In this episode, Naomi guides you through her 8-step process to creating a Success Plan using her Becoming Framework. This process can be used by individuals, business owners and/or teams in workplace settings.
Beware: Naomi will ask you lots of questions during this episode. If you would like a copy of her free infographic to refer to during the episode, you can find it here.
After you’ve listened to the episode, we would love to know what big goal are you working on this quarter and what is one thing you are going to do in the next 24-48 hours to move toward that goal? Let us know in the comments below.
Listen to this episode
What you will learn:
- why Naomi prefers to go through a planning process for the year ahead and then work in quarters.
- Naomi’s BECOMING Framework – an 8-step process for planning for success and creating change.
- How you can use the BECOMING Framework as an individual, business owner – or as a team planning resource.
Featured / Referenced:
- BECOMING Framework Infographic
- Becoming (A Successful Business) Plan Workbook
- Becoming Workbook for Individuals
- Conquer Your Year Planner
Prefer to read? Download the full episode transcript:
Read the full episode transcript:
You are listening to the Dream For Others® podcast with Naomi Arnold, Episode 3.
Dream For Me, Dream For You, Dream For Others®. And now your host, award-winning life and business coach, Naomi Arnold…
How are you?
We are now well and truly on our way in 2019.
I’m curious – are you someone who sets New Year Resolutions or goals or intentions?
I wish I could hear your answer. Maybe you can let me know in the comments on the show notes page for this episode or on social media – tag me @NaomiLArnold or use the hashtag #DreamForOthers.
I don’t personally set New Year Resolutions, but I do go through a planning process for the year ahead, usually in December or January, which I then revisit each quarter throughout the year.
I prefer to work in quarters as it keeps me focused. I juggle so many balls that things can get overwhelming otherwise.
One of the themes that I noticed when I asked my newsletter subscribers to fill out a survey recently, is that they wanted some support with planning – more specifically, creating a success plan.
Some folk were individuals wanting help with mapping out a life plan – what success means for them personally in life and how they can move toward this. Some were business owners wanting help with creating a success plan for their business. And others were managers or employees in corporate or government or university settings wanting support with team planning and figuring out how their team could successfully achieve their goals and milestones.
Now it could have been the time of year that I asked the question, but clearly planning was on the tip of many people’s mind.
So over the holidays I got to work on creating some resources that might help folk, across different contexts, with planning for success.
And this is where the BECOMING Framework was born – an 8-step process for planning for success and creating change. Then a BECOMING Framework Infographic summarising this process in visual form was created. Then a comprehensive 50+ page planning workbook and a supplementary templates book for teams was made. Then I made version for business owners and entrepreneurs too, which included my business planning template and Dream For Others meditation. And then finally I made a version for individuals who want to focus on personal success and life overall.
So in this episode, I thought I would focus on the Becoming Framework process and talk you through the 8-steps. This way, if you can’t afford to buy one of the workbooks right now, you’ll be able to self-guide yourself through the process using the infographic and/or this episode.
If you haven’t done so already, you might like to download the infographic via my website. If it’s safe to do so, press pause, and you can find it on the show notes page or at naomiarnold.com/free-resources.
This way, while I’m talking you through the process, you can refer to the visual infographic if that’s helpful too. If you’re at your desk or near a journal, you can always pause at each step in the process and go through it with me live now too.
However, if you’re driving or walking or occupied right now, that’s fine, I’m going to briefly summarise each step and the Becoming process anyway, and then maybe you can use the infographic or the workbook to take yourself through the process later if you end up deciding that it might be helpful.
Now some might think I’m coming to the planning party late, but I think this is the perfect time. Why?
First: Because any month, any day, is the perfect time to plan in my world.
Second: Because those who didn’t get a chance over the holidays or wanted to feel into the New Year first may not have done any planning yet and this might be perfect timing for them.
And Third: Those like me who sometimes plan early and find they’ve already outgrown their plans by late Jan / early Feb might be keen to revisit their goals and planning process already.
And finally, if like me, you like to revisit your goals and plans every quarter or so, this episode will be here for you no matter when you decide to revisit it.
Now back to the BECOMING Framework.
The B in BECOMING is for Baseline.
I find that my planning process feels more aligned, focused and productive when I doing it in an intention way. It can therefore really help to pause before beginning and think about how you can consciously create your baseline or your starting point.
You might ask yourself questions like…
Why do you want to create this success plan? What are your intentions and main objectives?
How have you been taught or socialised to define and measure success? If you were to throw this out the window, how would you personally define and measure success?
What core values do you want to be reflected in your plan?
How can you create an environment that will facilitate the healthy development of a success plan?
Asking yourself some reflective questions like these and mindfully creating your environment can really help set yourself up for fabulous planning session.
Now the E in BECOMING is for Explore.
This is where I like to explore and acknowledge what is and has worked.
Where have I experienced success? Where have I been living or working in alignment with what success looks like to me?
What has been working well? What have I achieved – big and small – inner and outer?
What can I acknowledge or celebrate? What can I pat myself on the back for?
What wouldn’t I change? What do I hope remains exactly the same?
Then the C in BECOMING is for Critique.
This where we gently put on our critical thinking hats. This is where we offer a critique and where we take care of ourselves when doing so.
What hasn’t been working so well? What could be improved?
Where am I not living or working in alignment with my personal definition and measurements of success?
What barriers, blocks, challenges, and issues have been experienced? What barriers, blocks, challenges and issues can I predict I might experience in the future?
Where is my confidence feeling especially low? How is my inner critic sabotaging me? What am I fearful of?
What would I like to change moving forward?
Then the O is for Overcome.
This is where we can now use our critical thinking, problem solving and solution focused lens to find ways to work through the issues we’ve previously identified.
What is within our control? What isn’t?
How could we resolve or improve or overcome any identified issues?
How could we handle things in a more healthy or helpful way?
What resources and support might be useful moving forward? What might we need to learn or further develop?
How can I work through areas where my inner critic or fears are sabotaging me? And quietly, I’ll be dedicating a whole episode to processing fears and the inner critic shortly – but in the meantime you can find another infographic on my Free Resources page that will guide you through the framework I use for this too.
Then the M in BECOMING is for Make-Up.
This is where we get really clear on our inner make-up, our uniqueness, and how we can work with ourselves rather that work against ourselves. How can we work in a way that works for us, rather than the ways we’ve potentially been taught to work by others?
So what are your strengths, archetypes, personality types and personal resources?
How do you personally take action? What motivates and inspires you?
And how can you use this knowledge to your advantage? How can you learn to operate in a way that works for you and the way you’re made-up?
How can you use this understanding to move toward your version of success or to move toward your goals.
Then the I is for Inspire.
This is where we imagine what our future will look and feel like if we are living in alignment with our personal definition and measurement of success.
For some of us, it can be helpful to guide ourselves through a visualisation process.
If you are a doing this in the context of business planning, you might like to use my business partner Emmy-Award winning entrepreneur Natalie MacNeil’s Soul-Stirring Success meditation for this purpose. I’ll pop the link in the show notes for you.
But if you’re doing this in a work or personal setting, you might like to just imagine your future self and picture what life looks and feels like when you have achieved your goals and successfully made the changes you desire.
What would a day or week look like? How would you feel? What are you doing and not doing? Where do you live? Who is around you? What have you achieved? What are you proud of?
Then ponder on what you need to do to feel inspired and motivated to move toward this vision?
And how can you take care of yourself and others in the process?
What can you do to reward yourself and celebrate your achievements as you reach key milestones or momentous moments?
Next, N is for Nail It.
This is where we start to nail things down.
After going through this process of reflection, what could your high level goals be for the next 12 months? What would the main milestones be? What would you need to do and learn to achieve these goals? What would your list of tasks be?
How can you break these goals down into quarters or shorter-term goals? What would be your goal for the first quarter? What do you need to do and learn to get there?
Can you tell I’m a coach, judging by the number of questions I’ve asked you today?
Oops that was a question too!
And finally, G is for GO!
This is where we get started.
Research shows that those who decide in advance when and where they will take specific actions can double or triple their chances of successfully reaching their goals. Those who take action within 24-48 hours are also more likely to achieve their goals.
So this is where we identify our immediate tasks. What are 1-3 actions that you can take within 24-48 hours?
What are 1-3 tasks you can take within the next two weeks?
What about over the next month?
And what can you do for support and accountability – to help you stay on track as you move toward your goals and your version of success?
I personally use a combination of regularly seeing my coach, using a planner called Conquer Your Year which is specifically for entrepreneurs, and scheduling tasks into a Project Management System called ASANA.
But we are all so very different – what would work for you? What would help you stay on track? And when can you review your progress and refocus when needed?
So this is my 8-step process to planning success.
If you use it in a team context, what I like to do is to get individual members to go through the process on their own, and then to come together for a team planning day where we share our responses and use them as a foundation for group discussions and team planning. You can self-facilitate this process yourself or you can hire a facilitator like me to come in and support your team through this process.
Whereas, if you are doing this as an individual for life planning or an entrepreneur for business planning, you obviously don’t need to take this last step and come together as a team.
You might like to instead pair up with a friend or a peer to go through this process with and discuss your responses, then meet weekly or bi-weekly as accountability buddies to support one another in moving toward the goals that you specified as a result.
I hope you find Becoming Framework process useful and are able to apply it to your own success planning process.
If you would like the workbook to guide you through the process, you can find them via the SHOP page on my website – so that is naomiarnold.com/shop.
Alternatively, you can go to the section of my website that most applies to you – so life programs, business programs or corporate programs – and you’ll find the version best suited for you there.
Otherwise you are of course more than welcome to use this podcast and/or the free Becoming Framework infographic to self-guide yourself through the process.
Regardless of whether you choose to self-guide yourself using the free infographic and this podcast or to use the comprehensive workbook in my shop, I would love to know in the comments on the show notes page or by tagging me on social media at @naomilarnold #DreamForOthers – what big goal are you working on this quarter and what is one thing you are going to do in the next 24-48 hours to move toward that goal?
I’d love to know and I would love to check-in with you periodically there to see how you’re tracking.
For me personally, my current goal is to create 12 podcast episodes with amazing content to share with you all.
With my juggling act, I tend to feel much better when I have a bank of content ready to share, rather than producing it week by week.
So this is my goal. In terms of what action I will take over the next 24 hours – I’m going to commit to preparing one post! So hopefully by next week I will have done that and you will be listening to that very episode.
All the best with your big dreams for this quarter and the year ahead. I truly hope they come to life for you and that I can support you in some way as you do this.
Until next time!
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