Ah, super villains – the master strategists of any movie universe.
Everything they do has meaning, every single one of their actions serving a bigger purpose. Their plan is always so diabolically perfect, you can’t help but want a master plan of your own.
Because why wouldn’t you? You’re living life one day at a time, with no plan, hoping that luck will one day bring you what you want. Your daily actions are random and unorganized, usually never resulting in anything. A master plan would change all that and allow you to take back control of your life.
Well, what’s stopping you from creating such a plan?
Why Your Life Needs a Master Plan
Before you drop your thoughts of a master plan and go back to watching cat videos (people still do that, right?), you should know two things; yes, you can create a master plan for your life, and yes, you need to have a master plan. Let me explain why.
With a master plan, your life gets a purpose. It gives you something to strive for; something that’s bigger than your everyday problems and worries. It will give meaning to your daily life, unifying all your sporadic actions and focusing them toward a single, greater goal.
Without a master plan, however, you’re not very likely to get anywhere in life. Your daily actions will be random, inconsistent, and ultimately pointless.
Don’t just drift aimlessly through life. Take control and make up your mind about where you want to go!
Building Your Plan
By now, I hope I’ve gotten you at least a bit excited about building your own master plan!
So how do you actually go about doing that, you ask? Well, the process is pretty straightforward: you start out from the top and work your way down! All you need is a grand goal, some milestones, a starting position, and a way to go from point A to point B!
Simply follow these 4 steps, and you’ll be on your way to creating a master plan that even a Bond villain would be jealous of!
1. Specify Your Goal
The first thing you need to do is simple; decide what it is you want. What exactly is it you want to achieve with your life? Where do you want to be? Simply put; what does your end-goal look like?
Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that you need a goal. Everyone and their mother knows that! But the mistake most people make is that they never specify their goals properly. They never spell out exactly what it is they want, and as a consequence, they usually never get it either.
You need to stop settling for “I want to be successful/rich/famous/fit/confident” – such vague goals won’t even be enough to get you moving. And even if you do somehow manage to get moving, you won’t have any idea in which direction to go!
Instead, take the time to define a clear goal. Put it on paper for added clarity. Basically, your goal should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and have a clear Time-frame.
2. Determine Your Sub-Goals
Alright, so now you have a goal to aim for – great!
Now it’s time to take a step back and assess just what you will need in order to reach it. Whatever you grand goal is, it will most likely need you to fulfill a number of lesser goals first. These sub-goals include all the possessions, skills, habits, knowledge, and relations that you need to acquire before you can realize your master plan.
For instance, in order to reach a goal of losing 50 pounds, you would need to acquire a habit of exercise, a healthy diet, and a knowledge about fat loss.
These sub-goals may be more or less difficult to achieve on their own, but you need to specify them in order to achieve your main goal. Think of it as a pyramid, where the top stone, or your grand goal, rests on a series of lower ones, which are in turn resting on their own stones, and so on. At the bottom of this pyramid you should have the very basic requirements that you need in order to reach your goal.
Try to specify as many layers as you can in your pyramid – the bottom layer should consist of things you could easily obtain right now. If you can’t, then you need to add more layers of sub-goals until you reach a level where you can take immediate action.
3. Determine Your Current Position
Once you’re done with step 2, you should have a pretty clear idea of what you need to achieve to realize your master plan.
Now it’s time to figure out where you stand in relation to it. How far are you from reaching the various layers of the pyramid?
Depending on your specific goals, this can be a bit tricky to assess. But if you’ve followed the first two steps and specified exactly what your goals look like, all you have to do is compare that to where you currently stand.
What is your current financial wealth as compared to that million you’re after? How many pounds are you from your ideal weight? How far are you from having the unstoppable confidence you want? How big is your army as compared to what you need to conquer Europe?
You need to figure out the distance between your goal and where you are now before you can make a plan to get there.
4. Plan the Specifics From Point A to Point B
So now you know what you want, what you will need in order to get it, and how far you are from getting it. Now it’s time to plan out how to actually get there.
This is where you take those bottom blocks of the pyramid and break them down into actionable pieces. Determine what single actions you could take today that would bring you closer to achieving those goals.
In the example with getting into shape, the bottom layer could be broken down into the following actions:
Do this for every block in the lowest layer of the pyramid, and you should have a rough sketch of what exactly it will take to realize your master plan and achieve your goal.
Congratulations: at this point, your master plan should be ready to be put into action! You have your goals, your sub-goals, your starting position, and a series of actions to take you from point A to point B.
What are you waiting for?
Now it’s your turn: what does your master plan look like, and how are you implementing it? Let us know in the comments!
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