This post is a bit of a departure from my normal topics. I decided to write on it because the timing is perfect. We are a month into 2014 and it is a great time to evaluate how we are doing on our goals and visions for the year.
I love Anthony Robbins. Love Anthony Robbins. I feel like he has good insights and he is very motivational. I spoke with an Anthony Robbins life coach at the end of December and he really changed my thinking about how to go about creating the life you want.
I shared my goals with the coach and the first thing that he instructed me to do is focus on what I know. Focusing on what you don’t know is not helpful. If you look at successful people you find that they took action based on what they knew.
The coach urged me to think about the following:
VISION – What do I truly want?
Don’t just give a mechanical answer (write a book, lost 30lbs) for this question. No. Dig deeper. What will these mechanical things give you? Take some time and meditate on this. Think about what you really want in life.
PURPOSE – Why do I want this?
Once you know what you want, you need to know why. If you don’t know, you won’t follow through. There must be a BIG why. This is called leverage. Why do I value this? What will my life look like when I have this?
What are the actions I need to take to make this happen? Determine 2-3 action steps. Any more will overwhelm you. Make your actions steps reasonable.
In order to be successful, you need a mile marker. You need to know in 30 or 90 days that you are on track. These are your goals. Is your goal to pare your wardrobe down to 50 items in 30 days, complete a manuscript in 3 months, or lose 30 lbs in the next 6 months? Your progress lets you know whether your actions have been effective.
Most focus on the bottom two: actions and goals. That makes a glorified To Do list. The majority of your efforts should go to Vision and Purpose.
The actions and goals change as you go along. Vision and purpose rarely change.
Putting the four areas together is the process of creating a life plan. This is something that you will use every day.
In order to make your dreams reality, you need to make a decision. You need to draw a line in the sand and say “I am going to do this – with everything I have.” If you’re not willing to do that, then you need to get a new vision.
So far, I haven’t had much success in 2014. I have been writing, but I haven’t been eating well or exercising (due to injury). I was thinking about this as I wandered around Target this weekend. I am not hitting my goals because I haven’t been taking action. I haven’t been taking action because I haven’t been using my life plan. That is the key: keeping the vision in front of you.
If you haven’t thought about your life and goals this way I urge you to try it. Take some time and really create a life plan that reflects what you want.
Tell me about some elements of your life plan in the comments.