Assume you awoke one day and decided to construct a home for yourself.
How would you get started? Why not simply grab a hammer and some nails and go for it? Or should designs be drawn out first, followed by clearing the area and laying a sturdy foundation?
Starting without a plan seems crazy, and you’re correct. It’s a prescription for disaster—or, at the absolute least, a very unstable edifice. But that is precisely what you are doing if you do not create a life action plan.
To be clear, having a plan is not the same as having a goal. Many individuals have objectives, such as getting a new career, increasing their income, or reducing weight. However, according to study, 92 percent of them will fail if they do not have a strategy for accomplishing their objectives.
What do the successful 8% comprehend that the rest of us (supposedly) don’t? They’ve realized that “a goal without a strategy is but a desire.”
The Advantages of Planning
When you want your road to a better life to begin right now, making a plan may seem to be an inconvenience. However, whether you’re on a trip, obtaining a promotion, or establishing a new company, it’s simpler to navigate unfamiliar terrain when you have a map.
Here are four distinct advantages to planning:
- Productivity has increased. You are less prone to suffer from “paralysis by analysis” if you know how to move from one point to another. Preparation keeps you avoid spending energy on things that aren’t required, and as author Brian Tracy puts it, “every minute invested in planning saves as many as ten minutes in execution.”
- Increased concentration. Planning allows you to concentrate on the work at hand since you know what you need to accomplish today and why. This gives you a sense of control by showing you what you can alter and what is out of your hands.
- Increased self-assurance. If your objectives have always seemed just out of reach, it might be because you’ve never devised an effective strategy for achieving them. You’ll be astonished at how much you can achieve if you have a strategy in place.
- Increased self-awareness Making a plan is the first step toward understanding oneself. It assists in determining your interests and priorities, as well as if they represent your genuine values. You’ve come to discover your own particular tendencies, preferences, and aversions—and how to conquer them!
- When you establish a plan, you’re laying out the road map for getting from where you are now to where you want to be in the future. It brings your objective out of the realm of imagination and into the realm of reality.
How to Create a Workable Strategy
Now that you understand the significance of having a plan, here are four actions you can take to lay your own foundation for action.
Make a list of your objectives.
Write down your aim after you’ve decided on it. Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University of California discovered that merely writing down a goal enhances your chances of accomplishing it by 42%.
Begin by visualizing your end aim. Visualize it in your head… It’s there to be felt and tasted. Now, using the S.M.A.R.T. formula, capture it in as much detail as possible:
- Particular. This is your goal’s “who, what, when, where, and why.” Describe your definition of success and the steps you’re prepared to take to attain it.
- It is quantifiable. What metrics will you use to track your progress? For example, if you want to save money, how much would you have to cut down on your spending? “No one can reach their objective with their eyes closed,” writer Paulo Coelho asserts.
- It is possible. Do you have the necessary talents to achieve your goal? If not, are you able to get them? This is not intended to depress you; rather, it should encourage you to establish realistic objectives and seek assistance if necessary.
- It is pertinent. Is this the objective you really desire? Is it in line with your larger goals? Using the Swiss PDP Approach to create a ‘life map’ might assist you in recognizing what genuinely important to you.
- Time is of the essence. When are you going to finish your task? There will always be more time if there is no deadline, thus there is no feeling of urgency. Setting a deadline encourages you to act now, before it’s too late.
Make a plan by breaking down your aim into parts.
Defining your aim is an important first step. However, great objectives may be intimidating, and you may feel as if you don’t know how to get there. Unfortunately, here is when many individuals lose up.
Instead, now that you know where you want to end up, divide it into bits. Where do you need to be in one year if your objective is to create a profitable company in two years? How long is six months? What about next week?
Make a strategy that breaks your aim down into tiny, incremental actions. Make a list of each step and establish a deadline for completing it. You won’t be intimidated by the mountain you’re climbing if you simply put one foot in front of the other. When you wake up each morning, you know exactly what you need to accomplish and why.
Every day, ideally as soon as you wake up, read your objective aloud. It’s a terrific approach to establish your objective for the day and keep your attention where it belongs: on your plan and the particular tasks that will get you closer to your goal.
Take a time to celebrate each ‘chunk’ of your strategy as you finish it. It’s a chance to congratulate yourself on your accomplishments and rethink your strategy: Is it still feasible? Are there any changes you need to make? Refocusing on your objective will remind you of why you began in the first place and will provide you with much-needed energy.
Sound out someone you Trust
Tell a buddy about your plan. Having someone to keep you responsible may help you remain motivated when it’s easy to give up, and it also provides you someone to lean on through difficult times.
Along with your objective, look through your daily and weekly calendars every day to make sure you’re making the most of your time.
A career of achievement does not come by chance; it is the consequence of deliberate preparation and a strong desire to succeed. You’ll be astonished at how much motivation you’ll have after you’ve devised a strong strategy for achieving your objectives. Then success is simply a question of time.