Tuesday, January 03, 2012

90 Day Plan - Day 3: Creating the Routine

How do you master anything? Practice.

And how do you master practising? By building your routine until it becomes second nature.

This is what a 90-day plan is all about - creating and building a routine until it becomes a habit.

The secret is in how we practice. If we're aiming to be consistently a little better than we were yesterday, we're on the right track. We're not aiming to be perfect today.

When we practice our 90-day plan, we should be paying attention to the way we are doing it, rather than on the outcome. Yes, we're working to achieve an outcome, and we've set SMART goals, but we designed our plan to reach those goals in 90 days, so we don't need to obsess about them today.

We practice to get better at what we are doing, be it finding and retaining customers, delivering catalogues or leaflets, generating leads or building a team.

Needless to say, if we don't do the activity listed on our plan and daily to-do list, we won't be getting better; we'll be slipping downwards and backwards. It's better to see this as practicing to improve rather than a plan where every step has to be perfect straight away.

That way, you've taken the pressure off - it's nowhere near as scary if you're "just practising".

As always, finish your day with a to-do list for tomorrow, and write down the answers to these questions:

What am I proud of today? What can I improve on, tomorrow?

Happy practicing!

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