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First things first.. What is a success plan and why the fuck should you have one ?!
Let us start with a quote from one of my favorite motivational speakers and best-selling author of Grow A Pair and People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It, Larry Winget. He says, “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” His brutal honesty appeases me greatly.
With the help of Mind Of A Winner : A success plan can be explained as a plan that defines what’s important to you, what you want to achieve and how to achieve it. I know, I know. You already know what you’re doing and it’s all stored in your mind and things are going great and everything will be okay and God has a plan and He has your back and you don’t need to take the time to actually write things down because you’re already super busy. Trust me, I’ve heard every excuse/explanation there is.
But hear me out… by developing a plan for your future (tentatively of course because nothing ever really goes as planned) you’ll be able to bask in an ambiance of security and control. And we all know that we’re capable of some crazy shit when we feel out of control and insecure.
So, with a success plan, if you ever find yourself in a quarter life crisis or a midlife crisis and you have no idea what to do with your life, you’ll have a handy dandy roadmap to guide the way ! Disclaimer: Having said plan doesn’t guarantee success. It simply, yet significantly, increases the likeliness that your life will go right… whatever right means for you.
So now that we know what it is and why we should have one, what should it include ? Well according to our friends over at Right.Com your success plan should include the following:
- Are you currently happy and/or satisfied ?
- If not, what needs to happen to make you happy or satisfied ?
- What are your goals ?
- Personal ?
- Career-driven ?
- Spiritual ?
- Parental ?
- Physical ?
- Mental ?
- What vision do you have for your life ?
- What is your mission ?
- What are your priorities ?
- What are your core beliefs ?
- What are your strengths ? Your weaknesses ?
- How will you reach your goals ?
- Do you need to acquire additional skills to meet those goals ?
Admittedly, it’s quite a bit of info. However, the more detailed you are the better. It’s worth thinking about and mulling over BECAUSE IT’S YOUR LIFE AT STAKE ! I’m sure we all want happy, productive, colorful lives that we can be proud of on our death beds.
So of course, I’ve practiced what I’m preaching, so to speak. I’ve included all of the above in my personal success plan plus adding my own flare to it. Since knowledge is power, I’ve included information about the various mental health diagnoses I’ve received. Knowing more about them feels like unlocking the key to myself. I’ve also broken my goals into long term, mid term and short term categories. Focusing on the big picture all the time is very anxiety provoking so breaking things up into small steps works for me.
Also, because everyone needs a little encouragement I have my favorite quotes and scriptures along with tips on how to be happy, how to raise a confident daughter in a misogynistic world and should the time ever come…how to be a good wife (I’m not holding my breath though).
Since sharing is caring, here’s my actual personal mission statement. Maybe it’ll give you ideas or a jump start to creating your own plan.
I will measure my success by the level of my daughters’ happiness and the permanence of my own happiness. I will live honestly with a healthy balance between optimism, idealism, and realism. I will not be confined and bound by traditions, social norms and the unsolicited opinions of others. I will take responsibility for both my actions and my emotions. I will live a life I’m proud of. I will not tolerate disrespect or other toxicity on any level.
As with any plan, it’s also good to occasionally check back in to see how you’re doing and to see if anything needs to be revised. I like to look at mine every day as a reminder and to make sure I stay on track from day to day. I’ve also inserted 20 self-reflective questions at the end of my success plan. A few of the questions are:
- Have I done anything noteworthy lately ?
- What motivates me ?
- What bad habits do I want to break ?
They don’t relate DIRECTLY to my goals but in a round about way they’re very important questions. Are my bad habits getting in the way of my success ? Is a lack of motivation stifling my career goals ? Am I so bored that everything I do is without passion and unenjoyable ?
So to wrap this article up (for future reference, I’m really bad at concluding things) I would like to implore you all to make a success plan so your life sucks a little bit less or a whole lot less than it does now.
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Stay golden. Rose Golden.