This is the year of no longer forcing things that clearly aren’t meant to be. This year we will not be setting goals that treat us like machines. We will not be working harder than we need to. This year there will be balance. This year and every year after, we will thrive. 

Hence the reason we need to have a solid plan a. Now how do we come up with a solid plan a? You know I got you!

First we have to determine what our life goal is. This needs to be as specific as possible. This is the most important step. Some may say to be a lawyer, be rich, a doctor, a mom, etc but that is not good enough. Life is like UNO, you never know what’s next but you have to be prepared to pivot at any moment and play a card that counts. A solid plan a makes your life goal achievable no matter how the cards are stacked against you. And always remember that you need a SMART goal. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timed)

Here is an example of how you can tweak your current plan and goal.

Weak Life Goal: Become a social worker

Average Plan A: Go to college 

SMART life goal – Help to protect 100 vulnerable children and assist 100 families in need by connecting them with resources they cannot otherwise obtain by 2030.

Solid Plan A – Educate myself on related topics and network with like minded individuals.                                                                

While it is very possible that the “SMART Life Goal and Solid Plan A” can be achieved through the initial life goal and plan a, the initial goal and plan leaves no room for the reality of things…UNO. Something can happen where you are unable to attend college and at that point your life goal seems unattainable. Let’s say you go to college, graduate and become a social worker…after a year you decide that the job is too emotionally taxing and no longer fits your needs. At this point, I am sure you will feel lost or as if everything was a waste now that you’ve changed your mind. You begin thinking of a plan b, which you do not need. If you feel otherwise, read my previous post to see why you really don’t.

Now let’s look at why the SMART Goal and Solid Plan is better.

It is important that you understand that your life goal is the destination and your plan a is the mode of transportation. Everything else is a potential route. For example, college is a route you can take to educate yourself on topics that will allow you to achieve your life goal and network with people who have a similar goal or interest. However, if college doesn’t pan out you can simply take another route. For instance, working a 9 to 5 while reading books and watching YouTube videos on the topic while also voicing this interest of yours to coworkers and customers when possible. You never know who will have a similar interest and can put you in touch with the right person.    

So let’s recap:

SMART Life Goal: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timed. What you want to do in life. NOT what job you want to have.

Solid Plan A: What can you do that is in your control to reach this goal?

I hope that each of you were able to take something from this blog post to better yourself. I would love to know if you already have a SMART Life Goal and Solid Plan A or if you need to tweak your current goal and plan to ensure that they’re smart and solid.

Let’s set them goals and get them plans working ladies, it’s our time to eat!


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