It is in our genes to take motivation seriously and then not follow through it. When it comes to planning, we all are talented sweethearts who can plan for 365 days in advance.
Such plans goes through if it is organization oriented as there are policies and people in place to keep it aligned.
When similar plans are made for self development, there is a steep fall in our inspiration. We start to fall back on our same routine. Finally we give up. The plan never reaches its climax.
Instead of getting super pumped up, taking notes and preparing checklist for the upcoming 365 days, let’s try something different.
Doing same thing gives same output. Why not do something risky, unsure and uncomfortable…
Why Do We Plan For 365 Days
By 365 days, I mean a long journey. There are three reasons why we plan on long term success path.
- We don’t want to see ourselves with small goals.
- My friend is doing the same, I should do the same.
- It makes me happy by stating I have a plan for a year.
Now there you go, the plan has become perfect. Given our laziness and mental behavior most of us would drop it in first week.
Results never come easy. It don’t need to have a year long plan. The important aspect is to follow through. When you fail to do so, there is no point in your strategical planning.
It does give short term satisfaction, however no long term benefits.
The Number 1 Reason For Plan To Fail
Long running planning means huge goals. Our motivation drops quickly than stock prices. For us to recharge ourselves, we need to emphasize on short term rewards.
It will act as a boost to keep us going forward. Your continuous momentum drives the race.
The One Week Plan
Write down on paper, “What is the number one goal you need to achieve?” Do this right now.
Now brainstorm on one small thing which would add to your goal when accomplished.
For example, My number one goal is to shed fats from my body. Walking for 15 minutes daily would add to it. Great.
My one week plan is to walk 15 minutes daily. Achievable, short term and boosts confidence. Get through it and complete the one week.
Again think of something which will add to your goal in addition or supplement to your goal.
For example, Once I did 15 minutes walk daily for one week, my next week’s goal would be to walk for 25 minutes.
For this to work, you need to set up small achievable goals and then level up one level at a time. Keep doing this and you don’t have to plan for 365 days, just one week every week.
How To Master One Week Plan
Visualization is the key. Once you set up the goal for one week, start your day with imagining you doing the stuff.
For example, I would wake up and imagine walking for 15 minutes. Imagine it is helping you a lot in your goals. This would unblock the mental barrier for everyday.
Once you are done with that, go to completing the task for the day. You will not hold back for any reason because it is no big deal now. (Short goals, visualization and motivation helps)
Tell your family members and co-workers what you did. It will keep you accountable. After 2 or 3 days, they will ask upfront about the status of your daily task.
This should be enough to keep the momentum going and enjoying the long term rewards while working on the short term plan.
One Week Plan is not mandatory, you can plan for 3 days or 8 days. Make sure you plan for short period of no more than 15 days.
The main mantra is to get you through your planning. Once you stick, do the work, you can achieve greater results in time to come.
What is your one week plan?