“A goal without a plan is just a wish”, said French Writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Just knowing what you want won’t get you there. Having a goal is the first step. Now you must step it up a notch if you plan to achieve it. To step it up you must have a plan and course of action to get you the desired result.

This is what I call MAPin’. MAPin stands for Make-A-Plan. When you go on vacation you don’t just jump in your car and start to drive, do you? Not likely. You figure out where you want to go, that’s setting a goal. Then you have to figure out how to get there. If you are going on a road trip you get some maps or go online and chart out the best path to take. Can you imagine how long it would take to get you to your destination if you just jumped in your car and started driving with hopes of stumbling into the place you wanted to be? That’s leaving a whole lot to chance, don’t you think? An unknown author said, “If you fly by the seat of your pants, expect turbulence.”

Break down what needs to be done into small bite size pieces. I call this dicing. Take the big task or end result and list all the steps it will take to get you there. Then set a course of action for what you are going to do every month to reach the end result. When you have your monthly plan set, dice it up some more. Now write a list of things to do every week for that month. Then break that down to what you need to do every day. And that is making a plan.

If you first write down your goal, then make a plan, and dice that plan up into small, daily, bite size, doable pieces, before you know it you will have reached your goal.

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Author's Bio: 

Sharmen Lane is an Author, speaker, radio host, and life coach. She has trained, managed, and coached thousands of individuals on what it takes to get what they want. She currently has several seminars, The 7 Secrets to Success, Success Made simple (easy as ABC), the 3 C’s To Success, to name a few. She was interviewed on "America's Leadership Tribute" show produced by NPR that was broadcast on all American Airlines and US Airways flights worldwide. Sharmen has her own live internet radio program “Success Made Simple” on VoiceAmerica.com and recently signed a one year contract to continue the show through July 2008. She wrote the book titled “The 7 Secrets to Create Your Fate”, which is a personal growth, self development book written to give everyone who reads it the motivation, inspiration and determination to go after what they want with passion. It is made up of her own life experiences or those she has interviewed or coached. She has personally gone from being a manicurist to millionaire and she did it by using all the principles described in her book.