Week Nine / Day Seven – Exercise Day! Creating your plan

 

NB – there is no audio available for this exercise

 

It’s now come to the time where you create your own action plan. This is your road map to the new life that you want to lead; the map that leads to an inspiring existence that is aligned with the kind of person you want to be, the mum you want to be and the experiences that you would like to have.

This road map is not set in stone though.  It is a well thought out guide for you to use as opposed to just wandering through life not knowing where you are going and how to get what you want.

By now you would have done quite a bit of ground work in preparing for this exercise.  Now we pull all of that information together and get busy creating your unique action plan.

 

Step One  – Setting yourself up for success.

  1. If you haven’t already, write a list of the affirmations that you are going to use for you daily mirror affirmations
  2. Create notes with some of these affirmations and put them up around your house, in your car, on your phone and on your computer so that you can see them regularly.
  3. In your workbook, on a blank page, write the heading ‘things to include on my action plan’. This page will just be a list of all the things that you are going to include on your action plan, so that when it comes time to creating your plan, you will have a list of everything to be included on it.
  4. Under your main heading write ‘My affirmations’  Take about 5 or 6 of these affirmations that you would like to see on your action plan and write them under this heading.

 

Step Two – Priorities your list of options

Take the list of options that you decided on using from Week Eight and in your workbook write this list in order of what is most important; that is, which options you will be putting into action first.

Ask yourself these questions:  Which of these options needs to come first?  Which of these options is really important and will make the biggest difference to my life right now? In the case of a difficult aim that you are working towards, you may ask yourself, what option seems the most do-able or manageable right now?

 

Step Three – Create a Timeline for your priorities

Beside each task in your workbook, write down how often you need to implement each task on your list of options (for example, hourly, daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whenever situation ‘x’  arises etc).

Secondly, write down how much time you will need to spend on each option? How long will it take to implement this task?

 

Step Four – The Set up Phase

Look at each option and ask yourself:  What do I need in order to use this option?  What preparations do I need to make before I can use this option (for example, equipment, communicating with other people about what you are doing etc)?

Write a list of everything you need to do in order to prepare for your action steps.

 

Step Five – Create your plan

  1. Purchase a large cardboard coloured sheet for you to create your action plan on.
  2. Using coloured pens, pencils, cut out images or wording from magazines and catalogues, let your creativity guide you and create your action plan masterpiece!  Make sure you include the following:
a.  Your action plan title: (use something inspiring or motivational like “It’s time to change“.  Make this heading large and prominent. Right in the middle often works well.
b.  Your top three aims:  These will be what aims you have been working on over the past few weeks.
c.  The 5 steps of the Mind TRACK to Happiness process – Thoughts, Reality, Aim, Choices & Know your plan & action it.
d.  The reality thinking model:  You can either write the four components of the model or you can download a copy of it by clicking on the image below. It will take you to the larger image, then right click and choose ‘save picture as…’ or ‘print picture’.

 

The reality thinking model

 

e.  Your affirmations that you picked out in Step One
f.   The four time headings:  Daily, Weekly, As needed, As often as possible.
Under these headings, list the relevant tasks that you need to do.
Optional:  Beside each ‘as often as possible’ heading, create tally boxes for you to keep track of how many times you do these tasks

 

Below is the example of the Action Plan that we have been using throughout this week.

 

Action Plan Layout – Aim #3

 

Also optional – additional vision boards

It is also helpful (and a bit of fun too), if you create a vision board with visual images and wording only.  Put items from your ‘things to do before I die’ list and any other imagery that is relevant to the goals that are important to you.

You can also use coloured textures and markers to write some of your affirmations on there too and really get creative with it.

As you achieve things on your vision board, grab a black marker and cross it off, or write ‘thank you’. This can be a powerful reminder of the progress you are making too.

This exercise may take you a bit of time, but it is well worth it and when you do it, you will see why.
 
 
Now that you have come to the end of the explanation of the Mind TRACK to Happiness process, the program doesn’t end there.  Because we have covered so much information in the past nine weeks, next week will be a summary of the entire process that you can keep coming back to.

Over the coming weeks, we are also going to delve into anger, guilt, and the beliefs/upgrades to depression, anxiety and generalised stress.  There is much more to learn, so hang in there. You are only three weeks away from finishing this program, so well done to you for making it this far.

For now, get cracking with your action plan and keep moving towards the life you want to live!

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