List your key action sequences below, with an estimation of the
time needed to complete them:
Action Sequences / Approximate date for completion:
Action 1 / Completion Date:
Action 2 / Completion Date:
Action 3 / Completion Date:
Add More As Needed
Now set a GENERAL TIMELINE for completion of your ultimate goal:
If you've ever come to a screeching halt with a goal because
you encountered a big obstacle, you know the importance of
having an alternate plan. As much as we'd like to hope that
things will always go according to plan, we know better.
Having a "Plan B" for every step of your journey can save you a
lot of time, not to mention frustration! Imagine the difference
between feeling immobilized because your path is blocked, or
calmly switching gears and moving to Plan B. It can make or
break the fulfillment of your goals.
It's easy to forget that there are numerous paths leading to
any desired outcome. While we might be attracted to one path
over another, ultimately the outcome is the most important
In order to ensure stable momentum, take a few minutes to
prepare an alternate plan for each part of your goal. Focus not
only on alternate paths to the final goal, but alternate
activities for each of your action sequences.
Here is a simple way to identify viable alternate activities:
as you review each step, consider the question, "What would I do
if this step or activity was not possible?"
If you didn't get accepted into a degree program, you could:
enroll in non-credit courses to expand your knowledge of the
topic, seek an entry-level position at a related organization,
or explore volunteer opportunities at related organizations.
If your weight loss stalls for more than 4 weeks, you could:
increase the intensity of your workouts, eliminate certain foods
from your diet, or increase your water consumption.
List your key action sequences below and identify
some alternate plans:
Action sequence or activity / Alternate sequences or activities:
Network 3000 Publishing
16526 W. 78th St. #138
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Article photos on this page appear under license with istockphoto/Maridav and istockphoto/sjlocke.
Not a Subscriber yet? Get the whole scoop on business and personal relationships and influence.
"I have been receiving your newsletter for a couple of years now as well as several others. Over that time, I have 'weeded out' most. I have purchased some of your products and believe you are the 'real deal'. Your insights and the wisdom you impart have been, are, and will be invaluable. Many thanks."
Mark Estlick, Seattle, WA