Rohn: Fix the next 10 years today

Anyone who pays reasonably close attention knows that Jim Rohn is one of the guys I pay pretty close attention to. I met him several years ago at a conference, was really impressed with him, and have been absorbing his mindmelds ever since.

If you’re under the age of 50, it’d be a mistake to dismiss Rohn as just another white haired armchair philosopher. Like many, he’s been rich and he’s been broke, and he prefers rich.

It’s bigger than that, however. Rohn’s teachings expand from sales to motivation to treating your dog better (or something like that). Most people have trouble pulling off a career with such a broad brush, but not Jim.

I use Jim’s stuff all the time, in various forms. For example, I have a phone call this afternoon with my coaching group. I’ll be leading a discussion in a workshop setting where we’ll be going over the highlights of the goal setting portion of Jim’s One Year Success Plan, albeit with a mix of other materials.

It’s not the typical New Year’s resolution sort of stuff that will be forgotten by Groundhog Day, nor is it just another S.M.A.R.T. discussion that ends there.

Instead, what it yields is a detailed action plan for the next 12 months, complete with accountability (the critical missing component in most resolutions), yet without trying to schedule every minute of every day during that period (something few would actually do).

An action plan where you can see the next couple of bite-sized steps, keeping it real, so to speak.

One of Jim’s frequently heard quotes about goal setting is “Now is the time to fix the next 10 years.”

What he means is turn off the email, turn off the phone and TV and take a few hours (worst case) to lay down a plan on paper for what you want to do, how you’re gonna get there. Floating around in the breeze like a sailboat with no captain is no way to live.