Network Marketing 90 Day Action Plan: Got Goals?

90 day action plan got goals?Do you make it your practice to create a 90 day action plan in your network marketing internet business and your life?

“Have a plan and work your plan,” I have heard it a hundred times if I’ve heard it once, but I haven’t always taken the time to create a plan for my business, let alone my life!

Thankfully building a network marketing business has introduced me to the importance of goal setting, but it’s always been one of those, “should do” things until this summer when I made it a “must do” on my list. I would set monthly goals, write them down, and refer to them frequently, but my vision didn’t go a whole lot farther than the next calendar month, let alone a 90 day action plan.

This past summer I shifted gears and started to plan out the next 90 days for my business AND my life.

I broke down what I wanted to accomplish in the different areas of my life and wrote down a few action steps I could take in each one of those areas to get closer to my goal. Then, when planning my monthly goals, I had something to refer to that helped me stay focused on my bigger vision. All I have to say is, it’s worked!

My July, August, September goals included blogging consistently, creating my free offer, creating my entry level paid offer, adding coaching, paying down debt, growing my network marketing team, getting a “system” created for making mornings run smoothly at home while getting the kids off to school.

And the amazing thing is, that I’ve hit every one of my goals except my entry level paid product…which is a work in progress!

I’m running with a pretty focused crowd online right now, and I suspect that a lot of you are already ahead of me on this amazing discovery…but I still think it’s worth sharing because tomorrow, Saturday, October 2nd there are 90 days left in 2010. (Can you believe it?)  Time for a new 90 day action plan!

How are you doing on your yearly goals? If you’re coming up short, I encourage you to follow my 90 day action plan process and pick up a head of steam to cruise into 2011 with momentum!

90 Day Action Plan: Got Vision?

The first step I take in creating my 90 day action plan is to create a 90 day vision.  Vision is a big deal for me, maybe because I’m such a visual person as it is, but it helps me to really break down my dreams into bite size pieces instead of having those lofty 90 day action plans with goals that I’m not likely to reach.

What do you envision for your life 90 days from now?  Grab a notebook and craft a 90 day vision statement, written in the present, as if you’re writing what has happened in the past 90 days on January 1st.  What have you accomplished, what have you experienced, what adventures have you had?

90 Day Action Plan: Got Goals?

Write down a few goals for each category and a few action steps you can take toward achieving them for any of the areas below.  (Feel free to substitute any categories as you feel is necessary.)  I recommend choosing 3 to 5 categories to focus on for your 90 day action plan.

  1. Business Goals
  2. Personal Development Goals
  3. Education Goals
  4. Health Goals
  5. Relationship Goals
  6. Financial Goals
  7. Spiritual Goals
  8. Home/Organization Goals

Refer to this list of goals and your vision statement every week as you plan out your weekly calendar.  Stay focused on this list throughout your week. (I keep mine right in my day planner clipped to the page that has my week on it.)

90 Day Action Plan: Got Activity?

Without activity your action plan is not really in action is it?  I’m challenging myself to come up with one activity a day I can do in each of the categories so that at the end of the year I will have made significant strides towards my goals.

Activity that will possibly make it on my 90 day action plan:

  • Connect with 9 interesting people in social media and develop a relationship with them.
  • Reconnect with 9 old friends, past clients, etc. and reignite a relationship with them.
  • Create 9 pieces of flagship content and re-purpose it into various formats to distribute online: article, blog post, video, podcast, etc.
  • Sprinkle 9 links each week throughout the web to drive traffic to my blog.
  • Interview 9 people I admire or want to learn from.
  • Write 9 guest blog posts.
  • Drink 9 glasses of water each day.
  • Pay $90+ extra each month toward debt.
  • Get rid of, donate, or pitch 9 things each month that I don’t use or love.
  • Schedule 9 “Fun Days” to completely unplug and enjoy my family.
  • Read 9 books on my list.
  • Plan 9 “Date Nights” with my husband.
  • etc.

I’m going to set aside some time this weekend to create my action plan for the next 90 days and I encourage you to do the same!   Please share your thoughts in the comments below.  You are on a dofollow blog so you will get some link love from me if you comment

Heather C Stephens, Clever Marketer Internet Network Marketing MLM           Home Business Blog Tips for WAHM MompreneursHeather Stephens

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  1. Great plan Heather. It’s good to see you considering scheduling in your fun days and date nights too. Sometimes we get so caught up with business goals we forget about our personal goals.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Erica,

      Thanks for stopping by and welcome!

      I’m so glad you point that out. It is easy for me to get caught into “work” mode and not take time for myself. Date night and time with the kids really fills my tank and it’s a big part of my Why. If we don’t fulfill our personal goals, what is the rest of it all for?

      I appreciate your comment! Thanks!

  2. Heather, this is a GREAT guide on how to set effective goals! Great work on your goals! It’s amazing how much we are able to accomplish when we have a goal in sight. Tremendous growth can truly be accomplished!

    I myself have been using 30 day goals through the summer and last month and it’s been working well for me. I like your idea of using 90 day goals too. I will look into implementing that a little down the road – I’m due to have a newborn next month so I’m not setting any goals beyond that point right now! 🙂

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Stacy!

      Wow, your superwoman title earns a few more gold stars! Congratulations on your soon-to-be-born baby! I took 4 months off of my business when my son was born to enjoy him and spend quality time with my family and it was probably the best four months I have ever had. I cherished the time with him, napped with him, and had fun watching my kids with him, so I totally “get it” when you say you’re not setting goals beyond that point!

      Enjoy the time, it goes so darned quickly. My son will be three in December, and I swear it feels like I just had him.

      Thanks for your comment! I’ll be praying for a healthy EASY delivery for you and a beautiful healthy baby!

      Can you tell I’m grinning?


      • Thank you so much, Heather! 🙂 Yes, it does go by so quickly! My oldest is now four and I’m not sure how that happened. It wasn’t all that long ago that I was anxiously awaiting his arrival. I’ll definitely keep you updated on how it all goes!

  3. Kiaran says:

    hey Heather good point you make that’s what separates a fantasy from a goal an action plan and having an accountable and measurable 90 day action plan

    Cheers kiaran

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Kiaran,

      Thank you for your comment. I was completely living in fantasy for a long while in my online business because I wasn’t looking at the big picture and not keeping track of what goals I was achieving and which ones I wasn’t.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Hi Heather,

    failing to plan is planning to fail. Isn’t that a quote from Brian Tracy ? I have my longterm and short-term goals and my vision in mind and on paper, and not only that, visualized by the means of collages or short videos.

    I made one interesting discovery throughout the years: Most people set themselves goals. If the discriminate between short-term and longterm goals, they set themselves short-term goals that are too high and long-term goals that are too low, According to Bodo Schäfer, German money coach, most people underestimate what they can do in 7 years and over-estimate what they can do in 1 year.

    If that holds true, the results can only be disappointing, right ?

    Congratulations on your success, seems you are pretty much on track. It’s always a pleasure to read about your “work in progress.”

    Keep up your great work.

    Take care


    I learned to become a under-achiever short-term and an over-achiever long-term.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver,

      How did I KNOW you’d have all your goals mapped out? You just ooze organization out of your pores don’t you? 🙂

      I have heard that we overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in 5 years, but it’s all the same message. Being an under-achiever short term and an over-achiever long term sounds like a great philosophy to live by!

      Thanks for your comment and thanks for being a part of this “work in progress” journey with me. It’s helped me to have regular followers because it’s kept me consistent, accountable, and stretching my comfort zone!


  5. Wow, awesome plan, Heather!

    You’re right… Goal-setting is important for every aspect of your life, not only for your business – relationships, family, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, career and financial. So, you need to set goals and create a vision for your entire life.

    Thanks for sharing this important piece of advice. I’m sharing it with everyone I know! 🙂

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Mavis,

      Thanks! I’m glad you gained value from this post! Network marketing has helped me so very much to learn these things like setting goals for all areas of my life. Unfortunately, for a long time I just did it for the short term, and not longer term. I’m so grateful that my mind shifted and I gained clarity this summer because of the progress it’s helped me to make.

      I appreciate your comment, thanks!


  6. Hi Heather,

    Great step-by-step guide to set up your 90 Action Plan. I will revise the plan I had and will implement some of your ideas.

    By the way, …. Interesting about all the “9s.” Does that have a special significance?


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Ilka!

      I guess I didn’t explain the 9’s. Thanks for pointing it out!! I was thinking that if I picked 9 things in about 10 categories I would have one activity a day (about 3 a month) for each group, to make progress without feeling overwhelmed.

      I’ve got a little ADD streak and breaking things into bite-size pieces makes them feel less overwhelming and I’m more excited to do them when I’ve got a variety of activities to look forward to. If I were to set a goal for 90 blog posts, I’d be so bored I wouldn’t finish it. 🙂

      I appreciate your comment! Thanks for helping me to further clarify my thoughts!


  7. Hello Heather,

    Great Post.
    It just reminded me what is my first priority to do right now before anything else to be settle to 2011.
    I think that Goal-setting is important for each part of our lives, as a whole.
    So good point on putting them down and give each one a thought.
    Good luck in your progress…

    PS. I really liked your Blog. keep up the good work. 🙂

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Yossi!

      Welcome and thanks for stopping by and commenting! I get amazed by how quickly the year passes and getting re-focused is important for me to stay on track and not let the year fizzle away fruitless. 🙂

      Thanks for the good luck wishes…I give the same to you!


  8. Hi Heather,

    What a detailed action plan. I love that you really dug in and laid it all out.

    Those list of 9’s were pretty cool. I think it’s really good to always be connecting with others, and reaching out. Putting a number on it is really helpful!


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Susanna,

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts. Connecting with others is what it’s all about, but I can get caught up in the details of building my online business and not get the important things done if I don’t plan for them.

      It reminds me of the demonstration where a teacher puts sand, and rocks in a jar starting with the sand (little details) and moving to the larger rocks, but they don’t all fit, then when he puts the big rocks in first, then the pebbles, then the sand, then the water it all fits. 🙂

      Setting a 90 day action plan, for me, is really mapping out my priorities.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  9. Hey Heather,

    What a great plan you have put together! Setting up a plan like this only needs one thing…ACTION! Go get them…

    Chat with you later…

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks Josh!

      You’re very right, a plan is nothing without action! 🙂


  10. Great plan Heather to tackle all of the things we forgot about during the year or didn’t have the chance to do them.

    Most people never even think about this. They are considering the year a wash at this stage. I don’t agree with that. This is why I took up Tom Challan in his 90 day challenge bootcamp to finsih up the year stronger then ever.

    Thanks for passing this great stuff on. I’m actually doing a few of the ones you mentioned here. 😉

    Jerome Ratliff

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Jerome,

      I’ve been in the place where I considered the year a wash at this stage, not so many years ago. It surprises me how much network marketing has fed my attitude a healthy diet of abundant thinking rather than scarcity thinking!

      Good luck on your 90 day challenge! Please keep me posted on how things are going for you!


  11. Awesome Awesome Awesome! It’s amazing how in such a short amount of time, following the plan you have for yourself will allow you to do more productive work than most people will do in a whole year. I’m sure your results will speak for themselves:)

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for your comment and welcome, welcome, welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you’re here and you stopped to share your thoughts! Planning out my 90 day goals has been a huge step in getting clear about what I need to focus on each day. It’s so much easier to stop wasting time online and focus on business building activities when I have my goals in front of me every day!

      Do you have special goal-setting routines that you follow? I’d love for you to share what works for you so we can all learn from each other.

      Thanks again and welcome!


      • Hey Heather,

        I follow a system fairly similar to yours.
        I set a couple big yearly goals first, then break them down into 2 six month goals.
        From there I do 2 sets of goals for the first 180 days.
        Then I set 3 1 month goals
        Then I break down what I need to get done in each week of the first month to hit the first one month goal.
        Then I start with the first week, and set daily plans for exactly what I need to do each day to reach my goal at the end of the week.
        This way, when I sit down to work, I have every single thing I need to accomplish that day in front of me. As I do them, I cross them off and write down the time it took me to finish them. I then go and make adjustments to the next day’s plan as needed.

        There will always be some adjustment to the longer term goals, but I’ve found that having a daily task sheet set and ready to go in front of me when I sit down to work helps me ultra focused.

        I also work to a timer and set my tasks up as to exactly how long I want to be working on certain tasks. I have a computer program called The Focus Master that I’d be glad to let you have a copy of. You can see it at on how it works and what it does. No optin for it if you want one. I’ll just send you a copy.


  12. I started setting up monthly ‘strategy plans’ a while back. Without doing this I very easily sink into an inevitable pit of procrastination that I found to be inevitable, working for myself with no-one to answer to.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Anne!

      Monthly “strategy plans” are a huge move toward staying focused and on track in your business! I agree that working for ourselves can be hard because we don’t always have the same discipline to do the “hard” tasks as we do if we had a boss. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve fired myself and started anew. 🙂

      Thanks for your comment!



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