We are all very aware that most of us don’t achieve change unless we set goals and we all know that to achieve these SMARTER goals, we need to have action plans that are very specific.
Well, on paper, it all looks great and very achievable but often – we fail to achieve our goals. Were these goals really important anyway? Did we set too many goals and lose track of them? Maybe we would achieve more if we just set one goal at a time and really focused on making that action for change an action that becomes a habit.
Having an action plan on paper is a great start, but putting that into practical steps requires not only energy and willpower but also an awareness of the moments in our day when we can make that action a reality. One suggestion is that when writing an action plan, consider the events in your day that can become triggers for you to put a piece of the action puzzle into place. What will that moment look like? Can you plan that moment and make it happen or will it be a case of being aware of the trigger moment from which you can follow with your planned action?
Taking 5 minutes at the beginning of your day to review your goals and your steps for implementation will help you to raise awareness and be ready for those ‘action moments’ in your day. Taking 5 minutes at the end of the day to reflect on whether you caught and acted on those moments will help you to be better prepared to spot the next ‘action moment’ . As well it allows for analysis of your action plan and goals and whether you need to continue working on the current ones or monitor those and start implementing new skills and strategies.