You know that feeling you get when everything just “clicks”?
It’s like you’ve gone from fumbling around in the dark to turning on the lights and realizing you’re standing on a heap of money. Think Scrooge McDuck’s money bin.
When you finally understand how all the puzzle pieces fit together, you’ll want to scream from the rooftops, “This makes sense, and it’s WORKING!!!”
In the last month, 3 of my clients have had this “holy cow” moment when they defined the frameworks for their businesses.
Want to feel like you have a plan to follow?
Here’s how to create your own frameworks for your life and business.
Choose the Ultimate Outcome
Think about why you want a framework in the first place. What have you been struggling with? What do you want to change?
Pick a single result that’s clearly defined so you know instantly whether you’ve reached it or not.
What result will your framework help you achieve?
- An organized home so you’ll want to invite people over?
- A successful business earning more than $10,000 per month?
- A healthy and toned body so you can fit back into your favorite jeans?
- A stable and loving relationship with weekly date nights?
- A step-by-step plan for attaining world domination?
Define 3-6 Steps That Support This Outcome
As you’re creating your framework, remember to KISS: keep it simple, sister! Too few steps can make it feel clunky and unsatisfying, and too many steps can make it feel endless and overwhelming.
The order of the steps is important too, and you want to be sure they make logical sense.
What’s the order of your framework’s steps?
- For a healthy living framework: Should you clean up your diet or begin exercising first?
- For a business framework: When should you start blogging, create a subscriber list, or set your prices?
- For a relationship framework: What steps lead to natural growth and change?
Figure Out If It’s Cyclical or Linear
Some frameworks are finished as soon as you reach the ultimate outcome, while other frameworks are meant to be used over and over.
Consider if the framework makes sense as a “one and done” or if there’s value to going through it repeatedly.
How will your framework look?
- Are you completely finished when you reach the final step?
- Can you benefit from going through the framework again?
- Is your framework affected by the time of year, the seasons, or your life stage?
Test It Out and Make Changes
The best way to see if your framework will be successful is to actually go through it yourself! Or at least have a friend be your guinea pig.
As you go through the steps, you’ll notice what’s working and what needs to be edited. You might even realize that a step should be added or one might need to be deleted.
Play with your frameworks! No matter what you’re trying to achieve, you’ll probably change your framework slightly in the future. Keep making little edits until you get the results you want.
Make It Official With a Name
What do you want to call your new framework? Give it a name that makes it instantly understandable (like my Life Editing Process) or maybe choose a name that’s silly, edgy, or motivating. Have fun!
Ready to make your own framework? Here’s a free worksheet to help you define it!
The Framework Template is one of dozens of free worksheets and other resources in the Editor’s Toolkit. Click here to get instant access.
Do you use frameworks in your life?
In the comments below, share one of your frameworks and how it makes your life simpler.
This post focuses on Step 1 of the Life Editing Process, Create a Foundation. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.