting one that fits your needs

Action #3: Choosing a business name

Action #4: Getting a business license

Action #5: Registering your business

Action #6: Getting a federal tax ID and a business bank account

The Monthly Goals

Now you can map out the next 6 months by breaking your actionable steps down into smaller monthly and daily goals.

For example, if you want to get physically active and eat healthier so that you can lose 20 pounds, you’ll need to determine how much weight you need to lose each month. It would also be important to know how many calories you take in now vs how many calories you need to eat (and deduct) to trigger your body to drop weight.

It would look something like this…

Lose 20 pounds in 6 months

Lose 3.5 pounds per month

Lose 1 pound per week

Current daily calories = 2200

Deduct 500 calories to initiate a calorie deficit

Take in 1700 or less calories per day (2200-500=1700)

The Habits

Now break your monthly goals down to daily habits. Want to write a book, your daily habit might be to write 1 page per day. Want to lose 20 pounds, your daily habit might be to track your meals throughout the day. Want to learn Spanish, your daily habit might be to practice for 30 minutes per day.

Schedule a certain number of habits per goal. For example, you may want to develop 3 daily habits per goal.

If you want to lose 3.5 pounds per month…

Habit #1: Workout for 1 hour each day.

Habit #2: Track your meals and calories.

Habit #3: Prep your meals.

If you want to write one chapter of your book per month…

Habit #1: Wake up and write at 5:30 am every morning.

Habit #2: Dedicate 1 hour per day.

Habit #3: Write a minimum of 1 page per day.

Create habits that support your goals.

The Follow-Through

Congratulations! Once you’ve done these steps, you’re ready to press GO!!

The next step is following through. Life design can’t work without follow-through. Once you have your vision for your life on paper, your ONE big goal pinpointed, your actionable steps and monthly goals figured out, and a list of daily habits that support your monthly goals, you have to take inspired action towards them and actually DO THE WORK.

Remember…1000%. You committed!!!

If you’d like support with that, or with any steps in this process, I have an offer for you. Come join the Leave Your Mark course. It’s a course full of “doing”. If the course is closed, hop on the waitlist.

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So, to recap, you’re going to…

  1. Journal the kind of life you want to build

  2. Identify the one big goal that will get you closer to your ideal life

  3. Break your big goal down into 3 to 6 actionable steps

  4. Break your actionable steps down into smaller monthly and daily goals

  5. Break your monthly goals down to 3 daily habits

  6. Take inspired action and follow-through

This process may seem too simple, but I’ve learned that its not usually the complicated things that work, it’s being consistent in the simple ones.

I truly hope this was helpful for you. You can apply this 6 month “doing” process to any goal you want to achieve. The key is to drive action over the next 6 months and give it EVERYTHING you’ve got.

I’d love to see you in the course. either way, best of success with your goal!

Until next time!

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Wanauma Graham is a creative and lifestyle entrepreneur, author of "Totally Unstoppable", and creator of She's dedicated to helping women work through fear and do something they’ve always wanted to do.