Every week, we have the opportunity to spend time with people discussing what they would like to achieve, not only out of their week with us but also when they return home.
We do our best to help them identify what may be holding them back but, more importantly, to get them to start creating a plan that they can stick to when they return home.
So today, we thought we would give you some tips and tricks to help you create plans that, with a little bit of time and effort, you can stick to.
Put it into words
Be clear on what you want to achieve. The clearer you are about your outcome, the easier it is to take action towards it. Get specific, have some measurable “things” that you can work towards and most of all, WRITE IT DOWN !!
Get yourself a new note book, some coloured pens and a quiet space and just sit down and go back to basics – do things the old fashioned way with pen and paper and start engaging yourself with your plan right from the start.
And most of all, BE REALISTIC about it !
Log down your habits
Sometimes, creating a plan means you will have to potentially change some existing habits. After all, it is the things we consistently do that bring us the results that we have right now.
Whatever it is that you want to achieve, keep a log of everything you do towards that daily, as well as the things you don’t do. Once you understand these patterns, and what triggers them, it is a lot easier to start making small, sustainable changes that will keep you focused and working on your new plan.
Ask yourself what you REALLY want
Be honest with yourself and ask the question “what is it that I am REALLY looking for with this ‘thing’ that I want to achieve?”
For once in your life, you need to be a little bit selfish and identify what it is that YOU want, not what everyone else around you wants for you.
When we started working on plans to open our Retreat a few years ago, it was answering this question that really propelled us towards taking that massive first step. Yes, we wanted a Retreat and a healthy business and all that kind of stuff.
But what we REALLY wanted was a place where people could feel safe, where people could come and feel comfortable, where we could simply do what we love every single day and that was helping people. The thought of sitting down, chatting with people and supporting them really helped us connect with the real reason we wanted a Retreat and helped us take those first steps towards it.
Nice bite-sized chunks
Now that you are clear on what you want, have written it down and have identified WHY you want to achieve it, it’s time to start breaking it down into bite sized chunks that you can work on each and every day.
New things can appear quite daunting at first. The prospect of losing lots of weight, moving home or changing careers, starting a personal project that you have dreamt about for some time, whatever it is for you, can be quite overwhelming at first.
But when you start working backwards and identify a time frame within which you want to achieve it, you can start creating those little action steps.
Getting different results (or new things in your life) is going to mean that you will need to incorporate new routines into it (your life) too.
Find people who have achieved the results you are looking for and follow what they do. Or even better, contact them and ask them how they did it, what sort of things they did every single day that helped them get to where they are right now.
New results, quite simply, require new routines so start creating them.
Identify weak spots and ask for help
Let’s face it. If we had the results we wanted, we wouldn’t be working towards them or wanting to start something new. We ALL have strengths and weaknesses yet too often, we are too afraid to ask for help because we don’t like to admit we don’t know something.
In the past, this has been something that held us back a great deal. Before we made some significant changes in our lives, we were too afraid (and proud) to ask for help so we kept doing what we were doing and hoping that it would change.
Knowing your weak spots gives you the opportunity to let other people share their strengths, and in doing so, you gain support and help.
Never give up
The truth is this – life WILL throw you curve balls every now and then and you will have days where you just don’t feel like anything is working.
If you’re keeping track of your habits, identifying new daily routines and regularly reaching out for help and support with your daily actions, you will get there.
Take stock regularly to that you can monitor your progress. Set measurable milestones along your journey so that you have planned in time to sit down and reflect, see how far you have come and make alterations if need be.
Quite simple !! TAKE ONE STEP RIGHT NOW towards making that change that you have been wanting to make or making that plan a reality.
Do something. Reach out for help. Ask questions. Take simple, daily actions every single day towards what you want to achieve and you never know, it might just happen sooner than you think.
A plan is nothing without action so get going today !!
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