We are one month into 2016, so how are your plans and goals going? In my last blog I talked about creating a kind of verbal vision board for the year and a lot of you decided to do that and enjoyed the process.
But is that enough to make that vision come true?
To make your plans, goals, dreams, visions eminently more achievable you have to do more than stick it on your wall or look at it once a month.
They key is to break down that compelling vision you have for your year into achievable chunks that you can aim for each month, each week, each day.
Planning is not a natural state for Dynamo personalities (The Creative energy that drives Creators, Stars and Mechanics) who have new ideas to follow , will leave things to the last minute, will enjoy the excitement of starting new projects but not necessarily have the discipline or tolerance to see them all through to the end.
So link your plan to your big why if you are a Dynamo and see how by following it through it will give you a competitive edge. That will help you stick to the plan. Keep reminding yourself of the big picture and the reason you are doing it throughout the year as well as setting milestones to accomplish in the short term. I have a plan that can help you, details below.
Planning is also not the natural state for high Blaze energy people (The people-focused energy that drives Supporters, Stars and Deal Makers) who would rather go with their instincts, have lots of variety, get distracted by new shiny projects so the key to planning for Blaze is to involve other people. It does not necessarily mean hiring people but involving other people when and where relevant as a form of accountability, for fun and engagement and to supplement your people-skills with other skills you need to see your plans through. Often Blaze energy people will not follow up or see-through an activity if it is just for them but will do it for others or for the team. I have a plan that can help you, details below.
Planning IS the natural state for high Tempo energy where the when and where are the important questions (Service and organisation-driven energy that drives Trader, Deal Maker and Accumulator personalities). The link to the big picture and staying on track with that, rather than getting bogged down in detail and being busy for busy-sake is where Tempo people need help. That’s how linking the Vision to the plans helps them, details below.
Planning for Steel energy people (the details and process-driven energy that drives Lords, Mechanics and Accumulators) is also a natural state and usually have systems in place to do so. The step by step process I talk about below links the big picture, the shape of the year, the quarter, the months, the weeks and the days so that it is easier to put systems in place and to have a consistent rhythm to your year.
If you’d like this 5 step approach to linking your Future Vision to your plans and goals for the rest of the year, that I go through myself each year and with my clients – just insert your contact address below. If you are not sure where you are going, where your next client is going to come from, how you should most productively be spending your days and how to connect your biggest dreams to practical steps each week, this is for you.