Turn this Year into Your Dream Action Plan

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Heather’s dream is to share with the world her success at becoming healthy after age 40. Heather lost over 88 pounds through changing her diet and incorporating exercise into her busy life. She would like to take what she has learned about becoming fit after 40, and using her Metabolic Training Certification to help others struggling with weight issues mid-life. Heather’s post day is Monday.
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Turn this Year into Your Dream Action Plan - Countdown to Success

We all have goals and we 8 Women Dream have some big ones.

My goal-making Achilles heel is the action plan.

A perfect example of a goal: I will get in shape.

This goal can be seen at any gym or fitness center on January 1st. Just stop by and look in the window at all the goals in progress. Go back on March 1st and compare the crowd size.

So what makes an action plan any better?

Typically it is in the details. Here’s how the “get in shape” goal might look as an action plan:

  • I will wake up early on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and walk to 30 minutes
  • On Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8 pm I will lift weights for 45 minutes
  • I will eliminate white carbs and replace with fiber rich options

The more specific you are, the better. If I know my plan is to do cardio Wednesday morning, its going on my calendar.

No meetings or other commitments at that time. My family knows about it and can handle the morning on their own that day.

Your action plan allows you to PLAN around your ACTION.

When I was looking at all my plans coming up, the details started to get a little overwhelming. Do you need a hand getting those actions taken down to a manageable daily size?

I finally finished the book I borrowed (for a year) from Catherine – The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. In addition to several great resources on the companion web site, there is an incredible planning tool “The One Year Planning Guide” that I am using to get my year off to a great start.

I’ve already printed 2 copies – one for myself and another for my business partner/husband to work on this weekend.

This is my year of action and I hope you make time to put your goals into action too.


  • Hi there. I ran across your website by coincidence and was happy that I took a second to look. My friend and I have begun a ton of online research to locate jewelry organizers and details about them. How is your jewelry making coming along? Are you still making pieces? Is the organizer you purchased still working for you – or is there one you wish you had purchased instead? How many pieces are you making a week now? Anyways, thanks for the expertise – happy I searched your posts and read about what you are doing.

    • Heather, the e-commerce builder

      Erika – thanks for the feedback! Yes, still making about 5-10 pieces a week. Don’t ask when – I don’t sleep a lot!

      I love my jewelry organizer – opening a drawer and reviewing based on color (how I have my beads organized) has been immensely helpful in gathering what I need for a new piece.

      Best of luck with creating your sparklies!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    As soon as I feel better I plan to . . .

    at least that is how I have been feeling this week, but I have accomplished some things ever since I started making lists each day.

    I just would like to feel better again so I can start walking too.

  • Hey Heather,

    The Success Principles is a great book – have read some (not yet all!) of it – Will check out the Website too and print out a One Year Planning Guide for myself as well!

    Here’s to being in action and cheering each other on as we do – Looking forward to seeing how our plans and dreams evolve this year!

    You go girl!


  • Remy G

    Ah, PLANNING?? taking action? Who are you and what have you done with my friend Heather? I’m so with you on this one….As soon as I get my yearly plan together, I’d love for you to review it with me –
    Happy new year to you and Ray