Vision without ACTION is just a dream.
Action without vision is just passing time.
Vision WITH action can change the world.
Joel A. Barker
If you have ever set goals before, but failed to achieve them, it may have been because you did not create a specific plan of action to accomplish those goals.
Taking the time to set goals is only part of the process of goal setting, and many people often overlook the other part, creating a plan!
Without a plan your goals remain incomplete.
It’s like having a destination but without a map.
Your goals tell you where you want to go in life, and your plan tells you how to get there.
A goal plan is simply a list of scheduled activities with milestones that you will complete along the way. These may include activities done over a series of days, weeks, months or even years depending on the type of goal you set for yourself.
Your plan does not have to be completed perfectly the first time. Usually, you will find that your first attempt at creating a goal plan will be vague and incomplete.Don’t worry this is ok. Plans should be flexible and so are likely to be constantly updated as you move towards completing your primary goal.
In your plan you should therefore create a series of steps, you think you need in order to accomplish that goal. So think of it like baking a cake. Your ultimate goal is to make a cake (and eat it!), but the ‘recipe’ and the ingredients and the things you do with those ingredients are your plan. Once you follow the recipe you complete the plan, you complete your goal or maybe that should be, have your cake and eat it!
Creating a goal plan is frequently overlooked, and many people discipline themselves to write their goals every day but create no plan! So, make sure you take the time to decide where you want to go (your goals) and then create a plan that will tell you how to get there!
You can start from scratch, or you can create a plan using information from those who have done this before.
In your personal life that may mean, perhaps, joining a fitness class or even getting a personal trainer. Or perhaps signing up to the evening class or short course. In business, it may be committing to a proven systemised approach like Kaizen, Lean or ISO certification.
Then embed those goals into your life. Revisit them 10 minutes every day.
At home it may be some visualisation techniques before bedtime.
At work it might be the ten minute team huddle to remind people of the goal and the immediate steps that need to be taken that day.
But, we are a bit ahead of ourselves. Get the plan down in writing first.
If you’re in business then reach out, I’ve got some proven ways to help you and increase the likelihood you will accomplish them.