Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – Day 20 Making Action Speak louder than Words Day

This is Day 20 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days (365 Challenge) October 2011 Challenge. View list of tasks: 365 Challenge Overview

Welcome to Day 20 of “How to Become a Better Person in 365 Days Challenge” (365 Challenge)!

Yesterday, we worked on our life goals. Many of you shared that this gave you a clear overview of what you want in life, plus breaking your goals down into 5, 3, 1 year goals made the path forward even clearer. It was amazing reading your goals – There are participants who are planning to be doctors, authors (best selling ones, too!), to appear on TV/media, to run online businesses, to be financially abundant/independent, to travel all around the world, to run/own international companies, to learn new languages, to run marathons/races, to be beautiful, to reach their ideal weights, to find their life partners, to contribute to the society, and many more. Some of you even shared your goals in online Google Docs for everyone to read, and which was extremely helpful.

Thank you to all of you who have been actively participating and contributing to the community.

Once again, if you’ve not signed up, please sign up first before proceeding. Why sign up? Because when you sign up (vs. reading the posts passively), you send an open call, a pledge to the universe that you want to be a better person. It gets everything moving.

I ask that you help us in achieving 100 participants, by telling everyone you know (that you don’t know), tell a stranger and spread the word for us here at: How to Become a Better You.

While all of you were working on your life goals, I took time to clarify my life goals as well. I’ve created my life goals, along with 5/3/1 year goals since 1-2 years ago and it was refreshing to see how things have changed since then. It’s amazing to see how my life have changed since I set these goals, and to see know that what I set for the future is coming to life as we speak – it feels surreal. Moving forward, a lot of my life goals will be what I’ve openly shared before (some of which you can see on my vision board in Day 5′s post). Many of them will involve connecting with you since the essence of my life mission is to help all of us achieve our highest potential and live our best life. I really look forward to what’s next.

As Jim Rohn puts it, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

If there are any tasks that you’ve been falling behind on, realize that it’s normal. Simply readjust your plan for the next few days and factor it in. Obstacles are always normal – it’s just a matter of how you adjust your plan to address them.

Now that we’ve set our life goals, we’ve embarked on the first step to changing your life for the better. The next step is to create a concrete action plan to bring them to life, which is what today’s task is about.

Day 20 – Creating Your Action Plan

“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan.” – Zig Ziglar

Having now set your goals, the next step now is to create a plan to achieve the goal, which will bring you from where you are to where you want to be. With a solid, clear plan, you’ll be able to achieve any goal you want.

Do you need an action plan for every goal? Not at all. If your goal is a small goal that can be achieved just by simply taking 2-3 actions, then there’s no need to plan. For example when I have small goals like exercise X times a week or to write X number of blog posts a week, I just take action. Too much planning cause action paralysis, which defeats the purpose of planning. Some goals automatically get achieved by continuing your daily actions, for example graduating from college.

However if it’s a big goal like say, when I first became a full-time vegetarian or when I first quit my job and was thinking on how to set up a whole new personal development business, then yes, it is very important to have an action plan. Your plan is like a guide which you can follow as you achieve your goal, so you know you’re not alone.

The point of planning is to empower you and trigger you to action, that’s all. It shouldn’t demotivate you, make you resist it, or anything like that. As long as you’ve planned enough to take action and have clarity of what’s ahead, then that’s sufficient. Take action, let the results roll in, and then adjust your plan from here-on. Also, planning is supposed to be an ongoing process too vs. a one-off thing. I’ve realized that from setting up/running my personal development business since 2 years ago. Every week, I’m constantly adjusting/tweaking/adding new information to my plan – it’s to match my business as it evolves. Remember, your plan is supposed to be your best friend. When you have a strong plan, it becomes much easier to achieve your goal. The better your plan, the better the results you’ll achieve.

In today’s task, you’ll be creating your action plan.

Your Task

Step 1: Pick a Goal

Pick out a goal you want to work on the most now. This should be a goal which (1) is your #1 priority right now (2) needs conscious planning for you to achieve it. We’re going to create an action plan for this goal first, after which you can repeat the process for your other goals if you want to.

Step 2: Set Your Project Title

Give it a meaningful project name, like a secret code name that only you yourself know (and anyone else you want to share with) :D. You know how TV shows always depict CIA / FBI agents with code projects like Hunter, Phoenix, X-8170 (whatever that stands for) and stuff like that? Now you get to have your own secret project
Your project title should be exciting, inspiring, reminds you of what you want to achieve and triggers you to action.

  • For example, one of my clients had a weight loss goal, and she set it as a “Pretty (her name)” Project. She also had a goal to improve her marriage with her husband, so her title was “Happiest Couple Alive” Project.
  • I’ve a recent client whose goal is to build up his fitness such that he’s as fit as a Mixed Martial Artist (MMA), so his project is called Project MMA.
  • One of my current clients wants to achieve the top results in his upcoming assessment whereby he’d thereafter be known as a legend to his friends (because they would never imagine him to achieve that), so his project title is “Legend” (we laugh at that as an inside joke whenever we talk about it).

How about you – what’s your project title?

Step 3: Create Your Action Plan

There is no hard and fast rule on how your action plan should be. Basically, use whatever planning methods that work best for you. Your plan should cover the following:

  1. Key actions you’re going to take
  2. When you’re going to take those actions
  3. How you’re going to do them

 How To Goal Set?

I have few ways of setting up goals; here are a few I believe will help you on your goal setting journey to success. I recommend choosing the one that sits well with you.

1. SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound

2. CREATE: Concise and Clear, Realistic, Ecological, As if Now (Present language), Timed (Toward Positive) and End Step (Evidence).

Here are some links to help you get started on ‘How to Goal Set’ and some reading material too which will encourage personal growth and knowledge.

  1. Get the Quick Fix: How To Stay On Track?
  2. How to Goal Set?
  3. Set Specific Goals to Increase Your Successes!
  4. Writing a Personal Mission Statement
  5. Goal Setting: The Power of Determination Action
  6. Set Specific Goals to Increase Your Successes!
  7. 102 Ways to Live Your Life to the Fullest
  8. $5 Self-Help E-Books

Also, review your progress for the past 10 days and see how you’ve done. What have you learned from them? Is there anything you could have done better? How can you apply this learning ahead.

Share Your Answers!

Who did you choose to write your thank you note to today? What did you write to him/her? What mode of communication did you choose?

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss more on our 1 year goals and achieving them.

Day 20 of Your 30 Day Action Plan

Refer to Day 10 actions you set and get into action with them today!