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Four ways to plan your life if you want to be successful

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Plans make dreams realities

It’s wonderful to have a dream, to spend time imagining what you would do if you had all the time, money and energy to do whatever you wished.

But dreaming and visualising alone is not enough. You need action.

Whatever success looks like for you, a plan is essential for making it happen. 

Think big then get smart

Most people have heard of SMART goals – that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound (or one of the similar variations). 

While this encourages tangible goals, beginning with the SMART approach can be limiting. This is because many people hear the word ‘realistic’ and treat it like a ceiling.

Instead of jumping straight to goal setting, start by picturing your dream in your mind. Notice what you can see, hear, touch, taste and smell so the image becomes vivid.

Ask yourself ‘How big can this be?’

Allow yourself to stretch the possibilities. When you’ve taken your dream as far as you want to take it, work backwards, setting a sequence of SMART goals to get there.

Be honest with yourself 

Be realistic about how much time you have to dedicate to creating success. Your path has to be sustainable or you risk burning out before you get to enjoy your achievements. 

Remember, life isn’t a race. Don’t set crazy timescales and use every hack to cram more and more into each day while squeezing out all the joy.

Be honest about how long your journey needs to be. 

If you start now and take regular action at a sustainable pace you will get there. And, you’re likely to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Get into a routine

Successful days build up to create successful results.

The first hour of your morning is one of the most powerful. It can set the tone for the rest of the day. So, get your days off to a successful start with a great morning routine. 

Choose 3 to 5 things to include and commit to doing at least 1 every day so you can always do something to start your day successfully no matter how rushed you are. 

Here are some ideas… 

In addition, it’s important to write down your top three priorities in your planner to focus your mind so you’ll make time for what matters most to you. Doing this helps avoid your desires being lost to busyness or a to-do list filled with other people’s requirements.

Hold yourself accountable 

Take a few minutes to reflect at the end of every day so you’ll grow from your experiences and celebrate your successes. Reflection is also a great opportunity to let go and forgive so you can head into your evening in peace.

Use you planner to keep a track of your progress and look back regularly to appreciate how far you’ve come. It will keep you motivated. 

You can also join the Original Life Club for support and accountability. It’s free!

Plan the path and start enjoying your success.

About Loretta Milan

Loretta Milan is a transformational coach and founder of Original Life. She's on a mission to inspire everyone to create the life they love and make their dreams happen. She loves stationery, travel and tea.

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