3. Mind the gap. Now that you have where you want to go and where you are, you can more easily create the plan to get you from here to there. To create this plan, ask yourself these questions:
- Where are the gaps between your vision & your present?
- Where do you need to continue honing current strengths?
- What gaps of knowledge, skills, or abilities do you need to build?
- What do you need to know that you don’t currently know?
- Is everyone who will be impacted by your pursuit of your vision on board with your dream?
- What are the long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals or milestones to achieving your dream?
- What is the 1-3 things you will do this week toward achieving the goals? (this is a great time to use the AIM SMART tool)
In creating your plan, make sure you write it down. Once it’s written down, you become more attached to it and more accountable to achieving it. I promise, it works!
4. So what? Now what? OK, you’ve written it down. Good for you! Now TAKE ACTION! As you begin to take action, remember to evaluate what’s happening as you go along.
- Continuous reflection (don’t just record info, interpret it – turn black & white numbers into color – what’s the story behind the numbers?)
- Adjust (Get that rocket off the ground! Then monitor and adjust your course as you head toward your target. The Apollo moon rockets were off course 97% of the time. Yet they still reached their chosen destinations – and returned to earth – with pin-point precision and timing. Why? Because they knew their starting points, their destinations, and they knew their exact positions as they travelled. So they could correct their courses as they went. It’s the continuous, not the huge course corrections that keep you on track.)
- What are my relationship/family/friends commitments?
- Listen to “the voice” or not? (We all have that voice in our heads that tell us we’re not good enough, not smart enough, not rich enough, not [fill in your negative thoughts here]. That voice is really here to help us – to help us not fail, not be embarrassed, not lose. The thing is, that voice doesn’t know when to stop. So it gets louder and louder the more it thinks you’re ignoring it. Discern if the voice is telling the truth – sometimes it is! Or if the voice is just scared that you’re not coasting along in your comfort zone. You have the power to tell it “thank you – I’ve got it from here.”)
Taking control over this one thing alone can be the most powerful thing you do in breaking that glass ceiling. The voice may have actually created that glass ceiling for you!