Planning to take positive action helps you to overcome barriers and keeps you moving forward. Here are some general tips to help you with your planning.

  • Decide what your first steps are going to be, even writing a ‘to do’ list first! Your first steps are the mini-goals to achieving your end goal.

  • Know what’s going to keep you motivated: a deadline, family pressure, fear of failure. Having a timescale is wonderful for keeping you focused.

  • Make sure you have the time available for your task. Commit time in your diary, prioritise, and stop putting off what you want to achieve.

  • Get into a positive frame of mind. Feeling positive gives you the momentum to take action and believe that the task is worthwhile.

  • Tell yourself you need to have a positive outcome. For some people having a positive outcome is more important than for others. Decide if there is a specific outcome that could make all the difference for you.

  • Make sure you can afford what you are setting out to achieve. Don’t let the cost be a barrier to achieving your goal. If money is a problem, try to find cheaper alternatives or ways of overcoming your financial problems.

  • You need to have the right skills for your task. You may need to think about acquiring new skills, updating your current skills, or asking other people for help.