Podcast: Your Path to Your Dreams Episode 3 – Planning for Your Success

Welcome to the third episode of Your Path to Your Dreams.
This is a very important episode, it discusses planning for success.

I hope you like the podcast and it can help you move even faster towards your goals.

Hello and welcome to the third episode of Your Path to Your Dreams.

Todays topic is; Planning for your success.

It has been said many times:
“Failing to plan, means planning to fail”.
You would never embark on a trip through Europe without a map – why would you not need one for your life?

If you are to succeed you have to sit down, see where you are now, where you want to go and then start making plans.

The act of setting goals makes a big difference and starts attracting opportunities into your life. But if you do not have a very clear picture of the path ahead it is easy to miss a lot of chances.

By spending time forming your plans, goals, mission statements, and so on, you will save lots of time and money on execution.

If you don’t have a plan you will stumble about, always stressed, forcing decisions. With a written down vision you will know what to do, and in what order. You will have an idea about priorities, how many people you need to hire, what should be delegated, what you can hire a consultant to do, how to market your services, etc. etc. Of course you will not always have the answer – but you will have an idea.

How do you know if it isn’t going according to plan if you don’t have one?
This was the question that really opened my eyes to the importance to planning.
If you don’t have an overview of what needs to happen, when and in which order – how do you know if you are on track or not?

Well, you don’t.

How is it done?
Start by projecting forward to your goals. Look at them one by one. If you are there, at that point when you have achieved a particular goal, how does your world look?
Paint as vivid a picture as possible in your mind.

What would have had to happen three months earlier in order for you to be able to complete your goal?
Keep projecting back three months at a time until you get to the present.

That way you have a first rough plan for what you need to do – from now, until you have reached your goal.

It is difficult
Projecting what will need to happen in three years is hard. It takes imagination, thought and planning.
But this is the whole point, it will help you to create a well thought through and complete plan.

It doesn’t have to be completely accurate
It is impossible to know what will happen in three years. Every day on your way forward might bring new inspiration, information or problems that will change the road map you have designed. The road map is there for you to have an overview and to be confident enough to be ready to take another route if necessary.

Most companies, for example, start with a set of plans and end up doing something completely different.
Still, it is the act of planning that will make you successful. By seeing the opportunities, potential problems and getting the exact numbers for your requirements.

The companies without a plan didn’t go anywhere. Companies with owners who saw plans as an unnecessary nuisance, since it is impossible to not know exactly what will happen anyway, didn’t develop to its full potential. Nor could the owners be flexible and use unforeseen circumstances, because they lacked the overview and the analysis necessary.

The plans aren’t written in stone, they will change. Count on always being ahead of plan, or far behind – and be sure that unforeseen circumstances will occur.
But because you have a plan you can update it.

It will take time
It will probably take you a few weeks of hard work to finalize the first version of your plan, but the benefits are more than you can imagine.
When you know exactly what you need to do, and by what date different activities need to be completed, you will find ways, opportunities, inspiration and time – to an extent that you never believed you could muster.
You will work more efficiently, be smarter and more focused. But most important of all you will activate the subconscious mind to find ways to get past your roadblocks.

Having a plan allows you to proactively deal with situations that arise. Not having a plan forces you to be reactive.

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 the actual developments, is an important part of your success.

Action Exercise
• Once you have decided what your goals are, start making plans.

• Visualize your goal and start projecting back three months at a time. What would have had to happen three months earlier in order for you to be able to complete your goal?

• Keep projecting back three months at a time until you get to the present.

• Write down exactly what needs to be done for each step.


Related posts:

  1. Your Path to Your Dreams Episode 2 – Goal Setting and Success
  2. Podcast: The First Episode of “Your Path to Your Dreams”
  3. How to Make Plans for Your Success
  4. Podcast: Episode 4 – Focusing Your Mind – “Your Path to Your Dreams”
  5. Motivational Tip #2 – Planning for Your Goals
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6 Responses to Podcast: Your Path to Your Dreams Episode 3 – Planning for Your Success

  1. Jk Allen says:

    Hey Daniel – great audio on planning for success.

    It’s important for us know remember that success is planned, and not accidentally acquired. This requires focus, action and a whole lot of patience.

    Thank you for providing the action exercise. I will certainly give that a shot.

    Thank you for the info. You’re a knowledgeable guy – thanks for sharing!

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Thanks a lot JK.
      My parents have had a lot of luck in life but they have almost never made any plans for it. Every time they have planned though it has been a real success.

      Let me know what you think of the exercise, it has made a big difference to me.

  2. Like the audio Daniel. Great job. I like where you compare a trip to success. Good comparsion. Without a plan things just don’t pull together. Thank you for reminding us. Debbie

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Thanks Debbie, I was actually very pleased with that comparison myself ;)
      May I ask how much time you spend on planning? Is it something you give a focused effort to?

  3. Keith Davis says:

    Hey Daniel
    You do sound American – good voice.

    My congratulations on the progress you have made on this site and particularly on your podcasts.

    Give it another twelve months and you’ll be up there with the big boys.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Thanks a lot Keith. I try to keep my speaking as active as possible. It is hard in Norway though, luckily we have some americans on the baseball team.

      Give it 12 months and we might have started making a difference in the world ;)

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