Welcome to Car talk. This is not talking about cars, this is talking inside of a car. Today’s topic is about reverse engineering your life. What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is if there’s something you want in life you have to think of it as your big goal down the road, maybe a year, maybe five, maybe years down the road to figure out what it is you want. If that’s career, if that’s owning your own business, if that’s a weight-loss, a fitness goal, whatever the case may be, figure out what that is you want and then you reverse engineer the steps to get there.

So if you want to lose pounds you, that’s your end goal, then you can plan accordingly. Say you want to lose pounds in a year then you figure out how much you have to lose every week to reverse engineer. Say lose a pound a week. That’s the thing you can just watch and you know if you’re losing at least a pound a week you are proceeding to your goal on schedule. And yet to set realistic things but also high goals we reverse engineer the steps. Another example, if you want to get to some certain mile-stone revenue in a business, for example, then you can plan. Say you want to get to a million revenue what you have to be next year, next year, next year to get to that.

A growth curve, again. If you want to increase your net worth, which I think is the only thing that really matters financially in someone’s life or family’s life then you have to, say you want to be a millionaire then you know, oh to get to a million dollars in that worth what do I have to have, say be a millionaire in five years, for example, then you can figure out how much you have to have every year average gain then you can know if you’re on track or not. And this really works in most everything. You can just plan it out step by step. It’s planning, it’s thinking, it’s analyzing, it’s figuring out a goal.

Whatever that goal in your life may be and then reverse engineer the steps to get there. What incremental steps can you make in your life every day, every week, every month, whatever the case may be to achieve that larger goal you have. And then you’ll know if you meet that mini-step, that one incremental step, then you will be on your way to your plan goal. And it’s a lot easier to focus on small steps verses big steps.

Someone says, I want to lose pounds, it sounds like a big goal. But if you tell that same person you’ve got to lose a pound a week now that sound doable. So if you can break something down into incremental goals you’ll be surprised by how far you can get and how much you can actually accomplish. So, set a final goal, the big goal, and then reverse engineer the steps to get there. Break that big thing down into little measurable, incremental small steps along the way to achieve that goal whatever that goal may be. And that is how you reverse engineer your life.