How to Get Out of the Planning Cycle and Start Implementing Your Goals

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PLANNING TO PLAN

I tend to over plan. I’m an organizer at heart and I like to know what to expect before jumping into a new situation. I research all of our vacations and activities beforehand, I eat my food items one at a time and label anything I can get my hands on.

Many of us get into a cycle of endless planning. We’re afraid to take the big leap because what if it’s not the right one? What if we fail? What if it’s too much or it’s not enough? We are overwhelmed by options and limitations. We try to live our dream, but the sad truth is that most of us are still dreaming.

HOW DO I START?

Chances are, there’s an area in your life where you have a dream and a million ideas, but you don’t know where to start. Here’s how:

1. Write out your goal.
2. Break it into smaller, ACTIONABLE steps. 
3. Write out everything you need to do to accomplish that first step.
4. Then tackle each step until you’ve reached your goal.

For example, here’s a simple idea. If you want to read 30 books in a year, your chart might look like this:

Or a more complex goal might look like this:

If you’ve taken on too much in your goal, it’s ok. If you have a goal, but haven’t started on it, that’s ok too! Either way, I’m glad you’re dreaming! Take a minute to fill out the chart by breaking your goal into small, actionable steps and start ONE STEP AT A TIME. Click the image to print:

WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW MY SPECIFIC GOALS?

For those of you who haven’t even thought about setting goals, that’s ok too! I have some questions for you:

1. WHAT ARE YOU GOOD AT?

Maybe you like to give or encourage. Maybe you like to cook or clean. Are you right-brained or left-brained? Creative or methodical? There are places that each of these tools can be useful for helping others.

2. WHAT NEEDS DO YOU SEE AROUND YOU?

Widows, orphans, sick, single parents, divorced families, homeless, addicts, the elderly. Who do you feel most drawn to help?

3. HOW CAN YOU USE YOUR TALENTS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED?

Don’t limit yourself to one area, explore all of your gifts and talents.

4. WHAT’S ONE THING YOU CAN DO TO START TODAY?

Make the phone call, send the email, save the date. Offer to babysit so a friend can go on a date with her husband or bring dinner to a sick neighbor.

Ready to DREAM BIG??

Here are few good resources to tackle your goals:

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
Anything by Jennie Allen
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
The Life Ready Woman by Shaunti Feldman
Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore
Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines
An Audience of One by Srinivas Rao

BEFORE YOU GO…

After you’ve printed out your goal action plan, check out Setting Goals and Habits to review your New Year’s Resolutions.

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NOW I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

What goal are you having trouble getting started on? What’s one thing you can do right now to get closer to achieving it? Comment below!

You’ve got this!

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