2023 is here and there is nothing I would love more than to help you set up your new year for success. (Maybe even set up the next three years of success too!)
I’ve been broke, homeless, stressed out, depressed, unhappy, anxiety-ridden, heart broken, and worked at a job that I am grateful for but left me with an emotionally dead feeling inside with nowhere to go.
When I was 26 I decided I wanted some change in my life from the job I was working and life I was living. I tried to start an online business with credit cards (don’t do it with CCs) and then lost all my money and thousands of more that I didn’t have. Then had to file for bankruptcy two years later. I was absolutely horrible with my money up until I was 28 and lived every month carelessly spending everything I made. I built nothing up financially.
My mother is sick with Multiple Sclerosis, like very sick. My sister is in and out of jail. My father just had his second heart attack putting his health up in the air. Thank God he is still alive. I have no financial inheritance and everything I have, I’ve worked for.
To put all this into other words, I intimately know the human experience and the struggles that it comes with.
I look at uncertainty every day. Fear and Anxiety are camped outside always trying to get by security.
I experience and work though the human emotions from all tests that life gives me every.single.day.
And everyday I have the same choice you have.
Am I going to let these tests of life beat me down to this victim mentality? or am I going to continually pick myself, control what I can control (me) and KEEP GOING FORWARD?
My story is here not to compete with yours nor is this a motivational post.
I share it with you because I too have had all the experiences and evidence in the world to convince myself to sit in my sorrow every day. But I choose not to.
And I most certainly share it because from these difficult moments, I was able to pick myself up and do so every day to continually transform my life in every way.
This is how I transformed my life over the past 5 years. This is how I set up my years and my phases (3 year time frame) to continually create a life I love.
If you are already rocking in life and feel like you’re making big strides, heck ya, I’m stoked for you. You can still use this as a momentum builder to continue in the direction of your vision to plan your years and your phases.
If you feel an overwhelming of anxiety, chaos, and sense of being stuck - here is the starting point to your way out.
Let’s dive in.
This process has evolved over time and what I want to share with you today is the current version of The Impacter Flow. I have pulled aspects and frameworks from multiple sources of information and put it all together to make one Flow. This is what works for me.
Here is the overview:
3 Year Vision
Word Of The Year
The Quarter (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)
The Rhythm of Life
The 30 Day Sprint
The three year vision is what you want your life to look like in the next three years. Picture yourself three years from now. What does your life look like? Get specific yet leave room for change and growth.
I map it out from a Being, Doing, Having framework - Who do I want to be(come)? What do I want to be doing? What do I want to have? Also I try to map out costs so I can make the right moves financially now to support these goals in the future.
New career? New position?
Airbnb Adventure Once A Month -$600
A house in Las Vegas with a pool - $3000 p/m
Map out 3-4 in each section making them big and broad that can keep you focused on the direction you want to take life. Once you see this 3-year vision, we can begin to reverse engineer the choices and goals to get there.
Come up with a word that sets the tone for the year. I usually pray about my WOTY months before it is December and see what beings to pop up. I then usually start seeing the word every where and it comes up in conversations. That’s how I know that’s the word for the year.
Ex. My last WOTYs
2019 - Release
2020 - Planted
2021 - Rooted
2022 - Rhythm
This is where I write out 5-7 Business/Professional Goals and 5-7 Personal goals I want to achieve during the year that are in alignment with the 3-year vision.
Only do 5-7 because you don’t want to have too many and not achieve them. Plus you need to use a super power - FOCUS. Hitting goals builds momentum and having 5-7 BIG goals for the year allows you to focus!
If you look at your three year vision, this is where you can start asking yourself questions, “How can I achieve that vision?” “What changes do I have to make?” “How can I break the 3-year vision down into yearly goals?”
You’ll notice we are tracking financial measurables as well. Setting financial goals sets you up for life and allows you to break them down into months in order to achieve the yearly goals that are in alignment with the three-year vision.
If your striving to really build up some wealth, what you are currently doing now won’t necessarily always get you there. You may have to change things up in order to make those strides. For example, if I wanted to 500X my net worth in the next three years - thinking in terms of picking up another job or working longer hours is not going to make that happen. Investing, buy/building business, and selling is going to get me there.
You begin to play a different game and ask bigger questions.
I have started to track inputs and output to see what inputs can 10X-100X my outputs. Financial example, if I want to increase my income, working 15 hours instead of 8 won’t always do the trick to reach your goals. Because you’ll eventually burn out (I’ve tried) You need to find more effective INPUTS in order to truly scale up your life and experience bigger OUTPUTS. I’m still working on this too.
This is where we take our yearly goals and begin to break them out into Quarterly rocks by a Quarter basis.
Remember, it is the little things we start doing that help us achieve the big things. The compound effect is the most powerful force that we might as well set in our favor because time compounds everything, positive or negative.
When planning out your year, give a theme to each quarter. I usually stay in alignment with the 4 key aspects and look at these through a more macro viewpoint (zooming out). Being, Body, Business, Balance.
Whatever your theme is for that quarter - that is your #1 priority of focus. Yes, your day will still continue to include all 4 but your main focus is your quarter’s theme.
For example, if Q1 theme is Being, everything I do revolves around me pushing myself to grow. 80% of my goals this quarter relate to the theme. Everything I read, listen to, engage with relates to helping evolve into a new version of me. I spend a lot more time reflecting, meditating, looking inward and looking at the relationship with myself. If I can I schedule some sort of retreat or event that can help me shift internally I do it. I am also a proponent of going through a psychedelic experience as that is one of the most profound shifts I have experienced in this process and try the schedule that at least once a year.
The best thing about Quarters is that you have the ability to change your daily schedule every three months. If this quarter your theme is Body and you schedule and commit to yourself to go to the gym at 6am everyday that means the next quarter when the theme changes to Being you can change your gym time to later in the day while you prioritize your Being time at 6am. You stick with your schedule until the 3 months is done. You evaluate, reflect, optimize what worked and what didn't and move to the next quarter. Make sense?
You’ll eventually find a flow that works but there is also power in changing up the flow so you don’t get so engraved and hardened into an unsustainable schedule. This small change every 3 months allows you to step back and make changes through a top down processing system. You think first, then do (which is hard) instead of doing first, then thinking (which is easy and habitual)
You must not be attached to anything but you must be disciplined to achieve everything.
Side note - for the Quarter where Body is the theme I do no alcohol, no cheat meals. This builds a discipline like no other and you feel amazing. You got it, it’s only 3 months.
If you can conquer your day while making. the small changes needed, you can significantly change the direction and outcome of your life.
Until you can change one thing about your day, you’ll experience the same results you have always experienced.
The day is filled by your routine and your habits. These are most important aspect of achieving anything & everything. The law of sensitive dependence on initial conditions states that a slight variation now over time can produce a major change in outcome.
The opportunity you have to change that slight variation in your initial condition lies in your daily activities. This is where we zoom in and examen all 24 hours of your day.
There are four aspects I look both macro and mirco viewpoints, Being, Body, Business, Balance. The day looks through these aspects at a micro viewpoint.
Being - Did I spend time meditating? Reflecting? Learning? Did I have me time?
Body - Did I sweat today? Did I do something today that is healthy for the body? Learn? Did I eat healthy?
Business - Did I put effort into my business/career today to grow, to maintain? Learn?
Balance - Did I spend time today with my partner? Friends? Kids? Family? Was I present? Learn? Did I serve someone today? Did I do something I love to do (hobby)?
Analyzing these components of your day allows you to craft what I call A Beautiful Day and create a life you ultimately love. This also allows you to take care of what I believe are the most important things in your life and put energy towards them daily.
First - Analyze your day hour by hour. Write out the individual activities you are doing that fall under each aspect. If you find one aspect that doesn’t have anything, this is an area of your life you are probably experiencing some sort of pain (emotional, physical, psychological) because you are neglecting it.
Second - Now write out all the different types of activities that can fall under each aspect. Activities that you are already doing and activities you have wanted to start doing. If you want to eliminate some activities, write them down, cross them out and replace them with a different activity.
Now that you have your Quarterly rocks and measurables, craft your perfect day and “daily schedule”
This is where we take our activities from our day and schedule them with our monthly theme being the priority. Don’t get too crazy just yet with changes and trying to add a completely new schedule, start small, build habit, then compound by adding the next thing.
Your mind will fight you. Because your mind likes comfort. It likes ease. It likes certainty. The brain is wired to evaluate a path, duration, outcome sequence and then work to make this sequence as easy as possible (like a habit) once it builds this habit it likes to stay that way.
If you are able to build these healthy path, duration, outcome sequences (habits) from the beginning you will find yourself improving (optimizing) more efficiently and minimizing negative experiences.
If your daily schedule gets thrown out of wack because of well LIFE - don’t be discouraged. Get back in alignment, back on schedule and keep going. Give yourself grace but also demand greatness for yourself.
Having them in your schedule makes them a priority. Yes, scheduled in your calendar with reminders. A schedule is KEY. I live and die by my schedule and builds great structure, habits, focus, and discipline.
I have found a Rhythm. This was actually my 2022 Word of the Year.
It's a flow that isn’t perfect but it keeps you down a path to creating the live you love striving to hit your goals and achieve your vision.
What keeps this Rhythm going efficiently are MEETINGS. Weekly, Monthly, Quarter, and Yearly. These are ALL scheduled in my calendar.
Weekly Meeting - Have a meeting with yourself every week to reflect on the previous week, look at your goals, and plan your next week. Also review all your finances and budgets this day. I do my meeting every Sunday first thing in the morning @ 7:30 am.
Monthly Meeting - I look at the month ahead, plan any big events that I want to do. I wrap up my finances & budgets for the month, plan next month, and review cash flow and my personal P&L (profit and loss). I review the Quarterly Rocks and make sure I have big tasks planned out to complete the following month. I do my Monthly meeting on the last Sunday of the month @ 9 am.
Quarterly Meeting - I reflect and review the previous quarter. I rebuild my daily schedule. I order any new books that fit with the theme for that quarter. And of course look at and review my financials (investments, budgets, profit and loss). I have this meeting on the last Sunday of the quarter and blends nicely with my monthly and weekly review.
Yearly Meeting - I plan a 2/3 day retreat. (usually down on the Las Vegas Strip because the energy there is crazy but you can do it anywhere as long as it is away from your house). I plan out my next year by going through this Impacter Flow. I have my fiancé join me on the last day and we plan out what we want our year to look like together. If the end of the year is an end of a 3-year phase (which this year is for me) I also reflect on the past three years, see where I am at compared with that vision and then write out the new 3-Year Vision for myself and as a family with my fiancé.
When is the best day to start? Yesterday.
Second best time? Today.
When does the rocket ship need the most power and resources to get to the next level? During take-off.
For the next 30 days commit to filling out this Impacter Flow. Get ready for the new year.
Pick ONE thing you can commit to these next 30 days and stick with it.
Commit and see what kind of results you get at the end of the 30 days.
Building this momentum and power can carry you into the new year at a new level, a new height.
The brain releases healthy dopamine when you are consistently having little victories day after day as your pursue something you want in life.
You can have all this planned out but you still need to do one thing - BECOME. Become the person you must become in order for you to continually grow and reach new heights.
I truly hope The Impacter Flow can start or continue a process for you to continually take your life higher, create a life you love, and reach new heights.
NewHeidts is just a reflection of me. I live NewHeidts. I live The Impacter Flow. I do this ALL! And I have experienced the results - so I know it works.
You’re on the right path and I believe in you. You got this.