Commit yourself to action by investing in success

If you do not stick to your plans and ensure they are completed, then you will never get away from the planning stage. The planning stage will always be as far as you get if you do not teach yourself the discipline needed to enter something on a plan and make sure it happens.

Planning – Start with a small plan and work upwards

A small plan is better to start with. It helps you practice completing the items on your plan. Once you have successfully completed a few plans, you can start building bigger and bigger plans. Just make sure you complete every element of every plan. If you leave things undone then you undercut your efforts in the long run.

Planning – Keep a shorter plan handy for referencing

When you do make a large plan, you should keep a smaller plan handy. It should act like a skeleton plan and help remind you of the major elements of your larger plan. It is just common sense as it helps stop you having to read through your big plan every time you move from one stage to the next.

Doing – What?

Taking the first step after the planning phase involves picking an element of your plan and working on it until it is done and you are free to move on to another element of your plan.

Doing – The first step is knowing when you finish

Having a deadline is vitally important. Your plan should have a schedule and an end date. The end-date is going to help keep you moving forwards, and your schedule should help you achieve that end-date goal.

Doing – The second step is starting

Take one element or one part of your plan and work on it exclusively until it is done. Trying to do numerous tasks at one time will only make your job harder.

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