In the previous two posts in this 5 day series, we focussed on clearing the decks to set yourself up to succeed and putting strong foundations in place on which you can build the results you really want for yourself in your life and work. Now it is time to get into action.

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5 Days to Change for Success – Day 3: Getting into Action

Change for Success. Day 3 - Action PlanningThis is post 3 of a 5 day series.

Post 1: 5 days to Change for Success – Day 1: Clear the decks!

Post 2:  5 days to Change for Success – Day 2: Building Strong Foundations

In the previous two posts in this 5 day series, we focussed on clearing the decks to set yourself up to succeed and putting strong foundations in place on which you can build the results you really want for yourself in your life and work.

Now it is time to get into action.

Action stations!

You can read tips in articles, books and attend a gazillion workshops to kickstart you toward success. However, if you then don’t take action it is all worth diddly squat because nothing will change.

Persistent, consistent actions based on your vision, values and success definition are the key to getting tangible and sustainable results and creating success.

So, let’s get started.

Getting into Action – How to get started

Start by taking the vision you created in part two of this mini-series and break it down into smaller goals and steps. This helps what might seem like a huge overwhelming task feel more manageable. To help you with that, ask yourself these two questions:

  • When do you want to achieve your vision/goals by? For the sake of example let’s say 1 year.
  • Based on that, what stage do you want to be at by 9 months, 6 months and so on.

Once you have worked your way back to the present and you have all your milestones set, you are ready to create your action plans and start to make things happen.

Create your action plans

When you embark on a mission to create change, shoot for new goals or want to design the life you really want, it can feel like you have a mountain to climb to get to where you want to be.

The best way to manage this is to break it down into small manageable steps. Thinking in small baby steps when creating action plans will help keep overwhelm at bay and help you feel you are moving forward in the right direction.

Ask yourself:

  • In order to hit your first milestone or target what actions do you need to take?
  • When are you going to take them?
  • What might get in the way? What can you pro-actively do about that?
  • Is your action list clear, specific, measureable and scheduled in your diary?
  • What framework, structure and progress review system do you need to put in place to support you in staying on track?

Here is a great way to look at this:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

Have fun experimenting with this.

This is day 3 of this 5 day mini series. Here are day 1 and 2:

5 days to Change for Success – Day 1: Clear the decks!

5 days to Change for Success – Day 2: Building Strong Foundations

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  • Hey Ali

    Really like the concept of ground stakes. Not something I've heard of before.

    I take the same kind of approach when I'm working with young people who are preparing for exams. The general message is usually; start taking action now, what are you looking to achieve overall (what's your success criteria) and what are you going to do today/this week/ this month to start making that happen.

    Loving this series Ali – Thank you

  • Thank you Ben. I appreciate your feedback. You've hit the nail on the head there – break it down into manageable bite size chunks. Reduces overwhlem hugely.

  • Ali,

    This series is proving very useful; this post in particular reinforces the need for action. Your son's joke about the elephant is a great way for understanding how to complete large and complex tasks. Actions are the achievers required for results.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Regards

    Paul

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  • Paul, I am delighted that you are finding this series useful.