What will You do next? Plan it!

If you followed the steps I outlined in What will You do next?, you now know your intentions for 2013. You put thought into what you want to accomplish in the near future. You molded it until it looked exactly like what you want. Most of all, you took it for a test drive. You spent some time thinking about what your life will be like when you achieve your dream.Why did I ask you to go through these steps? The answer is simple. In order to truly go after your dreams, you have to commit to it. It is difficult to commit to something if you don’t have a clear picture of what it will look, feel, and taste like. Once you have tried on your dream and feel good about how it will shape you life, you are ready to map out how to get there.

Get in the right mindset

Your dream may simply seem like a dream. It may be something you never expect to come to fruition. If you continue to think that way, it never will become your reality. The exercise you went through to find your dream helps you to start to believe in the possibilities. Embrace it.

Determine your allies

If your goal is to go back to school, you need to know if the people in your life will be in your corner. Discuss your plans with your family, friends, boss. Let them know your goal and how you plan achieve it. They need to know how it may affect them. Most of all, let them know what you need from them and what they can expect from you.

Know your subject

What do you need to know? You may want to work your way up to CEO of the company you are employed at, but do you know how to get there? Do you know what skills are needed to be successful or the type of experience you need? Research it. Find mentors and advisors internal and external to your company. Take every opportunity to learn about yourself and where you want to be.

Break it down & Schedule it

Don’t try to do everything at once. You know how much you can do in a week. Create smaller projects and goals that get you closer to your dream. Your plan may take a year to complete or five years. Schedule the start and finish date of each sub-project and follow it. If you get of course, that’s ok, re-work your plan and get back on track.

A word about fear

As I work with clients, I find that the planning stage is where people typically get stuck. They have the drive to get to where they want to be, they just don’t know how to take the first step. Fear of how it will change their daily life stops them in their tracks just as much a fear of failure. The beauty of making a plan is that you have a map to follow. It will change your daily routine immediately and put you on track for success. Will it be difficult? Of course! Will it be worth it? That depends upon you.

Join us in January when we explore the final part of What will YOU do next?

Kick in the pants (or skirt) Coaching Program

This is a new coaching program I am offering for limited time. The program is perfect for:

  • Business owners who have been looking to make a change in their business or their role in the business
  • Individuals interested in starting their own business or making a career change
  • Managers or Executives looking to move up the ladder

This program includes:

  • Three 60 min coaching sessions: Determining your goals, Planning your action steps, & Evaluating your Progress
  • Customized DiSC assessment to help you determine your natural approach to work
  • A written plan of action created after the second coaching session
  • Six months of check-ins by phone and email to help you stay on course
  • Optional research and project management assistance at a reduced cost

Cost for Kick in the pants (or skirt) Coaching Program is $1750. This is an introductory price which expires on January 31, 2013. Please contact me at andrea@ahabusinessconsulting.com with any questions or if you are interested.

AHA! is going paperless with iPads!

Starting in January, all workshops and trainings conducted by AHA! with participants of 30 or less will be paperless. Each workshop attendee will receive an iPad or iPad Mini to use for the duration of the training.

About Andrea

Andrea Hoffer brings a unique perspective to consulting and training. A small business owner with 35 employees herself, she knows first hand the everyday challenges of motivating employees, exceeding customer expectations, and meeting business and revenue goals.

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