I've always been an incessant list maker. If I found myself in a problem or situation I would start making lists of all the things I needed to do to try and make another path.
These lists were a part of my planning process and almost always made me feel better instantly. All was not lost...I had a plan.
These days I tend to be a vision and execution kind of person. I see my goal and I want run with it. But I've also matured in my thinking and processing. I understand there are moments when I need to step back before diving in and evaluate before before moving forward. In the planning phase we look at the context of our goals. We break down the overall intention to its basic fundamental levels, in order to see what's really involved in working towards success.
So, like many folks I've been trying to improve my health by improving what I put into my body. I decided to observe when and how my lack of follow through showed up in my commitment.
I observed that I'd be doing really well, but in the moment I would make split second decisions that would go against my intentions.
I had no plan. I had a desire to eat well. I could execute on my workouts and I had an intention to do better. I even started focusing on my vision for better health and what that would mean more for me over all.
Yet when it came down it, I'd absently minded go towards the first thing available or whatever was offered. I had no solid plan for my resistance or pre-planned substitutions.
Planning allows you to see actual obstacles versus perceived obstacles. You learn to identify your strengths, and anticipate where you might require extra support for your goals. You also build strategies for success into your process.
Good planning: Incorporates observation and research (What needs to happen based on what I know/learned?), Uses timelines and benchmarks (What will be accomplished and when?), and puts high priority items first for greater impact & effectiveness (Which tasks will maximize my success?)
So whether you are starting or resuming school, moving forward on a project or idea, motivating your team, or starting a movement, your plan is your roadmap to succeeding in your goals.
So What's Your Plan for Success ?
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