Set a plan before the horse bolts

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie

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Tame the distraction beast.

Strap yourself in for a galloping 12 months as the Year of the Horse takes off. If you haven’t been kicked yet, it may be around the corner because this Chinese New Year is likely to bring great highs and lows.

The best way to combat the lows is to stay positive. As American self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie attests it is possible to change other people’s behaviour by changing your behaviour towards them. His modern-day counterpart Ken Blanchard agrees.

So it is all down to you to create your destiny and achieve something great. You just need to get started and as luck would have it there’s plenty of people around to help. You just have to identify those “people who can” and apply the things that worked for them to your project.

One inspiring person “who can” is Chicago-based author Bryan Cohen. He’s joined the ranks of helping others to help himself. He’s not only written 36 e-books but he’s also running a Udemy course on How to Work for Yourself.

You’d think the course would be how to set up a business plan, but Cohen focuses on motivating people to get a side project up. And he’s good at it. His mantra is people who take action are miles ahead of planners.

Don’t get him wrong, you still have to plan. One to get started, one to keep you on target, one that lists your daily goals, another to capture things that didn’t get done, a 90-day-plan, a creative plan… Cohen sure knows how to help you plan to make every minute of your life count!

After finishing the course in just one day I wrote down all my goals for the year. Broke them down into a step-by-step process to allow me to achieve them in bite-size chunks, then refined those chunks down even further to create set tasks to experience progress daily.

Think then plan! The Thinker in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Think then plan! The Thinker in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Now that I’m on the right path to creating something great, I just need to schedule reading time for those proven success formula texts such as Tom Hopkin’s Official Guide to Success and Ken Blanchard’s The One Minute Manager. Blanchard’s idea of being a servant leader really resonates.

Then there’s those websites to trawl including LeechBlock — a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. Really good for Facebook addicts.

I particularly like the Stayfocused challenge where you work for 25 minutes straight and then break for five minutes. Whoever thinks this stuff up is a genius.

However my favourite is the recommended app Couch to 5k. If you want to work full-time and make progress on a side project you need to be fit and just like Cohen’s suggestion to just get something done daily, this app inspires you to start with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Judy Wilkinson is a freelance journalist and blogger trying to achieve a side-project goal to publish the FREE children’s e-book she wrote in 2013. Watch this space!

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