Creating Goals With A Plan Of Action
If you have ever set goals before, but failed to achieve them, it may have been because you did not create a specific plan of action to accomplish those goals.
Taking the time to set goals is only part of the process of goal setting, and many people often overlook the other part, creating a plan!
Without a plan, your goals remain incomplete. It’s like having a destination but without a map. Your goals tell you where you want to go in life, and your plan tells you how to get there.
What Is a Goal Plan?
A goal plan is simply a list of scheduled activities that you will do sometime in the future. These may include activities done over a series of days, weeks, months or even years depending on the type of goal you set for yourself.
Your plan does not have to be completed perfectly the first time. Usually, you will find that your first attempt at creating a goal plan will be vague and incomplete. Don’t worry this is ok. Plans should be flexible and so are likely to be constantly updated as you move towards completing your primary goal.
In your plan you should therefore create a series of steps, you think you need in order to accomplish that goal. So think of it like baking a cake. Your ultimate goal is to make a cake (and eat it!), but the ingredients and the things you do with those ingredients are your plan. Once you complete the plan, you complete your goal.
Creating a goal plan is frequently overlooked, and many people discipline themselves to write their goals every day but create no plan! So make sure you take the time to decide where you want to go (your goals) and then create a plan that will tell you how to get there!
Write Down Your Goals
Planning, a pad of paper, a pen, and a few minutes of your time are all necessary for success. Start with the Three Goal Method: in less than 30 seconds, jot down your three most significant life objectives right now.
Whatever three goals you manage to jot down are most likely an accurate representation of what you would like in life. Writing down your goals brings them into the physical world, allowing you to begin to create an action plan to achieve them.
In addition to your goal plan, it is also a good idea to use visualization to help clarify in your mind exactly what you want to achieve. This can simply involve thinking about your goals, and imagining them as completed when you go to bed. You can do this for about 10 minutes (or longer if you want) before you fall to sleep, and you will be surprised at what a difference it makes in achieving your goals. One of the main reasons visualization before sleep is so effective, is that it provides easy access to the subconscious mind. Thereby allowing you to program your goals into your mind, increasing the likelihood you will accomplish them.
How To Create a Plan
Plan ahead of time for each day, week, and month. Each month, plan at the beginning of the month; each week, plan the weekend before; and each day, plan the evening before.
The more thorough and precise your planning of activities and tasks, the more you will complete in less time. According to the rule, every minute spent preparing saves 10 minutes of implementation time.
Then, as you move through each day of your plan, choose your top priority for the day.
Making and setting goals isn't always easy, but it will improve your life once you get into the habit of doing so. You'll be surprised at how much easier your tasks feel once you've planned them ahead of time.