Create Your Battle Board! (My Secret to Productivity)

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  • “I really believe that if you’re going to do any major projects in your life or if you’re trying to achieve your dreams, you need one of these Battle Boards.”
  • If you have trouble following through with your goals and staying motivated, one of the best things you can do is create a visual representation of your goals. In this episode, learn how to create your own Battle Board.
  • “Having a visual representation of what you’re after, and looking at it every day, is so critical to all of personal development training of all time.”
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Hey all, it’s me. I’m in the office right now and people are always asking how I plan out my life and get things done, and I have this concept I want to teach you called the Battle Board.

I really believe that if you’re going to do any major projects in your life or if you’re trying to achieve your dreams, you need one of these Battle Boards. I recently talked about it in one of our HPX Coaching trainings. That’s where I go live every single month and teach you advanced personal development concepts. So, watch this training on my Battle Board concept and make sure you get one set up in your house and then share it on social media on Instagram or Facebook, because I’d love to see what your Battle Boards look like.

Enjoy the training. Create your Battle Board. Write it down. Create your Battle Board. What does that mean?

Here’s what it means.

If I could go through the internet and show up in your house right now, could you take me by the hand and show me a wall in your house that clearly outlines and shows what you are working towards? And by the end of 2019? Maybe you call it a vision wall, a mission wall, or your war room. But can you show me, visually in your house—not on your computer, not in your little phone, not on this one little note you tuck away and hide from everybody else so they don’t see what you’re working on—a wall with your battle plan?

See, so many people don’t breakthrough.

They don’t breakthrough because often what ends up happening for them is, unfortunately, they don’t have a plan. They won’t talk about it and they won’t say anything to anybody and yet, if you get down to it, you start coaching, start working with them, you find out they didn’t have a plan. So, I think it’s so important that you realize the value of having your battle plan.

So, what’s a Battle Board? If I showed up in your house, you would have a wall somewhere. Maybe you wrote it on an eight and a half by 11. In my room, I literally got butcher paper and took some blue tape and strapped this thing on this butcher tape across the wall. And what is on that wall? There are 12 boxes on that wall, ladies and gentlemen. What’s on that Battle Board? 12 boxes. What’s each box? A month.

Each box represents one month, and within that box, what do I have written down? The goals that have to happen that month, the metrics that have to happen that month, the steps I’m going to take that month, the key activities of that month. Right there on the Battle Board.

You all got it?

And I’ve seen a lot of these from clients before. I’ll walk in and there’s their Battle Board and they might have a fancy one made out of burlap and tacks and have a beautiful Instagram-ready Battle Board. They’ve got their mission statement across the top. Then they’ve got a reminder of the three words of who they want to be as a person. Enthusiastic, bold, present. Then they’ve got the 12 boxes.

“Oh look! In July, here are the numbers they’re trying to hit. Here’s what they’re trying to do in August. Here’s what they’re trying to do in September.”

And on that Battle Board, it might be the most simple things. It might be in September—event coming up. What are they doing before the event? Here are the five steps. October, what are they doing? They’re taking a vacation. Here’s what’s going on. Visually representing your battle plan that’s on a wall, that you see all the time, is so important.

I cannot tell you how many people fail to do this.

I think it’s unfortunate because I know many of you have been in corporate America before. If you’ve never worked at the senior leadership level, they’ve got war rooms dedicated to this. I’ve had the blessing of being in the White House multiple times, I’ve had the blessing of being at NASA, I’ve had the blessing of being at some of the biggest companies in the world, and when I worked with these executives, they dorked out on this.

“Oh, here’s what we’re working on, Brendon,” and there’s a board. I just call it the Battle Board. And what they’re writing on the Battle Board is everything they’re working and moving towards. And I see that Battle Board, and I know them. I know they’re going to achieve it.

It’s important. If you’ve ever been a member—I know we have a lot of members of the US military here, congratulations. We represent and honor your service. We respect you so much; I love the military at this. They put a bunch on a board, everyone stands around and talks about it. In your business I’m sure you’ve got a white board somewhere, but here’s the issue, a lot of people have a white board—in their house, in their home, in their office—and it’s empty all the time. Or they use it once in a while.

The Battle Board is a permanent plan for achieving what this year? So if you don’t have that, give yourself the gift.

Go get some butcher paper or a big poster board, tape it up, get some blue tape so it doesn’t rip off your paint, and tape it up on a wall. Draw a box—July, August, September, October, November, December, and get razor clear. What are your monthly or your weekly goals? What’s going to be on there? What are you achieving? What are you working towards?

For some of you, the reason you haven’t doubled your progress this year is because your eye keeps getting taken off the game plan. You lose yourself in this. Listen, I guess the average person picks their phone up over 80 times a day. They pick up their phone 80 times a day and look, and look, and look. But if you ask them, “Did you look at your battle plan for the year? Do you know where you’re at this month? What’s going on for next month?” And they can’t even say yes.

This is a challenge. This is a problem, my friends. So let’s get better at this and create your Battle Board. HPX, I want to see this. I want you to create your Battle Board in your house. No matter what you write on there, I want you to take a picture of it. I want you to put it in our Facebook group, Brendon’s Awesome Students or HPX Motivation Group. Get in there and post your pictures. Show us your Battle Boards. We want to see them.

Put it on social media, on Instagram if you want to, #battleboard, #HPXlife. I’d love to see your Battle Boards. You’ve got to have a board up.

How are you going to win if you don’t have a board up?

If you ever visit a stock exchange, old school, down on the stock floor, and you looked up and they got all the numbers ticking across there, it tells everyone on the floor what to pay attention to—what to do. Now we’ve advanced beyond that obviously, but there’s some symbolism in that.

Did you look at your goals every day this year? It’s such a simple question. Every day—I don’t mean once in a while. Every day. And if you didn’t, my invitation to you is to consider the fact that maybe the amount of time that you’re spending with your goals is not sufficient enough to motivate you. Maybe, the amount of time you’re spending with your goals is not sufficient enough to keep you focused. Maybe the amount of time you’re spending with your goals is not sufficient enough to activate the unconscious part of your brain that says, “I know how to achieve that.” Maybe it’s the reason you’re not coming up with more ideas in the shower in the morning; because you’re not queuing your brain with enough representation or enough repetition of looking at your specific goals.

Because when you look at your specific goals over and over and over and over again, day after day after day after day, it literally helps rewire your brain. It helps program your brain to say, “Let me pay attention to ideas, thoughts, and feelings I have consciously and unconsciously that might be able to manifest these goals.”

And this is why having a visual representation of what you’re after, and looking at it every day, is so critical to all of personal development training of all time.

But why is it that so many people still don’t do it? They just get caught up.

More people look at other people’s Instagram every day than they do their own goals and we wonder why so many people are struggling to achieve things faster. Let’s get you back on your plan. Let’s get you back on moving forward because you’re paying attention to what is necessary for your life and your goals every day. Best of all, if you have your goals, I appreciate listening to goals, but I’d rather see it charted out on a page: monthly goals and major activities.

Mission statement? Okay. Three words that define who I am? Okay. My values? Great. Something up on that board that you look at and go, “There’s my life, that’s what I’m working towards today.”

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