“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
William Arthur Ward
2020 is here and my first year blogging is almost complete as well. With the end of the year, I have been soul searching and evaluating where I am and what I want to do. What changes do I want to make. How do I continue on this journey?
When I started this blog I had no idea what I was doing. It has been a combination of learning, the joy of discovery, and stress.
There is still so much I need to learn and to do. Such is life. That is exactly what life is. A journey we go on each day which is filled with so many emotions.
Each day we have the ability to start over, make changes, and grow as a human being.
I love what I have been doing. I do not like it when there is a process that does not work, or that I don’t quite understand. I am working on all of that little by little. It is not in my DNA to stop or to give up.
So you will be seeing more of me in the future. For a time though you will be seeing less of me.
I need to take a small step back at the beginning of this year. There is much that I need to do on a personal level. Many things I have set on the back burner for a very long time and they are causing me stress so I have to take care of them.
Previously I had a small business and I need to finalize that. Do taxes and paperwork. Do a final inventory and sell as much as possible. I am tired of all the clutter; it all needs to go. I am the worst procrastinator and I have put it off for too long.
There are other boring details which do not merit mentioning here. All part of my life which need to be completed for my sanity and for success in the future.
So my journey continues. I will continue to post a quote a day and I will write a blog post once a week. I also hope to write on Medium as well but I am not sure how often that will happen.
As always I continue to work on my goals. I am happy to report that I am still on my treadmill almost every day and I will definitely continue. It is actually feeling like a habit!
So stay in touch. Don’t go away. I will be here but just on a reduced schedule for now. Give me January and February and I will be back in full force soon. Better then ever.
Don’t worry; I am just adjusting my sails. I will be Making Decisions, Planning The Future, and Making Changes To Improve
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
I am changing, I am growing and it is all part of life.
Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”
It is almost 2020. A milestone year? It can be if you put on your working clothes and follow your dreams.
Even more important is your attitude. Put on your best attitude because without it being successful in achieving your dreams will not be easy.
Why do we make it so difficult to follow through? We have so many tools available to us; it should be easy. We over-complicate. We need to keep it simple.
What is the right combination for each of us? What plan works for me may not work for you. Our goals will probably be different, and each of us will be working with a different attitude and a different skill set.
DECIDE ON YOUR GOAL AND WRITE IT DOWN
The first step and the easiest is deciding what you want to do. Take a little time and think about your goal. What do you want to accomplish? Then write it down, so it is clear and concise.
MAKE AN ACTION PLAN
Now that you have set your goal by writing it down, you need to make a plan of action. Your goal is a statement of intent. You have acknowledged your commitment by writing it down.
Now you need to make a plan . How are you going to achieve it? What steps do you need to take to make it happen?
Your goal is something you should focus on every day. Write it down and look at it each day. Use sticky notes and place them in locations where you will see them often.
DEVELOP A TIMELINE
When do you want or need to complete your goal? It is not enough to write it down. There is more required. Decide on a date of completion. If you do not have an endpoint, it is easy to lose your focus.
I think it is critical to plan out how you are going to attain your goal. That means dividing your goal into steps or sections. Visualize the steps and put them on paper. Set a time limit for completing each step and also a date for the completion of your goal.
Use visual reminders such as a whiteboard, calendar, and planner.
Schedule in some wiggle room for any adjustments you may have to make as you work on completing your goal.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED
As part of moving forward in life and achieving any goal, it is important to learn new skills. You have set your goal, you have written it down, and you have decided on a deadline. Can you realistically complete the goal with the skill set you have, or will it be necessary to learn a new skill?
If you need to learn a new skill, what is required, and how long will it take? You will need to factor this into your plan and your schedule for completion. I firmly believe it is beneficial to learn new skills. Always read to keep up to date with current events and different viewpoints. You never know when they may help you in your work or personal life.
HAVE A POSITIVE MINDSET
Be aware of your mindset. Check your attitude as you work through achieving your goal. It can be easy to get discouraged, tired, and lose confidence. As part of the process of completing your goals, be sure to surround yourself with like-minded, positive people. Encourage them and do the same for your self. Tell yourself you are doing a good job and remind your self of the value of your goal. Be optimistic.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
TIME TO PUT YOUR PLAN INTO ACTION
Now that you have all your ducks in a row and you have a clear goal and an organized, realistic plan, it is time to start. Take the first step. There is no reason to wait because if you hesitate, it becomes easier and easier to put it off. Before you know it, months may have gone by, and you will not have moved forward toward your goal.
Be excited. Take the first step and then the next. You will gain confidence as you progress through your plan, and each step will feel more natural to you. Each step will be easier to make.
PLAN FOR ADJUSTMENTS
Remember that not everything may go as planned. There may be a correction needed, but do let it stop you. Reassess and do not panic. Remember, you put in some wiggle room in your schedule, just in case. You may need to make adjustments to your plan. Do not stop. It may be irritating, and it may be disheartening, but it does not mean you cannot complete your goal. Make any needed adjustments and take the next step.
Stay focused on the completion of your goal. Use your tools, look at your schedule, and keep pushing your self forward. Each day will bring you closer to achieving your goal.
As you go through this process, always focus on the result. You should acknowledge the ups and downs of the process and what you have learned along the way. Every step is a learning process and a confidence builder. You gain confidence because you realize you already had the skill to do A and B, and because you learned new skills, you were able to complete C, D, and E.
Congratulate and reward yourself for a job well done.
Know that going forward, you have a new skill set and are better prepared to conquer your next goal.
Get ready. It’s almost 2020. Believe in yourself!
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach
As always, thanks so much for reading my blog. Life is an adventure. Have a great 2020!
What the new years brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year”.
It’s December and Christmas is just three weeks away. What? How did that happen, I haven’t made any plans yet for next year.
A new year, a new you, a new plan. Time to decide what you want to accomplish in 2020.
What do you want to achieve? What is important and what comes first?
What is your strategy? How do you decide?
If you are like the majority of people, you have these vague plans circulating in your head. You know, the stuff you have been thinking about for most of the year. There may even be a thing or two you wanted to do this year, but you never quite got around to doing.
You need a plan, a good plan, a realistic plan. You need a plan that is not scattered in your head. Every year we tell ourselves that this year will be different and that this year, you will be organized, and you will follow through on your goals.
Now is the time to make sure that happens. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pencil and start writing down random thoughts. Close your eyes and think about all the things you want to happen, not just for your work, but for your life.
It is essential to include both. Quite often, we focus on work because that is how we make our living. Our work provides us with income to survive. But life is more than work, and we also need to plan for the things that make us happy. Write it all down.
You may want to write everything down and then walk away for a while. Let it brew for an hour or two, maybe even overnight, Then come back and start breaking it down. Put your random thoughts into categories. Label them ‘work’ and ‘personal’ and then break each of those down again. Maybe list them from most important to least important.
Don’t make it over complicated. Keep it simple and direct, and also keep it real.
When you have a list of your goals, break them down. How are you going to do them? It is great to have goals, but where we usually fail is by not planning the steps of how to complete them.
Let’s say you want to learn to speak another language, or you want to participate in physical activity such as karate. You will need to do some research and break it down into steps. Where can I take a class, how often should I take a class? How long does each class last; an hour? Can I take a class nearby, and if not, how far away do I have to drive? You need all the pertinent information so you can plan for it and include it in your schedule.
You will need to do this with all of your goals, both professional and personal. Remember to be realistic. There are so many hours in each day.
Buy a calendar and a planner. There are many great planners which will give you options for daily, weekly, and monthly. The choice is up to you. Some people use more than one. Of course, you can also use your computer. Mix it up. There is no reason you can’t use all of these options if that is what works for you. Make it as simple and easy as possible.
Look over your schedule, all your goals, and the time you need to relax and recharge. Do you need to dial it back?
Remember, if you overload yourself, it is likely you will not be successful.
Be sure to talk to your family so they understand what you want to accomplish. When they are aware of your plans and see how much effort you are putting into achieving them, they will want to participate and help you. It is a great learning tool for children. Remember, no one watches you more than your children. They are learning from your example.
This is your plan for the new year. Enjoy the process. It can be a learning experience for you, as well. When you are planning out the year ahead, you are thinking about what is important, what your values are.
It also allows you to reflect on 2019 and what you achieved, what worked, and what did not. If something did not work, it is another opportunity for growth; what can you do to improve and do it better the next time.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a great day and good luck with your plans for 2020!
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”
Everyone wants to succeed on some level. Whether your dreams are big or small, they require commitment and hard work to achieve.
Before you start working on your plan, do a self-assessment. Determine what the driving force is for your idea. What do you consider success? Are you in it for the money, or do you want to do it because you feel passionate about it? If you love what you would be doing, and are passionate about succeeding, you chances of being effective are much higher.
Develop a strategic plan. You may have an idea for what you want to accomplish. But to be successful it is necessary to do some work. Do the research and see if others are working in the same arena. How is your idea different? If there is already a large group doing the same thing, you may want to re-think your approach. Is yours different? Does it offer an additional benefit? In what way is it better?
Once you are satisfied with your idea, it is time to make a solid business plan. A business plan is a formal written document containing business goals, the methods on how these goals can be attained, and the time frame within which these goals need to be achieved. Wikipedia Look on the internet, and you will find many options such as this one from Entrepreneur.com “Business Plans: A Step-By-Step Guide. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247574
It is necessary to write your plan down and prioritize based on your abilities, time, and cost factors. When you have your first draft, start making adjustments until you have a plan that will work for you.
Commit to your plan. Once you have developed your plan, be sure you are ready to put forth your best effort. Invest your time and all your abilities to be successful. Be proactive by continually evaluating and making adjustments when necessary. Make lists, keep notes, and always have daily goals to accomplish.
Don’t be afraid of failure. When you make mistakes, it does not mean you are a failure, or that you have to give up. Ask anyone who runs a business; they will tell you that there are always risks and setbacks. Take some time and evaluate what happened. Look at what went wrong with open eyes, do not try to sugar coat it. What can you do to fix it? Can it be corrected, or do you need to start over? Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from moving on. Having something go wrong is an opportunity to learn. Instead of giving up, keep working and make it better.
Believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. Some people will doubt you and your abilities. Only you know your skill level and your actual capacity for success. Do not let other people’s opinions interfere with your dreams. Put forth your absolute best effort in everything you do.
Do not give up. You have to realize upfront there might be setbacks. Something does not get done on schedule; a client wants some changes; the project is more expensive than estimated. Do not stop. Make the necessary adjustments, look for less costly options, and keep pushing.
If you have a team you are working with, support them, and delegate as much to them as you can. Value each individual, and they will help and support you in your efforts. Develop a good team from the start of your business. Your team and their abilities are an essential part of you becoming successful in business.
Have high expectations and push your self every day to be successful. You will learn that you are capable of doing more than you realized. Whether you are starting your own new business, or have a high-level position for another company, it will be a challenge of your determination, mental and emotional strength.
At the same time, reward yourself. Take the time to congratulate your team for a job well done, but also include yourself. Smile, relax, and take good care of yourself.
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
—Norman Vincent Peale
As always, thank you for reading my blog today. Make a good plan!