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Your 10 Step Lesson Plan of Life


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Your 10 Step Lesson Plan of Life

Your children have a lesson plan for their school year, with educational topics, a timeline, and an approach. Your life is one large lesson plan – ever growing and ever changing. So, what’s your lesson plan for the year? What do you want to learn or accomplish? The following demonstrates one approach to constructing and executing your lesson plan on life.
1. Keep it simple – less is more
This means to keep your plan straightforward, effortless, and easy. The more basic, the greater likelihood you’ll keep to it and succeed, per your definition. You may always add more items and more detail later if the situation calls for it. If writing and executing your plan seems like work, your excitement dwindles and you’re less likely to complete your objectives.
2. Determine and write out your objectives
Don’t over think it – keep it simple. If it’s a new car, then write new car. If it’s a career change, then write career change. The specifics will come – just concentrate on the big picture(the forest.) If you struggle writing out what you want, begin with what you don’t want – then re-write it from the other perspective. For example, if you don’t want to be afraid of a shortage of money, then list that first. Then re-write it by translating it to: I want an abundance of money.
3. Put some detail to each objective
Remember to keep it simple. Write a few steps that are necessary to accomplish each objective. If it’s a large objective, consider breaking it into multiple objectives. An example may be: become a pastry chef. Well, if you’re a banker today, it’s going to take more than putting on a chef’s hat to make your dream a reality. Split it up into smaller objectives like training, job search, finances, change management, etc.
4. Prioritize your objectives
Recognize where there are relationships and dependencies to accomplishing your objective. If you were only allowed to meet one objective, which one is the most important to you? The answer to that question determines your number one priority. Then layer in the other objectives. If you have a long list of objectives, look at which tasks you may delegate to others. Don’t be afraid to seek help – delegation makes for productivity.
5. Determine level of effort: keep it simple – detailed project plans are not necessary
Low, medium, and high ranking of effort is sufficient at first in most cases, especially if you are a visual person. Placing hours and days are okay if you’re not comfortable with general rankings and/or if you relate better to numbers. Numbers keep it very factual and clear. Regardless of the approach, keep it simple. Stay productive, not just busy, and limit the tasks/effort to one or a few each day or week.
6. Review and re-prioritize
Now that the effort has been determined, make adjustments to your priorities as necessary. Again, it’s a plan and you can adjust it however is appropriate for you.
7. Don’t fear change – adapt as necessary
Things happen – expect it and be okay with it. Your plan is a plan, and plans are adjusted when the actual veers off plan. In a business setting, it’s called re-forecasting. You reforecast from where you are now, even it’s far from the original plan. A professional life coach would say: the past doesn’t matter, look at where you are today and adjust forward to where you want to be. Don’t beat yourself up over the past. Conversely, if you’re moving ahead better than plan, re-forecast your plan so it mirrors reality. What a great position to be in – ahead of the game.
8. Stay focused on the passion of your objective and the benefits upon the outcome
It’s easy to lose focus. When you feel unmotivated or stuck, make yourself a reminder. A vision board with a picture of your accomplishment, as if it’s already achieved, is one approach. Look at it daily as a focal point. Additionally, add to your visual representation the value you gain upon reaching your goal.
9. Seek assistance as necessary
Own the plan, the work, and the success. Don’t let the plan own you. This is where a professional coach shines as your team member. It’s an opportunity to have someone with whom to check in, be a cheerleader, and get results. Coaches take functioning people and support them become extraordinary. It’s okay and encouraged to ask for help.
10. Celebrate life – every step of the way
It’s so basic, but most often overlooked. Celebrate your successes! You put in the effort, you made progress, so celebrate it. Celebrate the small and the large. It’s a wonderful way to stay motivated and on task. Put milestones and rewards into your plan. Employ your coach to rejoice with you – especially when it’s a team effort.
Life is a large, ever-changing lesson plan. Without a plan, even a basic one, you may flounder and feel lost. Your children and their teachers have a plan for their growth. Consider doing the same for your development. Involve your kids – make a chart with gold stars and stickers on the refrigerator and paste it along side of their achievement chart. Enjoy life, grow, and be happy.
…in Happiness and Wellth…Namaste

Jennifer D. Culver is a Professional Coach with Jentle Wellness LLC, empowering individuals to become who they aspire to be – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. She excels in supporting you through your Transition. Jennifer is also a Reiki Master, an Author, and a student of Holistic Nutrition. To learn more about gaining support with your transition and to test drive a sample, click on http://www.jentlewell.wordpress.com and then click the button FREE Trial Session for a FREE 60-minute Transitional Coaching Session.

…in Happiness and Wellth…Namaste

Jennifer D. Culver is a Professional Coach with Jentle Wellness LLC, empowering individuals to become who they aspire to be – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. She excels in supporting you through your Transition. Jennifer is also a Reiki Master, an Author, and a student of Holistic Nutrition. To learn more about gaining support with your transition and to test drive a sample, click on http://jentlewell.wordpress.com and then click the button for a FREE 60-minute Transitional Coaching Session.


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