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Six steps to plan your 2017 success

According to Jim Rohn, personal development expert, “our results are only as good as our plan.”

I recently taught a personal success workshop where one of the key topics included developing a one-year plan. When I polled the students more than half of the room were either not natural planners or didn’t have a written plan of action for their success in 2017. The great thing about the session was that each student walked away with a completed plan for 2017 ready to execute.

The fact is, when you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a plan that will get them where they want to go, and they work their plan. It is the foundation for success.

So, what are some good ideas on developing a plan that will work well and take you to through the year successfully? According to Rohn, here are the five major points to keep in mind:


Develop the right plan for you

Some people are very detail-oriented and are able to closely follow an intricate plan. Others are less detail-orientated, which is OK, too. So what plan is the right plan? The plan that fits you. Each of us is unique and motivated by different factors and you’ve got to develop a plan that is right for you and fits you. Some plans will not be as intricate as others, but we all must have a plan, along with goals in that plan, to move us along. If you are a free spirit, don’t tell yourself you are going to spend two hours a day with a book and a journal. It probably won’t happen and you will just get discouraged. Whatever your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, develop the plan around them. This is not a one-plan-fits-all proposition.


Establish times to spend on it

It might be every Sunday night. It might be 20 minutes each morning or at lunch at before bed. It might be in the car listening to CDs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Whatever it is, set the times and do it. In your step-by-step plan, put down points that you can accomplish every week. They should be specific and achievable. Develop the discipline and take those steps every day, which will move you closer to your goals.


Keep a journal

Take notes. Do not to trust your memory, but to write it down, to find one place to gather the information that affects change. Record the ideas and inspiration that will carry you from where you are to where you want to be. Take notes on the ideas that impact you most. Put down your thoughts and ideas. Brainstorm with yourself on where you are going and what you want to do. Record your dreams and your ambitions. Your journals are a gathering place for all the valuable information that you will find. If you are serious about becoming wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique, if you come across something important, write it down. Two people will listen to or read the same material and different ideas will come to each one. Use the information you gather and record it for further reflection, for future debate and for weighing the value that it is to you.



Create time for reflection—a time to go back over, to study again the things you’ve learned and the things you’ve done each day. I call it “running the tapes again” so the day locks firmly in your memory and serves as a tool. As you go through the material in this plan, you will want to spend time reflecting on its significance to you. Take a few minutes at the end of each day and go back over the day: who you talked to, who you saw, what they said, what happened and how you felt. Every day is a piece of the mosaic of your life.

Next, take a few hours at the end of the week to reflect on the week’s activities. Also during that weekly time, take a few minutes to reflect on how this material should be applied to your life and circumstances. Take a half day at the end of the month and a weekend at the end of the year so that you’ve got it, so that it never disappears, to ensure that the past is even more valuable and will serve your future well.


Set goals

Remember that your plan is the roadmap for how you are going to get to your goals, so you have to have them. Mastering this unique process can have a powerful effect on your life. For more people, because they lacked a set of clearly defined goals that it is said that one could guess my bank balance within a few hundred dollars! Well, Goals are the greatest influence on a person’s future and the greatest force that will pull a person in the direction that they want to go.


Act on your plan

What separates the successful from the unsuccessful so many times is that the successful simply do it. They take action. They aren’t necessarily smarter than others; they just work the plan. The time to act is when the emotion is strong. Here’s what happens if you don’t: The Law of Diminishing Intent. We intend to act when the idea strikes us, when the emotion is high, but if we delay and we don’t translate that into action fairly soon, the intention starts to diminish, diminish and a month from now it’s cold and a year from now it can’t be found. So set up the discipline when the idea is strong, clear and powerful—that’s the time to work the plan. The smallest action is important—because the value and benefits that you receive from that one little action will inspire you to do the next one and the next one… So step out and take action on your plan, because if the plan is good, then the results can be miraculous.

I want this coming year to be a success for you—a smashing success—and we know that means you need to have a plan, and then methodically work that plan. The combination of materials, your open attitude toward learning and your diligence to follow a plan that is right for you will make 2017 the kind of success we know you want it to be.

If you like to speak with me about the first steps in creating your plan, schedule a call at

If you like this article, you will love my upcoming Planners Retreat, January 7-8. There are only 15 spaces available. Email me at [email protected] for more information.


• Keshelle Davis is the leading authority on corporate, business and personal success training in The Bahamas. She is a master trainer, entrepreneur and internationally recognized speaker and author. Listed in The Nassau Guardian’s “Top 40 under 40” for the 40th anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas’ Independence (2013), and “40 under 40” by the Professional Services Bahamas (2016), CEO of The Training Authority, a skill-development and success training company, and is the former executive director of the Chamber Institute – the education arm of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC). She has impacted thousands through her mission is to educate, empower and inspire. Contact Keshelle at [email protected].



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