Have you got a big dreamy goal that you’d love to turn into a reality? Knowing what you want is an awesome first step, but if you really want to maximize your chances of success, you’ve got to have a clear picture of what you want and how you’re going to get it.
You need a systematic step-by-step strategy and an arsenal of resources and contingency plans. You’ve got to be prepared for challenges and you need to know who’s on your team. That’s where the Big Dreamy Goal Plan comes in!
And I promise it really isn’t complicated! You just need to set aside some quiet time to go through the 10-step process outlined below.
Plus I’ve got a free printable workbook for you to use.
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Create your Big Dreamy Goal Plan
Step 1: Spend time dreaming and scheming
Take some time to decide which of your dreams you’re ready to start working on now. Are you ready to commit to turning it into a reality? If you are, then it’s time to start brainstorming! Write down all the things that come to mind when you think of your goal. What does your goal entail?
Step 2: Create a SMART goal
There are a few variations of the SMART acronym, but the one that I and my clients find most effective is this one:
S = Specific. What exactly do you want to achieve?
M = Measurable. How will you know when you’ve reached your goal? How will you track your progress?
A = Attainable. Is your goal challenging but realistic? Which of your skills and strengths will help you achieve your goal? What limitations should you consider?
R = Relevant. Why do you want to achieve this goal? Is it really important to you? Is it aligned with your values and other goals?
T = Time bound. What is the deadline for completing your goal? Is that deadline realistic? Have you given yourself wiggle room?
Step 3: Create a step-by-step action plan
What are all the steps that you’ll need to take in order to make your big dreamy goal a reality? Make sure to include every teeny tiny step, including preparatory steps that need to be taken before you start working on your goal. Write down when you’ll do each step.
Step 4: Set milestones
Look at all the steps involved in reaching your goal? Which points will be milestones that you can acknowledge? How will you celebrate these milestones?
Step 5: Identify the resources that you’ll need
What are all the different things you’ll need in order to accomplish your goal? Be sure to include all types of resources, including money, time, materials, skills, behaviors, habits, and so forth.
Step 5: Keep your goal at the top of your mind
Create a system or plan for staying focused on your big dreamy goal. How will you remind yourself of what you’re working to achieve?
Step 6: Plan for setbacks and obstacles
Spend time brainstorming all the different obstacles and setbacks that might pop up. What will you do if any of these things happen? How will you keep moving forward?
Step 7: Make a commitment
Write down the reasons why you are committed to reaching your goal. What benefits will achieving this goal bring? What would achieving this goal mean to you? What would your life and business be like if you didn’t go after this goal?
Step 8: Prepare for internal challenges
What mindset challenges might come up for you? What negative thoughts and negative self-talk could creep and cause difficulties for you? What impulses and emotions could derail you if you’re not careful? What could reduce your motivation? Do you need to overcome any fears? How will you stay positive, motivated, and in action?
Step 9: Identify what kinds of self-care you need
What do you need to do to take care of yourself while you’re working on your goal? When will you do these things? Put them in your schedule and make them non-negotiable!
Step 10: Enlist help and support
What type of assistance do you need? Who can provide direct support by helping you tackle some of the steps in your action plan? Who can you enlist for indirect support? Which friends and relatives can cheer you on and offer encouragement? Is there anyone who can take some things off your plate while you work on your goal? Do you need a coach or mentor? What about getting an accountability partner?