The problem most people have is that they get extremely motivated by the idea of planing every step towards a specific goal. But when it comes to executing, this s where most people fall very short.
How often, have you found yourself planing something, getting your to do list ready and scheduling ever day of the week and then, when it come’s to the work itself, you set your alarm early enough but then can’t get your ass out of bed.
Or, maybe your vision isn’t clear enough, and you’re not quite sure what you want anymore. Maybe you’re beginning to doubt yourself and you’re too afraid to go for it because what if it’s a mistake.
That was me for about 3 years before I decided to take action in 2018. I had to get very clear about what I wanted. A vision needs more than a to-do list and weekly planner.
Here are the 3 steps that took me from constantly planning to executing.
1. Create a Vision Board.
This is a very powerful tool that begins the process of getting clear on your vision. There are many ways to create a vision board. You can do it by way of putting a bunch of photos onto a board. Or in my case, I wrote it down on a massive board in three steps.
The first step is to get very clear with what you want. My vision is to become a best-selling author. The first step is beginning to visualize what it feels like to have that vision. You’re training your brain to know what it feels like to have it as a memory. You need that emotional connection to be as real as if it actually happened. So ask yourself all the right questions. My questions were: 1) How does it feel to finish a complete manuscript to submit? 2) What does it feel like to get a book contract? 3) What does it feel like to walk into a book store and see your book on the New Release section? 4) What does it feel like to know this book is going to change your life?
The second part is a TIMELINE. Start about a few years back or wherever you need to do and write down where you were and how you got where you are now. Always remember the work you’ve already done. Find gratitude in your work. Write down where you are now. When I look back two years ago, I got into a major bike collision, broke my knee and fell into a deep depression, went to Costa Rica, healed and wrote my first draft. As I write this blog, my book is done, I am now, working on my personal brand and book proposal. Never forget what you did to get where you are and what obstacles you faced to do it.
Third part, is down the commitment side. All you’re planning and scheduling can go here. For me, writing a book meant also healing my mind, so waking up early, mediating, reading, blocking time, etc. Keep yourself accountable.
2. Journal everyday
You need to be self-aware about what goes on in your head. Every morning ask yourself what needs to happen today on this day for you to get one step closer and what could potential stop you. What has always stopped you? If you’re not writing it down, you’re just going to keep telling yourself the same thing you always tell yourself, and that is you had a long day, it was rough, you’ll start tomorrow, but tomorrow was five years ago. Be self-aware and see the pattern you’ve been following your entire life. Make sure to keep yourself accountable.
3. Take that crucial first step.
This is where the journey begins. This is the step you take when you know you’re not looking back. You’re To-Do List and your schedule does not apply. It’s that first tough decision that you look back and have an Oh My God moment, this is really happening. Whether it be you’re first Youtube video you post, or you quit your job. It’s that moment you step into your fears and see that the truth isn’t all scary. For myself, it was booking a ticket to Costa Rica, flight and AirBnB where I would go to write my first draft. You will need to figure out what that first step is for you. Put it on your vision board. Imagine what it will feel like to just do it. Journal about it.
And then just do it.