Reaching your goals without having a plan is extremely difficult. Every successful business or organisation I have been involved was successful, because they had strong goals with a strong plan (strategy) behind it. They knew exactly where to go and how to reach there.
The problem I see without having a plan, is that you get lost in urgent tasks and are not focusing anymore on your important tasks which are necessary to sustain and grow your business. In this case, what should you do? First of all, make a plan and second – stick to it.
Make a plan:
Step 1: The vision – Imagine your future
According to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “begin with the end in mind” (habit 2) is the most important skill if you want to become successful.
So take a deep breath, maybe a cup of coffee or tea and imagine, where you would like to be in three years time. What will be in your life? Where will you be in your life? Who will be with you? How does this situation feel like?
As stronger you are able to imagine these specific situations and as stronger you can feel and embody those situations, as more you are able to achieve reaching there.
Take a piece of paper and write down, how your preferred future will look like.
After finishing the text, find a headline. Keep the paper at a very good and secret place, where you can have a look at it from time to time to keep you on track. And as you may know and have experienced, the things you focus on expand.
Step 2: Write down your most important achievements (goals) for the next 12 weeks
12 weeks is a great time frame for goals. It is long enough to change someone’s habits and it is short enough to try something new. Therefore it is ideal.
Write down your biggest 3 goals for the next 12 weeks and make it S.M.A.R.T.:
Make sure that those goals are helping you achieving your three years vision – otherwise those goals are not supporting your development.
Step 3: Define your key actions for every week to achieve those goals
You cannot control your outcome, but you can control the actions you take to get a specific outcome.
What does this mean?
It means, think on which actions (tasks) you have to do to achieve a specific outcome. Think on what is your goal and what are the very regular actions (every week) to take to achieve your goals.
Goal 1: ______________________________________________________
Action 1: ____________________________________
Action 2: ____________________________________
Action 3: ____________________________________
If you want to get the action plan template, drop me a line and I will send it to you.
The most successful people are those, who move gradually forward and take one step after the other – so make sure you are going to take action.
Step 4: Review your goals and adjust your actions
It is important to make an habitat out of reviewing your goals. So take every day 5 min to overview your goals and tick what you have done successfully the day before. This habitat will honor you for what you have achieved so far as well gives you important guidance.