Phase 2

Planning for the future

Overview

Phase 2 is about building on the clarity you gained in phase 1 and working out how to close the gap between the person you are now, and the person you want to become.

It’s important to remember that you need to continue with the foundations that you started building in phase one, ensuring you still add a portion to vegetables to every meal, drink 1.5-2 litres of water and find ways to walk 30 minutes.

You also need to continue focusing on putting yourself at cause, practicing gratitude and if need be reading through your vision statement and code.

Habits take anything from 21 to 66 days to be formed, which is why it is essential to actively find ways to act upon them each day, until they become another part of who you are.

This is going to continue to reinforce who you are becoming, empowering you to keep moving forward.

  • Your first task in this phase is to go through the self assessment sheet in the downloadable pdf below, and have a honest reflection of the last 7 days
  • Remember your goal is consistency, not perfection
  • If need be revisit cause and effect
  • Share an overview of your week in the group, along with how you are going to become a better you next week

Self-assessment

In this PDF you can find the questions you need to reflect and evaluate your progress and state of mind over the last 7 days.

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Setting goals

In order to move forward, you have to work out what you want to achieve and from there the aim is to break it down into goals that you focus on achieving each work.

This is going to help you keep progressing, while also allowing you to set up a system to remain accountable and consistent.

  • Step 1: Make a list of goals specific to what you want to achieve, then go through the list and number them on a scale of 1 to 10 on how confident you feel that you could achieve them right now
  • Step 2: On goals scoring less than a 7, go through and see if you can break them down further, then repeat
  • Step 3: Choose 1 or possibly 2 ‘Quick Wins’ to focus on for the week
  • Step 4: Share your weeks goals with the group so that you can commit to them and keep yourself accountable

Use the pdf below to help with setting goals and to find examples for inspiration

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Time management

A big part of setting yourself up for success and achieving your goals is down to planning and time management.

So by breaking down your week and getting a birds eye view on how it looks, you can then get clear on what commitments you have, where you have free time and where your time can be put to better use.

From that you will then be able to develop a plan to get everything you need to done, as well as making room for what you enjoy doing, taking a huge amount of pressure off and making it easier to find balance.

Use the pdf below to help with completing the necessary tasks

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Creating a plan

Now that you have your goals and have looked at how to manage your time, we need to look at actually implementing the changes you want to make and working towards them.

To do this you need a plan that is specific to what you want to achieve, breaking it down into action steps you can follow.

This is an essential part of the process, as it will allow everything to be far more structured, less overwhelming and also keep you accountable as well as consistent.

This is where you can start tailoring the entire journey around you and the changes you want to make.

  • The purpose of a plan is to make life easier and know exactly what you need to do
  • Plans can be long or short term, but either way you want a clear purpose and end result, factoring in everything you want to do or achieve
  • I’d advise allocating some time in your routine to plan for the week ahead, factoring in your routine, commitments, meals and non-negotiable parts of your week (potentially¬†doing so on a Sunday)
  • You may also benefit from spending a few minutes each morning planning for the day ahead so that you know exactly what needs to be done. This in turn will reduce stress and save time

Unlocking your inner motivation

Most people make the mistake of waiting around for motivation to spark, hoping they will get some sudden desire to start tasks they know have to be done and often procrastinating or putting it off for as long as possible.

Getting started it always the hard put, but once you get going it is always easier to continue.

That’s why motivation though comes from within, it comes from putting yourself at cause, focusing on what you want and taking action.

  • A lack of motivation comes from being at effect
  • Rather than waiting for it to happen for you, put yourself at cause, focus on what you want and take action on it
  • It’s that simple. Just think, how much time do you waste procrastinating and putting off what you know needs to be done? You could solve the problem by just doing it
  • Make mental notes of when you put yourself at cause and how great you felt afterwards, as you can use that the next time you are in a similar situation

Getting back on track

Regardless of how far you go on your journey there are always going to be times when things don’t go according to plan, when you go off track, have a bad week or life throws you off course.

That’s why a big part of preparing for the future is thinking ahead about what obstacles life can throw your way, and getting yourself in a mental state where you can deal with them as and when they arise.

  • When you go of course it helps to get to the core of remembering why you started
  • That’s why it helps to track your journey, to keep notes or a journal as a constant reminded
  • You need to uncover your ‘why’, as that will keep you going when times get tough
  • If you take an extended period of time off, return to focusing on cause and effect and the foundations while easing back into your routine, rather than adding extra pressure or going from one extreme to the other

Recap

Phase 2 you started tailoring your journey around you. This phase was very much about thinking ahead for the future, continuing to build a solid foundation and gaining more clarity on the person you want to become.

This is going to start getting your confidence up, empowering you to see that change is possible and reinforcing how you feel mentally and emotionally about the journey ahead.

The goal now is to continue focusing on small steps, aiming everyday just to be a little better than the day before.

This weeks tasks before moving on are:

  • Continue focusing on the foundations of adding a portion of vegetables to every meal (or fruit to breakfast), drink 1.5-2 litres of water and walk 30 min each day, along wiht practicing gratitude
  • Continue placing yourself at cause and actively finding ways to move away from being at effect
  • Focus on your quick wins for the week
  • Ensure you follow your plan and if needed spend a few minutes each morning planning ahead for the day