With a vision, a plan, desire, motivation and action.
It frustrates me that so many business owners have goals and plans, but often don’t achieve them in full. Too often we consider the goal, but jump straight into the actions. However, the actions are often not well considered and when we hit a challenge, we often bail out.
Take time to effectively plan and identify the real High Pay Off Activities for your focus and execution.
Where possible, define your goals in a SMART way. It is found to make your goals clear and obtainable, providing you with an anchor to which you can base all of your focus.
- Time bound
Following some research into effective goal planning during 2007-08, I established 10 steps to considerably improve the chance of achieving your goals.
- Define the goal (SMART)
- Set the start date and planned achievement date
- Understand the benefits of achieving the goal (‘the gain’)
- Appreciate the losses if the goal is not achieved including the knock on effect (‘the pain’)
- Consider in advance, the obstacles your likely to face
- Establish the Solutions to all those obstacles
- Notify all those who need to know about the goal and will help keep you accountable
- List the action steps of high pay off activities (including all the solutions considered in step 6)
- Schedule the actions into your diary and diarise reminders
- Know your tracking methods
You can read more in my article Managing your time with effective goal planning by clicking here