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Turning ideas into action

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”

Buddha

Hi all you lovely motivated people.  How are you?  Hope your week went well.  I know quite a few of you did the life/balance review, so I hope you managed to get some good stuff out of it.  One of my subscribers sent a lovely email saying how inspiring my posts have been the last few weeks.  That was a real feel good.  I put them out, I don’t know whether they will speak to you or not, so it’s good to know when they do.  I started these as part of my mission to do good in the world and make a difference.  If I can do that, I’m happy!

Got a good Buddhist quote for us this week and I just love it, so turning our ideas into action is what it’s all about this week.  I thought it was a good follow on from the life/balance review.  Maybe you did this and thought there were some things you needed to do or you had some great ideas about things you could start doing to make life better and more balanced.  What will it take to turn those ideas into action?

I have lots of ideas for you.  This is what I do most of all in coaching.  Helping clients get clear on where they are headed and most importantly why.  Working together to come up with a clear vision, then a written plan to achieve the vision.  So here are the top 5 tips to start you off, you can use your ideas from last week’s life balance review, or ideas for your career or business.  These may be ideas that have been around a while, but never got off the ground.

  1. Do a vision creation exercise.  It’s important that you time it and that you don’t ponder over it, you just write.  How you want your life/business/career to be.  How you want to be spending your time.  Who you are spending your time with.  Engage all your senses…. what can you hear, see, touch, smell, taste.  Let it all just pour out of you, doing it fast like this, gets the answers coming from your heart.
  2. Look at what you have created and circle all the things that can become action points.  These should be the important things that are going to help you achieve your vision.
  3. Write out the action points as Smart Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timed).  Just the act of writing these things down will take them from being ideas to becoming actions.  They are more likely to happen when you do that.  I quite often add another S to the Smart – that’s to share the goals.  If someone keeps you accountable, that’s even more powerful and much more likely that you will achieve them.  Another tip about them, is to limit it to just 3 big goals, you won’t feel so overwhelmed then.
  4. Ask yourself why these goals are important to you.  How do they make you feel?  Are you excited at the thought of bringing these things into action?  If so, then they are the right goals for you, and you will be motivated about them.
  5. Is there anything that will stop you doing this?  If so, what can you do about that?  For example, it may be that you feel you won’t have enough time to work on your goals, so think about a way around that.  Can you delegate to others, can you stop doing unimportant things, or maybe you can stop doing things that aren’t taking you where you want to go.

I hope this helps you get a plan together and turn those ideas into actions.  I have an annual planner that may help in this,  click Annual plan goals to access it.  Get in touch if you want help with any of this, click here to contact me.

Have a brilliant week, feeling motivated all week about turning all your brilliant ideas into actions.