Create Your Own

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN ACTION PLAN

One of the most important self-management skills is GOAL SETTING. When we take a trip, it’s difficult to get anywhere if we don’t have a destination in mind. A goal is an intermediate destination on your path. If we don’t know where we are going there is little chance of getting there.

Goals are generally too big to work on all at once; they can be overwhelming. That’s why so many of us have a hard time getting started on a goal. Therefore, to achieve the goal, it needs to be broken down into smaller, more “doable” steps or tasks. When you’re planning a trip, you probably use a road map. You break your trip into smaller pieces, deciding which roads you’re going to use to get to your destination and where you’re going to stop for meals and rest.

It’s much the same with any goal. For example, a person whose goal is to improve fitness might break this goal into some of the following steps at first:

  • deciding what type of exercise to do
  • determining the level of exercise that is comfortable and safe
  • reading about exercise in the workbooks
  • finding a friend to exercise with
  • researching what programs or facilities are in your local area

Next, we need to get started by deciding which step we are going to work on this week and exactly how we are going to do it. This is done by making a WEEKLY ACTION PLAN.

I explain more in the following video. 

PARTS OF AN ACTION PLAN

1. Something YOU want or decide to do (not what someone else thinks you should do, or that you think you should do)

2. Achievable (something you can expect to be able to do this week start from where you are now)

3. Action-Specific (for example, losing weight is not an action or behaviour, but walking, replacing junk food snacks with fruit or avoiding snacks between meals is; losing weight is the RESULT of the actions)

4. Answers the questions:
What? (for example, walking, replacing junk food snacks with fruit, or avoiding snacks)
How much? (time, distance, amount) (for example, 30 minutes, 1 block, or 1 portion)
When? (time of day or which days of the week) (for example after dinner or Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
How often? (number of days in the week) (for example, 3 times; avoid “every day”, if something comes up it’s better to have succeeded 3 times rather than to than to feel you’ve failed if you’ve done it 6 times; you feel even better if you do it 7 times when you’ve said you’ll do it 3 or 5 times!)

5. Confidence level of 7 or more (Ask yourself: “On a scale of 0 = not at all sure to 10 = totally sure, how sure I am that I will complete the ENTIRE action plan?” If you rate your confidence below 7, you might want to look at the barriers and consider reworking your action plan so that it’s something you are confident that you can accomplish. It’s important that you succeed.)

Download Parts of an Action Plan
Download the Worksheet to create your own Weekly Action Plan

EXAMPLES OF MY ACTION PLANS

Goal: losing weight

What?(e.g. walking or avoiding snacks) eat more fruit

How much? (e.g. walking 4 blocks) 2 servings

When? (e.g. after dinner or Monday, Wednesday and Friday) morning and lunch

How often? (e.g. 4 times; try to avoid “every day”, if something comes up it’s better to have succeeded when you say you’ll do something 4 times rather than to feel you’ve failed if you’ve done it 5 times but said you’d do it every day!) 5 days

Confidence level of 7 or more (Ask yourself: “On a scale of 0 = no confidence to 10 = total confidence, how confident am I that I will complete the ENTIRE action plan?” If you rate your confidence below 7, you might want to look at the barriers and consider reworking your action plan so that it’s something you are confident that you can accomplish. It’s important that you succeed.) 8

Goal: getting through my things that need to be done at work

What? (e.g. walking or avoiding snacks) tackle my to do list

How much? (e.g. walking 4 blocks) 3 smaller items per day or 1 big item per day

When? (e.g. after dinner or Monday, Wednesday and Friday) during my work day

How often? (e.g. 4 times; try to avoid “every day”, if something comes up it’s better to have succeeded when you say you’ll do something 4 times rather than to feel you’ve failed if you’ve done it 5 times but said you’d do it every day!) 4 days

Confidence level of 7 or more (Ask yourself: “On a scale of 0 = no confidence to 10 = total confidence, how confident am I that I will complete the ENTIRE action plan?” If you rate your confidence below 7, you might want to look at the barriers and consider reworking your action plan so that it’s something you are confident that you can accomplish. It’s important that you succeed.) 7

Share with us in the Holistic Wellness Lounge group, what’s your Action Plan for this week?  

Geegado Megwan Kwe is her Spirit name, which means Talking Feather Woman. She is a Holistic Life & Wellness Coach.​​

Since 2001, Rollie Allaire has drawn on her extensive career background of clinical psychotherapy skills and – in recent years – combined that with Energy Work, Chakra work, Crystal Reiki, ThetaHealing, Akashic Record reading and clearings, meditation, Moon Medicine teachings, and looking at life through the Medicine Wheel in the form of Life & Wellness Coaching and Facilitating.

She helps women with anxiety by giving them the ability to soulfully master their emotions, connect to their true power and learn to feel better in order to take massive action in their life so that they gain confidence, feel self-assured, strong, happy, and surround themselves with a supportive, connected community when they feel most isolated.

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