Plan to Act: Creating Action Plans

You look in the mirror and see that stubborn lower belly pouch that has been haunting you since after your teenage years. Ahhh, the glorious teenage years when you could eat what you want without any consequences. Now if you even think about eating that whole pizza yourself, you can feel your granddad’s double chin growing on you. However, you say to yourself this year is going to be different. In January, you made a resolution to get into the best shape of your life since you were wearing bagging clothes and popping zits in class. The spring is upon you and you see the same belly pouch because you failed to take the actions necessary to sculpt the body of your dreams. We all have things we want to do but never accomplish.

What is the difference between a goal and a dream? A goal is a dream written down and acted upon until completion. A dream on the other hand, stays in our imagination waiting to manifest in the material plane. Creating an action plan is vital to seeing a dream coming true. Today, I advocate creating action plans and detail how you can create your own for whatever goal you currently set for yourself.

Elements of an Action Plan

An action plan consists of:­­

· Goal/objective: What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to pay off your credit card debt? Do you want to increase your income?

· Actions: What can you do to make it happened? Change your diet. Stop making charges on your credit card. Get a second job.

· Timeline: A specific time you set to complete a task. For example, by the beginning of the week, by the summer, or today are great.

· Obstacles: What problems can you foresee that would hinder your progress?

· Solutions/resources: Tactics you can utilize to overcome those obstacles.

Here is an example of someone that wants to increase his or her income:­

Here is a blank template for you to use for your next endeavor:

Action Plan worksheet.xlsx

In closing, an action plan is a great tool to get your dreams out on paper and broken down into real steps you can take to make it happened. However, I encourage you not to only brainstorm and fill in the grids but actually do them. No amount of planning and preparation in the world will produce change. Paraphrasing the words of Anthony Robbins, it is our consistent actions that shape our life. Action plans are the blue print and taking action is the construction of building the life you want.

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