Let’s talk about the fine-tuned and lesser discussed parts of making and acting on a plan.
Most of the time, everybody knows how to create a plan, but the issue is often execution.
In order to create a plan, you need accountability. There are reasons execution becomes difficult that even the best accountability cannot fix. Let’s dive deeper!
Research shows that it takes at least 66 days of follow through for a new behavior to become a habit.
Do you have accountability and the right kind of accountability?
If the answer is “No, I do not have accountability, nor the right kind.”
Are you ready to change this?
The next crucial step to executing and following through on any plan you create (this one is OFTEN forgotten):
Consider changing and upgrading the wording you use to describe and execute the plan.
This is where it gets REALLY fun!!! If you’re saying “I should exercise” or “I should try harder in this relationship” or “I really need to be focused on finances” your motivation isn’t very motivating to your deeper subconscious brain. The brain is linked for “pleasure” and over time the more should’s, have to’s and must’s that are floating around in your day to day life, the less room you have to get motivated to create a new and improved lifestyle shift.
So, your wording is really important. Try focusing on shifting your wording. Here are a few examples to get you started:
I should – I want to…
I need to – Wouldn’t it be fun if…
I have to- I am excited about…
I must – I can…
Another under-considered but super valuable aspect about creating and executing your plan is being able to:
Get extremely clear on the first step.
Most people are thinking big picture…or end-result. It becomes super challenging to take a goal and chunk it down into something that doesn’t overwhelm but instead evokes EXCITEMENT and is EASY to knock out. Let’s be honest- when you’re juggling lots and lots of balls in the air and a lot of things are important to you, you need clarity and simplicity not overwhelm.
Sara’s Top-Secret Strategies to Execute a Goal:
- Have consistent accountability.
- Shift the words you use to describe your goal/plan.
- Get extremely clear of your first, very small achievable first step.
My wish for you is that all of your goals and big dreams get so clear and so step by step specific that you can easily and swiftly begin taking action.
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