Motivational Tip #2 – Planning for Your Goals

As we discussed in the last part of this motivational series the clearer your goals are the more motivated you will be.

Creating a complete plan of how you are going to succeed will make the path you are on a lot clearer and will help to greatly increase your motivation.

My first plans
The first time I set my goals I had a very clear picture of what I wanted, the problem was that I had no idea at all about how I was going to get there.

I didn’t know where to start, there was so much I could do and yet there was so little I could do right now.

Brian Tracy (the author of Maximum Achievement) shared some advice at a seminar I attended a few years back that really helped.
He discussed planning.

The art of planning makes a great difference in your ability to achieve your goals.

By making a complete plan you learn how you are going to complete your goals, what needs to be done, in what order and what you can do now to move you towards your goals.

The sense of purpose I found when I had created my plan was unbelievable, I knew exactly what to do!

How much faster everything went
When I knew exactly what do to I could start at once and work towards my goals.
Quickly things started to happen, opportunities opened up, I realized ways to use my abilities to increase my chances.

3 steps to making a complete plan

1. Clarify your goals exactly
How does your life look? What do you do? Who do you spend time with?
The clearer you can make the picture of your life when you have accomplished your goals the easier and more powerful this exercise will be.

2. What happened 3 months before
If you are going to complete your goals what needs to happen 3 months earlier. What do you need to do? What needs to happen?

3. Project backward until today
Write down each step and you will have a complete action plan that you can follow and use to propel your success.

If you don’t have a plan how can you know when you are off course?
Whenever a situation arises, either positive or negative, you will have a basis on which to evaluate it. How can you use this situation to move you towards your goals? What problems need solving? Where are we going exactly? Do we need to change our plans?
The ability to update your plans based on reality is an as important part of your success as any.

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Related posts:

  1. Motivational Tip #1 – Setting Your Goals
  2. Podcast: Your Path to Your Dreams Episode 3 – Planning for Your Success
  3. Motivational Tip #6 – The Master Decision (be happy)
  4. Motivational Tip #9 – Find Someone to Talk to and Trust Who Believes in You
  5. How to Use Motivation to Accomplish Your Goals and Start Living Your Dream Life
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14 Responses to Motivational Tip #2 – Planning for Your Goals

  1. Daniel,
    I’m always awed by your discipline and drive. I guess I’m not good at the guts of the plan. I get a vision of where I want to be and get to work. This is an area on which I need more focus. I went back to the last post and wrote down the stuff. There!
    See what you inspired!
    Lori

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Lori,

      I am glad I inspired you to write down your goals and (hopefully) make some good plans for how to achieve them :)

      Please let me know how it goes and if you feel any increase in drive, motivation and results thanks to this exercise.

  2. Jk Allen says:

    I think it’s so important for be clear when we set goals, Daniel. What I’ve done so many time is create goals without being specific in what I was going to do to achieve them. What this did for me is slowly cancel out the goals all together. What a waste!

    Thanks for the great advice Daniel!

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Jk,

      I have made the same the same mistakes.
      It is easy to do.

      What has the difference been for you when you are specific and make a actionable plan?

  3. Daniel, I love that you’re doing this series. You are right on here. Planning is absolutely essential to what you want. If you don’t know what you want and what it looks like, how in the world do you expect to get there? Great post, brother!

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Bryan,

      Thanks a lot.
      Motivation is an important subject so I thought I should give it some time :)

      Do you have plans for your goals? What has been the difference for you since you made them?

  4. Hello Daniel,
    I like your focus on the planning aspects of successful goal attainment. Writing down what you want in life is easy and somewhat motivating but it’s the down-in-trenches planning that is going to determine the success or failure of your efforts.
    Riley

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      That was a great way of putting it Riley.
      For how long have you worked with planning? How did you start making plans for your goals?

  5. Dakota says:

    Right on! Thank you for these ‘tips’. I never really plan out my goals, I just kinda try to get there somehow, but it usually doesn’t work to well, lol! :) Thanks for this stimulating post! :)
    ~Pianolessongirl,
    Dakota

  6. Hi Daniel, powerful stuff here! I agree with the fact that it’s good, even essential, to set goals but what many people tend to forget is to develop a plan to actually get there.

    Something that has always worked for me is dividing goals into subgoals. This way you not only have very concrete steps to conquer, but you experience success much faster, which is great for motivation!

    Thanks,
    Wim

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      That is great that you brought up short term goals.
      I think a short term goal is often more motivating then the long term goal since it offers more instant gratification.

      Creating short term goals also makes the planning process a lot easier, you can make a plan aiming for the next milestone, until you reach your long term goal.

      What has your experience with goal setting been? When did you do it the first time?

  7. sissi says:

    Hi Daniel
    How is everything going?! ~~xixi~~
    I am complete agree with your point. It is a good way to make your think and to hold dream clearly. by the way, drawing a picture which you wanna get is more vivid than thinking in the mind. xixi I am looking forward to your new article~thanks!

    sissi

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