01.08.2018 Personal Growth

My most important project - me!

Investing in yourself is crucial to achieving success, advises life coach and global speaker Lisa Stephenson

Imagine if you treated the plan for your life as if it was your most important project.In my experience as a success coach one of the crucial elements I’ve observed from successful people is that they always have a plan. They map out their lives as if it were a work project. They identify their goals and develop their ideas, strategies and opportunities. Successful people know how to prioritise the things that matter to them. To achieve their goals, they seek the advice of experts, consider the risks and set deadlines.

Time and again I have seen that the people who are most likely to achieve their life goals are the ones who make themselves important.

They carve out the time required to focus on, and create momentum around, their plans.

Most organisations have project managers who lead important work, monitor, review and evolve a plan. The same process should apply for your personal life plan. Without great management, your goal isn’t likely to deliver great results. For some lucky people, opportunities fall into their laps, but for the rest of us, we need to do what’s needed to ensure we are reaching our potential and living a resilient, happy and successful life.

Successful people make surrounding themselves with experts part of their plan. For example, an athlete who is training for the Olympics has a strength and conditioning coach, an agent, psychologist, training partner, physiotherapist, masseur and more…

If you want to set yourself up to be the most successful version of you, then immerse yourself in learning and surround yourself with people who will invest in you and tell you the truth.

If you look at the most dynamic leaders and innovators in the world, they often have a mentor, personal trainer, trusted advisor, performance coach and they also read a lot!

The people who achieve their goals are the people who consciously create the life they want. I am yet to meet anyone who really was an overnight success.

Imagine if you had a living, breathing document that reminded you daily of your version of success – what could you achieve if you were constantly kept accountable? Investing in YOU is the most important investment you will ever make. Success rarely happens accidentally. Dreams don’t normally come true on a whim. Financial freedom is not something that happens overnight. Your ideal career won’t evolve without you doing the work. Relationships don’t stay healthy because you stay the same. So, make your life your most important project.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Write down specific and meaningful goals that will keep you focused and on track.
  • Create realistic but ambitious timelines (both short and long term) that can guide you on where to invest your time and when.
  • Write a list of everyone you know who can support you in bringing your goals to life.
  • Identify the blockers and challenges you will face and spend time working through how you will overcome them.
  • Think big and capture all your possible opportunities and ideas. Then, check with the people around you to see what you might have missed in your brainstorming.
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, consider how committed you really are to succeeding. Are you prepared to compromise and do what’s required to make this happen?
  • Carefully work through the financial, emotional, physical and spiritual needs that you will have while you’re working on you. Also, identify what your significant others might need from you during this time.
  • Write down what success will look and feel like for you. Be as specific as you can. This is one of the most important steps in creating a successful life.
  • Build in accountability systems that will keep your momentum going as you progress.
  • Review your plan constantly, ensuring you adapt and evolve your plan as you achieve your goals.
Making yourself your most important project means you will not depend on motivation to get results. Motivation is a feeling and it passes quickly.

By planning your next steps towards achieving your goals, you will have something to focus on and be committed to when your motivation fades. Realistically, it’s unlikely that anyone else can create success for you. There really is only one of you on this planet. No other person looks the same as you, has your beliefs or experiences. If you are ready for your next chapter, then this is the perfect time to design it. Are you ready to consciously create the life you really want?

Lisa Stephenson

Lisa Stephenson is the author of Read Me First (Major Street Publishing), a book filled with thought provoking coaching questions, strategies for success and life’s must-haves. Lisa draws on decades of experience as a global speaker, leadership consultant and success coach. She is also the founder of the global, Australian-based consulting firm, Who am I Projects. For more information visit www.lisastephensonconsulting.com.au