What is the first action step I need to take?
It is important to convert the Options into actions. Actions should be completed in one to three weeks. If you cannot create an action that can be completed in that time span try to sub divide them so that some actions can be completed sooner
How can I work forward from my first action to the next step I must take?
The first action step will often indicate the next one
Do I need to: Make a contact? / Acquire a new skill? / Gain knowledge? / Take an action to change a pattern? / Take an action to remind myself of my goal and process? / Do something physical? / Complete something? / Monitor something? / Ask for something? / Offer something?
These points provides a checklist for actions you may want to undertake
What is the last action step I must take? How can I work backwards from the last action to the first step I must take?
If you know the last step to complete your Goal it is sometimes possible to work backwards to the first step
Are my Way Forward action steps realistic?
If you do not feel your actions are realistic it will be difficult to be committed to them
Have I considered all the options that might be useful?
It is important to ensure you have at least considered all your Options
What would be a bold or adventurous action for me?
A bold action can often move you forward a lot faster than what you might ‘normally’ do
What would be a creative action?
Finding a creative action can often break entrenched patterns
How could I take action on my biggest challenge?
Moving forward with a difficult Options first generates a lot of energy
Have I built in ways to stay motivated?
Loosing motivation is often the reason people fail at Goals. So plan how you are going to stay motivated
Who might be willing to support me? How and when am I going to get that support?
Support or the lack of it is a key factor in achieving goals. Make sure you plan to have as much as possible.
Where is the first place I would think of looking for support?
Where is the last place I would think of looking for support?
Sometimes the people we would not normally ask can offer great support
Who will be most affected by my Way Forward action steps? Do I need to inform them?
Thinking through the consequences of your action steps can increase the chances of success
How am I going to celebrate my achievement?
Celebration is very powerful as a motivator!
Am I satisfied that the Way Forward action steps will enable me to achieve my overall goal?
This question reminds you where the actions are supposed to lead
Are my Way Forward action steps in a SMART format? (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Phased)
As with the Goal itself SMART is a useful check on the action steps
By what date do I want to have achieved each Way Forward action step?
All good Way Forward actions should have a date attached
Do I have any considerations about my ability to carry out the action steps? If yes, how can I get around them?
This is a check for any last issues that could derail your efforts and what you will do about them
(On a scale of 1 - 10, with 10 being totally confident) how confident am I that I will carry out all my Way Forward actions? (If less than 10) Do I need to adjust the tasks or time-scale to have more certainty?
Being honest with yourself about your determination to carry out the actions gives you the option of planning to boost your commitment level
How will I cope with any adverse reactions from other people?
Knowing what you will do if you do have an adverse reaction increases confidence