No one really plans for failure but it happens anyway. Success, however, doesn’t work like that. Planning for success is vital if that’s what you want to achieve. Without a clear plan, you’ll be spending you days engaged in time wasting or inefficient activities that will lead you to mediocrity or disappointment.
You’ve probably heard of the of study that writing down your goals will help you accomplish a lot more things. It isn’t hard to see why. When you have a target, you attention and actions are focused on fewer things, increasing your chances of reaching your target.
When you plan for success, what you want to have is the bigger picture, the end goal as well as the daily action plan. If your goal is to become a millionaire, write that goal down but don’t stop there. You’ll also need to write down your plan of what you’ll be doing each day or week to get you closer to that goal.
The daily action can involve cutting down on wasteful things, creating a plan to increase your income or starting a business, budgeting, learning about investing, and so on.
Since we all have jobs and other responsibilities to take care of, you’ll often find that you can only allocate a bit of time to your goal each day and that’s okay. People without clear goals and action plans tend to spend these few hours on pointless things but since you will have a clear goal and plan, you will be using your time more wisely. Even if you’re just spending an hour a day working toward your goal, you’ll be ahead of most people.
Let’s look at this from a different perspective, using a different goal that many people have, losing weight.
Say your goal is to lose 50 pounds. Your daily action plan would then involve eating less and exercising. This takes time which means you will have to do less of something you’ve already been doing such as surfing the internet or watching TV. So with the extra hour you get from cutting back on one or some of your daily activities, you can use that time to work on your fitness goal.
When it comes to losing weight, the action plan is quite simple. You have your exercise and you have your nutrition. You’ll have a plan when it comes to both aspects. You’ll generally know what you’ll be eating a few days in advance and you’ll also know what exercises you’ll be doing each week. This is the type of planning you’ll need when it comes to achieving any other goal.
Many people make the mistake of creating a goal and then only have an idea of what to do each day. This often leads to not knowing exactly what to do each day which can lead to not doing anything at all. When you don’t have a target, you’ll be aimless and your time will be wasted.
By having a daily plan, trying to motivate yourself will become easier especially when you have strong reasons to accomplish your goals.
Here’s a video on Arnold’s 6 rules of success for some added motivation: