Due Diligence and Making an Action Plan

So, we’ve covered 1) how to set goals, and 2) how to make goals achievable. We’ve also talked a little bit about being consistent. But, what good is all of that if you haven’t done your homework? Due diligence is crucial!

Setting Goals

Careful planning is required for every action plan. Having a wishful to-do list does you no good in the long run if you don’t know where to start. You have resources all around you…you just need to know where to look.

Here are some of questions you need to ask yourself:

  1. When can I devote time to myself?
    Set a reasonable schedule, pace yourself, and stay committed. Use a calendar program to send you reminders via text message and email if necessary.
  2. Who can help me achieve this goal?
    Always look to the people around you FIRST. Even if they can’t necessarily help you get started, they might know someone who can.
  3. What online resources are available to me?
    Check Google groups, LinkedIn groups, Facebook groups, Twitter #hashtag chats, Twitter lists, blog communities, Meetup groups, VOKLE, Quora, etc.
  4. Where can I turn to for support?
    Check with your city center, church/temple, community college, local university, and other community hubs.
  5. Is there a community available?
    Achieving goals is easier when done with a group. Usually a hybrid of efforts between online and in-person research will yield communities with which you can engage. Try to attend some events that attract like minds. Whether you work with an in-real-life community or a virtual one, staying accountable to others will help you achieve your goals faster.
  6. Does this require money? Can I get help?
    It doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. There is a dirth of information available for free via blogs, audiobooks, websites, community sites, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. You can also check out the local public library for books, CDs, DVDs, and workshops.

  7. What do others suggest?
    Every goal requires different resources. Put out some feelers via Facebook or Twitter and see what others come up with! Better yet, try to connect with a pro and see what they suggest.

  8. Where can I start?
    Even if you don’t know where to begin, just START. Someone else’s roadmap may not necessarily fit your style. There’s nothing wrong with learning through trial and error. You are the master of your own destiny.

Do you have any other suggestions? Where do you turn to for help on projects and goals?

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