To accomplish any goal, project, or dream on your success journey, you must PLAN…DO…REVIEW in your travels. Your success journey is the trip you take in your life of completing goals and dreams you set forth. This process is a simple 3-step action every successful person does as they accomplish goals they set in front of them. As you reach the starting line of your success journey and in your travels to success, always remember to:
- P - Predetermined A Course Of Action
- L - Lay Out My Goals
- A - Adjust My Priorities
- N - Notify Key Personnel (Seek counsel, not opinions!)
Planning is something the human race is very familiar with. We plan vacations, weddings, divorces, to go to college or not go to college, to have a baby, funerals, etc. We plan for everything EXCEPT reaching our success journey. When you plan for accomplishment, WRITE IT DOWN IN DETAIL! Do not assume you will remember because you will only remember the general concept of your plan and not the details. Take a page, from our great United States military, they plan for everything possible. The military not only have a detail plan, but they a contingency, backup, plan to the original plan. Before you can accomplish any part of your success journey, you have to plan it out! When you plan it out, you build it three times:
- YOU BUILD IT IN YOUR MIND
- YOU BUILD IT ON PAPER
- YOU JUST BUILD IT!
Your plan is a detail, written, personal plan that is for you to follow, not for everyone else. Your plan is not a business plan or your college class schedule. Your plan is your detail roadmap and directions that you set forth for yourself to reach your desired destination. Just as if you will MapQuest or Google the directions for your vacation trip to plan your route, then plan the route of your success journey. Your detail plan should include time frames that you will complete your goals. If you will plan a wedding or funeral with infinite detail, then plan your success journey with such details.
PEOPLE DO NOT PLAN TO FAIL, THEY JUST FAIL TO PLAN!
In the words of an infamous marketing campaign in history, “JUST DO IT!” Thank you to Nike, for developing a great slogan to inspire us for generations. DO is you putting your detail plan into action! In order to do anything worthwhile you must have a plan. The plan is the roadmap; your DO-ing is the action you are taking towards that destination. To do means that you have shaken off procrastination. To continuing doing means that you have broken the shackles of procrastination towards your success journey, so that is one less stronghold you have to deal with and can focus more on your action. The action you are takings I not just any action, but the RIGHT action. The right action involves taking the educated steps towards the right direction. Working the proper system and receiving counsel is important for right action because it will save you time, energy, money, and stress. Who does not want to save all of that? Avoid analyzing your plan while you are doing what you planned in the beginning. There is time for that in the Review stage. You see, when you analyze you are paralyzed from doing anything because you are over-thinking the plan. When you start over-thinking, doubt and fear starts to settle in; therefore you are discouraging yourself from moving forward. When doubt and fear kick in, then you become an Undertaker, not an Overcomer. Inaction is the best friend to procrastination, so where there is one, you will find the other. Doing the DO allows you to stay on your toes and focus on the task(s) that you set forth when you did the plan. Focus is the key.
FOCUS: FOLLOW ONE COURSE UNTIL SUCCESSFUL
The Review process of this 3-step process towards all goals is where you learn from your planning and doing. You do reviews of your planning and action once you get to a certain timeframe in your success journey. You will review to check your timing of hitting goals, where you are as it stands with your goals, and maybe just how much time is left. Reviewing works like a sports team, or athlete, taking a timeout during a game to gather themselves and make sure they are on the right track of their game plan. The Review is you taking your quick timeout, not a break. Taking a break is a subtle, slumbering way of saying I quit. This is tougher than I imagine and I do not think I am cut out for this, but I have to keep my pride intact. Sounds harsh, right? It does not matter how it sounds, it is very true. For most people on their first success journey, a timeout is just a day or two, maybe even three, but back on track as soon as possible. A break will last for months, years, and maybe even an eternity for people who are first-timers on success journeys. Some of us more established travelers can take timeouts and breaks because we are seasoned enough to have our plans ingrained into our very existence and being. During your review, overview your plan to make sure your success journey is taking you from Point A to Point B. Take note on where you are on this journey and how far you need to go. Take note on your progress and what has taken place since you begin your journey. Take into account that you learn some lessons along the way, so now you have knowledge and experience that will help you move along more consistently in your success journey. Reviewing also allows you to give a quick inspection on the vehicle in this journey, you. Just as you would inspection your vehicle at a rest stop when traveling, inspect yourself by making sure:
- You are in good mental, spiritual, and physical health
- You have adequate time to get the required mental and physical rest
- You are receiving the proper counsel
- You evaluate your recent experiences
- Apply your new recent knowledge
- JUST REVIEW!
Habitual procrastinators do not have detail plans, but they have expert with creating alibis. Do not become an habitual procrastinator finding many reasons why you cannot, or should not, get something done. JUST DO IT! Do not rationalize it is too difficult, too expensive, or too time-consuming, just accept the fact you have become an HABITUAL PROCRASTINATOR that do not have many reasons they could, or should, take action. If you work hard work enough, believe you are smart enough, and persevere long enough, that you will accomplish what you set out to accomplish with detail plans.
Plan…Do…Review plan is a 3-step process to use on your success journey. This process assisted many successful people in continuing and completing their success journeys. Use this 3-step process to the best of your ability. Do not worry if your plan, do, review plan is not the best when you do the first one; you get better with practice and time. Just make sure you accomplish your success journey; that is what matters most. Never forget to:
- P – Predetermined A Course Of Action
- L – Lay Out My Goals
- A – Adjust My Priorities
- N – Notify Key Personnel (Seek counsel, not opinions!)
- A – Allow Time For Acceptance
- H – Head Into Action
- E – Expect issues /problems
- A – Always FOCUS
- D – Do Review
PUSH: PERSEVERE UNTIL SUCCESS HAPPENS!
Do you Plan, Do, Review or are you a Procrastinator?
Marc D. Williams
T-M-T Services International Services, LLC (TMTSI)
Office: 800-532-4149, ext. 801