So I just got back from my 1st quarter vacation with my family and we had a blast (I’ll share some pics in a sec). We went to Las Vegas and while there we made the 2.5 hour drive to see the amazing Grand Canyon, the 45 minute drive to experience the epic Hoover Dam and we also got to see the mind blowing Red Rock Canyon.
For the last couple of years, I’ve made a commitment to do a quarterly vacation with my family and these trips serve two purposes:
Purpose #1: Of course spend quality time with the family while exposing my kids to different things. This assist them with thinking much bigger.
Purpose #2: For me to take the time to do as one of my mentors say “reflect and project.” In other words, I review(reflect) on the quarter that just passed and then I plan(project) the upcoming quarter.
Now before I share my strategy for planning Q2 and any quarter for that matter, here are some of the pics from our adventure:
*If you’d rather not see the pics, you can just skip them and scroll down to the bottom.
Here’s our first pic once we first got to the Las Vegas Airport:
Here’s a pic of us at The Grand Canyon on Day 1:
This is a pic down into the Grand Canyon (honestly the pics do it no justice – you have to see it in person)
In Vegas they have this really “interesting” strip called “Freemont Street” a.k.a “The Freemont Experience and we decided to pay it a visit on Day 2. Here’s a few pics:
Here’s my 4 year old, Mj with Skye, Chase and Marshall from the Paw Patrol (My 3 year old Ro-Ro decided to stay away from this pic lol)
Here’s my oldest son, Que’ and my two nephews with Black Panther and Deadpool..
Here’s my daughter, son, nephew and I before Zip Lining down Freemont St…
While checking out The Magic Show on Freemont St, one of my nephews was picked out the crowd to participate in the Magic Show (the magician was amazing by the way):
On Day 3 we went down to check out the Hoover Dam, but the resort we were staying at had a Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, so here’s Mj and Ro-Ro with the Easter Bunny! Is it me, or does the Easter Bunny look a little hung over from hanging out in Vegas?
Here’s a few pics from the Hoover Dam… (this one has the Memorial Bridge in the background). It’s insanely high. I have another pic of it below.
Here’s a pic of us with the Hoover Dam and the mountains in the background…
(By the way, a lot of people love the t-shirts…I can take NO CREDIT! It was totally the Genius of my Queen 🙂 )
Here’s a pic of The Memorial Bridge that sits over the Hoover Dam:
The bridge sits at a dizzying 880 feet over the Colorado River, it is the second-highest bridge in the United States and the highest concrete-arch bridge anywhere.
This is a pic of the Hoover Dam itself…
This is a pic of us 576 ft. underground, during the tour where we saw the generators etc. that fuels all the machinery that makes the Hoover Dam function.
We were literally inside of the mountain that you see in the above pics. It was truly Engineering and Innovation at it’s finest.
On Day 4, we went down to the amazing Red Rock Canyon. When I say “amazing” that’s a total understatement
(this is a pic of us at the entrance):
This is a pic of us in front of the Red Rock mountains. As you can see the mountains really are RED! And NO, this isn’t a green screen, even though it kinda look likes it is…
This is a pic of my 3 year old, Ro-Ro and I hiking through the Red Rock Canyon. As you can see he is quite the character and this is definitely one of my favorite pics lol
This is me getting my GQ pose on in the Red Rock Canyon. This is my wife’s favorite pic (it actually made her screen saver on her phone and she mentioned getting it printed out for framing – YAY Me! 🙂 ) Photo Credit goes to my 14 year old, Que’.
To wrap up our Adventure, we had dinner at the “Top Of The World” restaurant on the 106th floor of the Stratosphere Hotel. It slowly rotates as you eat and you can see the entire city…
After dinner, we went up to the 109th floor (the roof top) where we saw people bungee jump from the roof (I’ll pass on that) and we could see the entire city. I think it was a great way to wrap it out. Here’s that pic…
How To Plan Q2 Like A Boss 🙂
Keep in mind, the title of this article is “How to Plan Q2 Like A Boss” but you can use the same strategy to plan any quarter. I just wrote this going into Q2.
I even have my kids do a more abbreviated version of this when we’re on our vacations. Let’s Get 2 It…First off, planning for a future quarter starts with a review:
Step #1: Wins
A lot of times we get so caught up on our goals, that we don’t focus on the wins and accomplishments we’ve already had. Oprah says, [spp-tweet tweet=””The more things we are grateful for, the more things we will have to be grateful for!””]
Here are a few of my wins from the first quarter:
+Worked out consistently
+Took My Queen to see the “Set it Off” Stage Play (had amazing seats)
+Discovered Blood Type and committed to Plant Based Diet
+Took the family to Vegas, Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon
+Put Mj in Flag Football
+Put Ro-Ro in Soccer
+Hosted first quarter 5FMM Bootcamp(this is an event for clients only)
+Hired Bianca (my new amazing Business Manager)
+Hired Mike to help build sales team
+Brought on Jonathan, our New Enrollment Coach.
+Co-Hosted Internet Monetization Mastery Live Event with G.Bass
+Spoke at G.Bass’ Mastermind in Miami
+Got tickets to take Mj and Ro-Ro to Disney Dance Tour in Chattanooga
+Got tickets for me and the boys to go to The PowerNetworking Conference in July
+Completed and Published my new book, 7 SaturdaysI could go on, but I think you get the picture, right? What are some of yours? Drop them in the comment section below.
Step #2: Lessons Learned
+Everything that’s healthy eating for you, may not be the same for Others (eating based on blood type)
+Just hire other people for the stuff you aren’t already amazing at. That is how you collapse time. If you have a specific goal you’re looking to hit, every month, you’re not hitting that goal, it’s costing you that much money.
So if you let a whole year go by and you don’t make $20k per month consistently, that just cost you $240k for those 12 months.
This is why I regularly invest in coaches to help me collapse time and get results faster. If you’d like my person help getting $10k, $20k or more, go here and schedule a call (you can also see some of our Success Stories).
+Arizona (Grand Canyon)
+Red Rock Canyon
Step #4: Books Read & Courses Completed
-How To Write Copy The Pierces Hearts by Apryl Beverly
-How To Write Copy That Sells by Ray Edwards
-The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner
-Miseducation Of The Negro by Carter G. Woodson
-Rev. Ike’s Secrets For Health, Happiness & Prosperity for YOU
-Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
These are just to name a few. I’ve read some and listened to some on Audible. Also in full disclosure, some of them I haven’t fully completed and there are others I didn’t add to the list because I couldn’t think of them right off as I sit at the desk and create this article.
Also there are no courses listed, because I’m at the point in my business and life, where I feel it’s just more beneficial for me, to just hire coaches to assist with specific parts of my business growth. I just like to accelerate the growth of my business.
Step #5: # Of New Clients Enrolled
Step #8: Ad Spend
I don’t want to come off as bragging, so I won’t list the numbers from #5-#8 here, so let’s look at Step #9 and then dive into How To Plan Q2…
Step #9: Did you hit your expected goals in Q1?
If not, why not? What can you do to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself in Q2?
For me, I know I hired coaches for Q1 that helped out big time. If you’re not where you want to be, I always suggest hiring a coach. Even if it’s not me, get with someone. If you want to see if we’re a good fit to work together, you can schedule a call here.
Phase 2: The Planning
(these are in no particular order)
-Break them down into daily, weekly and monthly action plans.
-Maybe a vacation
Step #4: How do you plan to incorporate the lessons learned from Q1 into Q2 to make you more effective, productive etc.?
I have my kids write down their wins from the quarter before, their lessons learned and their Top 5 goals for the coming quarter.
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This was a huge help. I’m doing phase 1 and 2 as soon as I finish my comment. Here are a couple of 1st quarter accomplishments: overcame a major health crisis, lost 30 pounds, got accepted into Liberty University’s Master of Divinity program, secured a new client and started negotiations with my first global client, returns-did my website, set up a new group on Facebook and a new group on LinkedIn, grew my LinkedIn connections from 800 to 1,100, set up an automated scheduling app, did video promos for the first time, ran ads of Facebook and got 5,000 impressions, created an application to vet clients, did three consultations with the new schedule app, closed 2, scheduled two new client prospects for April consultations. What didn’t work – still not attracting my target market of women corporate executives with high incomes looking to transition into a nonprofit career.
This was a huge help. Q1 I lost 30 pounds, overcame a health crisis, got accepted into Liberty University’s Master of Divinity program, created a new group on LinkedIn and increased my connections from 800 to 1100, automated scheduling and did three consultations – closed 2.
Congrats on that and thanks for sharing
Thanks for the feedback
Big help. My Q1 highlights: lost 30 pounds, watched your webinar, automated scheduling, advertised on Facebook and LinkedIn, 3 consultations scheduled and closed 2, started a new group on Facebook and LinkedIn and grew LinkedIn connections from 800 to 1000
COngrats and thanks for sharing