I've offered you dozens and dozens of ideas throughout the month of January so that you could make a plan for 2011 to accomplish Being the Change this year. I'd love for you to become healthier, wealthier, happier and more successful in 2011 that you were in any preceding year. Planning for change is the first step.
But in case you're one of those people who think that just reading articles is a way to make change, here's yet another approach to help you achieve success this year.
Get a Pen, Pencil and Make a New Plan, Stan!
Dreaming big is just wishful thinking if you don't have some practical way to make it happen. Write down a list of the months of the year. Begin in December, 2011. What would you like to have accomplished by then? Now, work backwards through every month and write down what actions you will have to take, step-by-step, to make that December goal come into fruition!
Don't Wait! Start Right Now!
Today is the only day you will have to make a plan and start implementing it. You will want to enlist all your desires into strong motivation to carry you through the rest of the year, and you cannot do that unless you begin. If you really want to Be the Change this year, Begin!
Get All the Help You Can.
There are places on the internet that will help you create a plan and then persevere with it. Join a group that supports what you want to accomplish. Attend with regularity. Make new friends you know will support you. Re-read your goals when you brush your teeth each day from the list hanging beside your mirror.
Prepare to Persevere, Begin Again, Last for a Year.
Rome wasn't built in a day or even a year. You will set your resolutions today, but then you have to take the thousand and one steps to make them happen. Today is just a humble beginning to Your Big Dream. Develop some way to touch this plan every day. Re-new your intent every day to take just one small step toward its accomplishment. Re-read your plan over morning coffee or right before you get into bed at night, applaud this day's successes. You've got 365 days to make this happen.
Planning for Change Doesn't Always Go Smoothly.
Life has a funny (often hilarious!) way of throwing curve balls at you, so you've got to become philosophical enough to realize that "Oh, it's just a curve ball. Well, this pup is not going to push me off my path!" and then keep right on keeping on. Stop once a month to re-assess your successes that month and create a list of rewards for their completion.
Is that list written down yet? Make a plan!