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Reverse Engineering Goals for Massive Clarity
Jan 22, 2024 5 min read

Reverse Engineering Goals for Massive Clarity

Dillon Carter
Dillon Carter
Co-Founder, COO at Aura

Imagine having laser focus and working on the most impactful things every single day. Further imagine increasing the value of every hour you work on your business while making it easier.

This fantasy is possible. To achieve this daily requires a more strategic approach in how you operate your business.

In this post I’ll teach you how to reverse engineer your goals—taking them from pie in the sky to clear next actions.

Defining reverse engineering

Reverse engineering sounds highly technical, and it is. However, the concept is very simple—you start with the end goal and then figure out the required steps to get to that end goal.

For instance, consider the goal of running a marathon. The first step would be to craft a comprehensive 12-month training plan, one that methodically increases your running distances over time.

With this plan in place, you can then establish specific monthly distance goals, providing clear milestones to measure your progress. To further refine your approach, you would develop a structured weekly running schedule, complemented by daily habits focused on nutrition, rest, and conditioning.

This systematic breakdown ensures that every run, every meal, and every night’s sleep contributes directly to your ultimate goal of marathon completion.


Setting impactful goals

Every business must set company-level goals, but more crucial is the underlying motivation that drives founders from the outset. While making money is a standard goal, it’s not a sufficiently powerful driver for the long haul. What’s needed is a profound internal motivation, something we refer to as a Massively Transformative Purpose (MTP).

An MTP can be as ambitious as solving world hunger or as personal as securing your parents’ retirement. It’s something that ignites your passion, making you excited to start each day — a goal that triggers a strong emotional response.

To find your MTP, start by asking why you started your business. Then, ask ‘why’ five more times. If it began to help you make more money, ask why more money matters to you. Is it because it offers your family more freedom? And why is that freedom important to you? Dive deep until you uncover something that makes you emotional. That’s your MTP, your guiding North Star.

With this North Star identified, the next step is to transform it into reality by reverse engineering it into actionable steps. Consider what needs to be true for your MTP to materialize. These are like the sub-components or Lego pieces that, when combined, create your desired outcome.

These elements form your manageable objectives or key goals — the vital tasks that truly move the needle, bringing massive amounts of clarity and focus.

Here’s how clarity and focus can be applied to free up your time…

Many sellers, however, fall into the trap of absorbing ‘just-in-case’ information — like learning team building before even creating a seller account. This information might be valuable, but it’s not immediately relevant.

The opposite approach is ‘Just-in-Time’ information. With a clear objective, you’ll know precisely what you need to focus on and learn. This approach helps you prioritize information that genuinely advances your goals.

Remember, not all information holds the same value. If you encounter something interesting that isn't immediately useful, save it for later. Organize it so it’s readily accessible when it becomes relevant.

Putting it all together

In the beginning, I shared a possible reality where you’re operating with laser focus, channeling your time into the most impactful things.

This isn’t just a distant dream but a practical reality that anyone can achieve through the concept of reverse engineering.

Your Massively Transformative Purpose is the North Star of your business. It’s the deep-seated “why” that fuels your passion and persistence. By reverse engineering this purpose into tangible, daily actions and objectives, you create a clear path forward, one where every step is purposeful and impactful.

Embracing Just-in-time information further streamlines this path, ensuring that you’re learning as efficiently as your actions. This approach helps you avoid the pitfalls of information overload, like ping you aligned with your immediate goals and MTP.

As you continue on your journey, remember that the key to success lies in the clarity of your vision and the precision of your steps. The process of reverse engineering, combined with strategic information, empowers you to make meaningful progress every day.

As you focus back on your business, armed with these insights, imagine once again the impact of working with laser focus on what truly matters.

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