Making plans for your life, your business, a trip or almost anything can be exciting and fun, but when you actually have to take action it could become intimidating. Overcoming your fears about implementing something new in your life takes courage, determination and commitment to your goals.
Courage is a form of bravery that encourages you to overcome challenges in your life or implement changes that will make your life better. You don’t have to climb a mountain or swim the English Channel to be brave. Your own challenges aren’t insignificant.
When you use your innate courage to overcome obstacles that keep you from success, you boost your self-confidence and increase your personal power to get things done. Even though you may not plan to climb a mountain, the courage you must have every day to face your own challenges is necessary and important.
Determination is another necessary and innate element you must have to carry out your plans. Without this important factor in your arsenal of determination, you will likely never reach your goals.
Without determination, you could fold at the first sign of an obstacle and never even try to overcome it. Determination fosters dedication that you’ll need when times get tough to keep on fighting for what you want.
Commitment is another element that comes after the planning stage of your goals. Commitment means that you will face what you must to continue on the path to meet your goals and dreams.
You may face fears along the way, but they won’t interfere with the end result if you have made a commitment to stick to it. When you’re truly committed, you don’t work on your goals whenever the urge strikes. You work on it whenever you have time.
Procrastination will be a thing of the past when you make a real commitment to completing your goals. You’ll focus on what’s really important to gain the outcome you want rather than other things that just waste your time.
Making excuses is the enemy of implementing your plans. You may think you need to become more educated about what you’re getting ready to undertake, but there will always be more to learn. Begin now, or you’ll never be ready to implement your plans.
Experience will give you the self-confidence you need to finish the course. Experience will also provide the skills and the can-do attitude you’ll need. Progress will depend on your mindset and how well you’ve refined your goals to get the desired outcome.
You need to hold yourself accountable to carry out your plans. By using your innate courage, gathering all your determination to see it through and committing completely to the process, you should succeed beyond your wildest dreams.
Follow Through of Each Task Is Essential to the Truth About Your Effort
The only way you’ll discover if your plans will work is to follow through with each task necessary to get to the finish line. Others may be where you want to be, but you have your own unique perspective that takes effort and determination.
To put forth the effort to complete each task, you must have a positive mindset. You’ll enjoy some tasks more than others – and many people stop putting forth an effort when they reach a task that is boring or not their forte’.
Effort is the act of doing it – and when you don’t do anything, you’re making no effort to reach your planned goals. Planning your goals is an effort, too – but taking the actions to achieve them goal is necessary for the final success.
You may be especially good at plotting your goals and clarifying the path to reach them, but beginning the effort to make them work might be difficult. Circumstances may prevent you from making the effort at first, but by using a positive mindset, you can usually get past that.
It’s not an optional choice to apply a positive mindset to reaching your goals – it’s imperative. A negative mindset can be your worst obstacle and can quash the enthusiasm and happiness you once felt about reaching your goals.
Suddenly, any thought of making an effort to reach your goals is forgotten and discarded if you become mentally and emotionally discouraged by circumstances and negative self-talk.
The worst thing is that you go away thinking that whatever you wanted to do doesn’t work. That’s a lie you’re telling yourself – you don’t know what works and what doesn’t until you’ve put forth an effort.
Even if your plan doesn’t work in the end, you will learn so much from trying that it will be worth all the effort you expend. No effort at all can damage your self-esteem and make it much more difficult to set and reach future goals.
One way to avoid discouragement that leads to lack of effort is to mentally prepare yourself after you’ve set your goals. Think about what can make you enthused about reaching those goals and then develop tactics to keep you excited and moving on.
Remember that effort takes discipline, so prioritize your tasks to meet the goals you set and develop the discipline needed to complete each one. The self-discipline you’ll achieve along the way will help ensure that any effort you make goes a long way in meeting your ultimate goals.
It’s hard to conjure up the enthusiasm to make an effort to reach your goals if you don’t really believe in the goals. Assess your deepest feelings about your real outlook concerning the goals you set.
If you come to the conclusion that the goals are well worth the effort, you can easily make the time and do the work needed to get it done.
Momentum Is Key to Crossing the Finish Line with Your Goals
Harnessing the power of momentum is imperative to reaching your goals and is essential to becoming successful. It’s important that you immediately set about gathering momentum as soon as you set your goals. Don’t let them languish while you think about it. Begin immediately.
When surfers go about catching a big wave, they can’t hesitate – they must use the power of momentum or give up and wait for the next wave. If they wait too long or try to catch the wave before it’s the right time, they may take a tumble or the wave will give out before it peaks.
Momentum works the same in life as it does for surfers. When the momentum is there, ride the waves of it until you reach your goals. Don’t wait for something to happen to begin the momentum. Create it yourself.
Momentum is easier to keep going if you set a schedule for yourself and for reaching your goals. Know that you’ll have to leave your comfort zone at times and stop making excuses for dawdling. Each moment that you hesitate will make it even more difficult to move forward.
Procrastination is the enemy of momentum. As long as you keep putting off what you should have already begun, the momentum will never come – and you’ll never reach your goals.
You can effectively use momentum to overcome procrastination by always taking action. When you do this, your goals will come more into focus and it won’t be difficult to overcome obstacles and keep riding the momentum toward success.
You’ve likely heard the expression – a rolling stone gathers no moss. Moss is a slow-growing, flowerless plant that can be found in the stillness of forests and places where there is nothing to disturb it.
When you’re moving toward meeting your goals, gathering moss is impossible. There is light and movement – the enemies of moss – just as the enemy of reaching your goals is doing nothing.
Action should be your main focus when setting about to reach your goals. As you move and create, momentum is built, your confidence grows and results are achieved. To keep from being overwhelmed by ambitious goals, break your goals into small steps.
You’ll give each step the momentum it needs by focusing on that rather than looking too far ahead. If a step seems too difficult or it’s not something you relish doing – do it anyway. You’ll become resilient against setbacks and more apt to continue than give up. The self-confidence you’ll gain from taking action will spur you on to the next step – and the next. That’s momentum.
Time Management Is a Crucial Skill in Learning How to Execute Your Plans Efficiently
Unless you understand the importance of time management in reaching your goals, you may never succeed in accomplishing your full potential – or even make it to the first rung of the ladder.
If you want to be successful in anything, you’ll need time management skills. Even though we all have the same amount of hours in a day, we don’t all use it in productive ways. For some, it seems there will never be enough hours in a day to achieve everything on the to-do list.
Excuses fly when you convince yourself you don’t have time. But others have accomplished amazing things through managing their time constructively and getting more done in less time than it takes most people.
It’s all in how you manage your time. Time management is a crucial skill to learn if you’re ever going to be a top achiever and be able to organize your time to accomplish the most you can.
When you learn how to manage your time, you’re learning how to remove distractions such as television or an extra hobby and instead, working toward meeting your goals and dreams.
It’s interesting and eye-opening to think of time as a perishable. The time that goes by can’t be replaced so it must be allocated to achieving the most possible during the hours that tick by.
You must remove distractions and treat all your efforts as an official task rather than an impersonal hobby to dabble in. One part of an official task is learning how to schedule time and organize you schedule in the most effective way to reach goals.
You either use the time you have wisely and effectively – or you lose that chance forever. Stop and think about how you use your time each day and then go about changing those things that aren’t making your productive and that are stealing time that could be used in a more effective manner.
Time management is often thought of as a tool, but it’s actually a core skill that helps you progress in life. There are many helpful techniques that can help you manage your time effectively.
One technique you can begin now is to stop procrastinating. Get down to business and don’t stop until the task is complete. When you take action quickly on tasks you must complete, you’ll become more adept at meeting your obligations and you’ll find yourself getting so much done in a much smaller time frame than usual.
Prepare ahead for the tasks you must complete – then stay focused as you’re working to complete them. Don’t set it aside and keep looking at it. That’s a huge waste of time. If it’s a priority to get done, do it now.
Mark Twain advocated “eating the frog” first thing. Tasks become easier and less time-consuming if you do the most difficult task first – and eating a frog would definitely qualify.
Manage your time until it becomes a habit. When you look back, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve accomplished.
Continually Prioritize Your Tasks for the Day for Maximum Progress
Most people don’t know how to prioritize tasks. They’re constantly overwhelmed, miss deadlines and forget important meetings and events. They don’t manage their time effectively and never make to-do lists.
To-do lists are imperative to get your time-management skills under control. It’s not just a matter of writing down what you have to do, it’s a matter of knowing how to prioritize the most important tasks first and the less important ones after.
An effective to-do list should be written in the evening or first thing in the morning and organized so that it’s easy to move from one step to another. A well-organized to-do list can help you overcome procrastination and achieve goals, constantly moving toward reaching your ultimate success.
As you complete each task on the daily to-do list, be sure to cross them off. That act provides a visual sense of accomplishment and helps you move forward with the remainder of your list – and the lists to come.
The time it takes to prioritize tasks by writing a to-do list will save you tons of time when you begin to work through the tasks. You’ll be amazed at how it eliminates wasted time and effort throughout the day.
To-do lists don’t have to be inflexible. You’ll be able to add new tasks to the list as they occur and in order of importance. If there are too many tasks on your list to accomplish in one day, move the ones you didn’t complete to the next day and prioritize accordingly.
Experts in time-management agree that you can increase your productivity by 25% by working from a to-do list. You’ll be investing wisely in your mental and physical energy and causing your subconscious mind to work on the list even when you’re asleep or not thinking of it.
Any project can benefit by creating a to-do list that is prioritized in order they must be accomplished to complete the tasks involved. A well-organized list of tasks not only improves productivity – it also gives you more confidence and control of your life.
You’ll also become more motivated to accomplish even more with your life. Each task you complete provides insight and motivation you need to be more effective in all areas of your life.
Also, think about how you would organize weekly and monthly tasks. The daily tasks should lead you toward the culmination of tasks to be completed on a weekly basis and those will spur you on to completing monthly obligations or tasks.
It provides a great overall picture of what must be done on a long-term basis and will help you to confidently organize the daily to-do list.
Powerful momentum is created by working from a to-do list. You’ll move faster and work more efficiently than ever before and you’ll eventually become a master of your time and effort.
Collect Data and Make Notes for Future Analysis of Your Efforts
If you often feel that you’re spinning your wheels to success and not progressing as fast or as well as you should, it may be time to evaluate the efforts you’ve made toward your goals. For that, you must collect data.
Measuring your efforts of success must include evaluation of your life in areas you want to succeed. Perhaps you want to lose weight, improve your financial situation or your health. How much progress are you making – and how much more will have to happen to reach success?
Collecting data about losing weight is easy. You can simply look at the weight you’ve lost during a certain period of time and realize if you need to turn up the heat or that you’re on the right track and can continue as planned.
It may be a bit more difficult to collect data and analyze your efforts of setting and reaching some goals. It depends on whether you’ve kept accurate records of your progress and can pinpoint how much effort you made to get where you are now.
Taking stock of where you’ve been and where you are now should be done on a regular basis. This monitoring progress can help you learn valuable lessons as you go about what may be holding you back and where you can make positive changes.
Carefully kept records of achievements and setbacks will be useful when you’re ready to set more goals for the future. You’ll know what works and what doesn’t and be able to make more informed decisions about your future.
Certain areas to measure that could give you valuable feedback include productivity. If you’re not already aware of how you’re spending your time, begin to keep a log of how much time you spend on work, distractions, phone calls, checking emails and other areas – both good and bad.
What you monitor depends on what your goals are. For example, if you’re attempting to build an online following, monitor how many followers you’ve gained in a certain amount of time. Also, check out how the followers connect with you. Do they respond to your emails or blog posts?
You can monitor your progress in days, weeks, months or years and use that information to plot the next time frame. Through the evaluation process you’ll learn how effective you’ve been in meeting goals, learn new ways to progress faster and more effectively and become smarter about future action plans.
After data is gathered, notes are made and analysis performed, be sure and check the outcome with your future goals and objectives. Determine how you’re going to use the valuable information of your conclusions and then use that information to increase your productivity.
As You Execute Your Plans, Pay Close Attention to Your Level of Competence
Paying close attention to your competency level doesn’t mean you lack self-confidence – it simply means you’re assessing what knowledge you may need to be successful in your endeavors.
All of us are better in some areas than others. Some are better writers than mathematicians or better at working outdoors with their hands than in an office. If you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, you can take steps to fill in the gaps.
If you know you’re not competent in certain areas of importance to your business or the goals you’ve set, be ready to either gain the necessary knowledge to do the job or outsource the jobs to those who are competent.
Trying to do the job yourself when you know you lack in certain knowledge of the subject will produce a product or outcome that is mediocre – and that should never happen if you want to be truly successful.
Wanting to learn something new that would benefit your business or plans is admirable. If you have the time and energy, it’s a great thing to undertake. But if you have no time or desire to learn, it could be a waste of time.
You’re much better off to contract with a person who is extremely competent and achieve the best results possible. After all, the goal should be creating the best plan or product you can manage.
Today, there are a bevy of skills that some people are well-versed in and enjoy what they do. Some may have the skills that you’re lacking in and would blend in nicely with what you’re trying to accomplish, while saving you time and energy.
Gathering information from others may also help to increase your knowledge about what to tackle next in order to move your plans forward. A new and fresh perspective can do wonders for helping you plan ahead.
Turning certain jobs over to others who have more experience and knowledge than you can also hasten getting the job done. If you hate the thought of trying to do something you’re not really excited about, you run the risk of procrastination seeping in to your plans and holding you back.
You probably wouldn’t let an English professor perform heart surgery on you or a loved one. Each is highly competent in his/her own professions, but their areas of expertise are vastly different.
Don’t be embarrassed or discouraged to ask for help or hire others who can do the job better than you. It’s not a disgrace – it’s a smart move that can make your plans much easier to execute – and the outcome will look and perform much better.
Have Backup Options for Processes that Aren’t Being Implemented Smoothly
When a carefully-thought-out plan just isn’t working, it may be time to ditch it for a backup plan. A backup plan is a contingency plan you should have put in place before you began the project so you won’t have to slow down or stop if the main plan isn’t working.
You’ll know if the original plan isn’t working because your progress will slow or it isn’t giving the results you anticipated. Backup options will help you move on without stopping to figure out what your next move will be.
Later on, you can revisit the original idea to see why it didn’t work. A backup plan is especially for when something goes wrong with the original plan and you can have several backup plans to prepare for several types of obstacles.
For example, if you’re walking outside to lose weight, and a storm is approaching, you’d have to have a backup spot to walk indoors so that you cold carry out your plans. It works the same in business.
For instance, a backup plan for a timing problem will be totally different than one where your computer shuts down or you’re without internet for a few days. With a timing issue, you may have to figure out how many more hours or days you’ll have to work to make sure you meet the deadline.
Having a system breakdown is different because you may not know how long the interference will last. A good backup plan is to have another computer ready to go or another place to access Internet.
If you anticipate financial difficulties in the middle of an important project, one thing you can do for implementing a Plan B is to ensure there is a certain amount of credit or cash you can depend on. It’s common to miscalculate costs – especially if you aren’t familiar with the process you’re using.
Having a way to access money that will keep you on track can set your mind at ease so things will run smoother. Another problem that can happen with businesses concerns employees you may be counting on.
An employee that becomes ill or can’t help with the project for any other reason can put you in jeopardy of not meeting deadlines or having to give up the project altogether. One way to counteract that possibility is to research resources or contact temporary agencies to find out if another person with the same qualifications you could employ.
As you research a project, give lots of thought to obstacles that may pop up during the process and jot notes about how you might handle the problems. Later on, you can refer to those notes and put a backup option in place before you even begin.
Having backup options available is key to being able to carry out any plans or meet any goals successfully and with peace of mind. Without backup plans, your ideas and goals could spiral out of control and you may never get to the finish line.
Strong Execution of a Plan Requires Precise Definition of Roles
A precise definition of roles is necessary if you want to execute a plan in the most powerful way possible. Clearly defined roles help the execution of a plan move fast and in the direction it should.
Otherwise, chaos is almost sure to unfold and at least some of the project won’t get done or won’t get done properly. Imagine soldiers out on the battlefield. Each one knows his or her job and if it isn’t done exactly as planned and on time, lives are at stake.
Yours will likely never be a life or death situation, but if you want to be successful at what you’re implementing, a precise definition of roles should be in place. After that, the people in those roles need to know exactly what their respective jobs are and how you want them done.
Communication must be precise and each participant should know his or her part. Periodic meetings to clarify roles or reinforce the execution of the roles may be required to keep the momentum going.
If you’re the chief planner of the project, only you can communicate the importance of each role and clearly map out the duties of each participant. Even if you’re working solo and outsourcing all areas of the project, you must communicate clearly what the responsibilities and deadlines are for each person involved.
Careful planning on your part can clarify responsibilities so that no one needs to be confused about their part in the overall project. When it all comes together, you’ll realize how important that clarification is.
Projects that come together on time and in a way that everyone involved can be proud of can ensure your success when the final plan is executed. Sometimes a plan requires that goals be met at certain times.
Be sure that everyone knows the deadline dates and how their part fits into the whole. If you have a company or a project that involves quite a few people, it’s good to have a communications liaison that keeps track of each person’s contributions and can further explain roles in the project if they have questions.
Insist on periodic reports of everyone involved about how their part of the project is coming along so there will be no surprises at the end. When a team of workers is first established, communication should be possible between them so there are no misunderstandings about their own roles and the roles of others concerning the project.
Even families should have defined roles and responsibilities within the group. A person might be designated to take out the trash while another makes sure the pets have food and water. Clearly defined roles and goals make any project run smoother and better ensure its success.
Don’t Second Guess Yourself During the Execution of a Plan
Indecisiveness doesn’t work during the execution of a project or plan. The time to second guess yourself is at the beginning – during the planning phase. All options should be considered at that time, some culled out while others stay in the plan.
The problem with second-guessing and doubting yourself at mid-stream of a project is that you lose precious momentum. That one thing can put you in jeopardy of giving up or making it much more difficult to meet time lines and financial obligations.
Some negative results that could happen when you second guess yourself during the execution of a plan include more worry, stress and anxiety. You may feel discouraged and that you’ll never get it right – so you give up.
Learn how to stop second-guessing before it happens and gain control of your self-defeating thoughts and actions. Sometimes, second-guessing comes from inner fears of failure. Careful planning on your part can sometimes alleviate those fears.
Needless worry and anxiety has kept many a great idea from ever materializing. That’s why it’s so important that you overcome these negativities before they ever take hold and make you doubt yourself and your abilities.
You may be overestimating the likelihood of your project failing – or you may be underestimating your capabilities in completing a project or plan efficiently and effectively.
It’s important that during these times of self-doubt and urge to go back to the drawing board that you resist the negative self-talk, take control and follow through with the plan just as you outlined it.
Focusing on the plan just as it is will keep you from second-guessing and as you progress by meeting each goal as it comes, you’ll gain a tremendous amount of self-confidence and assurance that you will be successful.
Hesitation or uncertainty isn’t the mark of a truly successful person. When you have done your research and come to conclusions that help to formulate your plan, it should be solid and your resolve should be firm.
If you do have doubts, it was likely because you didn’t do or complete all the necessary research or you’ve had something shake your belief in your capabilities. Take some time to figure out what might have happened and address the issue immediately.
Letting the issues go unaddressed can cause you to procrastinate and hesitate to go forward. Momentum is lost and you may never get back to the place you were before the second-guessing obstacle happened.
The planning phase is definitely the time you should get any doubts and second-guessing out in the open and either change the plan accordingly or set it in stone and carry through with the execution.