What is your plan? People continually ask me how I’m able to accomplish all of the things that I do. Truthfully, I sometimes wonder that myself. But, ultimately, I know it’s because I’m a planner.

    To some extent we all multi-task and have numerous responsibilities that can, at times, seem overwhelming. The key is to learn how to manage the responsibility by planning for it. Believe it or not, day to day activities are less stressful when you implement a plan.

    I must confess that I enjoy planning.

    It wasn’t always that way though. In fact, it wasn’t until I was about 24 that the necessity of planning really kicked in. I attended a training seminar for the Franklin planning system (now Franklin-Covey) and that training gave me a gigantic light bulb moment (plus, the fact that I was performing commissioned sales work didn’t hurt either).

    Sure, I had been successful up to that point but I didn’t really have a set plan in place. I was enjoying my career in radio and responsible for not only “selling air” but also filling it with clever copy. I didn’t have a clue where I would go from there.

    Enter planning-mania !

    I was so inspired by the Franklin system, I started mapping my life out in ways I had never done before. I created a plan and within one year, I had realized goals I hadn’t dreamed possible before (and, of course little changes happened along way too). As a single woman, at the age of 25 I purchased my first home. My career excelled. I resigned from the radio station and went on to pursue other interests. It was as if having a plan had ignited my passion and drive.

    Now, 10 + years later, I’m still planning and the rewards are equally beneficial. I continue to use the Franklin-Covey system but it’s not the only system I use. I’ve learned that you actually need to have exposure to many different techniques and then specifically tailor them to your individual needs.

    Planning can be fun when you approach it in fresh, new ways.

    Here are some tips that have helped me in both my business and personal life and I’m sure they will help you too.

    • Write your dreams on paper and they will manifest more quickly (this really, really works!!!)
    • Use some sort of planning system (try many till you find the one the works best for YOU.)
    • Stop procrastinating and just start
    • Visualize your end results to get where you want to be
    • Remember that success is not an accident

    One of the most beautiful things about plans is they are ever-changing and as long as you have your big picture view in mind, you’ll easily adapt the plan to whatever comes your way and achieve maximum success. We may not be able to control everything that comes our way but we can adapt and change to ensure we’re living our dreams.

    What is YOUR plan?


    Lisa Manyon is "The Business Marketing Architect" a content and copywriting strategist for mission-driven entrepreneurs. She's the creator of the NEW marketing model for success (as seen in Inc. Magazine) that's changing the way people market today. She specializes in powerfully communicating your marketing message to increase results via Manyon Marketing Web Makeovers, website copy packages and content strategies to effectively market your business. She offers a free Copywriting Action Plan and marketing resources on her award winning blog. Her consulting and coaching is known to help produce million dollar results www.writeoncreative.com/blog


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