Success Planning: Can you really plan for success?
For most people, life just "happens". There is no plan to achieve wealth, career success or a joy-filled family. Life just "is". If you spend more time planning the best route to run all of your errands than you do defining your goals and dreams, then you are missing out on an amazing opportunity to enrich your life.
Are you are one of the smart, goal-oriented individuals out there who know that there is more to life than just watching it pass you by? If so, then read on. You can learn how to create the future you want to have. It isn’t difficult, but it does take some time and thought.
What are some of the things that you want in life?
- Career Success
- Someone to love
- A nice home
- Spiritual peace
- Physical fitness
- Nice cars
- Security – emotional and physical
- A happy family
- World travel
- To be published
There are a myriad of goals you could have and want to achieve in life. Do not be restricted by this list. It is simply a means to get you thinking about your hopes and dreams.
Many people are under the impression
that hopes and dreams can't come true.
That is absolutely false. Many failures in reaching goals and dreams occur for a few simple reasons: inability to follow through, false assumptions in the goal-setting process and sabotage (by the person who set the goal in the first place).
Why would these things happen to people who took the time to set the goals in the first place? Believe it or not, many people are afraid of success. They are more comfortable with failure. They have seen it, know all about it and embrace it.
Following dreams takes people out of their comfort zones. The status quo is easier to handle.
Do you want to achieve more in life?
Success planning takes time and thought. If you don't get started, though, you will be one of those folks who wonders, at age 45, what happened to the last 25 years.
Sit down and write out each of the goals you would like to achieve. Try to keep your list under 10 items. You can always amend your list down the road if you want to add something. Sometimes, if you make your list too long, you'll get overwhelmed and never move beyond the first step. At this point, try to keep it somewhat simple. This is the essence of success planning.
Choose one item that is obtainable in a relatively short amount of time (say, 3-5 years). It could be a little shorter or a little longer time frame, but not too much longer. Like making a long list, if you have a long time frame, you might become discouraged and stop working toward your goal.
Determine what will need to be done to reach that goal. What steps do you have to take? You may need to do some research, ask a few questions of some experts or people who have already achieved what you are after, or investigate alternative ways to achieve your goal.
Put those steps in order from the ones that need to be completed first to the ones that must be done last.
Start working on those first steps. Start immediately. Don't lose your momentum. As each step is taken, you will find yourself closer to the goal. Make a chart to document your progress. Reward yourself when you conquer a particularly difficult step.
The only way to overcome the fear of obtaining large goals (hopes and dreams, as well) is using the step by step method of Success Planning. You can't do it all at once, so breaking the work into do-able tasks is the only way to achieve victory.
And – achieve you will.
Success Planning: Start planning your success in life
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