How Do You Spell Relief? P-L-A-N!

nevertoolateSo you’re a busy mompreneur. You’re so productive. You’re working really hard to make your business successful. And you’re taking lots of massive action. But at the end of the day, are you getting the results that you want? Are you getting your intended outcomes? Are you meeting your goals? Or have you kind of forgotten them? Do you sometimes feel like you’re just spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast?

I’ve been there! I’ve been so engrossed in production or marketing or list-building that I’ve lost sight of how to connect the dots. I’ve found myself feeling worn out, defeated, frustrated, overwhelmed, wondering why the numbers weren’t adding up the way I expected them to, finally realizing that I had forgotten to develop the plan that put all those pieces of the bigger puzzle together. So I just wanted to check in with you and make sure you’re harnessing all that great energy, creativity, ambition and drive, and that it’s firmly attached to a plan and that your plan is attached to your goals.

It’s never too early or too late to plan. So wherever you are reading this right now, grab a pen and paper. Heck, I don’t care if you have to resort to a crayon and the back of a napkin. It’s been done! Let’s get you on your way to reaching your goals now.

On the left-hand side of your paper, I want you to answer the question “What are you doing right now?” Are you list-building? Are you working on a new program or workshop or teleseminar? This is just a brain dump. Just make a list of everything you can think of that you’re working on right now.

Now I want you to get out your business plan. If you don’t have a business plan, you are in SO MUCH TROUBLE! I’m just kidding. You really, really need one, but if you don’t have one or if you don’t have it handy, think of those two or three big goals that you want to accomplish by the end of this year. This is why having a business plan is so important—it gives you something to steer toward and helps you to be satisfied with your year-end results. So what are those big goals? Do you want to build your list by 30%? Do you want to launch a new product? Do you want to enroll a certain number of people in a new program you’re offering? These are just some examples. Write your top two or three big goals on the right-hand side of your paper.

Now pay attention because this is where the magic happens. So if on the left-hand side of your piece of paper you have everything that you’re doing and on the right-hand side of your piece of paper you have three big goals—and again, ideally you’re pulling these from your business plan—that middle space in between those two columns is where you need to develop a plan.

This is the space I danced in with my own coach and felt such relief at making an actual path to take me where I wanted to go, and I know you’ll feel that same relief. Drawing that line between action and goal makes all the difference between spinning your wheels and being intentional about your productivity. You’ve heard the saying “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” You owe it to yourself to plan for success!

I’d love to hear from you!

Does P-L-A-N spell “relief” for you? Is it time to reevaluate where you’re spending your time? How are you drawing those lines between action and goal right now?

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

You may also like

2 comments

  1. Thanks, Lara, for a big light bulb moment! I’m going to take this as permission to put some of those things I’m working on in the parking lot for now. I’ve been pouring loads of time into a project that seems urgent, but in reality is not leading me toward my big goals.