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Your Personal Success Action Plan

The Coaching Academy Blog

Posted: January 2023

To achieve your goals, you need to write, review and act on them. This will form the basis of your personal success action plan. It's critical that once you decide what you want, you look at the steps that will get you there. Similar to business success, personal success requires making a plan and sticking to it.

Most people don’t have a success system. Instead, they take sporadic steps to help them become a little bit more successful, but this won’t lead to the ideal level of success that they want.

The key is consistency, accountability and goal setting. All this will take place by creating your success plan.

Personal Success Action Plan   

Start by asking yourself the following questions and write the answers down:

  1. What do I need to start doing?
  2. What do I need to stop doing?
  3. What do I need to continue to do?
  4. What do I need to do more of?
  5. What do I need to do less of?
  6. What strengths can I draw on?
  7. What will I do to celebrate my success?

These answers will form the basis of your plan. Start by focusing on the things you need to start doing or do more of. If they require multiple steps, list these and set a date for completing them. Make sure they are in your diary and that your action plan is pinned up somewhere visible rather than tucked away in a drawer and consequently forgotten about.

At the same time, begin to filter out the things you need to stop doing or should be doing less of. It might be that you need to delegate a task or stop a time-wasting habit. Whatever it is, take steps to limit the time you spend on it or add a task to seek help with it.

Sometimes things happen that are not part of the plan but having one will help make dealing with the unexpected easier. It’s worthwhile checking your progress at the end of every month and asking the following questions:

  1. What’s going well?
  2. What do I need to do differently to achieve greater success?
  3. What am I doing to keep my motivation high?
  4. What am I learning about being successful?

Return to your action plan, list the next goals you want to achieve, and break them down into smaller steps or tasks while filtering out what you shouldn't be doing. Finally, remember to celebrate your milestones and reflect on your achievements. Achieving our goals requires consistent motivation, and celebrating our wins helps with this. Want to know more about motivation techniques and staying on track? Take a look at our ‘3 Ways to Wake up Motivated’ blog here.  


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