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Turning visions into plans – Monday Motivator 4 June 2018

“All you need is the plan, the road map and the courage to press on to your destination.”

Hi lovely motivation seekers, how has your week been?  Hope you managed to start creating a vision of how you want your life/career/business/relationships to be.  Once you get clear on that, everything becomes possible.

First of all though, I want to apologise.  The link to the visioning worksheet didn’t work.  Thanks to the people who alerted me to that.  I have attached it now, just click here.

So once you have a clear vision, it’s pretty easy to create a plan.  It’s astounding how many of us fail to do that.  We just bumble along hoping for the best.  Having a vision is just the start – it’s the taking action towards the vision that matters.

I find the best way to do that is to work backwards towards your vision.  Say you have a vision to be achieved within the next year.  What do you have to do within the next 9 months to achieve that, then the next 6 months, then the next 3 etc, right down to what do you need to do this week to achieve your vision within the year.

Here are some tips on your plan:

Write down your goals – otherwise they just stay in your head as wishes and dreams

Write them out in the SMART format.  I’m sure you will have heard of this – they should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed.   I usually suggest you make them SMARTS – the last letter standing for sharing them.  A shared goal is more likely to be achieved.  That’s because it holds you accountable.  Share them with people who will do that for you, and encourage and motivate you through this.

Read these goals every day.  Put them somewhere you see them often.  Turn them into a vision board if you want.  This makes them even more powerful as your brain emotionally connects with the images it sees.  This will help you stay motivated and excited about where you are headed.

There will be days when it feels overwhelming and that you just can’t do it.  Those are the days you especially need to practise the stuff I have mentioned before: affirmations, visualisations, mindfulness, meditation, looking after self, eating well, sleeping well, having good connections with others – particularly those closest to you.  I heard a successful rugby player talking on the radio the other day.  He was talking about his marriage breaking up and how he now put more value on relationships and always made time for those closest to him.  It took losing his marriage to make him realise the importance of this.

Success is not one dimensional.  Having a successful business isn’t really successful if it has meant sacrificing your family in the process.  There is definitely another way!  That’s what I love to help business owners with – seeing the bigger picture of what is truly important to them.  If you’re unsure of where you are with this, maybe it’s time to try the life review worksheet, just click here for the link click here.

I hope you manage to get your plans going this week and can start working towards your exciting visions.  Please feel free to get in touch if you want to discuss any of this.  Have an absolutely brilliant week!