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Achieve More by Building a Plan

December 23, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

How do you get to an end that you really want to get to? What do you do to make sure things happen?

When I speak, I often speak about The 3 Laws of Empowerment, building processes that empower the person making the decision. Often business owners, sometimes executives, and sometimes people just journeying through their career, rely on the principles of The 3 Laws of Empowerment to figure out how to get where they’re going. First you need to prepare, then you need to plan, and then you need to make sure you’re protected. The 3 Laws work beautifully in conjunction with each other.

A lot of people struggle with the planning and the preparation, and really choosing for themselves and knowing that they can get to an end result that they want to get to. How do we make that happen? How do we build an end result that is worthy of building a plan to get to?

The plan is really a bridge, and the protections about getting to where you want to go, and making sure you get what’s fair and right, that you get what’s earned. How do you set that milestone in the future?

The first step, as some people would say, is to dream big. Think about what you want. Think about what your goals are. Think about how you want to get to the next level. What do you want your life to look like? What do you want your personal and professional mix to look like? What mixture of ingredients will support the life that you want, not the life that somebody else wants, but a life that you want, in a way that you want to live it?

We want to be bold, but we also want to be realistic. If you want a future that involves flying cars, you’re going to have to rely on somebody else to develop those and make that technology happen (unless you are scientist inventing flying cars). If you have certain other goals, family goals, career goals, the goal of impacting others – the goals of making lives better in whichever way you define it – these goals are very realistic.

You don’t have to limit yourself by looking at those around you, looking at your family’s history, or your history, and say, “that is my upper limit.” Take the top off the limit. Know that you can achieve more, and then start building a plan to get there. What skills do you need? What help do you need? What totality of circumstances will allow you to be there? What does your future look like, and how do you build to achieve it?

If you can build a detailed picture of what you want, and the person you have to be in order to accomplish that, and how your life will look, then you can start to work backwards. I think the first big step in making a plan like this realistic is to really dream, and really think about it, and spend a lot of time in that dream working out the details. How does everything work together? How do the details play together? Then start working backwards.

What has your experience been in building a plan? Let us know in the comment section. We love to hear from you.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances.  This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Raquel Sanchez Nieto.


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