Four Proven Steps to Securing Your Dreams
A Plan for Your Family to Use – Part 2
What’s next now that you’ve gone through all the material? I wish I would have included weekly activities to complete with each section; maybe I’ll give those later. But for now, what’s your next step to take? Let’s talk about that.
Pamela and I would often talk about what kind of home we wanted and the life we wish to have, yet our reality didn’t agree with what was in our heads. Can you relate to this? So we decided to make notes and vision boards of what we were talking about. Those notes and vision boards became what we call the Family Plan. We’d gotten into a bit of a financial crisis and were about to lose our home if we didn’t act fast. The mortgage we had was one of those balloons that gradually increased after a number of years. Well that increase-year came and it took us beyond stretching our means. At any rate, we knew it was time to act so we began writing down what we wanted. Instead of going after and taking what we could get, we decided to outline what we wanted so that our plans would take us there. This worked so well that when we found a house that was outside our plan, it didn’t work out. In fact what we needed was bigger than what we had, we needed a house that would cost less than what we were paying and we needed it in the same general area as we were already living. Once we began outlining the details, then our efforts took us in that direction. We were able to obtain the home we’d dreamed of and planned for.
Let me say this before going on. This lesson is not about getting a dream home, it’s about making the plans needed to get you what you dream of having. The life you wish to have to be more specific.
The Behind the Scenes of Planning
Now I bet you’re wondering how that worked. Here’s the concept behind what we did. We decided to do what very few ever do and that’s to write our plan down with as much detail as we had. Next, we began making plans to leave the old house and started the process of looking for a new one. After that, all we did was talk about it. Yes, talk about it. We talked through the process. We talked ourselves out of our worries and fears. We talked about what our next move would make happen for us. We talked and talked and talked until what we talked about began to show up for us. Finally, we began taking account of our progress and even our failures. We knew we would be turned down in many cases due to bad credit, but since we knew this we made a plan for that too. You must be willing to plan and execute the plan that will get you to your destination. Your destination or how you get there will not be the same as anyone else’s story; you can count on that.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Four Actions To Secure Your Goals
Let’s go over the steps in more detail and give them a name. This process outlines the four actions you can take to secure any goals.
- Start your own Family Plan today.
If you want to fall into the category of most people, then don’t plan. Not planning will guarantee you’ll never get the life you dream of. I know you’re thinking that obtaining your dream life can’t be that simple. And I’m not saying it’s simple or will be simple. What I am saying is this, without a plan it is a guarantee that you never reach that dream destination. Make a plan; it works.
You don’t have to purchase our family plan binder template, you can make your own. We just have one available to make your life easier. We created the binder so that it will make it easier for you to begin planning. Which is the next step.
- Begin planning immediately.
I know you’re overthinking this planning activity. Don’t. Planning is easy. It’s simple. All you must do is answer the question, what do I want? In each of the eight departments that make up the business of your life, what do you want? What would you like to see? Don’t worry about the how or the resources you have or the money it will take. Simply write down the dream.
- Begin talking about it.
There’s something to talking about it. It begins to bring your dreams and desires closer and the more you talk, the closer they get. Trust me, when you begin stating to your teenager what you plan on doing, you’ll not want to disappoint them. When you and your spouse begin your dream talks, it will change the dynamics of your relationship because now you’re partnered together to accomplish a shared goal. Even if you fail, you fail together, and you will grow closer, look forward to getting up, and trying it again.
- Update as you have ideas and make progress.
You need a way to track your progress. Take pictures and add them to your family plan. This is the exciting part at least for me. Have before and after shots of what you and family work on. We take a “before” picture so that we can see the plans begin to take shape. Then when it’s complete we can look back at the picture and remember where we were and what it took to get here. Maybe you have a desire to lose weight. Your family plan is the perfect place to begin this process and put your plan together.
Achieving your goals will not happen on its own. If that were the case every ordinary person would be living their best life ever. You and I know that’s just not the case.
I wouldn’t be sharing this with you if it didn’t work. In fact, the only reason we’ve written about the family plan is because it worked and it continues to work for us today. Since this process is proven, it gives you a much better reason to buy-in and do it yourself. Let me say this in the only way I can. This process is not for everyone, it’s only for the few who are willing to do what the many don’t ever do.
Today is Friday!
For you to be successful in your endeavors and to obtain your dreams, here’s what it takes that normal people don’t do…
You must be willing to begin the work of writing down what you want.
You must become a planner and define what you need to do to reach the goals you’ve written down.
You must talk about where you’re headed so that you believe it’s possible and that you have what it takes to get there.
You must take note of your progress whether successes or failures so that you can fine tune your steps.
If you do this, progress towards reaching your goals is inevitable; this is how all the greats do it. This is how you will do it and become great.
Question: Can you give me your biggest excuse for not planning?
Thanks for visiting Kerry A. Clark & Co. Until next Friday, do me a favor, share this lesson with at least two other people.