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How to Create a Master Plan for Success

by Pamela Dunn
High Performance/Business Coach, Professional Speaker

 
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In order to have a clear plan for success, you must have your goals written down. Yeah, I know you’ve probably heard this before, but why do you think you’ve heard it so many times? Because writing down your goals works!

A client of mine didn’t want to write down his goals. When we first started working together, he told me that he had been in business for 20 years, was earning $120,000 and didn’t think goal setting would work for him to grow his business. I explained to him that it would give him clarity and something to strive for. After his initial resistance, he finally listened to me and told me that one of his goals was to double his business to $240,000. Within 6 months of working together, he doubled his business and made the most amount of money he has every made in his entire career. Why do you think this happened? Because having clarity and a master plan with goals pays off!

To improve your chance for success, you should create a master plan. This is your big picture … a visual map of how success looks to you.

Here’s how you can create a game plan for focusing on your goals:

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES:
Think of 101 things you want to accomplish in the next 10 years. Have fun with this and let your imagination run free. Be specific and personalize your list by beginning each sentence with “I am” or “I will.” For example, “I will exercise at least three times a week. “Or I am the most successful salesperson in my company”.

To get you started, here are a few questions that can help you gain focus:

  • What do I want to do?
  • What do I want to have?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • What contribution do I want to make?
  • What do I want to become?
  • What do I want to learn?
  • Whom do I want to spend time with?
  • How much money do I want to earn, save and invest?
  • How much time do I want off for fun?
  • What will I do to improve my health?

Once you make your list of goals, prioritize them. Place a 1 by the most important goal, 2 beside the next most important and so on. But before you do that, write down the most important reason you want to accomplish each goal and the biggest benefit you will receive from each. This will help you stay focused and motivated.

CREATE A PICTURES GOAL BOOK:
To improve your focus on your new lifestyle, create a picture book of your most important goals. Simply start collecting pictures in a large photo album. For instance, if your goal is to travel to France, start clipping photos of places, people and items associated with that country. For a real-life example, a client of mine wanted to obtain 60 new clients, so he cut out pictures of people’s faces and pasted them on a large poster board with the number 60 around it. This helped him visualize his goal, making it seem more achievable.

USE AN IDEAS BOOK:
Get a basic notebook and jot down your daily observations and insights. This is a powerful tool to expand your awareness. You can use your book for business ideas, sales tips presentation skills, money-making projects or quotes you have read. If you’re more of a computer person, you can start a Word document called “Great Ideas.”

VISUALIZE, THINK, REFLECT AND REVIEW:
Use your imagination to create positive, winning pictures. The sharper your images are and the more intense you feel, the more likely you are to create the result you desire.

DEVELOP MENTORS AND MASTERMIND GROUPS:
Surround yourself with people who have more experience in areas where you are lacking. Your master mind group should have four to six people who meet regularly to share ideas and support each other. These are power alliances that can help you achieve your goals much faster than you could on your own.

 

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