In order to improve life in any way it’s important to be intentional and set attainable goals. To make these goals come to life, create a daily action plan. This action plan is best maintained in a daily journal. Journals are a big part of many people’s lives and journaling can be done in several ways. Some people use journals as a way to jot down thoughts, ideas or write about things they would like to manifest. I find that journaling is most useful to me when I have: Goals, an Action Plan, and a way to Assess the daily goals that I set for myself.
I really like the outline of “The 100-Day Goal Journal” by John Lee Dumas. The journal is set up with a place to express gratitude, write a short term goal, a way to achieve the goal, an action plan and a daily assessment.
But how do you establish GOALS? Ask yourself these 4 questions. Answer the questions truthfully.
Life Makeover: 8 Steps
- What do you really want?
- Clarity leads to power, power leads to action.
- Most people are looking for financial freedom. Financial Freedom Now.
What do you want today based on this stage in your life?
- Be as specific as possible in your want (ask)
- Ex: higher investment returns
- Stocks (buy some)
- Increase Net Profits
- Lose 15 pounds
- Eat Healthier
- Join a Mastermind Group
- Get a Coach
- Give to Charity
- Get More politically Active
- Ex: higher investment returns
- Choose 1 life makeover category to work on from these categories:
- Financial; have higher investment returns using stocks TDA- buy more stocks. Buy Apple stocks through Vanguard.
- Why do you want this? (Examples of possible reasons below)
- To free myself and my family. We can take trips, have experiences that are priceless, and help others.
- The pain of going on without seeing your full potential.
- When it comes to fruition, it will feel great to help others and ourselves see the world and experience it without boundaries.
- Why not? Why don’t you already have it? (Examples of responses below)
- Not actively working on it.
- Not focusing on it enough and not taking risks that can help bring these goals to fruition. What you focus on grows.
- How am I going to do this?
- Be active and buy 2 Apple stocks per month.
- Find a financial advisor to look over my finances and make recommendations to help improve my investments.
- First Action:
- This is where most plans fall apart. It takes mental strength to make change.
- Most people think more than they do.
- Success in the physical world means doing more.
- THINK LESS, DO MORE
- The first step is critical because of the power of momentum.
- After the 1st step everything changes.
- First step: Buy 3 shares of Apple stocks.
- Call a financial planner.
- Make it easy so you can win.
- Write a mantra:
- “I Tamara Simpson commit to buying 3 shares of Apple stock no matter what, before this time tomorrow.”
- Reward, immediate gratification through short term rewards
- Positive reinforcements
- Reward the behavior you want
- Ex: dinner, a massage, a bottle of good wine, a sicilian square slice
- Choose a reward that excites you
- Don’t be afraid to give yourself a big reward
- The Accelerator- USe this to make things move faster!
- Accountability. What is accountability + why is it important? Def: to explain what you’ve done. Being responsible for your actions or your results.
- Being accountable to others, not self, reaps more rewards.
- Other people can motivate, support, consult and advise
- They may be where you want to go, can guide you to success
- Outside coach can see what you can’t see
- When someone else is watching we try harder, we do better
- Plan: 16 Weeks of Action
- 3 Easy Actions Per Week
- Give Each Area Attention.
- **8 weeks of journaling action plans for 3 categories that need attention.
- 8 weeks of prioritizing the categories
- 3 x 16 weeks = 48 easy actions in one simple cycle