I just finished up a book and I had to share about it here. It may not be the kind of book you’d expect to see reviewed here, but I think it’s worth sharing here. The methods in this book can be applied to any area of your life, including relationships! If you’re wanting to improve any area of your life, read below about this book and then get your copy to read and get started!
The 12 Week Year is written with the business professional in mind, but Brian Moran does mention throughout the book that you can apply these principles to any goal in your life: financial, health or physical, entrepreneurial, spiritual, or relational. This is not a “pie-in-the-sky,” feel good book. The 12 Week Year is loaded with practical steps.
Moran starts out trying to get the reader on board, explaining with research and studies that self-accountability is not a bad word. He also states what we all know deep down… that great ideas are wonderful, but it’s implementation that actually gets things done.
How many times have you set a goal (had an idea), and then either never did anything with it or did a little, but then pushed it to the back burner because of more seemingly urgent interruptions? I know that experience all too well as a mom!
The author calls attention to the fact that many businesses wind up having to push really hard and strive at the last quarter of the year, because they failed to achieve their goals the rest of the year. I believe we all know this as procrastination. Who hasn’t put off an assignment until the last minute?! We tend to do this with our goals and all of our “good intentions,” too. That’s why so many New Year’s resolutions fail by January 31st. We think there’ll be plenty of time to do it later. Urgent interruptions come along. We have not planned for success.
Moran says there are three principles that determine your success: Accountability, Commitment, and Greatness in the Moment. Then he gives five disciplines to apply that will encourage you to be consistent. He also reminds us that there is some time and stages involved in making change and forming new habits. Everyone says it takes about 21 days to break or form a habit. However this article suggests that takes even longer. According to them, more like 66 days. Most people give up on a new habit or goal long before that.
After the explanation of why this method works, Moran then takes the reader through the steps of creating Long-term visions, short term (about 3 years or so) goals, and then the first 12 weeks! He also goes over how to apply this to a team and then the importance of having weekly accountability meetings with other like-minded 12-Week-Year participants.
As I was reading this book, I couldn’t wait to have my husband read it, and I hope to read it with my children as well. I’m excited to start planning my 12 week year and accomplishing “more in 12 weeks than others do in 12 months.” I’m excited to share in a future post how we can apply this to our relationships and even evangelism. I would like to get a group together that has read the book so we can journey through this together!
So, now that you have a taste, go grab your copy and it read it as fast as you can so we can dive into planning more strategically and getting more things done together! Check it out here on Amazon!
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