You must take these 3 steps to turn your thoughts into solid actable plans

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SUMMARY: 

 

Thinking happens inside of our heads, but planning happens outside of our heads. If you want to act upon your thoughts, you need to get the “raw material” out of your head and upgrade it. Here are three steps to do this:

  • Write it down. There is a special connection, and you should leverage this connection between your brain and your hand.
  • Look at it. Step back and look at the big picture. Does it look good? I don’t mean here from an aesthetic point of view, but from a consistency point of view.
  • Listen to it. Why do you think people ask, “sounds good?” Well, because it has to sound good. That’s literally what it means because the brain will add a different set of information to whatever is coming through the eyes, or the ears, back into the brain.

Our thoughts have to go through an optimization cycle (out of our head through writing, and then back into our head through our eyes and ears) in order for them to be validated, improved and actable.

 

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT AND QUOTES:

Hi everybody, it’s Tasso.

Execution is hard. It’s really, really hard. It requires a huge amount of effort, discipline, resilience, and measurement. It requires that we engage people along the way, and that we persuade them to follow us in the first place.

 

The least we could do is to have a solid plan in place that we don’t go back to and challenge again and again. There’s nothing wrong with fine-tuning the original plan when you move to execution but there’s also nothing more disruptive than constantly doubting your plan and going back in order to revise it.

 

How can you create a solid plan? How can you make a better plan? My suggestion is: USE YOUR SENSES.

 

I don’t mean your gut feeling here. I literally mean those five senses. Although, to be honest, I don’t think smelling and tasting will help us much with planning, but the other three, touching, seeing and hearing will.

 

“How so?” you might ask. Here’s the main thought: Thinking happens inside of our heads, but planning happens outside of our heads.

 

 

I think that our thoughts need to go through three steps in order to create a better plan, or improve a planning process in general, all of which require our senses.

 

Here is what I mean by that.

 

Number one: Write things down.

Map them out. There is a special connection between our hands and our brain. You will have heard about it. You will have read about it. You will certainly even have experienced this yourself.

We can articulate things better when we write them down. We can structure things if we have them written down, and we can memorize things better if we write them down. That’s why for instance there is a common recommendation to journal. That we take our thoughts out of our heads and put them on paper where we can structure them and actually see the big picture. Which leads me to…

 

Number two: Look at it.

You cannot look onto your thoughts which are in your head, but you can look onto something that you created, that you put on paper. Only if you look onto something that you created on a piece of paper, on a flip chart, or on a white board, you can see the overall “Gestalt” of it.

This is the same principle with to-do lists. To-do lists are nothing else than all the things that are circulating in your head. When you take them out of your head and put them down on paper, this list gives you a chance to start structuring it and actually defining next steps.

 

Once you’ve put those things visibly in front of you and you can literally see the big picture, then it’s time to fine-tune it. This brings me to the next step.

 

 

Number three: Listen to it.

This might sound a little bit odd, but in order to identify the gaps and the inconsistencies of your planning, looking at things, is not enough. It just scratches the surface.

In order to get it to the next level, you need to talk someone -or yourself for that matter- through your planning and listen to how you describe it. This way, you will identify and figure out very fast the limitations of your original thinking which will help you to fine-tune and create a better plan.

The same can also help you, for instance, when you get stuck. When you look at something and you feel there’s something missing, but you cannot nail it down. When you talk yourself through it, you will be able to cut the knot.

 

When I’m thinking about it, it seems as our thoughts need to get outside of our head, through the writing, for instance, and then back into our head through our eyes and ears in order to get upgraded, if you will. May be a way to describe it. It seems they have to go through such an optimization cycle in order for them to be validated or to be improved.

 

 

Those were the three steps that I wanted to share with you. In summary

  • Write it down. There is a special connection, and you should leverage this connection between your brain and your hand.
  • Look at it. Step back and look at the big picture. Does it look good? I don’t mean here from an aesthetic point of view, but from a consistency point of view.
  • Listen to it. Why do you think people ask, “sounds good?” Well, because it has to sound good. That’s literally what it means because the brain will add a different set of information to whatever is coming through the eyes, or the ears, back into the brain.

 

What about you? Have you intuitively been doing this in such a way, or is that something that you would like to try? What are things that you do that work for you in your planning? Please take a few minutes and write a note, or even a question in the comment section below. I really would be curious to see what works for you.

 

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