Question – If you knew what to do in 2020…why didn’t you do it?
2021 is off and running! Many people make plans and goals for the New Year.
Your Life Master Plan and Your Goals for Excellence
Every January, people make a list of goals they want to achieve so here is some help to keep you reaching excellence! It is lot of information but it will help you in your Master Life Plan for Excellence.
Do you want to achieve excellence in 2021?
- Do you have the hunger for excellence? Do you need to want to achieve excellence? The emphasis here is on what ‘you’ want, not what others want. Make sure the Master Plan is something you set for yourself, because unless it is, chances are you do not really want it.
Achieving Excellence is hard work
- With every success, comes hard work. Without hard work, you cannot achieve results. People who try to find the easy way out are kidding themselves if they think they can achieve Excellence without putting in hard work.
Some people of personal development already know “HOW” to improve their life. It is the “DOING IT” that is the difficult and most time-consuming part. Well Not any longer. Internationally recognized Master Key System experts are ready to hand you the secrets and tools to unlock the code that will free you to EASILY achieve EXCELLENCE – for the rest of your life.
[A]: Do you have any issues of Excellence in your life that you are NOT acting on— like:
- Excellent weight…
- Excellent employment-new job…
- Excellent small business-starting a business
- Excellent finances-improving your finances…
- Excellent health-improving your health…
- Excellent relationships-improving or changing a relationship
[B]: Is inaction causing you not to reach Excellence? Do you fail to reach Excellence because of things like:
- Leaving unfinished projects?
- Doing meaningless chores instead of really important tasks?
- Waiting until the last minute (or even later) to file your taxes?
- Paying bills late?
- Making a to-do list, and then ignoring it?
[C]: Why I am asking:
So much information out there is aimed at helping you reach Excellence or figure out what you need to do. But the question is not what to do. You may already know that. It is actually doing it. That is the problem.
[D]: Do you hear yourself making one or all of the most common excuses for inaction and not reaching Excellence…
- Excuse #1: “I’m too stressed out.”
- Excuse #2: “I don’t believe I can.”
- Excuse #3: “I don’t have the time.”
- Excuse #4: “I don’t have the energy.”
- Excuse #5: “I’m too emotional.”
- Excuse #6: “I’ll always be the way I am.”
- Excuse #7: “I’m afraid I’ll make a mistake.”
- Excuse #8: “I’m too sick.”
- Excuse #9: “I’m too skeptical.”
- Excuse #10: “I can’t do it alone.”
[E]: What AREN’T You Doing to Reach Excellence in 2021?
Eating better? Exercising? Eliminating your debt? Rethinking your career or business? Reorganizing your household? Repairing long-lost friendships?
Just think of all the big and little things you could accomplish if you could break through the excuses that typically hold you back. Doing just that is so much easier than you have been led to believe.
The Master Key System techniques are as easy to understand as they are to implement. And THEY WORK! Try them yourself and find out. With them you will have in your possession an incredible arsenal of tools that will empower you to achieve any dream, goal or result you want to — for the rest of your life.
From now on, any time you feel the old excuses or failures creeping up on you, you will know EXACTLY what to do to overcome them instantly. And when you can do that, NOTHING will be able to stop you from achieving Excellence or any goal, or any plan, or any dream you can imagine.
Setting a Powerful Life Plan
The Master Key System focuses on such things as Lafe Planning and Goal Setting. It is a fantastic skill to develop. Helps you design your future. A life best lived is a life by design. Not by accident, and not by just walking through the day careening from wall to wall and managing to survive.
The MKE Success formula:
DMP + PMA + WPOA + MMA = LIFE SUCCESS
In many of my Blog articles I have explained my understanding and application of the MKE Simple Success Formula. I would recommend you review my “Life Plan Blog Article. It is titled: MKE: 2021 A Year for Your Great Reset” It is a companion Blog article to this one.
The Master Key System is a brilliant system to create a Self-Directed Life Master Plan and a Way to obtain your Desired Results.
The Master Key System gives you a brilliant System to create a Life Plan in your Self-Directed Life Master Plan. Use the diagram as an example help you get started. In the end you will obtain your Desired Results.
If you can start giving your life dimensions, design, color, objectives and purpose, the results can be absolutely staggering. It all starts with application of the System.
The most important benefit of setting a Life Master Plan is not achieving your goal or achievements. It is what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your dreams, goals, and results. That is the real benefit.
- Life Planning and Goal Setting is powerful because it provides focus. They shape our dreams. They give us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life.
- Life Planning and Goal Setting are great because they cause us to stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our dreams, goals, and results, we must become better.
- Life is designed in such a way that we look long-term and live short-term. We dream for the future and live in the present. Unfortunately, the present can produce many difficult obstacles.
Life Planning and Goal Setting provides long-term vision. We all need powerful, long-range planning and goals to help us get past those short-term obstacles. Fortunately, the more powerful our Life Planning and Goal Setting are, the more we will be able to act on and guarantee that they will actually come to pass.
The key aspects of your Life Master Planning and Goal Setting are as follows:
Key : Evaluate and reflect.
The only way we can reasonably decide what we want in the future and how we will get there is to know where we are right now and what our current level of satisfaction is.
First, take some time to think through and write down your current situation.
The purpose of evaluation is twofold.
- First, it gives you an objective way to look at your accomplishments and your pursuit of the vision you have for life.
- Secondly, it shows you where you are so you can determine where you need to go. Evaluation gives you a baseline to work from.
Take a couple of hours this week to evaluate and reflect. See where you are and write it down so that as the months progress and you continue a regular time of evaluation and reflection, you will see just how much ground you are gaining—and that will be exciting!
Key : Define your dreams and goals.
One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life and the ability to establish and set goals to live out those dreams.
- We can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families.
- We can dream of better financial, emotional, spiritual, or physical lives.
- We have also been given the ability to not only dream but pursue those dreams—and not just pursue them, but the cognitive ability to lay out a plan and strategies to achieve those dreams. Powerful!
What are your dreams and goals?
This is not what you already have or what you have done, but what you want.
- Have you ever really sat down and thought through your life values and decided what you really want?
- Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, to listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you?
Your dreams are there. Everyone has them. They may live right on the surface, or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you they were foolish, but they are there.
Take time to be quiet.
This is something that we do not do enough of in this busy world of ours. We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us. The human heart was meant for times of quiet—to peer deep within.
It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams. Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No other people. No cellphone. No computer. Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.
Think about what really thrills you.
When you are quiet, think about those things that really get your blood moving.
- What would you love to do, either for fun or for a living?
- What would you love to accomplish?
- What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed?
- What big thoughts move your heart into a state of excitement and joy?
When you answer these questions, you will feel great and you will be in the “dream zone.” It is only when we get to this point that we experience what our dreams are.
Write down all of your dreams as you have them. Do not think of any as too outlandish or foolish—remember—you are dreaming! Let the thoughts fly and take careful record.
Now, prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most feasible? Which would you love to do the most? Put them in the order in which you will actually try to attain them. Remember, we are always moving toward action—not just dreaming.
Make your Master Life Plan S.M.A.R.T.
The acronym S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
5 Things That Affect You, Your Life Master Plan and Your Goals
But before you can do that, you need to know the five primary things that affect all of us:
1. The Environment:
5. Our Dreams:
Create Your Life Plan
Learning to creat a Master Life Plan and set goals can transform your life forever. There is power in reaching out into the future, designing something to the best of your ability, refining it as you go, tearing it up periodically if you want to, setting a whole new list. It is your life. It is your future.
3 Components of Life Planning and Powerful Goals
The major reason for Life Planning and Goal Setting is for what it makes you do to accomplish it. This will always be a far greater value than what you get. That is why goals are so powerful. They are part of the fabric that makes up our lives.
Life Planning and Goal Setting is powerful because it provides focus, shapes our dreams, and gives us the ability to home in on the exact actions we need to take in order to get everything in life we desire. Life Planning and Goal Setting cause us to stretch and grow in ways we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better—we must change and grow.
Powerful Life Planning and Goals have three components:
- They must be inspiring.
- They must be believable.
- They must be goals you can act on.
Life is designed in such a way that we look long term and live short term. We dream for the future and live in the present. Unfortunately, the present can produce many hard obstacles. Fortunately, the more powerful our Life Plan and our Goals (because they are inspiring and believable), the more we will be able to act on them in the short term and guarantee that they will actually come to pass.
So, what are the key aspects to learn and remember when thinking about and writing your Life Plan and Goals? Here is a closer look at Life Planning and Goal Setting and how you can make it forceful and practical:
Key Aspect 1. Evaluation and Reflection
The only way we can reasonably decide what we want in the future and how we will get there is to first know where we are right now and what our current level of satisfaction is. With our focus on a Life Plan and goal setting, the first order of business is for each of us to set aside some serious time for evaluation and reflection.
Key Aspect 2. Dreams and Goals
What are your dreams and goals? Have you ever really sat down, thought through your life values, and decided what you really want? This is not what someone else says you should have or what culture tells us successful people do or have. These are the dreams and goals born out of your own heart and mind, goals unique to you and that come from who you were created to be and gifted to become.
Key Aspect 3. SMART Life Plan and Goals
SMART means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
- Specific: Do not be vague. Exactly what do you want?
- Measurable: Quantify your goal. How will you know if you have achieved it or not?
- Attainable: Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish at this point in your life while taking into consideration your current responsibilities.
- Realistic: It has got to be doable, real, and practical.
- Time: Associate a time frame with each goal. When should you complete the goal?
Key Aspect 4. Accountability
The word accountable means to give an account. When someone knows what your goals are, they help hold you accountable. Whether it is someone else trying to reach the same goal with you or just someone you can give the basic idea to, having an accountability partner will give you another added boost to accomplishing your Life Plan and goals.
So, evaluate and reflect. Decide what you want. Be SMART. Have accountability. When you put these four key pieces together, you put yourself in a position of power to catapult toward achieving your Life Plan and Goals and the kind of life you desire.
Key Aspects 1. Evaluation and Reflection
The basis for knowing where we want to go is knowing where we came from and where we are. It is also knowing how well we have done achieving things we have previously set our eyes on. This is the essence of evaluation and reflection. We need to understand how to look at what we have done and then use that as a platform for what we want to do next.
The process of evaluation is relatively simple but can be varied a bit. The important point is having a process. Here is the basic process for evaluation and reflection:
1. Find a quiet place.
2. Take regular time.
3. Look back.
4. Write it down. Keep a record.
5. Look forward. Set your next goal. Stretch yourself according to what works for you.
The purpose of evaluation is twofold. First, it gives you an objective way to look at your accomplishments and your pursuit of the vision you have for your life. Second, it shows you where you are so you can determine where you need to go. Evaluation gives you a baseline from which to work.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
To evaluate and reflect brings us face to face with who we are. More important, it allows us the time to dream and create a vision for what we want to become. Only when we take time out of our busy schedules can we get into the state of mind and quietness of heart we need in order to find that inner place.
Those who never take time to evaluate and reflect will blow to and fro through this life, living by the forces of culture, circumstances, societal pressures and, unfortunately, personal weaknesses.
In contrast, those who take the time to evaluate will find they are like an oak tree in a storm: They have a firm foundation, they know where they are going, they know how to get there, and, ultimately, they will get there no matter what comes their way.
ASSIGNMENT: Take a couple of hours this week to evaluate and reflect. See where you are and note it in your journal so that as the months progress and you continue a regular time of evaluation and reflection, you will see just how much ground you are gaining—and that will be exciting!
Key Aspect 2. Dreams and Goals
One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life and the ability to establish and set goals to live out those dreams.
We can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families. We can dream of better financial, emotional, spiritual, or physical lives. We have also been given the ability to not only dream but pursue those dreams—and not just pursue them, but the cognitive ability to lay out a plan and strategies to achieve those dreams. Powerful!
What are your dreams and goals? This is not what you already have or what you have done, but what you want. Have you ever really sat down and thought through your life values and decided what you really want? Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, to listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you? Your dreams are there. Everyone has them. They may live right on the surface, or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you they were foolish, but they are there.
You have to ask the hard questions to get excited about your dreams, and then you have to translate that excitement into strategic action to pursue all that you want. These are the disciplines that will help unleash the power of the dreams inside of you:
Listen to yourself.
How do we know what our dreams are? This is an interesting process and relates primarily to the art of listening. This is not listening to others; it is listening to yourself. If we listen to others, we hear their plans and dreams, and, at times, others will try to put their plans and dreams on us. If we listen to others, we can never be fulfilled. We will only chase elusive dreams that are not rooted deep within us.
Instead, we must listen to our own hearts to hear the dreams born out of the passions and desires we each uniquely possess. Just like when you are quiet enough to hear your own heart beating within your chest, your dreams have their own rhythm. All you have to do is get quiet enough to hear the beat.
Take time to be quiet.
Taking the time to be quiet is something we do not do enough in this busy world. We rush, rush, rush and are constantly listening to noise all around us. We must not get faked out by just being busy. Instead, we must constantly ask ourselves the question, “Busy doing what?” In other words, are the activities you are participating in moving you toward your goals? If not, then work to eliminate those things and replace some of that time with quiet.
The human heart was meant to have times of quiet reflection, allowing us to peer deep within ourselves. It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams. Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No other people. No cellphone. No computer. Just you, a pad, a pen, and your thoughts.
Think about what really thrills you. When you are quiet, think about those things that really get your blood moving. What would you love to do, either for fun or for a living? What would you love to accomplish? What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed? What big thoughts move your heart into a state of excitement and joy? When you answer these questions, you will feel terrific because you are in the “dream zone.” It is only when we get to this point that we can truly realize and begin to experience what our dreams are.
Make a list and prioritize.
Write down all of your dreams as you have them. Do not think of any as too outlandish or foolish— remember, you are dreaming! Let your thoughts and pen fly as you take careful record.
Now look at your list and prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most feasible? Which would you love to do the most? Put them in the order you will actually try to attain them. Remember, we are always moving toward action, not just dreaming.
Why am I asking you to take part in this exercise? It is because life is too short not to pursue your dreams. At the end of your life, all you will be able to do is look backward. You can reflect with joy or regret. And we all know that joy from discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
Those who dream, who set goals and act on them, are those who live lives of joy and have a sense of peace when they near the end of their lives. They will have finished well and possess a sense of pride and accomplishment, not only for themselves but also for their families. That feeling is priceless!
Remember: Dreams and goals are born out of your heart and mind, goals unique to you, and they come from who you were created to be and gifted to become. Your specific goals are what you want to achieve because they will make your life joyful and bring fulfillment for both you and your family.
Key Aspect 3: SMART Life Plan and Goals
The acronym SMART is one of the key aspects of goal setting because we want to be smart when we set our goals. We want to intelligently decide what our goals will be so that we can actually accomplish them. We want to set the goals that our heart conceives, that our mind believes and that our bodies will carry out. Let us take an even closer look at each of the components of SMART goals:
Specific: Goals are no place to waffle. They are no place to be vague. Ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results. Incomplete goals produce incomplete futures. When we are specific, we harness the power of our dreams and set forces into action that empower us to achieve our goals. We then know exactly what it is we are shooting for—there is no question.
As we establish our priorities and manage our time, we do it for a specific goal, to achieve the results we expect. There is no wondering or guessing. The future is locked into our minds, and we see it—specifically—and that is powerful! Never underestimate just how important it is to have very specific, concrete goals. They act as magnets that draw you toward them. A SMART goal is specific.
Measurable: Always set goals that are measurable— “specifically measurable” to consider the principle of being specific, as well. A SMART goal is measurable.
Attainable: One of the detrimental things many people do—and they do it with good intentions—is to set goals that are unattainable. It is also imperative to make sure they are attainable.
An attainable goal is one that is both realistic and doable in a shorter period of time than what you have to work with. “Attainable” does not mean easy. Our goals should be set so that they are just out of our reach, so that they challenge us to grow as we reach forward to achieve them. A SMART goal is attainable.
Realistic: The root word of realistic is real. A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make “real” or a “reality” in our lives. .
This is in no way to say it should not be a big goal, but that goal must be realistic.
This is, to a great degree, up to the individual. For one person, a goal may be realistic, but for another, unrealistic. Be very honest with yourself as you do your planning and evaluation. It might be good to get a friend to help you, as long as that friend is by nature an optimist and not a pessimist. This can go a long way toward helping you know what is realistic.
Knowing that perhaps you could use a bit of help differentiating between attainable and realistic, here is an example: Let us say you are overweight and need to lose 150 pounds to get to your ideal weight. Is that goal attainable? Yes, if you also make it realistic. For example, it is not realistic to think you can do it in five months. Eighteen to 24 months would be more realistic (with hard work). Thus, losing 150 pounds in two years is both attainable and realistic, while losing 150 pounds in five months is neither attainable nor realistic. A SMART goal is realistic.
Time-sensitive: One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end, a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. A SMART goal has a timeline.
Key Aspects 4. Accountability
Now let us look at how to apply the SMART test to your goals and ensure they are powerful.
As a contract with yourself or someone else, accountability is a vital key in the goal-setting process. Accountability puts some teeth into the process. If a goal is set and only one person knows it, does it really have any power? Many times, it does not. At the very least, it is not as powerful.
When someone knows what your goals are, they follow up and hold you accountable by asking you to “give an account” of where you are in the process. Human nature is such that when we know someone else is going to ask us about it, we are much more motivated to get it done—if for no other reason than we do not want to look lazy and uncommitted. This is why having an accountability partner is so important.
[a]: Internal Accountability
Internal accountability is essentially the level of integrity you maintain not only throughout the evaluation process but also in life. It means that when you look at yourself, you judge yourself with honesty. This is where you hold yourself accountable to doing what you said you would do. If you have messed up, say, “I’ve messed up,” but if you have done well, then you can celebrate your progress. Let the internal accountability prod you and spur you on to greater action in pursuit of your achievements.
So, first and foremost, it is our responsibility to hold ourselves accountable. We answer to ourselves. We take charge of ourselves. How do we do that? Here are a few ideas:
- Write down your goals so they become “objective.” You cannot go back and say, “That wasn’t really my goal.”
- Be ruthlessly honest with yourself when you assess whether or not you have met the goal. Of course, if you were specific in setting your SMART goals, you will not have much wiggle room here, anyway.
- If you fall short of your goal, or if you are falling short while on the way, knuckle down and hold yourself accountable to do what it takes to make up the ground so that you can hit that goal!
- Set a time frame in which you will evaluate your progress and hold yourself accountable.
[b]: External Accountability
Find someone else or a group of others to hold you accountable. When we commit to giving an account to someone else for our actions and goals, we take it to the next level.
The external part of accountability will not work without the internal aspect. If you are not honest with yourself, then you will probably not be honest with others. Asking someone to hold you accountable and then knowing you will not be completely honest with them will never work.
Having an outside source of accountability is a powerful force if done right. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you set up an accountability partner:
- Choose someone who cares about you but can be tough and honest with you. They need to care about you—and you have to know and feel that care—because you become vulnerable by making yourself accountable to them. They need to be tough and honest, though, because you do not want to have them shy away from telling you to get on the ball when you are slacking, getting behind or not doing the job. The expression “tough love” would fit appropriately here. In essence, they love us enough to be honest with us about our progress.
- Tell them specifically what your goals are.
- Commit to being honest with them.
- Give them permission to speak words of encouragement, as well as words of challenge when the situation calls for it.
- Agree on a reasonable time frame in which you will allow them to evaluate your progress and hold you accountable.
- Follow up on their words when they challenge you or call you to action.
Accountability can be a tremendous thing. There is an old proverb that says one can put a thousand to flight, but two can put 10,000 to flight. When we have someone holding us accountable, we bring others onto our team who will make us stronger, who will make us soar higher and who will cause our lives to be much richer because of their involvement.
Take a moment and really consider who you will make yourself accountable to in the pursuit of your goals. Now, go back through the words above and begin to work this process out in your own life. You will be extraordinarily glad you did.
Changing Your Perception
Creating more positive perceptions of our Master Life Plan and goals can dramatically increase our engagement, focus, productivity, and motivation, and thus increase the speed by which we attain them.
Here is how you can start painting the target in your own life
Strategy 1: Zoom in on the target (proximity).
Research has shown the closer people get to a target, the harder and faster they work. Write down all of the work you have done and all of the strides you have made so far. Reminding yourself of past successes will help your brain perceive that you are closer to the ultimate target.
Strategy 2: Magnify the target (likelihood of success).
The bigger a target appears, the more your brain believes you will hit it. Look at your current circumstances. Are there areas where you believe you could never hit a home run because the fences seem a mile away? Simply move the fences in so it seems easier.
Strategy 3: Recalculate thrust (energy required).
To achieve any Life Plan or Goal, a certain level of energy is required. The lower the mental cost, the faster your speed toward success. Research has shown that by changing your perception of these costs, you can increase your speed toward your target by as much as 35 percent.
We have come back to the Master Key System Success Formula.
We have a Definite Major Life Purpose, a Postiive Mental Attitude, a Written Plan of Action and a Master Mind Association. We will now succeed in our Master Life Plan and Goal Setting for all the days of our life.
The MKE Success formula:
DMP + PMA + WPOA + MMA = LIFE SUCCESS
: Napoleon Hill’s Audiobook Outwitting the Devil
: Success the Glenn Bland Method How to Set Goals | If You Want to Succeed Read This Book: 978-1-4143-3605-3.pdf (tyndale.com) This book is filled with many great illustrations and references to support its claim that success can be achieved if you have a Life Plan, Goals and Plans that really work. 978-1-4143-3605-3.pdf (tyndale.com)
: Charles Haanel Master Key System: (1) The Master Key System – [CHARLES HAANEL] – The Secret of a Success Mindset – YouTube
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PS. “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire
Voltaire said the way to judge a person was by the questions they asked of themselves…and other people.