How was your planning this week? Did you notice a shift in your awareness and effectiveness? As we segue from planning into a consideration of strategy and tactics for next week’s Results 101 curriculum: do you consider yourself a strategic planner and thinker?
What makes a plan become a strategic plan? Generally, strategy is performed at a higher level than tactics. A simple way to think of strategy is that it is the “why” of your actions – and the tactics are the “to do’s.” Strategy is observing the entire “game board,” while tactics are moving the pieces around it.
A plan becomes increasingly strategic as it is thought through to various potential outcomes.
No matter the strategy, seek to stay grounded in the present for it is the only place where we have power.
Have you ever noticed that we humans often experience increased synchronicity and serendipity when we’re prepared?
Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”
The Roman philosopher, Seneca, said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Consider the possibility that, by being well prepared – by planning and thinking things through – we can potentially improve our luck. Fascinating thought!
How might you improve your luck through planning and preparation?
“To be prepared is half the victory.” Cervantes
Ah, preparation! As simple as the groceries needed . . .
. . . to making a daily to-do list . . .
. . . to naming the top three results desired for today . . .
. . . to role playing that key phone call before making it . . .
. . . to thinking through your career and business goals.
Planning IS preparing – thinking things through.
How would you score yourself 1-100 in the category of preparation?
Consider setting aside some time each week – say, 1 to 2 hours – to prepare yourself and visualize an intended outcome.
WORKING YOUR PLAN IN PRIORITY ORDER AND STICKING TO IT.
The discipline of taking planned items one at a time and not allowing the distraction of doing things out of order.
How would you rate yourself at this critical skill?
This week, our topic is How to Dramatically Improving Planning.
Increasingly, humans have found themselves buffeted about by life’s circumstances.
As John Lennon said:
“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”
Still, there is a need to have clear direction, focus and identifiable milestones as we move toward accomplishing our goals.
The heart of the most effective plan is to be extremely clear about your priorities and a focus on first things first.