A big reason why many people don’t reach their full and unique potential is they simply don’t plan well and leave too much up to chance.
Many people think you don’t need to figure out how you will achieve a goal. All you have to do is write it down and “attract” it.
I think that works some of the time. I’ve written things down that I wanted, put no effort into accomplishing them and sometimes never even thought about them again—until they happened.
So yes, I think there is some power in just being clear on what you want and expecting it.
But for important goals, I think your confidence and your expectation of achieving them go up dramatically when you’ve done the proper planning.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything”.
He understood that especially in the heat of battle, no plan is perfect. But planning does focus you on the process and can avoid many of the pitfalls and obstacles that can get in the way.
How do you set and plan your goals?
Do you decide on what you want and then hope it will happen? Do you write them down? Do you formulate a plan of action? Do you know the critical elements of that plan?
My experience has shown me that less than 3 percent of people have a written plan. And I’ve seen studies where only about 3 percent of people ever achieve any significant success.
Coincidence? Maybe, but I doubt it.
Does a clear, specific and well-thought-out plan guarantee success? No, it doesn’t. But I’d bet on the plan over the no-plan every time.
So if planning is so important, why don’t people do more of it? Here’s a few things that people let get in the way:
- They’re not sold on the value
- They aren’t sure how to do it
- They’re too busy doing instead of thinking and planning
- They think it’s too hard
- They believe it’s dull and uninteresting
But none of these excuses match up to the many benefits of good planning.
One of the simplest and most powerful means of planning is to begin with the end in mind and work backwards. What will it take to create the outcome you envision? What has to happen to create the intended results?
Breaking the overall plan down into strategies and tactics creates more confidence. Having more confidence that your goal is achievable increases the likelihood you’ll take consistent action. Good planning allows you to determine and allocate resources and delegate certain components to move the project along faster.
A good plan enables you to be proactive, rather than reactive. It stimulates forward thinking, builds teamwork and expertise and helps establish and manage priorities.
- The Best Life Navigator™ allows you to keep your personal and professional growth front and center. It has the tools you need for your success—all in one place.
- Free Online Strategic Planning Tool from Planware.org
(ugly site, but some great tools)
- Template for SWOT Analysis
- SuccessNet Goal Planner
A couple of years ago, I got together with several of my esteemed colleagues and a handful of my high-achieving Diamond Club Members about this whole idea of goal plans.
What we came up with is a goal planning system. We then beta-tested it with our entire Diamond Club team and made further revisions. The result is The SuccessNet Goal Planner. And it’s a good one—a VERY good one.
We borrowed the best of the best, innovated, kept it simple and made it easy to use.
Here’s just some of what you’ll get from this system:
- clarity on what you really want out of life
- raise your belief as to what’s possible
- more balance in your life
- feel more confident and have more passion
- prioritize your goals and work on what’s truly worthwhile
- checklists to keep you on track, focused and consistent
- access to other valuable resources
- and much, much more . . .
You can learn more about the Goal Planner and get yours on this page . . .
However, for a limited time, The Goal Planner is included as a no-cost bonus when you order
The Best Life Navigator.
As I’ve often said, “Ideas are worthless. Intentions have no power. Plans are nothing . . . unless they are followed with action. Do it Now!”
- Order The Best Life Navigator with Goal Planner
- Map out a plan for one of your top 3 goals
- Have someone you trust review it for clarity and effectiveness
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Previous installments of this series are located here on my Blog.
1. Insufficient Desire
2. Lack of—or Erroneous—Beliefs
3. Confusion, Lack of Clarity
4. Lack of Focus and Concentration
5. Inadequate Support
7. Poor Tracking
8. Poor Disciplines, Bad Habits