How To Organize Your Goals and Action Plan
We all have goals, dreams, visions, and things we want to accomplish in life and business. It can seem as though some people have it all together and can crush any goals they set. What you don’t see is the focus, commitment, and hard work that goes on behind the scenes, much like the iceberg.
Not everything you see is a result of some Harry Potter wizardy, spells and flick of a wand. I’m pretty sure almost everything you see isn’t a result of that either.
Behind every successful person is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to where they are and it doesn’t happen overnight.
Whether you want to lose weight, get ripped, launch a business, or whatever your dream you want to accomplish… that’s the end result. What does it take to get there? Let’s start with mapping it out.
1. Work Backwards
Look with the end in mind. What does it look like? Now, I want you to work backwards from there.
What needs to happen before you reach your goal?
What needs to happen before that to reach the step before you reach your goal?
Keep working backwards from there until you get to where you are right now and be specific.
If you have, let’s say, a monetary goal to make $8,000 per month, for example. That’s only specific in amount. Think why you want to make that kind of money. What are you going to do with it? What is a realistic time frame to accomplish that goal?
What tasks do you have to do every single day without fail or excuse to accomplish that goal?
Are you stretching yourself outside of your comfort zone with that goal and the tasks you have associated with it?
How committed are you really?
Put it all in writing. All of it. Write it down!
2. Commit to a Schedule
Now that you know what your goal is and you have worked it backwards with tasks and action steps, it’s time to commit to a schedule. Write it down and be specific, to the hour and to the minute. This is a commitment you are making to yourself and everyone who will be positively affected by your decision to accomplish your dreams.
Making $8,000 a month will help you to…
- Pay debts – reduces stress
- Save money – reduces stress, that financial padding, go on trips, invest back into yourself
- Spend more time with family – make memories, be a better person
- Donate to charities – give back, do good deeds without recognition
- Help other people change their lives – spread love and happiness and positivity
Read your list of how your goal is going to help, not only yourself, but others, and get really specific on the benefits of the goals end result. It’s not all financial gain. It’s important that we gain in the other areas of our lives as well.
Just being able to pay bills isn’t good enough. Go deeper.
Now commit to a schedule. Think about your day and what you can realistically put into each hour of each day.
What time do you wake up? Wake up 30 minutes – 1 hour earlier.
Be sure to include time for exercise, meditation, reading, listening to podcast or audio book, etc. Block all of your time.
What time to do you eat?
What time do you work?
What time do you take a shower, clean the house, go to bed?
Include it all. This is very important.
In that schedule, place spots where you can actively work on your goal. If you are early in your goal setting, perhaps you need to schedule time for research and development. Think about the stage of your goal you are in and dig deep to those action steps. Do you need to talk to people? Write a blog? Make a video? Create an ad? What do you need to do?
3. The Fortune is in Follow Up
I’m sure you’ve heard that before and are probably thinking… LAME. Well, it’s not lame. It’s true. Commit to yourself as you have committed to others who couldn’t give a damn about you. I said it.
Stop trying to please people who wouldn’t drop things for you. Find the people that lift you up and put them on your schedule. The most successful people on the world are committed to an action step-by-step schedule. They come off the schedule when they go on a vacation that they have rewarded themselves for accomplishing their goals. That leads me to the next step. The Reward.
4. Treat Yo’ Self
In your list of action plans and you follow through with your steps to reach your goal, set milestones. These milestones are important to show you how far you have come and how little you have to go. Each milestone you complete is one step closer.
Don’t confuse the feeling of excitement for fear, because it feels the same. It’s the same receptors and hormones firing.
This is where people really screw up. They do good and the adrenaline starts pumping, then they throw it all away because they get scared. All of the sudden they don’t want to do it anymore so they go back to hiding in their comfort zone… which is where nothing amazing happens.
Anytime you reach a milestone, give yourself a reward and then get back to work on the next step. You know the big picture, but you have to do the micro and the macro to reach the big picture.
Want me to let you in on a little secret?
The big picture isn’t always it. You just set bigger goals and keep going. The trick is to set realistic and attainable goals that sit just outside of your comfort zone. Crush them. Rinse and repeat.
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