Step 4 of 7 Practical Steps to Achieving Your Vision of Success


At the “Taking Your Dreams from Design to Destiny” Conference on 1.15.11 participants were given an opportunity to go through the 7 steps below  to create a draft of their Success Plan to take it to the next level in 2011!  We started on 1.12.11 with step 1 (see below post dated 1.12.11). Over the next several  weeks I am going to continue to share the SEVEN Practical Steps to achieving your goals and ultimately your Vision of Success.   This week we are on Step 4. Updates will occur on Wednesdays  in celebration of Women Owned Business Wednesdays.

SEVEN Practical Steps to Achieving Your Goals

Step 1-Find and Clarify your Vision of Success

Step 2-Define Your Goals Clearly

Step 3-See/Visualize Yourself Achieving Your Goals/Vision of Success

Step 4-Make a Clear Plan With a Timeline

Step 5-Chart your Progress

 Step 6-Enjoy Your Success!

Step 7-Give Back.

This Week’s Step: #-4-Make a Clear Plan With a Timeline

Napoleon Hill said “A goal is a dream with a deadline”

Once you have defined your goal and written it down and visualized your success you must outline a concrete plan with steps to achieving this goal and your overall vision of success.  Use the ideal scenario that you wrote and then pulled goals from. These goals are what you will place in your plan. Consider breaking your plan down into 5 year goals, 1 year goals, 6 months, 3 months and 1 month achievements. After completing this plan you can do weekly goals that will put you on schedule for all of the other timeline goals. Be realistic here so you don’t get discouraged. 

Check to see that your goals are in line with and build upon each other.  For example if in 5 years you plan to be out of college then at one year you need to have been accepted to a school and at 6 months you need to have applied to a school.  It is unrealistic to say that you will finish a four year college in 2 years, but it is also unrealistic to say you will finish a 4-yr college in 10 years if you never apply!

Try this Success Coaching Exercise…

Pull 3 goals from the work you did in steps 1 & 2.  Just circle them then write them down. Decide for each goal when you would like to accomplish it. Then one at a time break that goal down into smaller steps and put due dates on those smaller steps keeping in mind realistic impediments but still pushing yourself a bit. Once you have done that for these 3 goals repeat for all others. This is  a draft so be flexible and move things around. Don’t get discouraged and don’t try to accomplish it all at once.

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Much Continued Success & Well Being,


Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., CEO

Vision Quest Retreats & Cutts Consulting, LLC

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For over 12 years Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., licensed Clinical Psychologist, Success Coach, Author and Organizational Consultant has been inspiring and empowering people to achieve a more balanced and successful lifestyle. Dr. Cutts has consulted with and trained executives, managers, and teams at Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations. As a master facilitator and Success Coach, she helps people create an exceptional life by honoring their mind, body, and spirit so they can experience joy, passion, meaning, and ultimate success in their work.
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