Recovery Month + Thoughts from the Trail – Day 19 – Do Doing

You can have the most in-depth and well-written plan, but it isn't beneficial if you don't execute it.

— JMeyer —

Business Reflection

I’ve facilitated countless strategic planning sessions for organizations over the years.

During these events, I will spend hours with the CEO and her team throwing ideas on the wall until we eventually walk away with three or four mission-critical goals that must be achieved for the organization to continue to grow strategically.

We craft the mission-critical goals through the SMART acronym:






Some organizations achieve their mission-critical goals and continue to thrive, while others don’t and continue to live in a world of status quo.

BTW… the status quo gets you nowhere fast.

For the past several years, when training for triathlons, I’ve followed a thirty-week plan provided by the book “Be Iron Fit” by Don and Melanie Fink.

Today begins training week #29 as I grow closer to jumping into a most likely chilly Prairie Creek Reservoir around 8 AM on October 1, 2022.

Why does it seem as though I will accomplish one of my personal mission-critical goals for 2022?

It’s because I executed the plan.

The entire thought for this writing came to me during a monotonous swim last week and was concluded with the following two sentences:

Some plan and don’t do, and some plan and do-do.

Are you a don’t doer or a do-doer?

Here are some tips for becoming a do-doer:

  1. Decide what it is that you want to do.
  2. Give it a catchy title like–BHAG–Big Hairy Audacious Goal or PLAG–Positive Life Adjustment Goal.
  3. Write the goal in a SMART manner on a piece of paper and place it where you will frequently notice it.
  4. Decide what you must stop doing to create a clearer path for your BHAG. Some of the best planning sessions I’ve facilitated are when the team collectively decides to eliminate activities that are wastes of time or do not align with the organization’s strategic direction.
  5. Take thirty minutes each weekend to plan the week ahead to help you grow closer to achieving your PLAG.
  6. Be determined to achieve at least 80% of the weekly plan…100% is too lofty and often unattainable.
  7. Do/Execute the plan.
  8. Repeat weekly.
  9. I’ve always been self-motivated, but if you need help with your motivation, engage with an accountability partner–someone you can check in with as you are executing your plan.

Proverbs 6:6-8, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.”

An ant is a do-doer.

Be an ant.


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