Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 7 Organized Planning
I love the idea of an organized plan, and the more I commit to and surrender to such a plan, the more I experience its power..and the more my life and my business move forward. I have also noticed that when I feel stuck, it's because I am trying to make progress without an organized plan.
An organized plan is a track to run on. It lays out daily activities in relation to a larger goal or goals. When we have faith the daily activities support the big goals, we know we will get there if we just stay on track with the plan. The plan is how we achieve the desire we set out in Chapter 2, but desire by itself is not enough, we also need to take action.
What happens when we don't have a plan? Life without a plan is not fun. Without a specific set of daily steps to achieve my goals, I am all over the board. I try one thing one day, and something else the next. I don't learn anything well enough to get good at it and am always floundering. I feel lost and I waste a lot of time.
This is a formula for frustration and overwhelm. It is why many network marketers never move beyond calling a few of their friends. With no plan they don't know what to do next.
I have a clear memory of a woman I sponsored into my very first network marketing company. She called me up one day full of stress and frustration and said, "but what do you actually do all day?" I didn't have an answer for her because I didn't know either. There was no plan. Eventually we both quit, the initial excitement was gone and there was no plan to sustain us.
The overwhelm that comes from not having a plan is another way to describe what it means to be a victim. Overwhelm feels like it is all too much, the problems are too big, I'm not up to them and I quit. The frustration and anxiety fill our minds with chatter, drowning out the voice of our higher self. We miss the hunches and things continue to spiral downward.
On the other hand, when we choose an organized plan, we have a focus. We select what appears to be the best course of action, and as soon as we make a choice, the overwhelm goes away. For example, as soon as we commit to becoming a pro at Facebook, we stop noticing the invitations to learn every other type of social media that show up in our inbox or our Facebook feed.
The sense of power we feel from making this choice is very different from feeling victimized by overwhelm. Our minds clear and we move forward with confidence.
Now we can effectively monitor our activity, report it daily to our mentor and determine if we are getting to our goal. If so, our plan is sound. If not all we have to do is tweak it until it is. In fact Hill tells us that "your achievement can be no greater than your plans are sound." And he also says, if you experience a temporary defeat, the problem is in your plan. The answer then is to fix your plan....get a better track to run on.
The good news is that there is always a way to achieve the goals we set out for ourselves. And we don't have to do it alone. Not only do we have a mentor, but we also have the power of the mastermind to help us craft an organized plan that works.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA