The other day I was flipping through my Master Calendar (that is, the one I keep on my desk at home), and came across some goals I had written for myself back in February.
To my sheer delight, I had accomplished every one of them! Which is to say, I accomplished 3 of my goals. It was a short list.
But still, the energy rush I get from knowing I’ve set out to do something and then gone ahead and done it is so great – and well illustrates the value of creating a written record for your goals.
This is why creating an Action Plan is a part of almost every client session I have. Together, my client and I sit down and create a very clear, impactful list of steps that he/she can take toward moving closer to their goalpost.
There are several benefits of having Action Plans, and today I’d like to share some of them. Read below to find out why creating an AP is oh-so-sweet for your life ↓:
1. An Action Plan Makes your Goal Real.
A lot of the blur and haze that disables us when making big decisions comes down to one thing: a lack of clarity. When tossing several ideas around in our head, it’s easy for our mind to fog over and become cluttered with indecision. Thus, our goals seem large and complicated. But by taking a moment to write down your objectives- and then writing down exactly what steps you will take to reach that objective – you are essentially breaking your larger goal up into small, bite-sized pieces. And the more you break it down, the more manageable your objective becomes. Not only that, once you’ve committed your goal to paper outlined an AP, you’ve taken something that was abstract and turned it into a concrete reality. Essentially, you’ve taken an idea and made it real.
2. AP’s Hold you Accountable.
I know, I know, holding yourself accountable is both the blessing and the curse of having a good action plan. However, accountability is a good thing, because it’s usually a key factor in the life of anyone who’s ever gotten anything done. Think of all of the authors, entrepreneurs, and bloggers you know or follow. If you’re reading their content or subscribing to their channels or clicking their links or double-tapping their dog photos, it’s likely because they held themselves accountable to the end of getting stuff done.
3. An Action Plan is a Means of Measuring Progess.
When you keep an archive of you prior action plans, you will, in no small amount of time, have a mini-novel of completed tasks, projects, and goals. This = WIN. Reading over your past AP’s is like reading a retrospective timeline of your life, but with only victories. For example, my February/March goals were to schedule a photo shoot with a photographer friend of mine, go the entire month without drinking wine, (in an effort to eat better and reduce sugar/alcohol – blah) and create a vision board. So when I landed on the page where I’d written these steps down and knew I’d crossed every one of the list, (except the wine one – I blame rosé…) I felt pretty great.
What are your strategies for accomplishing goals? Comment below↓↓↓ so I can learn some of your tips!