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Video #5 Transcript
Hello and welcome back! This is our fifth video in the five educational video series. My name is Farnoosh Brock and today I want to talk to you about – you have your exit plan, what next?
Up till now, in the first four videos, we focused on what happens before you even think about exiting the wrong job. There is probably some resistance; maybe a little bit of denial that you are in the wrong place, and then accepting the fact that you are and working toward an exit plan.
Now, I want you to assume that you have an exit plan. You’ve put together your step-by-step plan. What comes next? What comes next is just as important. The execution and implementation of the plan is really important. I want to give you some practical tips today on how to do that.
We have three steps that I want you to really pay attention to.
The first one is deadlines. I want you to give yourself personal deadlines; hard deadlines but achievable and manageable deadlines. When you have your exit plan, you’re going to have things that you need to accomplish. You need to break it down into manageable chunks and then, you need to get out your calendar for the next three months or six months and you need to give yourself personal deadlines as to when you’re going to accomplish each of these. You have to get out the calendar first, put those dates and honour them as they come up on the calendar. This method is the most effective and the simplest method of all – putting a date on the calendar and honouring it.
I’m going to tell you some other things that are going to make this even easier, but remember the first thing is giving yourself personal deadlines by going into your plan, taking out pieces of the plan, putting it in manageable chunks, estimating the time that it takes you which should be part of a smart plan (you should have already done that calculation) and then put it into the calendar.
Number two is to communicate. Communicate, communicate and then communicate some more. What I mean by this is I want you to think of someone in your life that can hold you accountable. I want you to think of an accountability buddy. Then, I want you to communicate your progress in this plan with this person regularly. This can be your spouse, your life partner, maybe a friend, a coach, a mentor, a neighbour that you’re close to – anyone. Whoever that comes to mind to you that has such a relationship with you where they feel comfortable saying, “Hey, you told me you were going to do this by this date. Have you done it?” and they hold you accountable.
When you do this combined with the deadlines, you are going to be so responsible. You said you were going to do this to someone else and to yourself. You’re going to do it. You’re going to stay honest and true. The most important thing, after your pick your accountability partner, is to communicate with them. That’s why I said it three times. You communicate with them regularly. At the beginnings, just have a plan: we’re going to talk every Friday, or, twice a month I’m going to come to you and I’m going to tell you what I’ve done. That’s the kind of communication you need to help you keep the momentum strong.
Are you ready for the third one?
The third one is a fool-proof system. As you know, your mind can go spinning with every tool and software and application out there to help keep you organised. I want to recommend that first you take a look at yourself. You know yourself, you know your personality. Are you a visual person? If you’re a visual person, I want you to pick something visual. For example, a board such as this really helps. You put your plan on the board, or you put the “immediately coming up” step on the board. If you are more of a data and math person, you get an Excel spreadsheet and you create lines and items and dates and you have a plan there. If you like software, you chose one type of software that’s going to work well for you. Or, if you just love pencil and paper, then you just go completely manual and do everything on a piece of paper or in a notebook, and you keep track there.
The most important thing about having a fool-proof system is picking one thing that works. When you start to pick four or five different systems and tools and apps, that’s when your plan falls apart because there’s too many places to keep track of. So, pick one thing which again comes down to how you learn, how you yourself stay motivated which is different from person to person. At the very beginning, pick that one place and that’s going to be the go-to place for you so you stay organised. When you don’t know what to do next after you look at your calendar and you achieve this step in the process, you know exactly what to do next because you go to your system and it tells you what comes next.
One system – that’s the real secret to this.
So, we covered three things that you can do, three steps that you can take after you put together that smart exit plan that gets you out of the wrong job. They are the deadlines, the personal deadlines, communicating with your accountability buddy and a fool-proof system that works for you.
I want to give you one more tip on something to avoid and this one is really, really important. That is giving up before giving it a fair chance. Most of the time, we get in our own way and most of the time, it’s our mind that starts talking before it’s really time to give up. I want to give you a tip. I want to suggest that before you give something a really fair chance, you try it at least five times.
If your first e-book or first traditional book fails, I think you should write four more books before you throw in the towel. I think if, for example, you’re creating a product. If the first product fails, and my first product did, you need to create four more products before you give up. I think if you’re creating a business even, a website, if the first one fails try four more times at least. You can do more, but the whole point here is you give up when you’re so close to success and that’s when you need to keep going.
Don’t let your mind talk you out of it. You want to be smart. Maybe sometimes you need to change things up; you need to try a different route but the goal of getting to a certain place needs to be there until have given it a fair chance.
So, don’t forget to give everything a fair chance and by that, I want to suggest five times at everything before you give up.
That brings us to a wrap in this video. I wanted to give you some tips on what to do, how to look forward and past when you have that exit plan in place. If you don’t have an exit plan or you’re thinking about creating one, or you need help creating something you already started, then I want to invite you to the Smart Exit Blueprint class. This is the class where I help you put together your exit plan, whatever is relevant to your current situation right now. That may be getting out of a small company, moving on to a larger one, getting out of the wrong organisation, moving to another one in the same company; maybe changing industries, maybe going solo and creating your own business.
If you want to learn how I was able to do this, because I share with you how I went from a corporate junkie for twelve years to my own very profitable business in less than two years, then I want to invite you to take this class. We can work together to make this happen for you.
The thing that you’re going to regret a year from now is not taking action. So, take action! Do something! I would love to have you in class. If you want to register, all the information is below this video and I look forward to working with you.
Thank you for watching these videos and make sure to stay motivated and make some things happen for yourself in your career. Bye!