She who fails to plan, plans to fail.

If you want to reach the goals you set- you HAVE to have a plan.  But, I want to back up a little.  A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to write down your goals on my blog.  If you are too shy to share your goals, then just get out a piece of paper and write it down for yourself.  The reason you need to write your goals, is so that you can get a clear picture in your head of exactly what you want to do.  Break your list into short and long term goals.  Now comes the hard part:  if you want to achieve success, you need to develop a plan.

I am going to share one of my plans and share the story of one of my readers who posted a goal.

Since I plan to release my online baby book this year, I have to commit at least 8 hours a week to finish content, design and business details of the book.  Last week, I took out my calendar and blocked out 2 1/2 hours 3 days of the week (T, W, F).  Today, I even set my timer so that I could work on my blog for 45 minutes- when it rings, I will start work on my book and wrap up when I need to pick my son up from pre-school at 12:30.  Last night, my friend Kim called to work in a run today and I really need to go to the market too- but I refuse to let anything distract me from my goal.  Of course, life can be unpredictable and one of the kids could wind up sick or something- so I have Sunday evening as my back up date.  So that is my plan.  Last night, I wrote down the 3 things I want to get started so when my time comes to work on the book, I don’t waste time trying to figure out what needs to be done.

Another example of a great plans is my friend Jenni is going to do her first triathlon in April.  Her husband,Todd (an experienced triathlete),  helped her come up with a plan for building her skill and endurance in swimming, running and biking.  His involvement has been critical as Jenni is a working mom with two girls aged 3 and 8 months.  Last night I talked to her at 6:30 as she was driving home from the gym after working 9 hours.  She and I sort of laughed that the road to achieving any goal is never easy.  If it were easy, we would all be fit, healthy and satisfied 100% of the time!  I know Jenni will be successful for several reasons:  She has a support network, she is training with a friend and she has a plan that is written out.  I am using her as an example because her “plan” can be applied to any goal:  Enlist support-especially if you know someone who has experience in something you want to do.  Find a friend or acquaintance that shares your goal, so you can encourage one another.  Write it out!

This blog is dedicated to building a support network of women who can support and encourage one another to acheive any dream.  The timer just rung…but feel free to post your goals on the blog titled “Goals 2009″.  


One thought on “She who fails to plan, plans to fail.

  1. Kristin,
    I am so glad to hear the baby book is scheduled to be available
    this year. I am saving online milestones of Kate’s firsts-pictures, smiles and coos!
    What a great and ambitious goal this is! The great thing I have found about goal setting and achievement is that it actually one of the few times I set aside time for myself by myself!
    Your sister, kim

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