These past few weeks, I have introduced several of my SCALEit Method® concepts to help guide you along your scaling journey. We’ve covered Strategic Vision, Cash Flow, Alliance of the Team, and Leadership and now we are in the midst of tackling Executing Your Roadmap.
By now you have divided your schedule among Prep Days, Pinnacle Days, and Play Days to maximize your time and fully enjoy the resulting free month you will earn. Once all of this is in place, you need to break down your projects and tasks into smaller steps every day so they are actionable and achievable toward executing your roadmap and making your Big Picture Vision a reality.
Achieving your dreams can feel exciting, while at the same time seeming lofty and potentially unachievable. By working backward and creating bite-size steps to follow on a daily basis, you will reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed, plus you will meet deadlines and achieve the goals you are working toward. This is a simple four-step process that I refer to as Mile Steps and Mini Feats.
YOUR MILE STEPS AND MINI FEATS
Write out all the large steps that must happen to make your Big Picture Vision come true. This could be 10 steps or 50 steps, depending on how big your vision is. These large steps are your Mile Steps, your bigger projects that need to be completed in order to reach your Big Picture Vision. This could be building a website, buying a building, hiring a marketing team, or creating a new revenue stream. A Mile Step is a project that has many moving parts. It is a crucial component of making your Big Picture Vision a reality.
Once you have this list of Mile Steps fleshed out, write down every step needed to complete that one project. I call these small steps your Mini Feats, which are minimally 20-minute incremental tasks that will help you overcome procrastination and feeling overwhelmed so that you can easily move forward to completion and success.
One Mile Step may take a month or even a year to complete, depending on how large the project is and how many Mini Feats are needed to accomplish that project. For instance, Mile Steps would include things like adding on new locations (if you are franchising), building a website, developing a new product, or systemizing your company. In order to get any of these Mile Steps done, you will need to complete several Mini Feats, such as in the case of building a website which involves writing copy, choosing photos, gathering testimonials, creating an opt-in, and so on.
Some of your Mini Feats will need to be repeated over and over again because it’s not possible to do them all in one sitting. By using this structure to simplify your goals in the Mile Step/Mini Feat process, you will gain a feeling of stability and reliability. When you sway off course (which happens to the best of us from time to time), simply return to your daily Mile Step/Mini Feat structure and your plans will begin moving you along your path again.
When you are planning out your Mini Feats, schedule them on your calendar. By giving them a set time, you are much more likely to stick to them and won’t try to push them off to much later (or not do them at all). You can also manage this at www.InteractiveLifeCoach.com.
Once you complete all of your Mile Steps, you will have reached your Big Picture Vision. Then it will be time to develop the next level of your vision.
Mile Steps and Mini Feats are excellent ways to stay on track and continue to make progress. But, as we know all too well when we are scaling, even the best-laid plans handled by the most skilled and talented people can sometimes fall prey to bottlenecks and errors.
With that in mind, next up is how to prevent frustrating and costly roadblocks and mistakes: systemetize!
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Allison Maslan is the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, The World Leader in Scaling Businesses. Her new book, Scale or Fail is a Wall Street Journal Best Seller that is endorsed by Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19. Now, she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward helping business owners worldwide scale their company while, at the same time, create a passionate life. Allison’s been featured in Success, Fortune, Inc, Fast Company and Forbes magazines is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN across the US. She also hosts her weekly video podcast, Allie & You: The Business Success and Lifestyle Show.