“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it!”
– Paulo Coelho
It is one thing to wish for things, to want them, to desire something new and exciting in your life.
It is quite another thing to LIVE your dreams.
To be them. To produce results and make big things happen. To accomplish your goals and be inspired and to feel like your life is being lived with purpose and passion.
When you start to see your brilliant ideas manifest into the very fabric of your life… THAT is exciting and powerful!
Having a great idea is the easy part. Developing a product you can make a profit from, or offering a new service that will differentiate your business — that’s where the rubber meets the road. Easier thought than done.
First, you have to start with VISION.
More importantly, having a CLEAR vision. It’s important because: if you’re just doing stuff to do stuff… well, that is going to get tired fast. Who needs more stuff on their todo list, right?
Next, you have to have a PLAN.
Once you know what you want to experience and feel, what inspires you, and the impact you want to make with your life – your vision… the next thing to do is plan.
Planning gives you a path to take, a destination and a road map to make your dreams a reality. Without a strong plan, you are leaving things up to chance and we don’t want that!
You want to produce results and make magical things happen. A plan will help you know what there is to do and will help guide the choices ahead.
A good plan will help ease your stress, uncertainty and overwhelm. When done right, you will feel empowered and excited to take action.
Without a plan, it can be really scary if you look at all there is to do. Planning should break things down, make what there is to do feel DOABLE and motivate you to start taking action.
Planning gives you the framework to create and design a life that you love.
Once you have a clear vision and an awesome plan, it’s time to take ACTION.
Action is more tricky. It’s where the rubber meets the road and where you will get tested and confronted and challenged.
BUT! Taking bold action is also how miracles happen and how you will make your dreams come true! So, this is important.
For most every single person that I’ve coached, taking action is usually the hardest part. This is where you will get stuck, give up, run away in fear, never even get started, doubt yourself, etc.
So… EXACTLY HOW DO WE TAKE ACTIONS?
1. Set your main goal you are trying to reach.
The crucial part is to define the concrete goal(s) before taking any action. If you take action, know your “why”. This is your target that you are trying to reach when you take smart massive action. For example, if you are passionate about dog training, you could decide to become an authority in dog training market. You have decided to write a book on dog training, because that would increase your recognition amongst the dog lovers and enthusiasts.
2. Set sub-goals and time limits.
To keep you better on track, you need to split your big goal into sub-goals. This way you know your milestones you want to reach and you are able to see better if you are making steady progress. In this dog training example, you could decide that in order to complete your book, you to have the outline of the book ready in the next 7 days. The next sub-goal would be to have 4 chapters ready (of your 8 chapter book) in the next three weeks. The final 4 chapters would be written in the following 3 weeks after that, so the book writing would be completed in 6 weeks.
3. Eliminate and outsource.
One important part of taking smart massive action is to get rid of tasks that you shouldn’t be concerned of. This way, you are reducing the amount of “waste work” and you can focus on the essential tasks in your projects. You love to write, but graphic design is not your thing. Yet, you realize that you have to pay attention to this aspect in your book too, so you decide to outsource the design work. You also decide to outsource the proofreading part as well. (Note: To be even more specific on the dog training topic, you could decide to focus on Beagles only, so you are able to eliminate all the information that is not related to this breed.)
4. Act! Now it’s time to take your smart massive action!
This requires raw work. In fact, even in the situations of “work smart, not hard”, you still need to put some hours in even if you are focusing on the essential tasks only. This means just raw writing part. However, you don’t settle for finishing 3 pages per day, you decide to come up with 5 pages per day. Now you are truly taking smart massive action, because you are doing something that truly matters and relates to your goal. In order to make the writing part even more productive, you decide to use a timer and work in blocks to get more focused work done.
5. Block some time, get rid of distractions and choose your location.
To get more stuff done with less distraction, you have to figure out the times when to do the work, where to work and how to be the least distracted as possible. By doing these three things, you have a clear work structure in place and you are making sure that your action is not interrupted by something that could have been avoided with a little planning. You realize that the best writing times for you are between 06.00 AM and 10.00 AM in the morning and between 5 PM – 9 PM in the evening. You block the time off your calendar and let your spouse and kids know about this. It is quite obvious, that you mute your phone and disconnect from e-mail or instant messaging during the time you are working. In addition, you know that you are at your most productive in your work room during the working hours, so you “isolate” yourself there.
6. Review your progress and adjust if needed.
Once you start working, you may become blind to your work. This causes you to miss the bigger picture (your “why”) and you are doing things you shouldn’t be doing. To prevent this, you review your action steps and progress on a consistent basis (once again, block some time off your calendar). If necessary, you take corrective action that put you back on track. You come to realize that you have been able to produce only 2 pages for your book for a couple of days. You make a careful analysis and realize that you feel tired when you work. You decide to take some power naps but also get your nightly sleeping patterns improved for better alertness and productivity. This action puts you back on track and you feel much better when you do your work.