A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish
It’s 2020 and you’re ready to start slaying your goals that you set at the start of the new year. Now, that you have your goals (destination), it’s time to figure out just how you’re going to get there. First, I want to commend you for taking the time to CREATE a plan. Because, so many people give up on their goals, because LIFE happens and often when we least expect it right? The good news is that with the RIGHT plan or strategy in place, we can no longer have an excuse not to keeping going when those inevitable setbacks and discouragements arise.
The prerequisite for creating an effective plan that you won’t quit is: 1) Knowing exactly what you want to achieve, 2) Setting a SMART goal and breaking it down into small action steps. Once you have done that, it is time to create a goal-slaying strategy.
Here is the breakdown on how to create your strategy.
1) For each goal you set, break it down it to small steps.
Goal – I have $1,000 saved specifically as spending for my Summer vacation.
Step 1) Create a Budget
Step 2 ) Open a savings account
Step 3) Set-up my bank account to automatically deduct $100 from each upcoming paycheck and deposit into a separate savings account until a total of $1,000 is saved.
2) For each step, identify ANY limitation and limiting belief that you can think of. These are any reasons why YOU would not complete that step.
Step 1) Limitation – I don’t know how much to set up my account to automatically deduct $100.
Instead of avoiding this step altogether, identify a few solutions or alternatives.
Limiting Belief – I don’t know if I can save enough money in time.
Possible Solution – Call customer support and ask for assistance setting up the account.
Possible Solution – Google “how to set up my account with (name of bank) to automatically deduct $100 on a recurring date.
Possible Solution – Go to local branch in person and request assistance in getting set up.
Alternative Belief – Write out goal(s) and affirmations daily: I am going on summer vacation with more than enough money to splurge.
Many people give up on their goals NOT because the goal is too big. They give up, because of a STEP that they were required to take along the way. Many of the steps you must take to accomplish your goals may be tangible like the example above. However, others will be much like this limiting belief…
Limiting Belief: I am not good enough OR I am not qualified.
Instead of giving in to the discouragement, let’s identify some solutions to this “problem feeling.”
First, acknowledge that your FEELING is VALID. It is justified. It’s okay to feel “not good enough” or “not qualified.” Then, realize that you can do something about it and decide that you will do something about it. The solutions or alternatives that you identify are the specific things that you can do about it.
1. Work with a coach or mentor. Can’t afford one? Check out SCORE or coaches who offer coaching pro-bono.
2. Read books written by experts in your field/topic to enhance your knowledge
3. Watch YouTube videos on the topic
4. Take certification courses or go back to school and get a degree
It is my hope that this post has opened your eyes to see opportunity where you may have previously seen setbacks. You CAN achieve your goals and live your dream. But, sometimes we get stuck, because we don’t have the right PLAN. The right plan will have you prepared for possible setbacks and discouragements, before you even begin. And you know what’s great about this type of plan? Whenever a new limitation or limiting belief (thought) presents itself, you can add it to your list and follow the same formula to identify a solution AKA another reason why it IS possible to keep going. If plan A doesn’t work, you move on to B, C, D, etc. until you find what works.
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Thanks for reading my friend! Wishing you great success this week. Feel free to share your comments below. Happy Manifesting in 2020!