Writing a Life Plan, Part 4

We’ve been writing a life plan this week. I hope you are following along and writing your own plan. I have tried to keep it simple, hoping that will improve your chances of following through to completion. If you’ve missed any of them, be sure and read

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Today we add another step in the process.


If you want to see your goals become reality, you need to build a system of accountability into your plan. If you are confident you want to complete the detailed goals you’ve set, and you believe the action plan you have written will help you meet them, then you must find a way to hold yourself accountable to completing the action steps.

You’ll need to add accountability you are comfortable with and makes sense for your goals and action steps, but here are some suggestions to consider:

  • Put action items on your calendar for the next year. I have some items that repeat throughout the year.
  • Print your life plan and share it with someone — give them permission to check in with you throughout the year.
  • Find a partner — this is especially helpful when exercising or in weight loss. (This is what makes Weight Watchers successful.)
  • Use an application/program such as Things, which I use, to schedule tasks and set alarms to remind you of your action steps
  • Comment on this post with your plan, or post it on your own blog — there’s something about going public that builds a stronger desire for completion

The key here is to build a system that will hold you accountable to completion of your goals. As you repeat the actions and see results towards your goals, you will develop habits in these areas and in the process of doing so will find you achieve more of your goals.

There is one more step to this process. I’ll share it in the next post.

Can you guess what it is?

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14 thoughts on “Writing a Life Plan, Part 4

  1. I am so happy the lord led me to this sight because it is a very simple and achievable strategy that you have put forth that has inspired me and clearly many others. I have already completed setting up my own life plan based on your suggestions, with just a little tweaking of the model to fit my context. I am confident that with God's help and some efforts on my part, I will achieve these goals I set for myself. I will do everything possible to see them come to pass. Thanks Ron Edmondson. Please pray that I will be discipline, determine and devoted in myself development, God bless you continue to do the good work to the glory of God and people upliftment.

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  3. Great stuff – and I write this new years is JUST over a month away – January is the time of the year most 'gym rats' hate going as they fill up with new years resolution people – but by feb or march, most of those people drop off like flies as they're not sticking to their resolutions.

    Anyways, try working out at HOME (P90X OR T25 are great) and get a workout buddy for that – that's what I did and I dropped 20 lbs in 3 months (and got in Good Shape too) 🙂

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  5. The post is written in very a good manner and it entails much useful information for me. I appreciated what you have done here. I too take New Year resolution but it is very hard for me to follow it up. I share this info with my friends and will take better decisions in this New Year. Keep posting.

  6. I sure wish I didn't have to wait until tomorrow for part 5 since it is a holiday for most people and I won't be in the office to read this. I am enjoying what you are doing here. Thanks,

    • I shared it earlier than normal…sorry I couldn't post any earlier…I was out of Internet for a while yesterday.
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