Congratulations! You have already made the best step towards an awesome 2019. You aren’t waiting until New Years Day!
But that is a bonus. I had the same inclination and pulled out my tried and proven Smart Goals Worksheet this week. Then I did a little research and found some timeless truths for us from the master of personal development – Jim Rohn.
So don’t quit reading until you’ve gotten to the end because I have a gift for you.
Here we go:
Your Success in 2019 Step 1 – Find the Right Plan for YOU!
Have you struggled because you are trying to use the plan that works for your upline?
That is what I did for several years.
Maybe you, like me, have had some success doing what your upline is doing but you have to force yourself to do it.
Starting today, don’t wait for next year, give yourself permission to be true to yourself and who you and your values are.
There is more than one way to build a business. Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard for the person who has found their successful way to build to believe that it won’t work for everyone.
But, one way doesn’t work for everyone.
This is what Jim Rohn said:
So what plan is the right plan? The plan that fits you. Each of us is unique and motivated by different factors and you’ve got to develop a plan that is right for you and fits you. Some plans will not be as intricate as others, but we all must have a plan, along with goals in that plan, to move us along. If you are a free spirit, don’t tell yourself you are going to spend two hours a day with a book and a journal. It probably won’t happen and you will just get discouraged. Whatever your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, develop the plan around them. This is not a one-plan-fits-all proposition.
Keep in mind that I will favor strategies that work for me. I do share ideas that I consider and discard so you may hear what will work for you. But if you can’t see yourself doing what I do. Find someone who is doing what you can see yourself doing and follow them.
One last point – I want to clarify that I am not implying that our plan shouldn’t take us out of our comfort zone.
If your plan doesn’t stretch you how can you expect to grow. It’s the truth!
Now for Step 2 in Having Your Best Year Yet – Set the Times for Implementing Your Plan!
If your life is strictly regulated this is easier than if it is unpredictable.
A schedule will work for some, while more flexible guidelines may be what you need.
What I have is a DMO – daily method of operation. With input from mentors, I have a daily to-do list.
Do yourself a big favor and keep your schedule or to-do list doable.
If you are like me, you will watch a new video of someone achieving phenomenal success. What they are doing sounds great. Their success certainly is attractive.
So, I adjust my DMO to what they are doing. It goes great. My excitement builds. I can see success bursting on the scene by the weekend!
Then I hit a wall.
I can’t continue at that pace. I am burning out after only a week for Pete’s sake. What a wimp I am!
Then I had an aha moment. You see I am single and I was listening to a lot of couples talk about what they do.
With one couple the husband is very techy – I am not – the wife likes to write – that is me.
In another couple, one is an extrovert – which I am not.
But my aha moment came when one husband mentioned that his wife slept in because she was up until 4 a.m. working on a presentation.
I realized she could do that because she had a partner who would get the kids off to school.
I don’t have a partner. Maybe you don’t either.
Or worse yet, you even have an unsupportive partner perhaps.
Whatever our situation, we need to remember this. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start with a schedule that you are sure you can do day after day, week after week, month after month.
Then when you master that you can add activities one at a time.
The important thing is to know what you plan to do and then do it. Consistently. Persistently.
I recommend Jeff Olson’s book The Slight Edge. It will build your belief in the value of consistently doing the easy things that will bring success.
Step 3 is Keep a Record of Your Daily Activity.
Your record can be a spreadsheet where you record your daily activities.
Or a journal might work better for you.
If you prefer the spreadsheet leave room for comments about what is working and what isn’t working. Be sure and write down new ideas that you want to incorporate in future activities.
I currently use a journal for recording what I do and a spreadsheet for planning my weekly activities. The spreadsheet is easiest for me to organize what I need to do for the coming week but it doesn’t allow room for the notes I need to take.
So, I record what I do each day in a journal. And that introduces the next step.
Step 4 to Your Most Successful Year Is to Take Time to Reflect.
In my journal, I also evaluate my day briefly. I answer these three questions:
3. What three things worked today?
2. What two things didn’t work today?
1. What one thing might I do differently?
At the end of a week, I can use those questions to further reflect and the same for every month and year-end.
Here is what Jim Rohn says about the importance of reflection:
Take a few hours at the end of the week to reflect on the week’s activities. Also during that weekly time, take a few minutes to reflect on how this material should be applied to your life and circumstances. Take a half day at the end of the month and a weekend at the end of the year so that you’ve got it, so that it never disappears, to ensure that the past is even more valuable and will serve your future well.
Step 5 Is Crucial to Your Success – Setting Goals.
When you create your DMO, daily method of operation, you need to have a way to determine if you are successful. Goals are how you will measure your success. Keep in mind that success for me will be far different from what you consider success.
Think of it this way. Your DMO is your roadmap. But a good roadmap always has a destination in mind. Your goals are your destination.
You also need to have a clear idea of where you are at, don’t you?
The goal-setting process may need to keep that in mind.
For instance, if your goal is to reach the highest level of your MLM company and you have rank advanced halfway to the top, your goals for 2019 will be different from the goals of your new recruit.
Your new recruit may be thrilled to reach your level by the end of next year but you won’t.
Success Step for 2019 Number 6 – Act on Your Plan!
Can you imagine having your holiday planned, you’ve got it mapped out, booked hotel rooms, and purchased tickets for the zip-line adventure or Broadway show and then staying home?
Of course not.
So it is with our plan. We can’t imagine spending time setting goals and developing a daily method of operation and not following through with action.
But, it happens. Doesn’t it?
How do you ensure that it doesn’t happen to you? Let’s let Jim Rohn give us his answer:
What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action. They aren’t necessarily smarter than others; they just work the plan. The time to act is when the emotion is strong. Here’s what happens if you don’t: The Law of Diminishing Intent. We intend to act when the idea strikes us, when the emotion is high, but if we delay and we don’t translate that into action fairly soon, the intention starts to diminish, diminish and a month from now it’s cold and a year from now it can’t be found.
Mel Robbins’ Five Second Rule explains how our brains are actually wired to keep us from acting. It sounds crazy but our brains seek to avoid danger by shutting down new ventures.
So, to get around our brain’s sabotage we need to act within five seconds.
You should read Mel’s book The Five Second Rule but at least watch this video on youtube. – https://youtu.be/MrZAGVq25zw
You’ve read the need for making a plan.
It’s time for action. And if you don’t do it in the next five seconds your brain will start making up ridiculous excuses for not taking action.
So, click here and get started.
I would love to hear from you and be your accountability partner.
I’ll be in touch,