How to Reach Your Goals in 90 Days

Viktor Frankl wrote Man’s Search for Meaning in 9 days. That’s an amazing accomplishment; and if you could manage to write your own book in 90, then that would be an amazing accomplishment as well.

And it’s possible.

Whatever your goal is. It’s possible to achieve it in 90 days.

Why it Works

The skill/time trade off. Even though Man’s Search for Meaning was completed in such a short amount of time, it’s still a great book that’s had incredible success (over 12 million copies sold).

Great things can be achieved fast, but it’s extremely difficult. To spend only 9 days, you need to be talented and highly knowledgeable; and not to mention lucky.

However, the reality is that only a few of us can pull off something like that. But the good news is that most of us are capable of producing greatness in 90 days, rather than just 9.

With 90, there’s enough time to get good at something. And at the same time, it’s also not enough time to slack around; so you better get moving towards the deadline.

The goal deadline. A goal with a specific deadline creates motivation. It signals by when your project should be completed, and that arouses a motivational force to work on it. Again, a deadline of just 90 days is not enough time to slack around. But it’s enough time to complete it thoroughly.

Although it’s likely that Viktor Frankl didn’t have a deadline, it’s likely that he had a sense of urgency as he wrote the manuscript. He had a goal of sharing his Holocaust- experiences with the world, and he knew that it was worth getting it out as soon as possible.

When you have 90 days, by comparison, you will still be filled with a sense of urgency. It’s a short enough time to compel you into action, but simultaneously, it’s enough time to reduce anxiety.

The reduction of anxiety. A common reason why people don’t complete their goals is due to anxiety. And generally, there’s two main causes of it: Anxiety of not being able to reach the goal, and anxiety of completing the wrong goal.

In 90 days, you can perfectly well reach your goal. It’s enough time to get good at something, and you don’t have to stress in order to get it done. In the next section, I will cover specific tips on how to make sure that you reach it. For now, I will deal with the second cause; anxiety of completing the wrong goal.

I’ve personally struggled with this problem, because it’s difficult to know for sure what one truly wants to achieve. With so many options, committing to only one thing is difficult; and potentially wasting time is a paralyzing thought. And it does, in fact, paralyze action.

The truth is, however, in order to figure out what you truly want, you need to take action. Because through it, you’ll discover your reactions to actually doing something, and you’ll get insight about your strengths, weaknesses and values. Based on what you learn, you can either continue with the thing you’re doing, or select a new goal that is more aligned with who you are.

In 90 days, you don’t waste time either way. If you evaluate after the period, you’ll realize that it was time well spent regardless of how you choose to move forward. Either outcome provides you wisdom; but it’s only possible to learn it by committing in the first place.

The Specifics of How it Works

Set a goal. Don’t overanalyse what to do. Just pick the thing you’re most interested in at this very moment. Articulate it, and make it specific. E.g., “I will write a novel in 90 days, by this date”.

Make a plan with subgoals. Design a work-plan, with the specific actions you need to perform on a daily basis, and block out specific times on your calendar to work on it. In your plan, you should also set small goals along the way to the overall goal. This will further increase your motivation and also reduce the anxiety. In the case of writing a book, for example, subgoals could be completing a paragraph per day, or a chapter per week.

Create systems that make you stick with your goal. Examples: Create social pressure by telling your friends and/or followers of the goal you’re pursuing; Have personal conviction, and regulate your self-talk as you proceed on your way; Buy into the goal, by investing money into its completion (this could be hiring a professional editor in the case of writing, or stocking up inventory in the case of selling a product).

Commit. Without commitment, you’ll inevitably fail. Pick ONE thing, and eliminate all other options, as well as the temptations around you. Because even though you only have one goal in mind, it’s easy to be distracted by other (seemingly important) goals–especially if you hit a rough patch in your progress. In the case of writing, an example is to disable your computer’s Internet-connection, which then forces you to only use it for writing.


There you have it. This is how you reach your goal in 90 days.

The rest is up to you.

How bad do you want it?

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