This is a guest post from Adam Crews of ChaseTheMountain.com. – MK
By Adam Crews
Challenges are nothing new within our DNA as hunters, nor are they new within our own lives. Work, family friends, all of these things present challenges in our life, it’s how we work through them that makes us successful – or not. Today’s whitetail hunter will face the common challenges of:
- Time – lack of time to hunt.
Access – not having access to properties to hunt.
- Pressure – overpopulated hunting areas.
To overcome these challenges we hunters must begin setting goals with a plan to achieve them. The idea of setting goals in life is nothing new to any of us, and should not be new to us hunters. Yet many times as hunters we set goals without any real way of measuring our success, or a proper plan to achieve them.
Parkinson’s Law states that: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”
If this quote resonates with you as true, it’s because it is. Think about the last task you completed. Now think about how long it took you to complete that task. Do you believe that you could have completed the task at a faster pace if you had set a time limit upon completion? Of course you could have.
If someone would have told me two years ago that I could produce 1-2 blog posts per week, start a website and launch a startup business while working a 50+ hour a week job I would have scoffed. But here I am, doing just that. I didn’t lose my job, or my mind – I just stumbled upon Parkinson’s Law.
The answer to achieving success in your hunting career is very attainable and doable for every person reading this right now. As a matter of fact, you can take the information below and apply it to your everyday life to achieve the results you’re looking for.
Let’s dig into the method, and use an example to help us grasp the concept:
1. Set A Goal (Using The S.M.A.R.T. Method)
- The first step in setting a goal, is making sure that it is Specific. Make sure the desired result is crystal clear to you, and could be understood by anyone.
The goal should be Measurable so that you can track your progress and pace yourself to the finish line.
Always make sure the goal is Attainable, if it is not you will never believe that you can make it happen in the first place.
No doubt it should be Relevant to what you feel would make you happy once the goal is achieved,
- Last, but not least your goal should be Time-Bound so that you can set a date to have this accomplished.
So let’s look at an example of a S.M.A.R.T. Goal – making sure it meets the correct criteria:
- Is this a Specific Goal? Yes – “By August 2016 I need 200 acres of hunting property within 40 minutes of my home.”
Is the goal Measurable? Yes – Finding 200 acres is a measurable goal.
Is the goal Attainable? Yes – Finding 200 acres could be a challenge, but possibly breaking this up into smaller lots that make 200 would be doable.
Is the goal Relevant? Yes – If you need more hunting access, 200 acres really opens up the door to more hunting opportunity.
- Is there a Time-Table? Yes – The goal must be completed by August 2016.
2. Setting Micro Goals
In the business world we look at goals in two forms; macro and micro. The macro goal is the overall desired result. The micro goals, would be the smaller goals that we set to help us attain the larger goal at hand. In the above example let’s set some micro goals to help us achieve the desired result.
In June 2016 we have 0 acres to hunt. To generate the micro goals, use 10 day micro goals to achieve the desired result (macro goal).
First 10 day micro goal: Use land plat maps to identify a potential of 5,000 acres to hunt.
Next 10 day micro goal : Break the acreage down into a spreadsheet and identify the landowner names and addresses, while also determining the specific range from your home. (For this example we will say that you came across 50 landowners that owned 20-100 acres each).
Now you have a good starting point to finding your 200 acres, but there are no guarantees that you will get enough yeses to get you to 200 – so you have to act now.
Next micro goal: Set the amount of people you can potentially contact within the 10 days, and begin knocking on doors. For the sake of an example, let’s knock on 3 doors every day Monday-Friday, leaving us 35 for Saturday and Sunday.
By following this micro and macro goal setting you will have knocked on 50 doors within 30 days of setting your goal. If you started in June, and achieved your goal by July, that gives you 30 days of scouting time before it’s time to set your stands come August 1st.
3. Doing The Work
Now that you have the formula to achieving your goal, all that is left is doing the work. Jim Rohn states that, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
What Jim described is 100% accurate. I have no doubt that if you are reading this – you are motivated, but if you are going to get things done you have to create the habit. To create the habit you have to start doing the work. It works this way with anything in life and should come as no surprise. People that do the work, are the ones that succeed. Go do the work and enjoy a successful 2016 hunting season.
– Adam Crews, ChaseTheMountain.com