Dream, Do and Shine!
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.

How to reach your wildest dream in 6 steps (4/6)

· STEP 4 – Write a master plan and timeline ·

June 19, 2017 19 Comments

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.

 

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erika.yannina

19 Comments

  1. Vicki Law

    June 20, 2017

    Found you mid way through your series I have to find more time to go back and read Steps 1-3 as I want to reach my wildest dreams.

    • erika.yannina

      June 21, 2017

      I am glad the series found you 😉 would love to know what’s one of your wildest dreams!

  2. Geek

    June 20, 2017

    Awesome tips .Thank you

    • erika.yannina

      June 21, 2017

      Thanks for your feedback 😉

  3. Sarah

    June 20, 2017

    Such useful tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • erika.yannina

      June 21, 2017

      Thanks for reading 💛

  4. ramiz

    June 20, 2017

    actually ı dont have much wildest dreams and after read it ı thought why ı dont have

    • erika.yannina

      June 21, 2017

      Did you find any crazy dream yet? Also small goals can be life changing, like implementing healthy habits 🙂

  5. Alyssa @Chaos and Comfort Blog

    June 20, 2017

    Thanks for the tips!

    • erika.yannina

      June 21, 2017

      You are welcome Alyssa. 💛

  6. Filled Cup

    June 21, 2017

    It’s so interesting because so many people believe quitting their 9-5 is so impossible but little do they know, that is the first and biggest step to their freedom. It was for my husband and I.

    • erika.yannina

      June 21, 2017

      For me too!! Is a huge step and the first and most important one in the master plan.

  7. yolonda

    June 21, 2017

    This is really spot on. I used to teach workshops on something similar and I had one entire day (out of five) devoted to writing down the “dream” into a step by step actionable plan.

    • erika.yannina

      June 21, 2017

      Yolanda, yes and Usually people dont write down their goals and because of that they usually loose the focus. I saw dreams as projects. And projects needs to be planned!

  8. Reginald

    June 23, 2017

    In this series, you have done a beautiful work, each time I have a project to embark on, writing it first on my diary has always been a starting point for me and developing it from there.
    I love the justice you’re currently doing to this topic.

    • erika.yannina

      June 24, 2017

      I am happy you enjoyed the series 🙂 check back this weekend for part 5, share your goals with a mentor.

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    June 25, 2017

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    June 25, 2017

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    • erika.yannina

      June 25, 2017

      Thanks for the nomination! I sent you an email 🙂

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