You have your goal; you have your motivation; you have your support team ready to help you succeed. Now you need a detailed plan so you can hit the ground running and keep going forward even through the road blocks you will encounter.
As you can imagine, this is my favorite of all the steps in the book Think and Grow Rich from Napoleon Hill. I just love organizing, creating plans and adjusting them regularly.
According to the newest version of this book by Sharon Lechter, Think and Grow Rich for Women, there are 4 steps to success:
- Having the right people with you
- Your leadership
Of course, you have to have a clear idea of what your vision or goal is and why it is important to you. If you don’t have a burning desire for it, you will lack the motivation and the energy to put massive action in place.
The next step is your strategy to achieve your vision or goal.
- Establish long term objective (X and Y by when)
- Define medium term objectives (break it down into more achievable goals)
- Short term tasks and actions
* An Excellent book to help you achieve your goals: The 4 Disciplines of Execution.
Here is an example of a strategic plan for someone who wants to get back into shape
- The overall objective is to go from 200 lbs to 140 lbs by April 30th 2017
- This will be achieved by losing 8 lbs per month
- The activities are: gym 5 times a week, no refined sugar, no gluten, no soda drinks, 5 smaller meals a day that are high in protein, stop eating 3 hrs before bed time, 3 liters of water per day, limit alcohol.
*Give yourself a treat every time you reach a milestone: a massage, a facial, etc.
The next step is to have the right people around you. In our example, that could mean a personal trainer, a nutritionist, friends who will support you and to whom you will give updates. This last part is important: If you commit to losing 8 pounds per month and on a monthly basis you give an mandatory updates to someone who means a lot to you, you will want to make them proud and it will add an extra incentive to succeed.
The last step is to be a leader in your project. See the characteristics of the best leaders in the book, chapter 6. When you don’t succeed, it only means that you learned a new way of how not to do things for you to succeed. That way can be good for someone else, but it does not work for you. Change it, re-adjust and move forward. We have plenty of examples in history of people who failed and failed again before succeeding. The difference? They never gave up; quitting was not in their vocabulary. “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits”: Napoleon Hill.
One of my problem is: I love planning and organizing so much that I often put all my energy there instead of into action. The action and the energy that I need to get things done. In terms of percentage, I would say; spend no less then 10% on the problem, 30-40% on the fixing the blue prints (values, blockages and beliefs), 10% on planning and adjusting your plan and finally, about 50% on taking action.
Here is a great short video from Tony Robbins on taking actions.
Have fun, and don’t forget, its the journey that matters!