Wow this week has gone by so quickly, welcome to day five where I am sharing the final strategy with you. 

“An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied”  – Arnold Glasow

We’ve come a long way this week, so let’s recap. 

On day one we looked at what an exit strategy is and why you need one. On day two we looked at what you really want for your career, this year and beyond. Day three allowed us to examine your skills and resources so that you can determine what you already have and what you have to put in place in order to plan and execute your exit strategy. Yesterday, day four, we took a closer look at your goals and you were able to look at two goals setting techniques/models to help you set clear  goals. 

Today, we will look at designing actions and the strategies you need to look at for success.

At the end of my Discover Coaching Programme my clients go through a two-hour planning session to close off their coaching journey. The reason for this is because knowing what we want doesn’t help us achieve our goals, it is only the first step. There are a few other steps to help you achieve success but let’s look at the ones that will help you plan your exit strategy.

Designing actions 

In the templates provided yesterday, you were able to plot your goals based on your timeline, taking into consideration how long it will take to have everything in place for your exit. Today, you will receive daily and a weekly template to help you design actions needed to successfully implement your exit strategy. 

When you plan your actions ensure that you ask the following question: 

How does this action get me closer to my goal/s? That way, you can ensure you don’t get distracted by ‘busy’ tasks. 

In order to successfully manage your daily tasks, you will need to understand the strategies for success. 

Strategies for success 

There are many factors that will determine your success and help you implement your exit strategy.

Here are four strategies that helped me: 
    • Who do I need to be?

We often wait until we have something in hand to fully embrace what it takes to be the person who has achieved that goal or success. Think about how many lottery winners lose all their money in a short timeframe – we all want to win the lottery but we don’t consider who we need to be to manage that amount of money. 

Let’s look at another example: if your dream is to move into a leadership role, then you cannot wait until you have the role to become a leader, you have to become that leader today, now. What are the habits you need now to be a good leader, how will you show up, how will you engage the team, how will you dress? These are important considerations for now too. 

    • Building strong habits 

The saying, “what got you here won’t get you there” rings true when it comes to achieving our goals. If you want to be in a leadership position then you must get clear on the habits you need to implement now to get you there. 

There are habits that all of us would benefit from incorporating into our daily lives, like health habits, habits that help us build wealth and habits that help us develop a good mindset. These will certainly support your goals and help you achieve success. I want you to think about habits in relation to the strategy discussed above. Think about who you need to be now to be successful and then consider what are the habits this version of you needs to practice daily to be successful. 

“Remember, every professional was once an ematuer, and every master started as a beginner. Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary feats, once they’ve routinized the right habits.” – Robin Sharma (The 5am club) 

    • Enlisting support 

Support is another key element needed for goal achievement. Support can be in the form of a mentor, a coach, your spouse, a friend or one of your siblings. When the idea to start my own business and leave my corporate job first came to mind, I discussed it with my husband. Then with a friend and then with my sister. Everytime I thought of something new related to the business or when I felt stuck I spoke to my husband about it. 

This allowed me to share my fears and excitement out loud, helping me hear what I was thinking. It also allowed him to ask questions I never considered. Having the support of a loved one or a professional during your transition gives you a greater chance of success. 

    • Preparing for obstacles 

Failure is part of the journey and so are obstacles. If 2020 has taught us anything it is that we cannot plan for a smooth journey. Think about the things that might get in the way of your success and create a plan to deal with it now. You may not be able to plan for exact events but having a sense that there may be obstacles helps you to be resilient, instead of spending unnecessary time in crisis mode. You can acknowledge the stumbling block, refer to your tool box on how to manage it and move forward with more ease.

Making sure you plan for the road ahead with the support of others means success is inevitable. Reading through these will give you insights you may not have had, doing the exercises in the workbook will help set you up for success, develop self-awareness and plan for unforeseen circumstances.


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