Life: Optimized (Chapter 9, page 1 of 2)


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Chapter 9

Planning

Now that you have an idea about what you want, it might be helpful to find out how you want to go about getting it. You need a plan. The tactics you use in achieving your goals depend greatly on your personality. You have already discovered a lot about yourself. Now it is time to make sure you have the best plan for you. Use the following checklist to get started on finding the planning approaches that will work for you:

❑I am a leader.

❑I am a follower.

❑I just duck and cover to avoid the stampede.

❑What?

❑Nothing I do ever works out.

If you are a leader, you might be able to forge your own creative path through your challenges to achieve your goals and realize your dreams. If you are a follower, you may choose to adopt plan developed by someone else who found it to be successful. If you chose the third option, and truly feel ready to start making changes in your life, you might choose to take "the road less traveled", as poet Robert Frost described it. This is a combination of the first two. You are taking a developed path to change, but it is one that few people know about or choose to utilize.

It is likely that if you chose the fourth option, you might benefit from going back to some earlier worksheets and explore your patterns again. You might want to look for ways you choose to react to opportunities. Do you tend to charge headlong into the latest thing? You might be a leader whose "follower" strategy is not working. Do you find yourself starting business after business, yet failing over and over? You may be better served by taking a set path to success, whether traveled by many or by few.

If you chose the fifth option, you have discovered a belief that might be holding you back from achieving your goals and dreams. On this journey, you might want to recalibrate some thoughts and attitudes. We already looked at the “APE” technique which can help you be more aware of behavior patterns you might want to change. In addition, thinking positively is crucial to meeting goals. Until recently, there seemed to be people who thought that thinking positively was just a matter of dwelling on happy memories and vague spiritual concepts. To some extent, these self-styled “gurus” are correct. Words have power. And we get exactly what we ask for.

Life is made up of shades of certainty and probability. It is comprised of "sometimes", "often" and "likely”. However, we tend to use terms such as "always", "never", "nothing" and "everything". This places limits on our thoughts, attitudes and expectations because we are dealing in “all-or-nothing” mentality. A lot of us are not aware that we do this. It may not even be US doing it, but the voice of someone from your past or present. We already addressed beliefs you might have that are really held by a relative or a friend. This is the same thing. I am not referring to seeing or hearing things in psychotic mental disorders like schizophrenia. If you are hearing voices telling you to hurt yourself or others, please call 911 immediately and get help.

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