I regularly get asked by people in our community, "What is an action plan? And how do I put an action plan around a goal I want to achieve in my life?". The funny thing is, action plans are quite a simple thing to create. So what are the steps in an action plan?
5 Steps To Create An Action Plan
Step 1 - What do you actually want to create?
You need to get clarity on your desired outcome by asking yourself this question. For example, you want to get your body fat down to 12% and look trim, tone and terrific.
Step 2 - Create a timeline
Get a piece of paper. On the left hand side write the letter A, on the right hand side write the letter B. Then simply draw a line from A to B. Now that you have this piece of paper with A on one side and B on the other, you are ready to start creating your timeline which will eventually become your action plan.
Step 3 - Brain dump
Brainstorm and write down every single action you think you might need to take in order to achieve your goal.
In the 12% body fat example, this might be change my diet, go to the gym, do some sit-ups, drink more water, consult people I know who have an incredible physique that might want to share strategies on how to do that.
Step 4 - Order the list
Look down the list while looking for any things that are similar. This is to shorten the list down to the smallest number of actions you need to take to ensure you get your goal.
Now you may be left with 6-8 steps.
Step 5 - First essential step
Ask yourself "what is the very first essential step that I need to take in order to move towards my outcome?". Once you know that first step, place it right next to the 'A' that you drew and that becomes the first step in your action plan.
Ask yourself that question again. Place that answer next in the timeline. Pretty soon you have a full timeline going from A to B with every single step required in the correct order. Now you have an effective action plan.
Action your action plan!
The problem with action planning is you need to take actions to create one! And you need to complete all the action planning steps. So, if you haven't created an action plan before, my very first action for you is to create one now. I look forward to seeing you in action, achieving your dreams and living an inspired life.
Until we meet again, share your life live your love and do whatever it takes to be your own best friend. I'll see you soon. Take some actions.