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Living By Design 7 - Master Plan

Phil in the Blanks

  • Always, always have a plan

  • If you want to achieve a sustained measure of success in any area of your life, you need a specific plan that begins with identifying what you want

  • Keep things “close to the vest.”

  • To be interesting you have to maintain a certain degree of mystery, because it gives you a degree of mastery

  • Always be in investigatory mode

  • You have to constantly be gathering relevant information that may empower you to do and achieve what you desire.

  • For worksheets, tests and more Living by Design click here.

Seven Key Strategies For

Attaining Your Goal

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1. Express your goal in terms of specific events or behaviors.

For a dream to become a goal, it has to be specifically defined in terms of operations, meaning what will be done. When a goal is broken down into steps, it can be managed and pursued much more directly. "Being happy," for example, is neither an event nor a behavior. When you set out to identify a goal, define what you want in clear and specific terms.

I want:

2. Express your goal in terms that can be measured.

How else will you be able to determine your level of progress, or even know when you have successfully arrived where you wanted to be? For instance, how much money do you aspire to make?

Specifically, that means:

3. Assign a timeline to your goal.

Once you have determined precisely what it is you want, you must decide on a time-frame for having it. The deadline you've created fosters a sense of urgency or purpose, which in turn will serve as an important motivator, and prevent inertia or procrastination.

My realistic timeline is:

4. Choose a goal you can control.

Unlike dreams, which allow you to fantasize about events over which you have no control, goals have to do with aspects of your existence that you control and can therefore manipulate. In identifying your goal, strive for what you can create, not for what you can't.

The circumstances I can control in achieving this goal are:

5. Plan and program a strategy that will get you to your goal.

Pursuing a goal seriously requires that you realistically assess the obstacles and resources involved, and that you create a strategy for navigating that reality. Willpower is unreliable, fickle fuel because it is based on your emotions. Your environment, your schedule and your accountability must be programmed in such a way that all three support you — long after an emotional high is gone. Life is full of temptations and opportunities to fail. Those temptations and opportunities compete with your more constructive and task-oriented behavior. Without programming, you will find it much harder to stay the course.

Potential obstacles are:

Resources required are:

6. Define your goal in terms of steps.

Major life changes don't just happen; they happen one step at a time. Steady progress, through well-chosen, realistic, interval steps, produces results in the end. Know what those steps are before you set out.

The necessary steps are:

7. Create accountability for your progress toward your goal.

Without accountability, people are apt to con themselves. If you know precisely what you want, when you want it — and there are real consequences for not doing the assigned work — you are much more likely to continue in your pursuit of your goal. Find someone in your circle of family or friends to whom you can be accountable. Make periodic reports on your progress.

I will create accountability by:

How will you feel when you obtain your goal?

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5 comentarios

23 nov 2019

Hope you continue on with this in some way. I've learned a lot listening to these podcasts and have listened to many of them more than once. Did all of the homework, filled out all of the sheets. It's invaluable in learning why I am who I am.

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Deborah Rosen
Deborah Rosen
03 nov 2019

Dr. Phil, It is an honor just to comment on your work. You have outdone yourself, and sometimes when I listen to the Living By Design and Relationship series I think you are talking directly to me! Thank you so much for sharing your insight. Immense gratitude for you. Blessings to you and your family.

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I've just started these series, and would love to begin with session one. It will no longer open. Dr. Phil, could you make it available again? Thanks.

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Loving this series!

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Jolanda Farah
Jolanda Farah
24 sept 2019

Great podcast

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