A typical conversation with myself around 9am mid-week:
Heart: I really need to turn off Netflix and write more content for the new online classroom.
Head: But I’m sooooo tired.
Heart: Well, don’t blame me when you’ve got twice as much to do tomorrow.
Head: But I’m soooooo tired. I’ll have another coffee, then I’ll do it.
Heart: Get your butt off the couch!
Head: Ok, Ok. I’m going! Jeepers…
Excuses, excuses. They always rear their ugly head when I’m tired, um…I mean, lazy!
But did you know laziness isn’t the most crippling thing killing your goals?
Nope. No way. No how!
One of the main reasons why we don’t achieve what we genuinely want in life is because we fail to plan.
Of course there will always be ‘valid’ reasons why you can’t do it now (i.e. lack of motivation, no time or money, no real commitment etc…) and they will always be well thought out and justifiable to anyone who will listen, but the truth is, without a legitimate plan broken down in to realistic and meaningful action steps, you’re planning to fail.
Think of it this way, when a Pilot flies from Cairns to Perth do you think she sits in the cockpit and expects to get to Perth without a flight plan?
Somewhere over the desert she’ll wonder what on earth she was doing, then turn back around or land the plane in Adelaide and assume close enough is good enough.
Without a clear plan, your goal won’t get off the ground because you don’t know how you’re going to get from Point A to Point Z. Without a plan you won’t know you’re at Point M either in order to celebrate all the ground you’ve covered, not to mention the very short distance you still need to do before finishing.
So when you decide to create and conquer a goal, write down HOW you’re going to achieve it.
The easiest way to do this, is to work backwards.
Figure out your deadline and all the steps you need to achieve to get there, then schedule each step in to your diary so you’re working on your plan everyday.
Your action steps can be as simple as: Make appointment at Doctor to get a full health check before I call the Gym.
Your clear and concise strategy will provide a framework for you to work on every single day. It’s not set in stone, so somethings are movable when life happens, but essentially you’ll have direction and a clear path to polish your goal off with aplomb!
Without a realistic and meaningful plan set out at the beginning, you won’t move forward, you won’t know how far you’ve come and you won’t want to continue when the going gets tough.
You can achieve anything you want, if you plan to make it happen.
Tell me in the comments below, what are two action steps you could take this week to help bring you closer to achieving your goal?
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