Last week we talked about the importance of reflection. It is a great tool for getting in tune with what you need to do in the future. However, inevitably we must move our focus forwards and leave the past behind us in order to be successful. It is time to start the planning stage and the key to great planning is in the details. Getting these details right can be a task, so I created a template (inspired from The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership) to help guide you.
I have found that the first step is to get your bearings. Try and establish the fundamentals of your plan. Here is how the template breaks down for this portion:
– What do you want in 2013?
– If _________ is what you want, then what are your priorities?
– If _________ are your priorities, what will you do?
Now that you have figured out the general direction behind your plan then it is time to start developing the different components necessary to get to your destination:
– Which of your strengths can you leverage?
– What will keep you motivated?
– How can you get the most from your time?
– Who do you need/want to support you?
– What do you need to learn?
– What mindset is needed?
– Where can you use a both/and approach instead of either/or?
Each of these aspects can determine the success or failure of your plan, so it is important to spend the appropriate amount of time considering them.
Going into any situation, it is always best to have a plan. It affords us the time to consider different possibilities and weigh the options for overcoming them. A good plan should be well thought out, and this template will help you systematically address some of the more important considerations. As 2013 is quickly approaching, it is time to get started. Have a Happy New Year.