I love the entire planning process. I can plan in my sleep. I enjoy creating something you love from sometimes nothing.
I like to call it your Mapquest for transformation.
You will find that a plan you are creating for a business requires internal changes as well. The plan you are creating for more discipline may require changes in your finances. It amazes me how life really is all inclusive, including the planning process. You learn so much about who you are at your core and your potential. There is absolutely nothing you can't do and the proper plan will help you get there step by step. Here are 5 components of a solid plan for your success.
1. Plan for something you love. It is much easier to push for something you desire and enjoy than things you could care less about. When the opposition comes you are more likely to continue forward because you are invested in it. You love it and will not be so quick to give up on it.
2. Count the cost...every cost. Time, money, and everything in between. One of the biggest reasons we don't follow through on our plans is because we have not done our due diligence by counting the cost properly. Have you researched all that is required to obtain and maintain your goal? How much time will it require from you? How much time do you have to put into it? Will you need help?
3. Put a planning system in place. Planning central. This is where you keep your what, when, why, and how. You have what you plan to do, how you plan to do it, when you want to have it done, and why it is so important. If you have a meditation or confession that keeps you grounded in the process, keep that here as well. It will be easily accessible when you need it. Maybe there are pictures that remind you of the success you want. Keep them in this space. A financial log of how much it will cost, the money you've put into it already. Your contacts you've made along the way and a note page for each goal with the information listed on it that you many need in the process. This is your go to plan bible. A space where you can keep everything together. I keep mine in a Franklin Covey Planning System that I've personalized to my goals. It helps me to never miss a beat.
4. Break your goals down. Once you've set your goals, start listing everything you need to do to make them happen. I like to separate them by month. By doing so, I don't have to repeat the planning process month to month. Each month is already planned with a list of steps I need to take to keep me in line with my goals.
5. Make it happen. From here it is all about you doing your part. Choose from your monthly list when you are making your daily schedule. This will keep you moving forward and will help you to keep from agreeing to things that are not in line with what you want. There will be times when things do not make sense. So what, keep moving. Every success and pitfall you encounter will be here to give you the lesson you need to stay on track and move forward. The wisdom will come in the process to give clarity and understanding.
Have fun with it. This is your life, enjoy it.
P.S. I want to celebrate with you. Share your planning wins below. Celebrating one will give you fire to complete the next.