This Is Why Your Plan Didn't Work

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

– Benjamin Franklin

It’s early Monday morning.. That dreaded Monday morning… You hear your alarm alerting you that it’s time to wake up and prepare for the day ahead. You hit the snooze button and drift back to sleep. 5 minutes later.. BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.. or maybe, you’re a little more sophisticated; you’ve got a good ole’ oldie or the latest Pop song as your ringtone.. but even that wasn’t enough to motivate you to get up and start the day.

You hit the snooze button that morning, not once, not twice, but three or four times. Until, finally, you’ve had enough of your sleep being disrupted by reminders that you’ve got to get up now if you wan’t any chance at arriving to work on time. You HATE, no you DESPISE Mondays, because it’s the beginning of another long, boring week of working a job where you are chasing someone else dream, building someone else’s empire.. doing something that you are good at, but are NOT passionate about.

Without that cup of coffee, you would not have made out your front door that morning. But you made it, you showed up with an emotionless smile, You work. You put forth your best effort. And, by the time you clock out, get through the rush-hour traffic and get home.. you feel empty and drained by just the realization, that in just a few hours, you’ll have to get up and do it all over again…

I know how it feels. Because that was me, not that long ago. However, I now work a corporate job I enjoy at a company I love AND I also spend my free time working on my SIDE HUSTLE that allows me to utilize my gifts, passion & purpose to empower others and building an empire and legacy of my own that will generate an income for myself and my family.

In my latest blog, I encouraged you to give yourself permission to DREAM big. Today, I encourage you to take it a step further! Don’t just dream big, but BELIEVE that your BIG dream is possible! If you are struggling to believe that it is possible, identify the limitations and limiting beliefs that are hindering your belief.

Not everyone has a BIG dream. Maybe, you’ve been experiencing an emptiness and longing to do more than work your day job, but you have no clue what you want to do.

OR

You’ve had this really big, impossible dream for awhile now, but you don’t know where you would even start.

OR

You already know that a dream without a plan is just a wish. So, you got to work and created a plan. You worked that plan and began seeing results. You gained momentum and until, suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, things began to fall apart.

Whatever your story may be, there is one thing I can say that applies to you:

You HAVE a purpose

You CAN do what you ENJOY and generate an income.

You CAN work a corporate job full-time and work your side-hustle too.

Your BIG dream IS possible, but you MUST have a plan.

And, not just any plan. You need to have the RIGHT plan.

The RIGHT plan will:

  • Have you prepared for limitations & limiting beliefs that can cause you to PAUSE or STOP the pursuit of your dream.
  • Have a support system and accountability
  • Have alternatives and solutions already in place

Many people GIVE UP on their BIG DREAMS, because they don’t have the RIGHT plan.

This week, I encourage you to create a plan. Start from where you are. If you don’t know what your dream (passion or purpose) is, then your plan may start with you taking the first steps to discovering what you dream (passion and purpose) is. If you already have that figured out but don’t know how to put it altogether in a way that will allow you to generate an income (build a business or side-hustle) around it, then you can start by taking the first steps to figuring out what you need to do or who you need to find/hire to help you figure it out! I’m telling you, my friend, there are resources out there that are free and many that are willing and ready to help you. No matter where you’ve gotta start, just start!

Now, if you had a plan in 2018 and 2019 that didn’t quite work out, you need a better plan. To get started, you can download my FREE Set Goals & Slay Workbook HERE.

You can also sign up for a 90 minute (+1 30min check-in session) Strategy Session with me to help you get clear on what your dream (passion + purpose), set strategic goals & create a GOAL-SLAYING strategy “plan” to set you up for success! Sign Up HERE.

Are you ready? Let’s work!

How to Know If 2020 Will Be Your Year

You said 2019 Was Your Year.. 2019 was the year you would finally pursue your goal(s) and manifest your dreams! This was the year things would finally fall into place for you, because surely, after watching others surrounding you win in various areas of their lives, it was only a matter of time, before you became a person to envy. Soo, what happened? As you reflect on this year, are you satisfied with the outcome? Did you achieve the goals you set out to achieve?

Many of you did not achieve your goals this year. Many of you were convinced 2019 would be your year, but things did not turn out that way, so now you’re thinking it wasn’t your year after all. But, what I want you to know is that 2019 WAS your year! 2018, 2010, 2020.. all the years past, in between and to come, was and will be YOUR year. The truth is, it will always be your year, as long as you do what you need to do. I know how vague that sounds, you’re wanting to know what is it you’re supposed to do and I’ll tell you. Something different! Yes, you read that right. You must do something different. If 2019 did not go how you wanted it to go, then you should not walk into 2020 doing the same things, the same way.

If you want to experience a different result, you’ve got to do something different. Either try something new or do something differently. As long as you are alive and well, there is opportunity all around you! Opportunity, for you to pursue your goals, live your dream and to live your life operating in your God given purpose. But, you have to take action. And, if the actions you took last year didn’t get you to where you wanted to be come year end, then you’ve got to switch it up! If you stayed in your comfort zone, you’ve got to do something that takes you outside of your comfort zone. Often times, what we desire is outside of our comfort zone. So, my question to you is, do you want what you desire bad enough? Do you want it bad enough, that you’re willing to step outside of your comfort zone in order to get it? If the answer is yes, then your decisions thereafter should align with what you desire. Your answer to that question determines whether or not 2020 will be your year.

2020 is YOUR year IF you are willing to step outside of your comfort zone. 2020 is YOUR year IF you are willing to do something different. 2020 is YOUR year IF you set the right kind of goals, with a strategic plan of action and with accountability factors in place. 2020 is YOUR year if you identify and conquer limitations and limiting beliefs. 2020 is YOUR year, if you have identified YOUR WHY factor. Your WHY factor will keep you motivated, no matter how challenging the pursuit of your dream becomes. Motivation is temporary, but your WHY is what will remain. 2019 was your year. And, 2020 will be your year IF you are willing to make decisions that are in alignment with your purpose. You were created for a purpose and you deserve to be happy. If what you did in 2019 did not allow you to operate in your purpose or cause you to be happy.. Do something different. It sounds simple enough, but it’s not. But, what it comes down to, is making a conscious decision NOT to repeat what you did in 2019 if it did not result in you achieving what you wanted to achieve. You don’t have to have it all figured out, but you must be willing will to take strategic action.