Part 3 - The 4 Essential Steps You Can Take Now To Build and Ensure Success
the Initial Four Steps of your design process. We recommend bookmarking this page so you can come back to it if you don't finish this process all at once. Plan a minimum of an hour, in a quiet, comfortable place, to get through these Four Steps.
If you have a clearly defined plan NOW, you have a much greater chance of achieving it by the end of this year.
Here you go....
1) Figure out what you’re working on right now.
It’s important to know your starting point. It’s easy to simply work on everything that comes along and demands your time and attention. However, if you think about the activities and projects you are engaged in, some are necessary to maintain your business and life, while others are designed to build something new. Examples of building something new are launching a new website, designing a new product, doubling sales, starting a master swimming program, taking up mountain climbing.
- Make a list of all the major projects and specific goals you are working on right now.
- Note your progress in each area...no progress, slow progress, on track or winning the game.
- Identify 3 areas where you are very serious about making progress by the end of this year.
2) Resolve any failed expectations. (do not skip this step)
I’ve been working with business clients for over 30 years, and most people I’ve worked with over-estimate and are too optimistic about what they have the capacity to achieve. You may have fallen short of your expectations for the year so far. You cannot move on to designing the second half of this year without coming to terms with unfulfilled expectations. It’s simple:
- Make a list of areas where there are unfulfilled expectations.
- Think about the list and and come to terms with what didn't happen.
- Then, let it go. Yes, actually let go of your concern for those expectations. It's time to shake it off and move on. You need to make room for your success happen.
3) Where do you want to be 5 years from now?
If you set out on a journey and you don’t know where you are headed it’s going to be difficult to arrive in the right place. Many people overlook this step saying it’s too far in the future or it’s just a dream. Consider that each year of your life is a major stepping-stone towards the future you want. If you don’t know what that future is, it will be difficult if not impossible to plan and be on track for it.
If you skip this step, the second half of your year will be planned-out based on what you didn't get done in the first six months, rather than being based on the future you are headed towards.
- Write out, as clearly as you can, where you want to be in five years.
- If you can think 10 years out, make a list for that time period as well.
- Both of these lists are vitally important for guiding your design in the short term future. If you don't do this step your planning and goal design will be limited by the constraints of your present view of life rather than inspired by the future you want.
4) Design your goals - Scale and condition them to ensure your success.
Scaling and conditioning is the pivotal step...it will have a major impact on your overall level of achievement.
Not scaling and conditioning your plans is the most common mistake that people make when setting goals. Just because you think you want something and write it down, even if it’s a well-crafted goal, it doesn’t mean you will be able to achieve it within the time you’ve set. Scaling has to do with the size of the goal. Conditioning has to do with resourcing your goal.
- Design some succinct and inspiring goals to be achieved by the end of this year.
- Carefully review them to make sure they are achievable within the next six months and that you can allocate the resources needed to be successful.
There is much more to the full design process but this is a very GOOD START. You can complete the full process at our live DESIGN WORKDAY offered quarterly by Accelerated Outcomes in the San Francisco Bay Area.