‘How To’ Coaching series – Activity 6

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Chapter 1 Destination – choose your own way

This is part of the ‘How to’ coaching series.  An ongoing series of activities to make your business successful.  Follow it step by step and see positive results as you develop a robust business model set on a solid foundation.

6 – My Life Plan has milestones that I refer to regularly

As with your any business plan, your life plan should include milestones.

It may seem obvious when creating a plan, to set milestones, but it can be all too easy to forget to keep focused on your personal dreams and aspirations.

Getting your work life balance right is very important; and different for everyone. You may need to actually block out hours, days or weeks in your diary, to get away for a break from work. Remember why you started your business, and who else is on the journey with you.  They might like some time with you too.  This is especially true if you have children.  I’ve seen ‘rich’ dysfunctional families that are less happy than those with less stuff.  The less well-off are often content as they have shared happy memories.

As an example, part of your life plan could be to live a healthier lifestyle. You may say ‘I’m going to lose weight! I have a target weight I will be by next year.  Next year, even if you set an actual date, is a long way away. Having a set of milestones along the way helps keep you focused and motivated along the way.

The ‘How to’ bit:

Make a timeline plan of your life goals.  Put in specific milestones with ‘measures’, i.e. what does the milestone mean?   So that you know if you are on track, you could put them in your diary, your weekly business progress review, or anywhere you see them regularly.

Use the milestones to drive actions; such as tasks in your diary to book and prepare for that holiday.  A prompt in the diary to book the theatre, or concert tickets in advance, rather than leave it till the last minute.

The feeling of excitement of a booked holiday really helps motivate me to get all my tasks done.  So, there is a double benefit; the pleasure of the forthcoming holiday and the motivation to work your business to be able to fund it.

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About Alex Petty

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