If you’re like me, there’s probably been a moment where you were sitting at your 9-5 office job thinking of how you could make more money, or lose more weight, or buy your dream car. It’s easy to but those big goals on the back burner because hey, life is busy, and I don’t have the resources or the time to make those things happen. But, what if there was a different approach to making those big dreams attainable? The answer is reverse engineering!
By definition, here’s what it means to “reverse engineer” something:
to study or analyze (a device, as a microchip for computers) in order to learn details of design, construction, and operation, perhaps to produce a copy or an improved version.Reverse Engineering – dictionary.com
This term, in a formal setting, is used for computer engineering, but can easily be applied to any skillset you’re looking to master. Typically, goals are set and we take steps to master those goals, but I’ve found it to be more efficient to set goals and reverse engineer those goals to achieve specific results.
So how exactly does that work?
When it comes to being productive in reaching goals I set for myself (in business, life, or just… well, anything) I find that I am more successful if I physically put pen to paper and write down the goal. I’ve learned that sometimes what might look like a one-year goal can be easier to achieve if I break it down into something simpler, more specific, measurable, and attainable. By doing this, I celebrate the little victories along the way and reduce the chances of burnout trying to grasp at every opportunity to reach that big one-year goal.
Here’s where reverse engineering comes into play: take your ultimate goal and ask yourself, “what steps can I take to make this happen?” If it’s a one-year goal find a clean sheet of paper and do a complete brain dump as follows:
Answer these questions:
Since we’re using an “annual 6-figure revenue” goal for this example, let’s talk specifics in regards to this goal.
Now that we have the specifics, it’s easier to attain our ultimate goal! Now you have to ask yourself, “What can I do to generate $297 per day?” Here’s a few examples:
I feel like I reverse engineer nearly everything I do! Here’s a few examples of how I might use this strategy in everyday life:
That’s just a few examples of the concept and for you, things might look differently. You’ll need to adapt the technique best suited to help you take baby steps to achieving those big goals!
Maybe your big goal is a starting a side hustle, sticking to an exercising routine, monthly savings goals, opening a business, going on a nice vacation, paying for a vehicle in cash, or maybe even creating a blog of your own. Now you know how to break down big goals into smaller tasks. Commit to those tasks on a daily or weekly basis so that you can see that your big goal is on track to being accomplished. While breaking down the goal creates for an easier journey, you must still be self disciplined to put in the work to reach your success. As time passes, reevaluate your goal to make sure you’re on track and adapt to any changes if needed.
This strategy has proven to work in my life time and time again. I would consider myself a master at reverse engineering. One of my nerdiest reverse engineering qualities is tapping into the code of websites and figuring out different widgets and apps that are working for other successful businesses. Raise your hand if you’ve ever watched a YouTube video of how to do something? Yeah, we’ve all been there! I even YouTube-ed how to breathe during childbirth and it truly helped me during delivery! That’s the power of reverse engineering!
So tell me…
Are you familiar with reverse engineering?
Are you a “master” at reverse engineering but didn’t know it had a name?
What are your “big goals” and how can you break them down to make it easier to attain?
Leave a comment or contact me so we can figure it out together! I’d love to know your thoughts!
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