The second in a series of posts prodding, pushing, and poking you to get moving on your life plan for next year.
The clock is ticking. Your life is happening. Each day, each hour, each moment precious jewels once spent never to be recovered, even by all the power of the greatest among us.
What is your life plan? What are your goals? Your dreams? Your ambitions? Your hopes? Are you the you, you wish to be?
What five things would you really like to see happen next year? What three facets of your personality would you love to change?
What ONE THING would be a WOW to change in your life, that would really impress even you, if you could bring it about? What would it take? What small steps could you take TODAY to make it more likely to happen?
There are no real secrets to success. Just as most weight loss boils down to eating less and exercising more, so too does success in any area of life boil down to hard work and intelligent effort. A key aspect of intelligent effort is having a WRITTEN plan that aligns with your true values and that you visit (think of, visualize, refer to) often.
Is your life plan in writing? Broken down into time-bound segments (day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year, decade to decade)?
Specific? Action oriented? Measurable? (How do you measure progress? How will you know when you’ve succeeded? None of this shooting an arrow at the side of a barn and then painting a bull’s-eye around it!)
Keep it fun. Keep it aligned with YOUR values (not your partner’s, not your parents’ or siblings’ or peers or society’s, but YOURS. It is your life, right?). Have some realistic goals in there and have some Big Hairy Audacious Goals ( BHAGs). The kinds of goals that are wild and woolly, that excite and scare you, the kind that even if you only make it part of the way, it will change and enlarge your life. The kind that invigorate you, challenge you, force you to grow.
All right, enough. Get started!
Remember: A fool with a plan has a head start on a genius without a plan.