Winging It Will Lead To My Failure!!

Hi all,

It’s been a while since my last post. Been going through some stuff in my head, from my job to things in my personal life, recently which has lead to an almost total shutdown mentally.  Have been trying to keep it together.  It hasn’t been easy.  

Writer’s block has been the result.

I just went through some training videos I have access to as an iPro Partner and they gave me an idea of what to write about.  Finally!!

As you may or may not know, I have started to make some small sums of money online in the last few months as a result of what I’ve been learning, but, I’ve been going about it all wrong.

I tend to wing it when I do things.  Every post, including this one have been written in that style.  I get in front of my keyboard and start typing.  I’ll edit a sentence here and there, but that’s it.

One of the first things I was taught, which I still haven’t implemented, was to take the time and write out a long-term plan. This plan is to help me reach my goal, which is to be able to quit my job driving a taxi by the end of this year.  By having this plan in place, I’d be able to break it down into smaller increments to achieve what I want and need to do.  I’d know what needs to be done in 6 months, 3 months, 1 month and weekly.  Some people may break that down even further to daily, but, with some techniques I’ve learned to manage time, the daily stuff would all be done by the end of every week.

An example of not having a plan in place for me is this.  I had posted a while back that I was going to create a free product on time management using the techniques I learned, to help others to get more done in less time, whether it was a hobby or business related. Well, I still haven’t done it because I didn’t think about how I was going to do it.  I wanted to do a case study, but haven’t decided whether to do it as a video, an e-book or some other venue.  If I had thought it through and planned ahead, it would’ve already been out there for everyone to use.  For that, I am truly sorry.

That’s just one of the few things that have held me back due to lack of a plan being put in place.

That’s also something I’ve been struggling with in my head. The “Why haven’t you gotten off your lazy butt and done it already!!” voice.  I have a bad track record of saying that I’ll do things and then they don’t get completed, or end up taking a lot longer than they should have.

Bottom line, don’t let this happen to you.  If you want to reach your goals, whatever they are, get off your butts, write out your long-term plan and break it down to smaller time increments and get it done!!!

Anyway, I needed to get that out there and I hope it helps others to avoid what I haven’t.

If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment below ad share it with your friends.

Until the next time, have a great day…….Chris

 

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2 thoughts on “Winging It Will Lead To My Failure!!”

  1. Hey Chris,

    I’m sorry to hear about your struggles. These things hit all of us from time to time and it’s how we deal with them when they arise that defines us. I’m glad you’ve been able to get a post done.

    You’re right about that plan. There’s that saying, isn’t there: “Fail to plan, plan to fail”.

    However…..

    I’m going to throw in a little curve ball on this subject. Sometimes you do actually need to wing it, to a degree! That’s not to suggest that you shouldn’t have goals, plans and a breakdown of how you aim to accomplish things, but sometimes this can actually work against us so that we end up getting nothing done because we haven’t planned it. This can become an excuse for inaction.

    For example, you mentioned that you want to do a case study. This sentence is the key point, when you say that you “haven’t decided whether to do it as a video, an e-book or some other venue.” What I would say to this is, “PICK ONE!” Just pick one and go for it. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, it doesn’t matter if, later on, you think, “I wish I’d chosen another format”. Just make the decision and act upon it. If you over-think it you risk just spending time working on the planning instead of actually getting the thing done.

    So, planning is good and, indeed, essential. But sometimes you just need to make a decision and then stick by it. But don’t over-think and don’t over-plan. This is something I’ve battled with and still do, to some degree. But the result is the same – nothing ends up being done.

    What you need to do is find that happy medium – have your plan but don’t spend ages on it. Once you know where you’re headed, get moving!

    I look forward to seeing that product. Remember – don’t get it perfect, just get it going! 😉

    »Glenn«

  2. Chris – I KNOW that place – really! That ‘shut down mentally ‘ part is quite familiar to me I promise! Anybody who hasn’t been there is either lying or isn’t growing by moving forward. I just wrote a post exactly on this subject called ‘Stop Beating Yourself Up!” It’s on my blog somewhere. Writing this post actually got me going again, and I think that is what you just did as well. By writing this down and sharing it, you have said goodbye to a lesson well learned. I don’t actually use the daily grind approach myself as I prefer to be spontaneous. For me – if I can’t enjoy what I am doing then I tend to slow down…But I do have a constantly-changing plan which a plan which grows alongside the results. In other words – if something starts working I will adjust the plan to fit the new information. For example – I found that using a static page with no changes, linked to the blog which changes regularly – means I always have that page and it is my link regardless fo whether I update the blog or not. I wasn’t taught this in iPro but it works for me. And when spontaneity fails we do need to grind on… so that’s my approach – different tools to meet different situations. And be ready to change and tweak the plan. Wee done you for picking yourself up again…

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