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Dream Big. Plan Small.

MJ DeMarco's Innovative Goal-Achievement Strategy

When pursuing your goals, how often do you find yourself lost in the maze of your ambitions, unsure of the direction or the destination?

This common predicament highlights the importance of one of the most profound principles of goal-setting:

In order to get what you want, you need to know what you want.

MJ DeMarco's 1/5/10 Goal-Setting Strategy conquers the most common problem of goal-setting:

A fantastic goal without a fantastic plan is a fantastic fantasy.

These concepts are behind MJ DeMarco's 1/5/10 Goal-Setting System, which he leveraged to turn his dreams into reality. You can read his story here.

Visualize Your Goal, Then Reverse-Engineer by Shorter Periods.
Work backwards: Visualize your END GOAL when setting goals.

The Wisdom of DeMarco's 1/5/10 Strategy

DeMarco's 1/5/10 Strategy is deceptively simple yet immensely powerful. It urges you first to envision what you want to achieve within 6 to 10 years, then work backwards to make it a reality.

CEO? Billionaire? Pro athlete? Dream house?

Don't underestimate how much your life can change in just a few short years. Yes, you can go from broke to penthouse in ten years or less—countless people have done it.

After describing your perfect dream life 10 years from now, the next step is to visualize your life 5 years from today. This time, imagine how your life would need to look to be HALFWAY to your dream life. What needs to be done? And accomplished? For example, if your 6-10 year dream goal was to sell a company for eight-figures, your halfway goal might be to own a company with $500K in profits.

Do this again for shorter-term goals, all they way down to weekly goals.

This "halfway" approach of working backward from your visualization to your end goal ensures that every step you take—daily or weekly— is aligned with your final goal, thereby greatly enhancing the likelihood of achieving it. It's about painting a clear picture of your destination before taking one step.

Why Starting with the End Matters

  1. Clarity of Purpose: Knowing your end goal provides a clear direction. It's like having a destination in a navigation system; it guides every decision and turn you take.
  2. Efficient Use of Resources: When you know where you're headed, you can allocate your time, energy, and resources more effectively, avoiding unnecessary detours.
  3. Motivation and Commitment: Keeping the end goal in mind constantly renews your motivation and commitment to your objectives, especially when faced with challenges and setbacks. GoalSumo keeps your feedback loop firing (the impetus for durable motivation), incorporating a combination of gamification, rewards, mentorship, and motivation.
  4. Measurable Progress: By understanding your final goal, you can set benchmarks and milestones, making tracking and measuring your progress easier. GoalSumo segments goals into flexible time-silos, so your journey is guilt-free and optionally, without deadline pressure.

Why GoalSumo?

With GoalSumo, the daunting task of goal-setting becomes a structured yet flexible journey. Here's how:

  1. Visionary Goal-Setting: GoalSumo encourages you first to define your ultimate goal, ensuring that every smaller goal or task you set is a stepping stone towards this larger vision.
  2. Reverse-Engineering Your Goals: Our application breaks down your end goal into smaller, manageable components, helping you to see the immediate steps you need to take and keeping you consistently aligned with your ultimate aim.
  3. Integrated Mentorship and Motivation: GoalSumo's unique blend of mentorship and motivation tools keeps you inspired and on track. The Mentor Box within the app serves as a constant reminder of your end goal, fueling your journey with encouragement and expert advice. We've also roadmapped a plan to integrate community functions so you never feel alone.
  4. Intuitive Tracking and Adjustment: The app's tracking system allows you to monitor your progress toward your end goal. It's flexible enough to adjust your plan as needed, ensuring you're always moving in the right direction.

At GoalSumo you are encouraged to dream big. Thinking big and planning small is not just a goal-setting technique; it's a strategy that can dramatically increase your chances of success in any endeavor.

GoalSumo is your partner in this journey, transforming DeMarco's wisdom into a tangible, accessible tool that guides you from envisioning your dream to living it.

Embrace this approach, and watch as your path to achievement becomes clearer, more focused, and infinitely more attainable.