Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. -Alan Lakein
In the last entry, I suggested that you take some time to reflect on where you stand and where you want to go. Now that you have the picture, you have to think of your plan. I agree with the technique presented in almost every self-help book, which is to put your plan on paper and to break long term goals into short-term, achievable increments.
If you don’t know where to start and you are not too sure how to move forward, you might want to consider finding a mentor. Most of you already have one—your private teacher. Your teacher will, without a doubt, be more than happy to answer any question you have and to help you establish your plan and follow through with it (sometimes, for your own good, in spite of yourself!).
If you want even more input, think of someone who lives the life you dream of living and reach out to him/her. Ask them out for coffee and pick their brain on their personal strategies to achieve success. What did they do to get where they are? What did they have to sacrifice? What qualities were essential in their success? What did they learn from their mistakes? What mistakes should you avoid? What did they learn from their successes? What steps should you take?