You must have read so many times that winning is not just luck; it is a habit, a lifestyle! So in this article I will try to sum up 4 Steps of Strategic Planning to win at life. Of course luck plays a part in success too but then I would like to believe that luck favors the prepared!
Since I never preach what I do not practice myself, rest assured that these steps have been personally tried and tested. The good thing is that if you repeat these consistently overtime, they become a routine. You will no longer have to make an effort to follow because they will become a natural part of your everyday life.
Just like when you drive overtime you do not have to look at the gear box every time to change gears or glance down to where the brake and accelerator pedal is like you used to do when you were learning how to drive.
1- Be mindful of your thoughts:
Never let your thoughts run unmonitored. Think about what you think, be aware. In fact try this out, whenever you have a negative thought, stomp on the ground! While you stomp, imagine you are stomping an ant which is actually the negative thought. ANTs are Automatic Negative Thoughts – like, “I’m not smart enough” or, “I have a bad memory.”
I learnt this from one of the podcasts of Jim Kwik. You can read more about other powerful techniques here: https://jimkwik.com/kwik-brain-003/
2- Replace EVERY negative thought with a positive one:
For example- “I am worthless”
Replace this with “I am not as bad as I think about myself. I have a great personality, have had a great education, have a supportive family and many blessings that I discard. Maybe I am lost at the moment but I will figure it all out in due time.“
No matter how much we deny, there is always something positive going on our in life that we don’t give much attention to. However once we start being mindful of our thoughts, these positive things become more apparent and we are then able to address them appropriately.
3- Add to your existing bucket of knowledge:
This can be done by reading a book, watching motivational videos or even following someone who was stuck in a similar situation but eventually got out of it. Having a mentor can help you immensely because this is someone who has already achieved what you strive to achieve.
There are various new avenues of learning that I have come across overtime. I remember when I started listening to podcasts, it was like utilizing the same time in a day that was previously being spent in a non-productive activity. Ideally I would listen to them during commute or at night when I could not sleep.
4- Take action:
Even if it is the smallest of actions. This includes making your bed in the morning, having a glass of water when you wake up, taking a shower regularly, going out for a walk/jog, working out, going out for coffee. Does not matter if it’s a small action but what’s important is you need to be consistent. You need to do it EVERYDAY.
To quote Robin Sharma: “The smallest of actions is always better than the noblest of intentions”
That sums up the 4 steps of strategic planning to win to achieve greatness! Following these steps in the beginning might seem to be forceful but if you do it enough times everyday it will eventually become a part of your being. I would like to share one of the most beautiful quotes by Robin Sharma to perfectly sum it up: “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and so gorgeous at the end.”
I wrote another article jotting down some mantras for self love which also assist us in winning at life: https://reasonstolivefor.com/mantras-for-self-love/
This article has also been published as a guest post on Pointless Overthinking: https://pointlessoverthinking.com/2020/05/22/4-steps-of-strategic-planning-for-greatness/
Do let me in comments below about your 4 Steps of Strategic Planning to win at life! 😊