Going from Goals to Plans — What’s holding us back?

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Earlier this month, we talked a bit about being brave enough and how we choose to do the things we do. In January, we chatted for a quick second about making some brave goals for the year…Now it’s time we make brave plans so we can go from goals to plans. Why? Because a goal without a deadline is just a dream — and we don’t have time for dreams.


Some questions for this month:
What’s holding us back?
How do we get from goals to a plan?


I don’t know about you, but what holds me back is that fear of the unknown…and comfort. it’s just so easy to stay where I am. I have a steady income with benefits, I have a roof over my head, and people who love me…why am I afraid? It’s the F word that nobody wants to hear. Failure.Those goals of yours…are they goals or are they tasks? If it is a task, put it aside while you read this (or heck, print this out and make some notes…maybe even some doodles!) so we can focus on actual goals.So let’s take some time today to chat about how we can look at and asses our goals and make plans to achieve said goals in a way that feels not only manageable but less like taking a leap of faith and maybe more like building a bridge over a pretty crazy-looking river to your goal that just happens to on the other side of said crazy-looking river. Both are scary, but at least with a plan in place, you are less likely to be held back by fear of the unknown.This sounds really nit-picky, but let’s re-write your goals so they are SMART goals…this is, they are worded in a way that already puts you a step in the right direction. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. I have a blog post about writing SMART goals  if you’re not familiar with the format, so feel free to check that post out before moving forward. Go ahead and take a second to re-write one of your goals (example: get in shape) so that it is now a “SMARTer” goal (example: Join a gym and workout 3 days a week).

Thinking about your goals in the SMART format helps give more “life” to the goal. Instead of this idea that is floating around in your head, you make that goal more solid.


What’s next?


Break it down. Your goal is ion the other side of this raging river and you’re going to build a bridge, one plank at a time, to get across.Let’s make a list of the actions that need to take place in order to reach your goal. Think of each plank of your bridge as an action…completing those actions will bring you closer to your goal.These actions may be goals, themselves! For example, one of my goals is to become a yoga teacher. One of the planks on my bridge (action steps) is to go through yoga teacher training…which has even more pieces to it! To cross that plank to get to the next plank, I need to take action steps…For example: I need to feel confident enough in my practice, I need to save up the money to afford the training, I need to find a program I like, and I need to apply for a program. “Go through yoga teacher training” just became more realistic and I think it sounds totally doable now! It’s your turn, try breaking down a big goal into the smaller planks, and from there figure out your action steps.


You know what part of this whole thing I forget?
Asking for help.


You can join networks like Go Mighty to track your goals and find others with similar goals or goals you can help them accomplish, but what about your immediate network of family/friends/co-workers/classmates? Maybe you’ll find that a co-worker wants to take Zumba classes, or your cousin wants to hike the Appalachian Trail, or your best friend can help you code the app you’ve been wanting to launch. Let your goals be known and ask for help!


What is a goal you have?
What’s holding you back?
Can you help others with their goals? (What is your specialty?)


Homework: Select one of the goals you set for yourself…either a long-term goal or short-term goal and write it down or type it out. What is holding you back? What changes can you make in your life so you can work toward your goal? Write down the action steps that will lead you toward your goal and tell somebody about one of your goals.


A version of today’s blog post was originally shared in the March 2013 Campfire Chic newsletter. To get exclusive content like this, subscribe today.
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  • Catherine April 29, 2013, 7:41 am

    A relative of mine once said that every journey starts with one step. It was a revelation at the time. This post really speaks to that.

    I’d never heard of Go Mighty before – looks interesting! Thanks…

    • Kam May 3, 2013, 1:30 pm

      I love that quote, thank you so much for sharing, Catherine :)


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