ACTION PLANS - without action you only have a ‘wish list’.
This is the ‘how to’ - procedures to follow in the pursuit of the successful career management process; planning of your career dealt with the basic fundamentals and principles of self-image, untapped potential and your power of self-motivation now we will develop a detailed organised plan.
The objective of planning your career is your success - a progressive realisation of your own worthwhile predetermined goals. True success involves the development of the potential for personal achievement in recognising that you need to self-mange your career progression. The consequence of self-management depends entirely on you. Careful analysis of successful individuals has shown that certain success essentials are common to all those who have achieved anything of major consequence. The five essentials for success are as follows:
1. Crystallised thinking.
2. Written plans and target dates.
3. Desire for leadership.
4. Supreme self-confidence.
5. Unshakeable determination.
CRYSTALLISED THINKING - you need to know what specific goals you want to achieve and where you stand now in relation to those goals.
Knowing yourself and where you want to go involves an objective response to the future and to decision making. You must have faith and belief in yourself - you will need to make decisions and act on them. Otherwise all you have is that ‘wish list’ which leads to very little. If you are not satisfied with the progress you are making compared with what you are capable of making it is because your goals are not clearly defined.
Every accomplishment needs to have its beginning point - it’s goal. Your success comes from the progressive realisation of your worthwhile predetermined goals. Right now you will need to take time to crystallise your thinking into clear and concise analysis of your present position. Have determined your own value system so that you have a vivid mental image of your goal.
YOU ARE NOW READY FOR!
WRITTEN PLANS AND TARGET DATES
These are the way to achieve your goals. Your plan of action helps you realise your dream. No action plan means a wish list - which may never be fulfilled. Your action plan is the strategy you use to achieve your goals. Set out some workable guidelines that will elevate your goals above the realm of a ‘wish list’. Your plans - like any strategic plan needs to be so detailed and so clearly drawn that no confusion or conjecture can be entertained. When your goals are so defined you will put theory into practice, turn the theoretical knowledge into pragmatic know-how - convert thought in ACTION. Written plans and target dates for achievement minimise procrastination. This helps you clearly visualise each goal as an accomplished fact. Putting your goals on paper is an act of commitment.
THE BENEFITS OF WRITTEN PLANS AND TARGET DATES
DESIRE FOR LEADERSHIP
You need to develop a burning desire for the things that you want to accomplish. This is the difference between a goal and a wish. Desire puts action into your plans and intentions - without desire you will not achieve very much. Recognise your own power and your ability to determine events and to select and create your own desires. Desire is from within, it is an emotional appetite you can stimulate this appetite through imagination concentration and belief. The more you clearly visualise your goals - the more successfully you kindle desire.
Your attitudes and habits automatically govern your actions - work on them. Make changes within yourself in order to change your conscious actions. This self-confidence comes from practical know-how from your accumulated knowledge and experience. To be highly confident you will need to be committed to a sound philosophy of life and be able to develop attitudes toward yourself and others that are non-threatening and conducive to harmony and productivity.
In understanding where you stand and where you are going you are highly confident, you are motivated by end results not by methods. The opposite is to be confident in nothing and fear everything. Take the lead and work progressively toward achievement, you will believe in the concept of growth and change. Manage that growth and change and take it in the direction you wish to go. You have the power to create your own agenda and to live by it.
Believe in your plan and follow through on your action regardless of circumstances, criticism or what others think or do. Be realistic in your standards. No one else can determine your desires, needs or wants because no one else knows your priority of values. Once you discover yourself and set your goals - you gain determination because you know that you are right. Your plan of action needs to involve the whole person - your goals need to meet your needs and fulfil your potential in every area of your life. Your plan of action must include the following:
Goal setting skill comes with experience and practice and is your own personal plan of action. Anytime you desire to change or adjust it because your attitude may have changed - the goals may have already been achieved or your priority in your values hierarchy may have changed go ahead and make the necessary changes. Keep your plan relevant to your needs and desires. Look back at these changes and know that each alteration is a sign of growth and progress.
THEY PRODUCE NO RESULTS!
The work I have accomplished so far in my Strategic Life Action Plan© has helped me to crystallise my thinking about some aspects of my life. Here is one personal value I had chosen as a requirement that all my goals must meet:
Written plans and target dates for their achievement push me to make things happen. Here is one goal I have achieved, or a significant step I have taken toward a goal, as a direct result of writing out a plan for its’ achievement and target date for doing the work.
Experiences of all kinds add to my self-confidence. Here are some events that have added to my self-confidence.
A challenging goal I have already achieved.
An award or recognition I have received.
Something I have learned to do.
A habit I have developed.
A problem I have solved.
An obstacle I have overcome.
In the past I have shown determination in the pursuit of my goals in this specific way.
I know I can achieve short-range goals. Here is one short-range goal I have achieved in the last 6 months.
The achievement goal that helped me move forward towards this long-range goal.
One obstacle I have encountered in my efforts to reach my goal is.
Here are some solutions I can use to overcome that obstacle.
Here is an obstacle I have overcome that has made me a stronger person.
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