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Success Is Vision, Planning And Taking Action
So just how do you keep moving forward when things are going bad?
Make changes to what you are doing. Make a plan, create a VISION of what you want your life to look like. It can take as long as you like, so long as you take actions towards that long-term vision and focus on those actions until they are done.
This means making incremental progress, like mini-goals, that you need to be hitting regularly like every week or two weeks so that you maintain your momentum. It doesn’t matter how slow you go sometimes, so long as you don’t stop.
As I mentioned in the last podcast, don’t try to aim for any goals further than 90 days or 3 months away.
You may need several 90 day blocks or goals in order to achieve your ultimate vision, so do it. Take as long as it takes, you have a plan so the results you want become inevitable, they have to happen.
Remember to always focus on the 90 day goals NOT the vision. The vision is set in stone, it is the end point of your master plan it doesn’t move. Having said that your job is to create achievable goals that can be completed in 90 days or less.
Momentum is what you need so how do you do it?
First – Know what you want. You have to know this otherwise you won’t know when you get there.
You must know what you want with absolute belief, certainty and conviction, and you must know why you want it. This is your VISION.
Secondly – Set goals for how to achieve your vision but make certain they can be reached within 90 days.
Third – Break down your goals into mini-goals which can be achieved in a week or two. Then assess your progress as you go and adapt and change as required.
There is little point in worrying and stressing about all you have to do, simply concentrate on the tasks you set to achieve your weekly or fortnightly milestones. It’s like going to the gym, improve a little bit each time you go but don’t stop going until you get the result you want.
Once you start taking action, things will change and they will keep changing. Your goals become moving targets but your vision never moves. That’s why you need a plan, because then you don’t need to worry about the big picture. Hit your goals the best way you can and the vision will happen. It simply can’t be any other way.
Every successful business has a business plan, I remember having to do this when I was a franchisee and hated it. It seemed such a waste of time because you never stuck to it because things kept changing. I never realized it at the time, but that’s the very reason you make a plan, so that you can respond to changes. It should not be static, a good business plan is a living thing that moves and adjusts but eventually it hits the desired target…the 90 day financial target you set at the beginning. (or better than that)
Successful People Document And Journal.
I’m only just learning this lesson now, call me a slow learner if you like, but at least I get it now.
Have you ever noticed how you can be really busy all day but actually achieve nothing?
It is most probably because you are dis-organised, running around putting out fires, dealing with stuff that’s not your responsibility and trying to do everything at once.
Let’s get it clear once and for all…
YOU CAN NOT MULTI-TASK!
Every time you split or divert your attention away from a task to do something else, you lose time and you lose momentum. The more you try to do, the more time you lose to the point where there simply isn’t any time left.
It happens all the time, you wake up with the greatest of intentions but as the day goes on you lose sight of that and achieve very little.
Furthermore, every human being has an inbuilt will to fail. Call it fear of success, fear of commitment, whatever, we all have it and it can strike at any time.
A really good example is Facebook. How often do you sneak a look at your newsfeed? How much time do you waste? Do you leave Facebook running on your browser while you are at work so you can take a quick peek whenever you get a notification? This is a classic time-waster!
What about prodigious book worms? Avid movie watchers?
Shopping? Eating? Smoking? Anything to avoid actually doing the work or taking the actions neccessary to maintain that momentum towards your goal.
These are all symptoms of the Will To Fail.
You have control over how you feel and what you do. If you are having a bad day, then have a bad day. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You can always catch up tomorrow. To quote from the final line of the movie “Gone With The Wind”;
“…because tomorrow is another day!”
How you do what you do, and how you live your life is entirely up to you. It’s really just common sense, you know your plan, just make it happen. It’s up to you how you get there in the end.
Opportunities crop up all the time, especially once you you make a decision. This is why you have to be flexible to recognise them and take advantage of them by adapting your plan to suit the results of the actions you have already taken.
A rocket heading to the moon is almost never on course but it makes constant adjustments and corrections to it’s course in order to hit the target, the moon.
“Nothing happens until something happens” – Tony Robbins
Therefore the formula is this:
Move from Intention to Decision to Action. Intentions without decisions or action get you precisely nothing. Use your weekly or fortnightly mini-goals to evaluate your progress and make corrections as required. If all is good, then keep doing what you’re doing until the next assessment. It’s that easy.