Flashback to fourteen years ago…
A larger entity had recently acquired my business, and I was walking into my new boss’s office, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but five dusty notebooks with their two-inch wide spines differentiated by years.
I asked my new boss if the notebooks were strategic plans, and he concurred that they were. He pulled the most recent one from the shelf, began leafing through several dozen pages of strategic hyperbole, and then closed it, and we never discussed it again.
I knew it was hyperbole because I had led our team through the strategic planning process for years and knew that “less was more,” when it came to strategic planning. I always had a goal of never having more than four pages summarizing the plan, with the last two pages containing the plan’s key components.
And so goes most businesses and individuals when it comes to setting goals and creating plans to achieve them.
Why do we have so many epic fails when trying to achieve our New Year’s resolutions?
I’m glad you asked.
- Our goals are too ambitious and plentiful.
- We don’t create space in our lives to achieve our goals…we need to eliminate in order to elevate.
A couple of tips in goal setting:
- Keep it super simple (KISS). Less is more. What has been knawing at you? You know what I mean. That one thing you keep saying to yourself, “I need to do this.” For me, it is a podcast. I’ve been dreaming and thinking about it for years; this is the year I get it done.
- Once you’ve determined what it is–WRITE IT DOWN in a place you will see it early and often daily.
- Note what you need to stop doing to create space for this new goal.
- Pray about your new goal at least daily.
Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
Proverbs 16:9, ” The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
2 Corinthians 1:12, “For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.”
P.E.A.C.E. for Dreamers…
P – (Plan) A dream remains a dream until it is written down. Therefore, putting your dream in writing is the first step in creating a PLAN to achieve it.
E – (Effort) Turning your dream into reality requires a commitment to putting forth consistent and focused EFFORT toward the execution of your plan.
A – (Attitude) If you think you can achieve your dream, you will. Your ATTITUDE always determines your altitude in life.
C – (Community) Nothing great in life happens by doing it alone. The chances of realizing your dream expand as your COMMUNITY of positive mentors and peers expand.
E – (Energy) Chasing and attaining your dream requires optimal mental, physical, and spiritual ENERGY levels. Take care of yourself!