In last chapter Getting Your Priorities Straight, you learned how to develop a vision and goal for your life.
In this chapter we will talk more in depth about creating your goals. Once again, a lot of this information will be repeated several times.
Are you shooting in dark or do you have a well-organized and effective game plan in place for achieving your life's goals?
Let us say that you have been planning vacation of your dreams. You find yourself so excited that you pass most of your time daydreaming about fun you will have things you will do on your trip rather than making a detailed plan. The departure date rolls around and you are all packed and ready to go. You arrive safely at airport only to realize that you cannot find your departure gate because you do not know what your flight number is and to make matters worse - you cannot remember what airline you booked with. At this point you are not even sure if you were to fly to Vienna first or to Geneva. This is beginning of your dream vacation of a lifetime.
Of course, you would never actually allow such a scenario for your dream vacation. Yet, so many people treat their business in just that manner. Lack of planning and disorganization combined will not produce results we desire.
Putting you game plan together is a critical element to your success. Your game plan is simply your business plan. Consider your game plan foundation of your business. Without a foundation business cannot stand.
To formulate your game plan you need to create a workable plan and then you need to CONSISTENTLY work that plan. Creating this plan will be one of most rewarding things you ever do. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you can see fruits of your labor after working your plan. There is something very satisfying about making a commitment, sticking with it and seeing results.
Most people who start a business online do so by leaping in, without any real commitment, a sense of direction or any real understanding of implications associated with success or failure. Many gain that understanding later, usually at a great cost.
Most of Web’s “Newbies” are excited about obvious potential of “Working From Home…Income Potential”, but don’t have a clue as to how they can turn that potential into real income. On other hand, there are “Professionals” who have mastered critical skills that bridge huge gap between potential and reality.
While Professional are busy mastering their skills and reaping great wealth, Newbies most of whom are barely earning enough to maintain their online expenses) are becoming discouraged by lack of accomplishment and consequently jump from one business opportunity to next in utter frustration.
Currently, I spend a good deal of time in New York where there are tons of skyscrapers. Can you imagine what would happen if visionaries who developed those skyscrapers did not take time to develop a plan or a blueprint to lay foundation for each of those skyscrapers? The end result would be unspeakable. The same is true for your business. If it is to last test of time and achieve your goal, you will be required to lay your foundation.
So, get yourself a cup of tea, hit recliner and get your notebook ready. You’re going to write a few things down. Do not forget it is important to write things down as writing some how locks things in more than just thinking about them. It is after all, scientifically proven that exercise of writing has a significant effect on neurological system.
You game plan should be clear, simple and direct. Its focus should be on where you are going, when you will arrive there and by what means you will get there. Remember, you are going to need to journal for this.
Are you ready? Great! Let’s get started!
Formulating Your Plan
Know that game plan that you commit to will set you free if you take action and give it your best effort.
At first you will formulate a long-term plan. Then working backward from that long-term plan you will create a daily plan. You will know exactly what you want and see clearly how you are going get it.
Construction of plan:
Write in your journal exactly where you would like to be in 5 years. Immediately under that write in big bold letters, “I COMMIT TO DOING WHAT IS REQUIRED OF ME TO ACCOMPLISH MY GOALS”. Keep things simple. In constructing you plan you are going to begin working backward from a long-term plan to a daily plan. You need to create a list daily – your “Things To Do Today” list. With this you will know exactly what is required of you on a daily basis to get where you want to be and how you are going to go about getting on there in small steps.