Your Quarterly Goals

Creating your Maniphesto Core Plan

Now you have a clear idea of the three P’s, you have a clear vision of where you are going, so we are ready to create your self-leadership dashboard. We will do this by setting concrete goals in the three areas of Practice, People, and Purpose for the next three months, and then deciding on daily tactics to ensure that you reach that goal. 

Firstly, determine your goals in each of the three areas, and then your daily tactics. As you do this, make sure that you formulate your goals as shortly and precisely as possible and make sure that each objective corresponds to the SMART criteria:

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant).

  • Measurable (easy to determine if you attained it or not).

  • Achievable (realistic).

  • Relevant (directly related to the vision you want to attain).

  • Time bound (there is a clear deadline).

Before we get started, a note of caution – Take especially care with the Achievable and Relevant aspects:

Achievable – Most men set overly ambitious goals and try to change too much at once. We recommend to rather aim for changing just one small thing which you know will make you a better man. Also, aim your focus and energy at just one of the three P’s at a time. If you are still finding your feet, then apply your ambition on the Practice area, and perhaps the People to a certain extent, but go easy on yourself regarding making big waves regarding Purpose. Trying to make drastic changes in all three areas at the same time is a recipe for failure, as is focusing exclusively on Purpose while your personal Practice is not up to speed. 

Relevant – It is vital that you think through and understand how your goals relate to your vision. The goals you set now will be for the next three months. If your vision is three years from now, it is advisable to plan out, at least at a high level the entire three years from now. Perhaps you do not need to plan as much detail for year two and three, as you do for the next three months. But getting a clear overview of what will be needed will help you to be able to see all the steps along the way and how your quarterly goals will get you to your objective.

So, for example, let’s say I have a vision three years from now which entails being in great shape, having a deep and meaningful relationship with a girlfriend and getting a more meaningful job. And let’s say that I am 15kg overweight, a really shy person and with no idea about what kind of work I really want to do. Then my goals for the next three months could look like this:

Practice: Establish a solid daily routine for physical exercise

People: Read three books about connecting better with people

Purpose: Establish a habit for contemplating the meaning of my life

I would then also at least write at a high level, my goals for the following months and years – which could involve signing up for a 5 K race, and then a half marathon, starting to put the ideas from the books into practice and exploring places to meet a potential partner, and finding other people to talk with me and even mentor me in finding more meaningful work.

Once you have your three months goals set, then it is just about deciding on what is the one thing that you will do every single day of the week, and thus implement as a solid habit which will make sure that you get to your goal. Again, pay particular attention to the Achievability and Relevance aspects to keep your expectations to yourself realistic and to keep the connection from daily activities to your overall vision, through your three month goals.

If we were to take the example above, then we could set the following tactics: 

Practice tactic: Go for a run or a walk of at least 15 mins every day.

People tactic: Read for 10 mins every day

Purpose tactic: Write in my journal for at least 5 mins every day.

Now it’s your turn!