Since we started moving through the Changing What Matters: 7 Step Methodology for Successful Change in July we have been asking you to focus on the “what” rather than the “how.”
When we asked you to dream big we wanted to know what your dreams are. When we emphasized communication we asked you what needed to be communicated, and when we approached you about keeping score we wanted you to list what needed to be measured.
Starting this month you get to dive into the How.
Are you excited? (We are!)
In some cases we have a ton of ideas on How to get from where we are now to where we want to go the very moment we clarify a dream enough to write it down or verbalize it to another. In other cases the chasm between where we are now and where we want to go seems so massive we don’t even know where to begin. Most of us experience both emotions simultaneously. Certain aspects of our dream lead directly to action steps while others cause us to hesitate.
I see this all the time in my coaching practice. In some areas clients want to zip ahead, writing a whole list of things that have to be done and jumping in with both feet – without pausing to ensure that every action they take actually moves them closer to their dreams.
In other areas these same clients freeze. They hit a mental roadblock and cannot make out the first few steps.
The problem here, in both cases, is in the approach. Rather than designing your action plan by starting with the first steps, work in reverse. This automatically breaks up the tasks into more bite size chunks while ensuring that you are only listing actions that lead you to your goal.
Start by thinking three years out. In three years where will you be? Where will your business be? Consider your dreams across a wide range of categories. Write those dreams that you will accomplish in three years down. Next, consider what you will have to accomplish within the next year in order to be on track for your three year plan. Write those down. Then take it back around one more time. For you to accomplish everything on your one year plan what has to be done in the next 90 days?
Once you have completed this process, you will have a clear course of action that will continue to steadily move you toward your bigger dreams and vision and a time-frame for completion.