3 Toxic Myths You Believe About Planning

I’ve taught hundreds of Creative Geniuses like you how to plan using the Plan to Succeed Formula. It brings together the three essential ingredients for success as a Creative Genius – the Achiever’s Mental Game, the Achiever’s Game Plan and the Achiever’s Playbook.

Getting your Achiever’s Mental Game, or mindset, right is the #1 thing you have to do if you want to succeed as a Creative Genius entrepreneur. You can be the secret of your success, or you can be your own worst enemy.

THE Most Important Thing

The most successful clients are those with the right mindset and attitude. They’ve adopted the right beliefs about planning. (Yes, you need a Creative Genius-friendly approach to planning. But unless you believe that’s possible, you’re stuck.)

It’s myth-buster time! Time to re-align your perspectives and make things right.

Myth #1: “I can succeed as an entrepreneur without planning.” At least, I hope that’s true because planning never works for me!

Creative Geniuses struggle with planning (and/or following a plan once they make one). You struggle with making a business plan – “I don’t know what I’ll do next week, let alone over the next year! I can’t even plan for tomorrow!” So, you tell yourself…

“I’m my own boss. I can do what I want when I want!”

As an entrepreneur, you wear many hats. But the truth is, to succeed in business, you need to coordinate the efforts of a team (even if you are playing all the roles.)

If you want more than a glorified job, where you work alone and you’re always scrambling to deliver on your promise – all those balls you’re juggling WILL come tumbling down – you must create a plan (for today, tomorrow, next week and next year!) And you must be able to follow that plan.

Myth #2: “To plan, you need discipline.” But that robs you of your freedom, and stifles your creativity and spontaneity!

This is SO not true.

Creative Geniuses hate people telling them what to do. Rule breakers and out-of-the-box thinkers, you swim against the current. Make your business plan, or book an appointment in your agenda, your automatic response is “No, I don’t want to!”

Having a plan “feels” like you’re being controlled. But when you create your own plan, you’re the one in charge.

And the truth is, if you don’t create and follow your own plan, you put other people in charge. Without your plan, you’re at the mercy of other people’s demands. “You’re not doing anything right now. So, I want you to…”

The ultimate truth is that by creating and following your own plan, you have a “magic shield” preventing people from controlling you, your time and more importantly, your energy. When they ask you to do what they want, you can say, “Sorry. I’m already booked. Can I get back to you…?”

I have trained many clients, Creative Geniuses like you, who are able to make planning work for them, so I know you can too!

Myth #3: “No planning system can work for me.” I’ve tried all the most popular (and expensive) ones. None of them worked.

I can understand why you would believe this. I watched Duane, my Creative Genius husband, go through this same struggle. He tried Franklin-Covey, Day-Timer and so many more – some worked for a little while, but in the end, they all failed – thousands of dollars (along with lost jobs and failed businesses) out the window!

And as a coach, many of my Creative Genius clients tell me how they were burnt by systems that aren’t designed for them.

The truth is, your brain is unique. Your business is unique. Your life is unique. The perfect planning system for you doesn’t exist… YET! But by mastering key Creative Genius-friendly strategies, you can overcome time blindness, plan like the visionary you are and create your own custom planning system that will work for you.

Why is believing in these 3 myths problematic?

The Achiever’s Mental Game brings a new way of thinking about time. If you believe these myths, you will not plan. You will not even try to learn to plan. You won’t seek guidance or help. And soon you’ll give up on having a better business and a better life.

As a coach, I help Creative Genius entrepreneurs create plans and deliver on those plans for a living. I have seen breakthrough after breakthrough. I know it’s not impossible – it’s not even difficult – for Creative Geniuses to plan. But you need the right strategies and the guidance to create your own perfect planning system.

I’ve taught hundreds of other Creative Geniuses the Plan to Succeed Formula, which lets them plan their own way. And if they can do it, so can you. You’re right that traditional approaches to planning won’t work for you. But with a planning approach created for Creative Geniuses, you can do this.

The Single Most Important Thing Creative Geniuses Can Do to Get Better Results

 

Most of you don’t know this, but I suffer from chronic pain from an injury I sustained almost 20 years ago in a car accident. Since then, I live every day with pain. I manage the chronic pain through good lifestyle choices such as exercise and good sleep. Every now and then, the pain increases to excruciating levels. Those periods can last between two and four weeks. A bone growth digging into nerves on both sides of my spine creates severe pain. It can affect my back and one or both arms. There’s no cure for this at the moment.

Want to Change Your Results? Change Your Mind

Why am I telling you this? I’m not seeking sympathy. Many Creative Geniuses struggle in a neurotypical world, faced with failure after failure. At least, they do until they discover how to unlock their full potential. Life is lonely and painful – it is its own brand of chronic pain. If you’re a Creative Genius who’s felt the “chronic pain” of not fitting in, what I discovered will make your life better.

This flare-up came right in the middle of the launch for my biggest program. Program launches demand enormous effort, energy and money to be successful. A lot was riding on this launch.

There couldn’t have been worse timing. Or…? I now see what happened as an omen.

It All Depends on Your Mindset

Like many Creative Geniuses, I struggle with negative thinking and rumination. Every now and then, a horrible Gremlin whispers in my ear that I don’t deserve success. That voice tells me “catastrophes” always occur when I’m taking risks.

But are these “catastrophes”? Or is it only life unfolding? No one is bombing my neighborhood; no tornado is destroying my home. Those are catastrophes. Let’s de-dramatize the problem.

When I’m stretching out of my comfort zone, I often feel I don’t “qualify” for the “Successful People’s Club. Is it true? Am I “not enough” to be successful?

Kick Your Gremlin to the Curb

Everyone has the potential to make a great contribution.

This belief led me to work with Creative Geniuses. My Creative Genius husband transformed his life, yes. But he also transformed our family. And his transformation has affected friends, co-workers and thousands more Creative Geniuses. All by learning how to succeed as a Creative Genius. I wanted to unleash that potential for every Creative Genius.

We all have the potential to make a great contribution. It’s true for me, and for you. “Being” is all you need to qualify for the “Successful People’s Club.” All you need is to change your mindset so you have the strength and the courage to say, “Shut up Gremlin!”

While this was happening, I was reading “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. A great book for anyone, it is especially wonderful for Creative Geniuses. You’ll find wisdom and inspiration to push through the hurdles you face as you stretch out of your comfort zone.

Seeing the Perfection of It All

The author suggested we face every challenge with the statement “This is good because …”

One Wednesday morning, I called my husband, Duane, at work. I was crying in agony – nothing would relieve the pain and felt vulnerable and hopeless. Duane dropped everything and came home immediately. He spent the next week and a half with me. We often say “I love you”, but nothing brings home that love like the selfless support he provided. I’m getting teary-eyed as I write this.

I had no choice but to rely on other people for everything. There were people counting on my program and I could no longer deliver, not on my own. Duane and my assistant, Kelly, worked together to support me and to run the launch. With my support system in place and medication for pain, I was able to complete the last video.

It was terrible. It looked like I felt. I couldn’t think straight, I didn’t have my usual energy. I hated it, but I knew it was the best I could do. As I watched it, my inner perfectionist struggled to release it.

This is Good Because…

Despite that lousy last video, I enrolled twice as many participants as my previous record! The statement, “This is good because…” was challenging. But demanding an answer no matter what obstacle I faced that transformed my mindset. That’s what allowed me to push through instead of giving up.

Looking back now, I still ask that question. And I like the answers! This is good because…

  • I (finally!) realize I don’t have to do everything myself. I can rely on others to help me.
  • I discovered I’m a badass! I can persevere in the face of any adversity, as long as I adopt the right mindset.

How Can You Use This?

  1. Live full out. You have much to contribute to this world. The world works best when we all enjoy our lives, when we do what we love, when we are our true selves… masterpieces trying to shine through.
  2. Reaching your full potential will demand you get out of your comfort zone. It’ll be scary… ok, terrifying! But if you push through despite the struggles, know you are growing into a better version of yourself.
  3. When faced with adversity, finish this statement: “This is good because…

Entrepreneurship: Yes, It CAN be a GREAT Career for ADHD Adults

ADHD adults often struggle in the corporate world. Many lose their jobs, often multiple times, because they don’t fit the corporate mold.

It’s little wonder they gravitate toward starting their own business, after all, you can’t be fired when you’re the boss! While entrepreneurship may initially just be a way of creating employment flexible enough to adapt to your way of working, it often turns out to be a great career move.

You minimize negative ADHD symptoms when you spend most of your time engaged in activities you’re passionate about and that play to your strengths.

I often help ADHD adults select their ideal career and we always consider as the following Top Criteria for a good career fit:

1. Your level of interest and passion for the work
2. A very high percentage of career activities will use your strengths, and
3. You can minimize work in areas of weakness.

Apply these criteria to entrepreneurship and you’ll see when it’s a great fit for ADHDers. What other career lets you design your perfect job description and delegate the rest away?

Little surprise, then, that studies indicate a large proportion (some estimates run as high as 60 %!) of entrepreneurs have diagnosed ADHD or have many of its traits.

While some people feel ADHDers are too disorganized to thrive in their own business without an imposed structure, many common ADHD traits: big-picture out-of-the-box thinking, creativity, high energy, ability to think on your feet and make quick decisions (otherwise known as impulsivity!), and a tolerance for risk, are the same characteristics found in successful entrepreneurs.

Running your own business can be challenging, but these entrepreneurs deal with the organizational needs of their business by creating structure, streamlining systems and complete their team with people whose strengths fill any gaps in their own skills.

Many ADHD entrepreneurs are extraordinarily successful because they focus their energy where they excel and get the help they need, and to help them achieve their ambitious business goals, many of them hire an ADHD Entrepreneur Coach.

If you are an entrepreneur or are striving to become one, visit my new site dedicated to entrepreneurs with Entrepreneurial ADD at http://www.focusactionsuccess.com.