Turning Goals into Action
This, admittedly, has been a struggle for me. I was lost, for quite some time, in the mass amount of information that is available and too easily accessible. It is easy to get lost! Without a clear purpose or goal, one can easily start to believe that a little more information is all that is needed. In actual fact, action is what is needed.

Education is not to gather knowledge, but to take action.

So how does one spurn knowledge into action?

Step 1: Identify the Goal. What are you learning? Why are you gathering this knowledge? Write a clear description of what you want to achieve.

Step 2: List the Benefits. Write out what reward, benefit or positive outcome you will achieve when you achieve your goal. What will this achievement accomplish? Focus on the why you want to accomplish this achievement, not the how.

Step 3: List Obstacles. What is, or could get, in the way of accomplishing this goal? Things like having enough time, limited income or resources or simply lack of resources.

Step 4: List the Skills and Knowledge Needed. What do you need to learn along the way to reach this goal? Even if itís information you do not yet have, but need to acquire, write it down.

Step 5: Identify the People and Groups To Work With. What skills do you need to ask for help with? It is important to ask for help, if needed, outsource an action item (or a few) and enlist people who can help you reach your goal.

Step 6: Develop a Plan of Action. Write out each step or task that youíll need to complete in order to reach your goal as well as how youíll achieve it. Some goals are easier to document by drafting them out at one sitting, and just putting it all on paper, however it comes out, then sorting it out later into steps. The bigger the goal, the more important this step is, so that you are looking at a small step daily, and not the overall large plan which could be overwhelming, and make you second guess yourself or your abilities.

Step 7: Commit to doing something every day. Some action plans ask you to set a deadline, however, deadlines, if not met, can make you feel like you will never achieve your goal. Instead, commit to doing something, every single day, to achieving your goal. Work, every day, on one step of your action plan.

Take a moment to think about where you are and where you want to be. Are you on track?

Remember that success, much like health, requires balance in all aspects of your life.

Adapted from Zig Ziglarís 7 Steps To Setting Actionable Goals

You were born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be you must plan to win and prepare to win. Then, and only then, can you legitimately expect to win. -- Zig Ziglar

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