So far we have talked about taking the initiative and the value of having accountability. Today we are discussing the value of having a game-plan and setting measurable goals.
Quote of the Week:
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Henry David Thoreau
A game-plan you ask? Yes, a game-plan just like you would see unfolding in any sporing event. Game plan helps the coach plan for different situations where they might need to attack differently in order to get the results wanted. In order to win, you must plan ahead and that means putting it down on paper. Because if you don’t you will be lost when you get off course. There is never a perfect plan that will not have it’s ups and downs. But, the beautiful thing about it is you will have a roadmap on how to get back on course if you have a thought out game plan.
An effective game-plan will contain these 6 key things:
- an outline on what your goals are.
- what barriers you see that may arise to prevent you from reaching your goals.
- what ways you can attack those barriers
- who you can lean on to help you reach your goals
- It’s a rough draft for a plan b in case you need it, because no plan ever goes 100% the the way you thought it would.
What’s been the hardest hurdle for you to overcome along your journey, what’s prevented you from defying it?
Whenever you are setting goals or looking to change something you must start with where you currently are. Define your starting point. The reason for this is because you need to know where you are starting so you can measure the journey you are about to embark on.
What does measurable mean?
- It’s the cold hard facts of where you stand.
- Don’t sugar coat the numbers, be real and honest with yourself.
- Measure several aspects of the goal. for instance if you want to run a marathon you need to be able to walk/run 26.2 miles without stopping. Well explain whats your furtherest distance so far, how well you did with that and what your current pace is.
- Set something that will be challenging, but realistic.
By setting measurable goals it will allow you to track your progress and see that every step you take is making your goals/dreams be one step closer. Even if you get off course, by keeping things measurable it allows you to see where you might have gotten off the path and where you can make a course correction. When we are in the valley is where we grow the most, because it is the most challenging sometimes to get out, but we learn and adapt if we want to achieve the end result. Every step, no matter how small is worth it. Just keep going! Progress is progress.
1. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on following through with a game plan once it’s set in place (not sure if you’re planning that for a future podcast) … keep up the great work my friend!
2. Dealing with obstacles to the plan & making goals realistic.
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