I keep this quote by John Beckley in my calendar to help me make a conscious effort every day to Focus and Plan:
Most People Don’t Plan to Fail: They Fail to Plan.
Action Steps give you the oxygen you need to build out your vision, purpose, and goals. Think of action steps as the grains of sand that make up the beach, or another way of thinking about it is that action steps are the specific efforts necessary to reach the goals you have set. Action steps are exact details of your action plan.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~Benjamin Franklin
To put it simply: No Action Steps, no Action, no results. The outcome of any vision is dependent on the Action Plan. You can visualize it, know your purpose, and set goals, but to attain those you must set up action steps that will lead you into the plan. What do action steps look like? They first must be concrete and comprehensive, most importantly each step should explain:
IDENTIFYING ACTION STEPS, KEEPS YOU?
From going in blind, or setting yourself or others up for failure. Knowing the obstacles you face and preparing for them allows you to make contingency plans. Anticipating the future makes us feel in control, right? Some other reasons are:
1. Focus on details – nothing is too small or insignificant.
2. There is always more than one way to accomplish something.
3. Utilize everyone in your group, using the strength of many increases success and builds a strong foundation for all.
4. Building your circle of influence one strength and on one value at a time, insures you don’t get to the top alone.
5. Revitalizing resources and strengths gives you optimum efficiency. People will join you when they see a plan they can follow and be a vital part of.
READY – SET – GO
“ANY THING CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH AN ACTION PLAN”.
It is like asking someone how do you eat and Elephant? One bite at a time!
Go Ahead You Can Do It!
You would not go on vacation or be part of something major in your life without taking pictures, planning, sharing with others, would you? Well, now that you have set up your steps let’s put the ACTION into your plan. This can be done with a simple calendar; in fact it is best if you use a paper form because then you have a record of what worked, when you veered off course and your success. If you have just started putting your action plan into ACTION, start small.
Here are 5 steps to follow that not only will get you started immediately but allow you to have success and confidence to build out even bigger and better plans as the months go by.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW:
Share with me some of your action steps email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to my web site barbarabritt.com, and let me.
Barbara Britt has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. She developed the largest leadership program in the country for high school students and spent 16 years working with that program. She is now using that experience and expertise in the corporate world. As a sought after member of John C. Maxwell’s international speaking, training and coaching team, she conducts leadership, personal and professional development training for a variety of organizations. Barbara’s no-nonsense style helps take companies to a new level of growth. As an executive coach to management teams and entrepreneurs, and a life coach to individuals, Barbara helps redefine her client’s purpose, vision and goals. She speaks & trains on many different topics based on individual or company needs. Topics include Personality Work Styles, Excellence in Customer Service, and Power Networking. She also has developed a Roadmap for College Preparation Program that is helping parents and their children prepare financially, academically, and emotionally for one of the most important times in their family’s life.