Build Your Plan
Once you have created clarity and have a crystal clear vision of who you want to be and what you want to accomplish, it’s time to create a plan.
Actually first, did the creating clarity activity make you happy and excited? Or did it make you scared, mad, overwhelmed, etc.?
If it made you excited, awesome! Hold tight. We’re going to get to next steps shortly. I want to talk to my peeps who became overwhelmed by that activity. It’s okay if you felt that way. I feel so scared and overwhelmed by things all the time. I keep going though. Want to know why? Because I have the choice. Stay where I am. Or pursue my dreams in spite of my fears. Staying where you are is a choice. It’s being passive and letting life happen to you rather than you living life. These statements may make you a little angry with me. GOOD! I am here to challenge you, to make you think, to help you grow. I challenge you to stay with me…in spite of your fears.
Let’s dig into creating a plan. Get out a piece of paper. Or I made this handy, dandy FUNsheet that you download and use to create your plan. When you completed the creating clarity activity, you probably already have some ideas of the types of things you can put on your plan. When you look over what you said about your future self, what are some of the things that came up? Do you see things like being a healthier version of yourself? Are there aspects of being more successful? Happier? More confident? Now…out of all of those things what is the ONE thing that will get you there? Just like every other goal setting, you need to make this specific, measurable and time bound.
Get out a piece of paper and write it down.
The one thing that will help me get to my vision is _____________________________________.
Next, what is one BEHAVIOUR you are going to commit to that will help you get there? I want you to remember that change is not easy. This behaviour is going to be a challenge. The reason I want you to make this a behaviour is because my guess is your big vision is an outcome goal (e.g., The one thing that will help me get to my vision is to lose 20 pounds by Oct 2019). But we can’t control outcomes. We can only control our own behaviours. Back to your paper.
One BEHAVIOUR that I am going to commit to for the next 30 days is _______________________________.
Next, I want you to identify the things that you have that will currently help you and the things that may currently prevent you. Back to your journal. Create a T chart. Label one side, “Help” and the other side “Hinder”. Now list all the things that will help you with your behaviours and all the things that may throw you off. Let’s be real…even with all the motivation you may have right now, life is going to happen. It’s important that we identify what may throw you off and create a plan for when that happens. It’s not a matter of IF something will get in your way, it’s a matter of WHEN.
Once you have identified all the things that may hinder you from working toward your goal, your last step is to create statements for those things.
When __________________ happens I will ________________________.
Part of the reason it may seem overwhelming is because it seems like there is SO MUCH to change. It’s okay. Hopefully now you have an actionable plan for the next 30 days. One small step at a time.