This is where we create a plan. Answer the question: How do you want this issue to play out? Specifically, how will you measure results?
If you have discussed your goal with others in your life, chances are you have heard everyone else’s “best ideas” on how to approach your goal and make it a reality. However, all that matters is that you create a plan that works for you, looking ahead and moving forward.
As part of creating a plan, there are certain structures and actions that need to be put in place for your new view of yourself and your goal to become reality. What do you need to do to make that happen?
Put structures in place so you are accountable to your goal or view. Maybe you are a high performer, and the thought of adding more blocks of time on your already-full calendar makes your skin crawl. I’ve had clients who, after taking a look at a goal or an issue, realized all they needed to do to create a different result was to create a different view. They were good to go and pleasantly surprised by their results.
If you find you have more work to do beyond creating a different view, set up the structures for progress, especially when the view itself is personal to you. There are multiple ways to achieve the results you want, and multiple ways to fulfill your goals.
The first time you make a list of everything you want to do, I recommend doing a brain dump of every possible action you could take to achieve your goal. Ask yourself if there are structures you can put in place to almost “force success” to happen.
Learn more about looking ahead in Chapter 6 of my book "Controlling the Pause"!