I am super excited about a new personal insight into my own process.
I was listening to an Erika Kalmar training call, and she suggested this awesome self-reflective process, that I think could be helpful for anyone trying to turn their creativity into a practical action plan.
Erika outlined the steps.
- Write down your five most proud achievements in your life.
- Write down the main thing that you did to achieve it. What led to each success?
- What are the top three things/practices you do to achieve goals?
- How you can apply these to your current business?
Then ask “What is your next goal?”
I actually had a list of seven personal and business achievements. And I saw a pattern immediately!
I realized that to create success in the past I usually:
- LEARN – read, study and research about the problem or issue. Learn how.
- PLAN – prepare well, make a list of steps, schedule, design – in the case of this blog, I planned my topics. For a successful production, planning the steps in the design work. Have a structure for a written piece.
- WORK – just do the work, and work hard.
I also realized that this system works when I follow these steps in order, rather than trying to take short cuts. Skipping ahead and failing to plan is just as disastrous for me as trying to learn on the go. Of course neither learning nor planning is at all useful without the follow through of doing the work. Plus it is important not to allow either of the first steps to become tools for procrastination.
It seems absurdly simple now that I see it written out –
But it has given me blueprint to proceed with my couple of businesses and the two writing projects and take them towards success.
What steps do you take to achieve successful outcomes to your projects?