Most people will not bother to write down their goals, let alone share their aspirations with close friends. Instead we drift, wondering why we lack progress and purpose. This is why it is so important to commit to creating your personal strategic plan.
Dr Gail Matthews, a professor in Dominican’s Department of Psychology, found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your aspirations just by writing them down, and 70% reported goal achieve by sending updates to a friend compared to 35% who did not. Dr Matthews said “My study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools: accountability, commitment, and writing down one’s goals.”
What does writing you goals done do? It forces you to:
- Define what is important to you.
- Get and commit to a plan.
- Set actions in motion.
- Filter the important opportunities.
- Make yourself accountable.
How do you know what goals to set?
Personal strategic planning is a disciplined thought process, which creates important decisions and actions that shape what is truly important to you, because of who you are and what you uniquely do, and guides how, when and why you do it.
The purpose of the personal strategic planning process is to help you:
- Decide on a direction.
- Make a purposeful meaningful contribution in your life.
- Gain clarity of your core values, beliefs and aspirations.
- Make decisions that will positively affect your future.
- Focus your energies on what is most important to you.
- Achieve the greatest results in the shortest period of time.
- Focus and increase your level of performance.
- Enjoy more focused time.
- Create balance and freedom to choose opportunities.
- Reduce uncertainty, anxiety, doubt and fear.
- Leverage your unique skills more effectively.
- Enhance your confidence and overall peace of mind.
- Be more by doing more that ultimately enables you to gain more from your life choices.
Dr Gail Matthew research supports that life will not go according to plan, if you do not commit to a plan.
9 Strategies to Your Personal Strategic Plan Success?
- Your Personal Goals: Your professional aspirations must start with an awareness of who you are and what is important to you. The key in writing your goals is to make them accountable and so measurable, specific and time-focused.
- Your Personal Psychology: Every person has a personal philosophy, consisting of the perceptions and rules adopted from others like your parents and peers, your culture and religion. These adopted perceptions may not sit cohesively and consist of inconsistencies and contradictions. To commit to your objectives, your goals must be yours.
- Your Story: Your milestone events, highs and lows, successes and failures, serve as your life’s legacy. Your past and present influence your future, what stories do you tell yourself? From your milestone events you can create and overarching framework to positively influence your future path.
- Your Purposeful Meaning Contribution: A purposeful statement is a declaration of who you are, why you exist and what you will accomplish. Your personal purpose question is “What is my life’s business?” The answer will define the reason for being and doing.
- Your Core Values: Your core values act as your guiding compass. One certain way of knowing that you are living in accordance with your values is by defining what is important to you and why. Out of your core values come your personal guiding principles, it is a way of organising your behaviours so you better understand what drive you and why.
- Your Reason Why: You must identify, support and empower your reasons why. Your why’s are your fuel for successful achievement and the reasons behind all action and inaction. The hallmark of all high achievers is a burning why. High achievers know what they want, how and when they will achieve it, but most importantly they know WHY they want it.
- Your Personal Tribe of Sponsors: In your tribe are mentors and advocates of you. These are the people that give you conditional guidance to accelerate your progress by providing both wisdom and support for your specific declared purpose.
- Your Personal Objectives: Your objectives should be written within the framework of your Personal Strategic Plan. The success of any Personal Strategic Plan is to visualise your desired outcomes in advance as if already achieved. Be sure to write and rewrite your personal objectives as affirmations of the future.
- Your Performance Evaluation: On a monthly, quarterly and annual basis, pause to evaluate your progress and performance. Are your goals still relevant? Do important life events require you to make adjustments? The answers to these questions will enable you to determine what changes is required to your personal strategic action plan.
You can significantly increase your odds of success, if you know who you are, what you want, and plot your path of where you are going, why it is critical you achieve your aspiration and visualise how it will feel when you have achieved it. The key to having a happy, satisfied and fulfilled life is to accomplish the things that are most important to you, and this is much easier to do if you have a personal strategic plan to guide your life’s business and your life success. Your personal strategic plan is your path to success. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
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