Another thing that can and will stand between where you are right now and where you desire to be is the lack of clarity and specific goals. Nothing can be achieved if you don’t sit down and decide to make a plan first.
Many years back, before I understood the importance of a plan, I remember being quite unhappy with a situation or another, but that is all that I did: felt unhappy. I wanted things to change, but my focus was on how things were not working. Since my focus was on what was not working, I kept creating more of what I focused on.
Things started to change the moment I actually managed to create a mental image of what I actually wanted to happen. Once I had that clear image, I started to think about the actions that I needed to take in order to move closer and closer to my goal. Once I defined a few steps I started to do what I needed to do and things started to change and become more of what I wanted.
Is seems simple and a complete no-brainer, right?
Once you know what you want, you start focusing on it. You move your attention away from what you do not want and direct your energy towards what you want. You initially create a plan by simply envisioning the end result. Once you have the end result in mind, it is easier to define the step by step actions that will take you there.
What area of your life is stagnant and not what you really want?
Do you know WHAT is it that you truly want?
If you do, then make a plan. It does not have to be complete and perfect. It needs to have the first few actions, so that you can start taking the first few steps. You can define the following steps and refine your plan as you go, but for now just start somewhere. Starting to move, even if you feel uncertain, is better than staying still and stuck. Clarity comes from action.
If you know what you do NOT want, but are not sure what you DO want instead, first define what it is that you want. Once you have that picture, you can put together a plan. You cannot create a plan that leads nowhere. You need to know the goal first.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Decide what is not working
- Decide what you want instead
- Be as precise as you can about what you want
- Take a piece of paper and write down 10 actions that, done sequentially, will take you there
- Start moving with the first action
- If it is too big, then break the first action down into smaller potions that can be done with ease
- Do not stop until you get to where you want to be
- Get help if you are not sure how to do certain things
Simple and doable, right?
Now go do it!