I’m guessing you are thinking that the title of this blog is a pretty loaded statement. So let me clarify what I mean by that statement. I am not saying that you shouldn’t have dreams and goals. By all means…DREAM AWAY! But I want to see your goals and dreams become reality.
Here’s the hard truth about goals and dreams…without having a plan for action, they stay dreams. I know we aren’t in business to just dream. We want to reach our goals!!!! I want you to reach your goals!
You may be thinking, “Well Michelle, what does it look like to put action behind your goals?” First off, it looks different for everyone because everyone’s business is unique to them. Many people think that as long as they stay “busy” all day, they are working on their goals and dreams. THIS IS INCORRECT! Let me say it one more time for the people in the back… THIS IS INCORRECT!
Let me elaborate! It is so important for you to have an action plan. Having an action plan allows you to make sure that you are moving forward with the steps that you need to hit your goals. Just being busy isn’t going to cut it. Action plans break down your goals into bite size pieces that allow you to check them off one by one and build off of one another. Once you have your action plan set up, you can then create the daily ACTIVITY to match the plan. No more just being “busy” and hoping for results.
I know we live in a society with GPS…consider your action plan just like you would your GPS, your road map (yes, I said road map). You have to take it one step at a time. Your first step is just getting out of the driveway and knowing whether you need to go left or right. Think about your action plan in the same way you would if you were using your GPS to get your from point a to point b. Where and when do you need to turn to get to your destination? Having the action plan is EXACTLY like having a GPS. It tells you when and where to turn so you always know what you should be working on next. Can you get to your destination without a GPS, yes absolutely, but it could take you twice as long and several U turns along the way. An action plan ensures that you will get to your goal in the FASTEST and most EFFICIENT way possible, just as your GPS does for you in the car! If we can’t live without our GPS in our personal lives, why do we think our business and goals should be any different?
Next step is not only do you have to have an action plan, but you need to be tracking your actions as well. These two important steps go hand in hand. It is crucial to turning your dreams into reality!!! At the end of the day, take 5 minutes to recap your day. Who did you talk to? Who do you need to follow up with? When do you need to follow up? What is on your list for the next day? By recapping your day, you allow yourself to identify loose ends, track your progress and tie up your day nicely, moving you forward towards achieving your goals. Holding yourself accountable to someone beyond yourself is extremely helpful in sticking to a plan and reaching your goals.