For many years I found the "planning word" something I avoided. Now I do it quite well but on some days I am right back in the middle of avoiding to plan. Then I need to sit down and start the planning process. Maybe it sounds heavy sometimes but it is not. You are just giving yourself the respect you deserve by taking your plans seriously.
Some do this process easily and naturally. My partner Marianne is one of those people who makes it look so simple and effective. Why have I and likely you found it so difficult? What does a person who thinks they can,t plan say and do? What do you say and do when the word Plan comes up?
You know what? We all plan one way or another but think we don't. Since we don't write it down, respect ourselves and our plans seriously, things get forgotten or overlooked.Then we have a not so great result and get discouraged and critical.
Take it seriously for the time it takes! Keep it simple and above all write it down in a special book or use your Pad, computer or smart phone. You can hang it on the wall in several places after printing it out. A visual reminder of The Plan. Make It, See It and Do It. You are wonderful and are beginning to become a great planner too.
Lets get some tips from those who can plan and usually like to plan.
First, decide what you want to do and ask yourself if it is realistic.
Second, Think about what steps you must take to get there. If you feel some information is missing then ask another you trust. Do a little research at the library or on the internet. Librarians are not overworked these days and can be very helpful.
Third, start writing these steps down and keep it simple. Do not think complicated, it is not. Then simplify it further in smaller steps. Each small step completed is a step in the right direction.No excuses. None, nada!
Four, ask yourself, "Is there anything that can stop me from taking the first step?" What is it? Can I overcome that? Do I need help? Ask? Ask? Ask? And listen to the answers.
Fifth, take action on the first step. There is immense power in starting.Everything starts with the first step taken.
Sixth, do not make excuses. Adjust if necessary. Celebrate each step of the way.
Seventh, repeat this process until you are finished the plan or come to a bump in the road. Now you can ask yourself or others is there something I have forgotten to do before starting this step. For example, do I have to have a valid license or permit to do this? Do I have it? How do I get it? Is it possible? Do I need to learn a new behaviour or technique?
Eighth, no self criticism and negitavism allowed but you can ask "What did I learn from this?" Something to improve or learn? Always that positive outcome to learn something and be rewarded with. There are no failures just learning. Keep your eyes,ears and hearts open.
Live, love and laugh and Plan. Bob and Marianne.
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