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It’s the beginning of the new year and you have promised yourself by taking action to move further towards your dream life, but you’re unsure of how to create an effective action plan.
You’ve probably been in this situation or you’re in this situation now.
It’s easy to set goals, but it’s harder to set goals that promise success.
Over the years, I have set many goals for myself, including writing a book, applying for a job, and so on, but most of them never lasted long.
There were many reasons why this happened, including not establishing feelings with the goal, not creating actionable steps, not setting a deadline, and so on.
However, I have learnt from my past mistakes, and have been able to develop an effective action plan which promises success.
Therefore, today I will share with you my step-by-step goal-setting process, which has promised me both small and big successes.
How to create an action plan that promises success
What is an action plan?
I first discovered an action plan from Catherine, Blissful Mind. An action plan is a step-by-step process that allows you to have a clear overview of your goals.
Why it’s important to create an action plan?
As I had mentioned earlier, creating a step-by-step plan for each goal will allow you to have a clear and precise overview of your goals. If you are someone who’s goals easily fall through, then it’s important to create an action plan which you can both easily follow and track throughout the year.
For me, creating an easy action plan to follow has helped me to stick to my most successful goals, including creating Kyrazella and the Mindset Email Course.
However, it’s first important to set foundations for your action plan This is because creating a foundation will allow you to have a successful journey.
Here are a few steps I recommend for you to do before creating your action plan:
- How to discover your true self
- How to find your purpose in life
- What are limiting beliefs, and how to overcome them?
- How to design your dream life
How to create an action plan
Establish 1-3 goals to focus on between 3-6 months
It’s important to have your fullest attention to your action plans, otherwise, it can lead to you either forgetting your plan or abandoning your plan altogether.
I would suggest focusing on between 1-3 goals in a 3-6 month period. This is because you will feel less pressured and overwhelmed from completing your actionable steps throughout the month.
If you would like a free digital copy of an action plan, you can download the worksheet here.
Find your reason why
Your reason why is a key motivator to achieving your goals.
When creating an action plan, it’s important to attach high vibrational feelings to your goals.
High vibrational feelings include: joy, excitement, free, and so on.
Once you have established your goals, placing feelings behind each goal will give them high vibrational frequencies. As a result, you’re less likely to fail at accomplishing a goal if you attach the feelings of joy, proudness, etc to it.
This is something which I had learnt from Jordanna Levin’s book ‘Make it Happen,’ and she says placing a feeling and vibration behind a goal (in this case) will make less of a thought.
Goal: ‘I have written an article on Forbes.’
Feelings: ‘I feel proud and happy.’
Once you have associated a feeling with a goal, this will create high vibrational frequencies towards your goals; increasing your chances of accomplishing them.
Set deadlines for your goals
After you have chosen and written your goals in the action plan, I would suggest writing your deadline to accomplish your goals. It’s important to be realistic, as your deadline can contribute to whether or not you’ll achieve the goals.
I have found that for big overarching goals, it’s best to have a deadline between 3-6 months. This is because you will have more time to spend on each goal, but you’ll also have fewer chances of experiencing burnout.
Before moving onto the next step, write your deadline for each goal in your action plan.
Create actionable steps
Before I started creating action plans, my goal-setting process consisted of me writing the big overarching goal and the deadline. However, setting a goal through this process was self-sabotaging. This is because I knew I had to achieve a big goal, but I didn’t know how to get from A to Z.
It’s important to create 3-5 actionable steps to work towards each goal. This is due to you both having a clear direction as well as becoming less overwhelmed.
Create a reward
After accomplishing both your big goals and actionable steps, you should reward yourself to keep your motivation going. Your rewards can include anything that you find enjoyable, such as buying a new book, baking a cake, watching your favourite movie, and so on.
I have found that if you write your reward next to each goal, then you’ll become even more motivated to accomplish the goal.
Refer back to your goals every month
In order to achieve your goals, you must refer back to your action plan monthly. This is because it will remind you of your goals as well as remembering to write your actionable steps in your calendar.
Personally, I use my own monthly planner to write reminders for myself, but you can use other digital planners, including Notion or Google Calendar. These will help you achieve your actionable steps and have a clear direction towards achieving your action plan.
Having an action plan will allow you to move further towards creating and living the life you love. And there is no right or wrong time to create an action plan.
Here’s a quick summary of how to create an action plan:
- Establish 1-3 goals
- Find your reason why
- Convert your limiting beliefs
- Set deadlines for your goals
- Create actionable steps
- Create a reward
- Refer back to your goals every month
I have included an action plan in both of my free workbook, the Mini Dream Life Workbook and the Mindset Workbook. Not only will you learn to create an action plan, but you’ll also learn how to set foundations for your journey, challenge your negative mindset, and so on.