I’ve talked about planning before, however, I’ve never really gone in-depth on how you should “plan out” your goals…
If you don’t know how to plan things out effectively, it’s going to be far more difficult to take action and reap in the results you desire.
Planning doesn’t have to be difficult or boring, there is a stigma attached to planning that says it’s a dull, time consuming activity that only school teachers use.
This isn’t the case, planning can be amazingly fun. See yourself as a painter with a blank canvas. This canvas represents your life and your dreams, and you have the ability to grant yourself any reality or dream that you wish.
You could paint yourself as a:
- Successful business owner
- Confident, happy, and satisfied person
- An actor, musician, or creative type
- Owning your favourite car
- Taking your dream vacation
- And anything else!
Anything you want in life can be planned out, and because you should ENJOY the process of taking action upon your plan, creating the plan itself becomes a positive experience.
Before we go any further, be sure to check out my other blog posts on becoming successful with plans and how to stick them out. They cover aspects such as making your plans adaptable, reviewable, and giving them life. Here are those blog posts:
Planning out your goals becomes a lot easier when “success” is clearly defined in your mind. Without knowing what success looks like, tastes like, smells like, feels like, and so on, how will you know when you’ve reached it?
Define exactly what success looks like to you, and then you can begin planning towards real contentment and satisfaction in life…
Now that we’ve got that stuff out the way, here’s exactly how I plan out my clearly defined goals.
Firstly, I devise a plan that’s broken into the months of the year. For example, I have January (or wherever I begin my journey with my goal, i.e. it could start in March), through to December.
Then for each month, I state what I want to achieve, and a rough outline of how I’m going to accomplish those things. The nitty-gritty detail follows in later sections.
The yearly plan gives me direction and the overall BIG goal to work towards. If my goal is likely to take longer than a year, I’ll make it larger. Remember, plans should be adaptable and reviewable!
My monthly plan is more detailed towards what I want to get done “that” particular month. For example, I have my yearly plan which breaks down each month, but it only includes a vague outline of what I’d like to achieve that month.
The monthly plan is devoted solely to that months activities. Though it’s still not as detailed as we’ll be getting soon! These “larger scope” plans are for directional purposes, keeping me on track for the overall goal.
So let’s say “Bob” created “January’s” plan, and had the overall goal of gaining muscle and losing fat. He could have key metrics and data that he wants to hit that month of January, then he’d do the same for all the other months, so that by the end of the year he’d be in his ideal shape.
Now we’re getting detailed. What do I need to accomplish in the individual weeks of the current month? Planning this out helps me stay on track for the months goal, helping me hit my targets and progress along my journey to success.
Let’s take the above example again of “Bob” gaining muscle and losing fat. He’d know his workout routines for the weeks, and also his diet plans to keep him on route. Without these plans it all becomes guesswork, which leads us nowhere as we know from experience!
The daily plans are only possible after the yearly, monthly, and weekly plans have been laid out. Without knowing larger goals for direction, it’s far harder to plan out your daily activities.
If you don’t know what you need to be doing TODAY, tomorrow, and so on, how do you ever expect to reach success? Not knowing is a direct result of not taking action, and not taking action is a result of not planning out your goals effectively!
If Bob knows his metrics, he knows his diet plan and exercise routines and everything else needed to reach success, he can fill out the blanks in his plans with ease, and then be left with a direct roadmap to success. With NO guesswork!
Wrapping things up…
Now it’s up to you to relate this planning guide to your OWN goals. Create yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily plans, so that you’re never left wondering what you should be doing to move closer towards success.
Key point: Remember to read through my other blog posts on planning so that you learn why plans are important (if that isn’t evident already!) and how to stick to a plan.
Planning should be and can be fun. Remember you’re crafting your path to happiness, satisfaction, and contentment. Make your plans as clear and easy to follow as possible and be sure to DEFINE what success is to you.
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