Have you ever thought about how much time you spend planning your vacations, parties, or celebrations of special events? We do this because we want to do everything we can to assure a great vacation, party, or celebration. Compare this to the amount to time we spend planning the rest of our lives.

When was the last time you reviewed a “typical” day at home? How about at work? When did you go over what you were doing and step back and compare it to the big picture of where you wanted to go? We find most people almost never plan for those types of days, but when they do they are more likely to positively reach their outcomes.

When you plan, try these steps

  1. Begin with the end in mind. By that we mean, make sure it is written, harmonize with your life and wishes and is yours, not someone else’s. Then decide what goal you want to attain, and state it in specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound parameters. In other words make it W.H.Y. S.M.A.R.T.
  2. Next think about the reasons you have yet to accomplish this goal or have what you desire. List out the barriers or obstacles.
  3. For each barrier or obstacle, list a number of potential solutions. This will allow you to quickly move past the barrier should it come up without losing time as you move through your plans.
  4. For each solution, detail the action steps with your own time frame for accomplishing them.
  5. Make sure your action steps dates line up and result in your goal being completed within your identified time frames.
  6. Write out affirmations that will support your goal. Affirmations grease the wheels of your thinking and keep you moving even when things go slightly off track.

Without plans you are likely to be following someone else’s plans and end up in a place you did not intend. Planning puts you in. You can attain your dreams. We help individuals and organizations plan for success. If we might be able to help you, let us know.