Taking back control of ones life is like getting back on the drivers seat ( In this case the drivers seat of your life ), planning and making your way forward;
‘Taking control means having a plan, taking targeted action and being committed to your cause’.
Planning is the first step towards fulfilling your potential and actualizing your goals. You need a plan or strategy to take control. Taking control of your life is a challenging prospect as the default option is to let things just evolve without a plan – This option could be detrimental.
How to take control and achieve your life goals through planning;
- Start by decluttering your mind – Get support to help with renewing your mind and to eliminate limiting beliefs that form a barrier in your subconscious mind and therefore, has become an obstacle to moving forward mentally and physically as the state of your mind determines how far you can go physically.
- Have a clear vision of the goal you want to achieve, structure a plan by writing it down or creating a dream board. Find a personal mentor or coach if possible, they can support you to identify your core skills and guide you with setting life goals that are aligned with your dominant skills. These goals must be written down clearly and should be; SMART goals: – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound (Meaning you should estimate reasonable timelines to achieve these goals).
- Planning for your future has a therapeutic effect, it keeps you motivated and hopeful. At challenging seasons when it looks like you cannot see a way forward, this is actually a good time to start planning as this will give you some clarity and a hope for the future. Having a hope for the future sends a positive message to your mind and body, giving you a much higher chance of survival than someone without any plan or hope.
- Last but not least, after you have outlined your plans, begin to take action towards achieving your goals no matter how small. For instance, you can attend workshops for courses related to your future pursuit, read a book, find a mentor, conduct a research, apply for jobs etc. (See part 2 for more details on taking strategic action). Good luck x