In this post series, I want to show you an easy six-step guide to reach the big dream you have in mind, that life changing goal that doesn't let you sleep at night. If your goal is to find your dream job, to buy a home, to be healthier, to travel around the world, to start a business or just to be happy, I am pretty confident that every step is a key to successfully reach those goals.
This is part four in a series on How to reach your wildest dream in 6 steps. On the first post, you identified WHY you want to reach your goal. Hopefully, you already set up the ideal deadline to make your dream come true while reading the second post. On the third post, we worked on daily affirmations to set your mindset every day to shine.
So far so good, right? OK, so let’s move on from the butterflies and start working our arse off with the DOING part.
Create your master plan
1. Take a piece of paper, or your cellphone, and make a list of events that should happen to reach your goals. I like to write each event starting with a verb; it makes me feel like I am writing tangible actions. Write down every event, action or task that comes to your mind, no matter how general or how specific it is.
Thinking about the whole plan to reach your big goal can be overwhelming, but you can boost your confidence if you divide into manageable chunks. I will give you an example of a mom who wants to be a working-from-home mom. Her list should be something like this:
- Talk with your spouse about your decision;
- Save XXXX money;
- Quit the nine-to-five job;
- Start a business from home;
- Set up an office at home;
- Arrange personal and family insurance;
- Make a budget;
- Etc. (I can tell you that for a working-from-home mom, the list is pretty longer than this).
If you are reading this and your goal is to find a job in the U.S., read my post 10 things you have to do to find a job in the U.S.(coming soon). It can be helpful to create your own list of events.
2. Now, take another piece of paper and write your WHY as a title in the upper center of the paper, in big capital letters, and underlined. Draw some flowers, hearts, and butterflies if you want. This is your plan’s name! It is your DREAM’s name!
Below the title, sketch a line from the left to the right side of the paper. At the far left edge of the paper, draw a vertical hash mark; this is your start date, let’s say today, because you want to start the fun now. Draw another vertical hash mark on the right side of the page at the end of the line; this is going to be the deadline you set in step 2 of this series of posts. Draw as many hash marks as you need to divide your timeline into months, or even years! Write those dates, months, and years above the line. In our example, the timeline is divided into 15 months, from now (May 2017) to July 2018 (summer).
3. Like a puzzle, start fitting each task on the list in the place and time they should be happening. Be as specific as you want; for example, from the list bove, setting up an office at home may require:
- buying a laptop;
- finding a space at home;
- renting equipment;
- buying accounting software.
Each of these actions may have a different date in your timeline, depending on the priority and needs. I recommend that you start with the macro tasks, and then narrow them down into specific, short, and easy ones. I love to do this in Excel or PowerPoint so I can drag and drop tasks, and play with the dates as needed. Also, I am in love with Bullet Journals and with tracking my goals in a beautiful dotted paper. Another idea is using a board and writing the tasks on stickers that you can move easily.
Don’t freak out too much about how to do it – just do it! A piece of paper and some color pens will do the trick. But if you are a perfectionist as I am, check out this post for ideas to create your plan and timeline (coming soon).
What is the most difficult part about writing down your master plan? I’d love to hear how your plan is going and how this series of posts are changing the way you feel about your goals for the better. Would you like to share a picture of your master plan? Join our Facebook community to inspire others.