The Girl Scout Motto: “Be prepared.”
Before we look at HOW we’re going to get to WHERE we’re going (your vision), consider how you can be prepared for the obstacles that will come up. Because let’s face it—bad things happen. And while it’s unreasonable, and perhaps even just a bit neurotic, to have the backup plan for the backup plan for the backup plan, a little preparedness goes a long way when it comes to identifying potential problems along the road to success and planning ahead for them.
Brainstorm potential roadblocks—some things that may throw your priorities out of alignment—along your particular path to success for this year. You should have a clear vision of where you will be at the end of 2014. Take a good, hard look at that picture.
What things could get in the way of that happening for you?
Remember—this is not WORRYING or FRETTING. We are empowered by being aware of potential problems and having sure, effective escape routes in place for them. Get your obstacles on paper, AND a solution for how to deal with them, so that when or if they pop up, you have a plan and can confidently move forward toward your destination.
Here are some obstacles I can think of and some possible solutions. You will have your own. Create a chart and list the potential obstacles that you will need to overcome this year on the left – and your solution on the right. There is always a way.
- Your spouse loses his job and it becomes necessary for you to be the primary breadwinner / I take a full time job.
- A health problem creeps up and you are forced to take some time off / I have a list of possible hires to cover for me.
- You have a baby / I hire someone to cover for me, and work reduced hours.
- Some new tax laws come into effect, which have a significant impact on your business / increase sales, work with a bookkeeper to overcome them.
- Your website gets hacked / have a savings account for emergency web guy
- You realize halfway through the year that you’re not enjoying what you’re doing / You’re the boss… you get to close shop or hire someone.
- You lose a big client / change your audience, go find new, better clients
We can’t plan for EVERYTHING, but we can take some safety precautions so that when or if some of these things happen, tragic though they may be, it doesn’t have to be “the end of the world as we know it.” And most importantly, we can continue taking powerful action steps toward our goals.
Tell me, What obstacles have the potential to keep you from your end-of-year vision?
What plans can you prepare for those obstacles in order to continue moving forward?