““Down the stairs and up Fifth Avenue. Hippity-hop, I’m a Bunny!”” – Gloria Steinem, “I Was a Playboy Bunny,” Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983)

Take out a sheet of paper. Title it “Life’s Goals” (if you have no shame) or “Stuff to Do Before I Croak” (if you are afraid someone will see it).

Now make a list of everything you want to accomplish. Everything. Making a lot of money. Writing books. Traveling to Rome. Learning to tap dance. Write till you are done.

Let it sit for a few hours. Even a day. Then narrow the list down to your top ten choices. Then take another rest. Now make another cut. This time you have to select your top four goals. (Imagine your obituary. What would you want said about you?)

Okay these are your Life Goals, your top priorities, your bottom-line objectives. Now of the four, pick one that is numero uno. On a separate sheet of paper…or perhaps on an index card…write down these four with the top choice on top. Highlight that one.

The plan you are about to learn will pretty much guarantee that you achieve all four objectives before you die. It will definitely allow you to complete the first one. How good is that? Consider this – if you haven’t done these things yet and you’re over 30…there is an 80% plus chance you won’t finish them…ever.

Unless you follow this program.

Okay. Here’s what you need to do now. Convert those four goals into five-year objectives. For example, let’s say that one of your Life Goals is to have a net worth of ten million dollars. And let’s say that you want to retire in ten years. You might make “having a $5 million net worth” your five year goal.

You are going to use this five-year list to create a one-year list. And you will use the one-year list to create monthly lists. And you will use the monthly list to create weekly lists. And the weekly lists to create dailies.

I know. I know. But it works. It really works.

Tomorrow we’ll see how to make this conversion from a five-year plan to a daily to-do list. For today, just focus on getting the big four picked out.

Do that and think about this: if you make these your priorities you will almost surely have to sacrifice other, lesser interests to achieve these. And to make sure you complete your top goal, you may have to compromise even some of the other four.

But the good news is that you will definitely achieve your primary goal and you will have a much better chance of finishing the other three than you would ever have otherwise.