This past week I was immersed in my own strategic plan for 2017 and beyond. The new year always catapults me into goal setting and strategy, where I first look back at the previous year and acknowledge my accomplishments and the lessons learned, as well as my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
I set BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals) and then I chunk them down to the minutia of tasks that need to be done daily, so that the BHAGs will be realized one day. Basically, I look at critical issues that need solutions to overcome. Once I get clear on these, I look at how they need to be conquered. Once I know what I need to do, I analyze how I currently have been spending my time, versus how I need to spend my time to achieve the BHAG. I schedule checkpoints throughout the year. Monthly reviews of where I am versus where I’m going, and quarterly planning days. It takes time to do this, but it’s worth the effort. Well worth the effort!
One thing that I as a woman value more than money is balance. I explained to my accountant one year who was disappointed in my balance sheet, that balance means more than numbers to me. I’m a Mom, and I was a wife at the time, a daughter, friend, community giver of my time and service, I’m fit, fun and fabulous and that is all valuable to me as well as the revenue and profits of how I spend my time.
Since that conversation with the accountant, I’ve also learned that a part of me was ‘justifying’ not being profitable enough. Last year I raised my bar on my own performance and the profits went up. My balance is still on, and my balance sheet has improved.
I’ve learned to plan my work and work my plan. We don’t become rich by dreaming and planning. We become rich by putting our dreams and plans in to action. We expand with the experiences of trying and trying again, fine tuning and being wide open to receiving all that comes, distilling the ideas and ways to spend our time down to what works, and where to focus.
Businesses and organizations need a Strategic Plan to guide them through the wide range of possibilities and reign in their employees to align with one main focus.
Personally, our strategic plan can be as fun as a vision board, or vision card, or written goals that are reviewed every day, and shared with the people that matter most to us.
As the calendar year turns, this is a great time to plan. You are the Creator of your own life. This is not a dress rehearsal. YOLO (you only live once) and therefore, every single second of every single day is worth really, fully living.
My Strategic Planning facilitation is getting lots of attention and referrals. Thank you for your trust in me. I go through the same process with my clients as I’ve mentioned above.
My Vision Card exercise is available for personal use. Download it and put it to work for you.
I’d love to hear how you’ve made out, and I’m more than happy to help businesses and people grow with these great tools. Just call me with your questions. 705-358-3396
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