Have you ever been SUPER excited about something to the point where you’re like “omg yes! I’m doing that!”
… So you go and set some ridiculous goals.
… Then like 2 weeks later, all of your inspiration dies off and you’re back to your regular self.
HOW FRUSTRATING IS THAT?!
Now here’s the thing…
There are literally THOUSANDS of things that you can do with your day.
You are constantly making hundreds of decisions at any given time… Some of them are on autopilot and some are conscious, like…
What should you wear today?
Will you go to happy hour?
What should you do this weekend?
…. and then some of our decision should are subconscious habits like…
Are you going to start brushing your teeth on the right or left side first?
Do you tie your left or right shoe?
Do you workout in the morning, night or not at all?
Our habits define us.
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If you have a habit of smoking, you’re a smoker.
If you have a habit of drinking, you’re a drinker.
If you have a habit of running, you’re a runner.
If you have a habit of procrastinating, you’re a procrastinator.
We ARE our habits.
… and sometimes we don’t even realize how our habits affect us because it’s all we know.
… but if you don’t even recognize your habits, how do you know which ones are sabotaging your success?
… and THAT is why you’re not reaching your goals.
You don’t need to reset your goals or give yourself a crazy pep talk.
You need a growth plan.
You’ve probably heard about having a “why” to keep you motivated, but no matter how much you want it, that doesn’t fix the issue of MAINTAINING your mindset and gaining the new skills and habits to execute on your goals.
So, What The Heck Is A Growth Plan?
You have financial plans, fitness plans, health plans, goal plans and business plans… But what about a YOU plan?
[bctt tweet=”You have plans for your finances, fitness, goals and business… What about a YOU plan?” username=”millennialeb”]
A MINDSET plan?
A growth plan is designed to help you find the areas of your life that you’re slacking, figure out the habits that you need to create, change to strengthen, and then execute them.
It’s sort of like a doctor’s check-up, except for your mindset and habits.
A growth plan will keep you from “my life is a hot mess” breakdowns or “I need to get my shit together” self-talks because you’ll actively be working on you so that those areas of growth are corrected in small increments,
rather than waiting until your life details before trying to get it back on track.
After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
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… and if you’re not working on you, your cup is definitely going to empty quickly.
How To Make A Growth Plan
Step 1. Audit Your Mindset
We always talk about the things we want to do and if you’re anything like me, you fantasize about what it will feel like when you’re massively successful in every area of your life…
… but putting it into action is a whole different story.
So the first thing you need to do is to do an audit on your mindset:
What are your strengths?
How about those weaknesses?
What do you need to work on?
What’s holding you back from reaching your full potential?
How are you currently spending your time?
How SHOULD you be spending your time?
What limiting beliefs do you still carry?
Where do those limiting beliefs come from?
Digging really deep, especially on the questions you’d prefer not to answer is the only way to begin your breakthrough.
Step 2. Audit Your Goals
Going through life without a goal is sort of like getting in the car and driving without a destination, while blindfolded.
[bctt tweet=”Going through life without a goal is like driving a car blindfolded without a destination.” username=”millennialeb”]
When you lack a destination, it’s way too easy to have ‘squirrel syndrome’ and to get distracted by every, single, teeny-tiny, itty-bity shiny object that may or may not yield a potential opportunity to possibly succeed.
Creating your growth plan will help you set a direction for each of the 7 ‘S’ words* so that you can start setting yourself on a path to have more balance, be more fulfilled and reach your full potential.
The 7 S words represent the various areas of your life…
They are self, self-development, spirituality, security, service, spouse and security.
Step 3. Audit Your Habits
Point A is where you are.
Point Z is where’s you want to go.
(I don’t like using point B as the destination because that insinuates that the journey is just one step and that’s almost never the case.)
Your habits represent every step towards point Z.
If you take a teeny step to the left or right, you won’t detour too much, but if you keep taking detours, you’ll end up wayyyyy off of your goal.
It’s the compound effect at it’s finest.
Identifying the habits that are holding you back is one part of it and the other half is identifying the keystone habits that you can start implementing, which will give you the max return on your effort.
Step 4. Audit Your Skills
Most people never reach their goals because they completely skip steps four, five and six.
If you plan to set massive, crazy goals, it only makes sense that you’d have to grow to reach them… THIS is where the growth plan REALLY shines.
You’ll identify the areas that you need to grow, analyze your learning style and decide how you want to immerse yourself into the new habits so that you can start executing and making CRAZY progress on your goals.
That level of immersion will start changing your mindset and get you to start taking action.
[bctt tweet=”Immersion will start changing your mindset and get you to start taking action.” username=”millennialeb”]
Step 5. Audit Your Schedule
If it’s not in your schedule, it doesn’t exist… It’s as simple as that.
[bctt tweet=”If it’s not in your schedule, it doesn’t exist… It’s as simple as that.” username=”millennialeb”]
Once you’ve gotten your mindset in the right place, set some clear goals, worked on your habits and decided what skills you need to work on, it’s time to figure out how to actually implement it all by creating a powerful schedule.
You’ll want to look at what your schedule is like now, prioritize the 7 S words and make sure that your priorities align with your new schedule.
Step 6. Actually Do It
Creating a growth plan is one of the most important things you can possibly do for yourself because it covers every area of your life… but because it’s soooo comprehensive, it can be easier to get overwhelmed and decide to do nothing at all.
… However, if you’re absolutely committed to reaching your full potential and being your best self, decide, right now, that you’re not going to be like, “oh this post is awesome, let me bookmark it (or pin it) to come back to”…
Then never come back to it.
Let’s put it into action, together, so you don’t have to do this by yourself.
I have a totally free growth plan course that will walk you through the entire process from beginning to end so that you can start living up to your full potential and stop setting goals that you’re not going to hit.