From the perspective of achieving your goals, getting from where you are to where you want to be can often feel overwhelming. Especially if we’re unsure about the steps we need to take to get there. The following visual exercise can be very helpful in gaining clarity on what we need to do to start moving forward.
First, make a write in where you are, and where you want to be, as shown below.
Second, on the left side of the page, fill in what you currently have in the way of resources and things to work with and overcome. This gives you a starting point. On the right side of the page, note what you will have once you achieve your goal. This will help provide motivation, clarity, and direction.
Next, think of all the major tasks you need to take to get from where you are to where you want to be. The list doesn’t even have to be in order, or 100% complete. Just start thinking of all the tasks that you need to do and list them in the gap on the page between where you are and where you want to be.
At this point we know where we are, where we want to be, and a bunch of tasks that need to be done to get there. The next step is to number the tasks in the order we need to complete them. This is where our action plan gets created. When you’re done with this step, you should have a plan to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Now, we come to the most important step in the process: TAKE ACTION! The best plan is useless until we take action toward implementing it.
If you’ve got a goal you’d like to achieve, but need a plan on how to achieve, try this simple exercise. It will give you clarity on what needs to be done, and motivation to see what you’re moving toward.
Just remember that the most important thing you can do, once you’ve completed the plan, is take action. Your goals are waiting. Start today.