Begin with the end in mind. To get where you want to go, you’ve got to know where you’re going.
In the previous post I encouraged you – actually challenged you – to define and declare what success means to you. This is one of the most under-implemented essentials to “success” that I see over and over!
It’s so simple. And that’s actually the problem. It’s the seemingly simple that is dismissed as unimportant. But I want you to consider that sometimes the simple stuff is the most pivotal!
Seriously, if you’re going to be a statistic, I’d much rather you be among the % of women who define, declare and DO what it takes to be the success they dream about. We are the minority you know.
“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
So now what? Let’s assume you’re among the minority who took the time to define success – specifically – vividly. The next step is to develop a plan to achieve it.
Okay stop. I know what you’re thinking. No, I don’t mean the 30 page old-school business plan that just popped up in your mind. Breathe…
One of my core mantras is “keep it strategically simple” so let’s apply the KISS approach here too…
When it comes to creating a plan, many assume it’s an all-or-nothing proposition: They need to have a carefully scripted path from A to B, and then on to C and D.
Unfortunately it just doesn’t work like that in real life.
In fact, ask any successful entrepreneur and they will undoubtedly say that the path they “thought” they would take wasn’t the one they ended up taking. And they’ll also tell you that knowing the first few steps and committing to them was the most critical key to their success.
Golden nugget here!! Knowing the first few steps and committing to them is all you need right now.
Example: An entrepreneur who wants to start a blog talk radio show as part of their marketing mix. Their goal is to host one 30-minute show each week.
That’s all they need to know to get started because it gives them the first steps: To sign up for Blog Talk Radio, Schedule the first show and outline the show content (or schedule a speaker if doing an interview style show).
Is there more that “could” be done – sure. But this is all that needs to be done – right now – to set the strategy in motion.
If that entrepreneur over thinks it, 90 days, 6 months, a year can go by before the strategy ever goes live.
Not only that, the detailed A to Z “perfected” plan cannot anticipate things like technology snafus, illness, etc…
Things happen and situations change – that is the only certainty that matters. You have to be prepared to make changes along the way, but you also have to know what “the way” is.
Knowing where you’re going – and having an idea of how you will get there becomes your entrepreneurial compass. Without any plan at all, you are a victim of your own circumstances, not knowing what’s going to move you closer to your goal and what will take you farther away.
So after you’ve clearly defined your end goal, determine that one next step and take it!
Trust that when you take that step, you’ll see the next one and the next, all the way forward to success. If you have clarity about where you’re going – you’ll know when you need to move left or right, but only if you keep moving.
What you’ll quickly discover is clarity comes faster through doing.
So, think about one of your goals. What is the first step you need to take to put it into motion? Try not to over think it. Just that one next step is all you need to know to keep moving forward.
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