Walt Disney had a dream to build a theme park in Anaheim, California and in 1955 Disneyland opened. Walt had another dream, another theme park in Florida. So, he bought the land and drew up the plans but before the theme park was built Walt Disney passed away after a bout with cancer. When the park finally opened in 1971, five years after his death, someone said it's too bad that Walt didn't live to see Disney World. A Disney creative director said, "He did see it. He saw it in his heart, and what was in his heart it came to pass." It outlived him. Over half a century after Disney's death, Walt Disney World is still the most-visited vacation destination resort anywhere in the world!
There are dreams that need to drop into your heart that are so significant that they can outlive you. What dream is stirring inside of you? You don't have to dream up a theme park or the next version of an iPhone but think about your life. What are some really cool hopes and dreams you have? Now remember, a dream without a plan is just a wish. A plan without action is just a plan...pretty much nothing.
There’s no denying that goals are necessary. After all, they give life meaning and purpose. But goals don’t simply achieve themselves — you need an action plan to help you reach your goals and then get moving on the plan.
3 Steps to Create An Action Plan
1. Determine Your “Why”
Most successful goals are successful because they have a purpose. The goals we tend to NOT reach often do not have a purpose. Example: You want to do better in math. Ask yourself "Why?" You want to get in shape and be healthier. Ask yourself "Why?"
2. Write Down Your Goals
Now that you have a goal in mind with a purpose, it’s time to get it out of your head and on a piece of paper or what I do is put it on a note in my phone under "Goals". Research has found that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goal if it’s written down.
3. Take One Step at a Time
Whenever I take a road trip, I use my GPS to navigate from Point A to Point B. The same idea can be applied to an action plan.
Years ago I had a goal to learn how to play the piano. Most students learn an instrument in their early teens. I began to teach myself how to play piano at age 28. I went one step at a time, from Point A to Point B and before too long, I was busting out Journey's, Don't Stop Believing!
Go ahead, set some ACTION PLANS!