Why you need a Plan

It’s that time of year when I sit down with the 12 months printed out on the floor and set myself up for growth and success. I plan in all the things that I wish to achieve in the upcoming year organising my priorities.

It’s the middle of December and 2016 is closing in on us. How did you execute your 2016 plan?

If by some chance you did not have a plan for 2016, please tell me you have a plan for 2017! Or are dreaming of a plan. . .

A plan that involves growth, purpose, and intention. A plan that demonstrates you adding value, that encourages you to do things you have never done before, that allows for experiences you have never had before. You must have a plan to do that, don’t you?

This is something I learned from Dr. Stephen Covey,  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.   He talks about beginning with the end in mind and putting first things first. This is all about prioritization, being in touch with who you want to be, who you are, what your big rocks are, and what will define success for you in a given time period – whether it’s a day, a week, a month, a year, or the rest of your life.

I have heard over and over again, successful people always have a plan!

How to Get Started

This may sound scary to you and I assure you it is not as scary as it may appear. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help get you started. . ..

  • What do I want to be?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • What do I want to be known for?
  • What are my values and principles?
  • What are the most important things for me to get done?
  • How will I raise my awareness or increase my leadership?
  • What will be my annual income?
  • How will I serve my clients or serve my employer?
  • What are the values that I will live into?
  • How will I treat my family?
  • How will I treat my body?
  • What are the things I will do in my community?

Setting the Goal

Typically by the end of the year I want to have achieved one or two rather big goals with smaller goals throughout the year to make the big ones possible.

Once you know your long term goals, you break it down into quarters and set up smaller goals. Then break it down even smaller, to one month at a time, listing all the necessary actions you feel you need you have to achieve the end goal. Of course there is room for course correction once you’re on the road.

Write it Down

You must right the goals down on paper where you can see them often OR create a vision chart. This is a great team/department activity to do together. We do so to create daydreaming about the goals, visualizing and feeling what it will feels like to live in the achieved goal, seeing yourself in the experience and feeling what it feels like in your body. By doing this, you are able to set up a call to action.

This is where most people go wrong, they don’t have a plan and/or a call to action.

The Compound Effect

This year I have learned and embraced the “compound effect of daily action.”   I have been studying intensely and most of my modules are 1-2 hours long. I learned the importance of the compound effect of 5, 10 or 15 minutes and daily action.

Take Action

More often than not, we put things off because we don’t have the time to do it. Like studying or meditation for example. My mentor explained to me the compound effect. He said, “Never underestimate the accumulated compound effect of daily action with 5, 10 or 15 minute time frames.”

Had I not understood this concept and taken action, I would not be where I am in my studies or be as efficient in all areas of my life!

Your Turn – What’s your Plan for 2017

What do you want to achieve and how are you going to get there? Be intentional, make it a part of your daily routine.

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