Dreaming, envisioning, or brainstorming can be a lot of fun because it allows you to drop into the imaginary world of what life could be like if only you had (insert dream).
There’s nothing wrong with taking time for an exercise in what if thinking. It’s a very important step in creating the life or business you want.
However, most people fall short when it comes to building a plan of action for their dreams or vision. They get stuck in the dreaming/envisioning phase and don’t move beyond that.
Why is that?
Here are three reasons you might feel blocked around planning and why planning is critical to achieving the results you want.
They are based on my personal and professional experience from building many plans for myself and for my clients over the years.
1. You feel overwhelmed.
The details and logistics of a vision can feel overwhelming.
People have said to me that they don’t know where to begin, what to prioritize, or where to focus their energy.
That’s understandable, especially if they have big goals.
In order to achieve those goals, it’s important to break down the vision with an action plan. What does that look like?
Here’s a quick overview of a high level plan:
- Start with the end in mind. The big picture
- Break the vision down into phases and/or timelines
- Next, break it down even more with specific action items
- Be sure to delegate to a team member if necessary
- Track and measure to gauge your results because you can’t improve what you don’t measure
- Be adaptable because being flexible will be less stressful if plans don’t go as planned
A plan is your guide to getting what you want. A plan is like a template that takes you from feeling overwhelmed to feeling confident in moving forward with your vision.
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2. Planning is rarely taught in schools or in family environments.
Much like the topic of personal finance, planning is rarely taught in schools or in family upbringing.
It’s not your fault that you weren’t taught how to put a plan together in your developing years. However, as an adult, you have the choice to learn new skills and to practice those new-way-of-thinking skills.
We grow when we stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zone.
Planning requires critical and linear thinking. Unlike creative thinking, it’s a different use of the brain, and it takes practice.
No big vision or dream has ever come to fruition without a plan.
In addition, planning is an exercise into the future, and that means it’s not always clear on what action steps need to be taken.
This is where understanding priorities, timelines, critical paths, strengths and weaknesses, available resources, team support, and much more plays an important role.
No one was born knowing how to plan. It’s a learned skill. The more you do it, the better you will get.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
3. It’s time-consuming.
Planning requires thinking things through before you take action. And that can be time-consuming.
However, if you put in the time to build a plan, it’s a much more strategic approach to achieving your vision than shooting from the hip.
When we take action without a plan in place, we often waste much more time, money, energy, and resources than it would have taken us to put a plan in place.
Planning sets you up for success by empowering you to be proactive rather than reactive. It allows you to respond in a strategic way.
When we can be more strategic in our approach to work and life, we win and so does everyone around us.
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