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This is the time of year when people look back and see things that they haven’t accomplished and know that there’s no time left in the year to get it done.  You might be looking back and doing that very thing.  You may have unfinished things on your plate because you didn’t follow your plan, or maybe because you didn’t have a plan at all.  No matter the reason, it’s time to let it go, stop beating yourself up and move forward.  As you look back and see things you didn’t do, determine what you can do right now, if anything, and then what can be done during the month of January to get that ball rolling again and get it done.  Create your plan then work it.

If you’ve had the kind of year where things didn’t get done or you struggled to get things done and you’re serious about your business, it’s time to get things in gear.  2012 is coming in fast and it packs a punch.  It’s time out for all of the mediocrity and playing small.  There is absolutely no place for that any longer and you’ve got to be ready to take things on.   One mistake I see people make every year is making resolutions.  Don’t get me wrong, making resolutions is not a bad thing, but what happens is that they don’t last, simply because they don’t have staying power.

Resolutions serve their purpose, but they are weak.  Resolutions are declarations, something that you might do; your desires, hopes and intentions. They are in raw form and really are catalysts for what you want to see happen.  It’s great to have them, but they need to be morphed into goals.
Goals, when created properly, are rock solid.  They have the staying power needed to make what you desire come to life.  Goals are specific things that you actually commit yourself to; they are based upon your values.  They are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), have the utmost clarity and involve accountability, mindset, motivation, self discipline as well as a detailed plan to carry them out.

As you look forward to this new year, take those resolutions and give them the shot in the arm that they need to come to life.  Make the time to turn them into goals and create your detailed plan to see them come to fruition.  Your resolutions aren’t going to be a match for 2012.  You need goals and a plan if you really want your business to do well this coming year.  Don’t take your resolutions into this next year.  Stop playing small and step up to the plate and play the game for real by turning your resolutions into goals.  2012 is here and it’s game time.  What are your goals?  Where’s your plan?  Your playing small does not serve the world.

With Labor Day behind us, now is the time to sit down and map out a plan for the year ahead.  Sadly, only 3% of people actually do this, which explains why so many people get to the end of the year and look back to see that they haven’t accomplished what they wanted to.

Now is the time to look at what you want to see come to pass in the next year and make a clear decision to see it come to fruition.  So, what do you want to do?  Maybe you’d like to make more money or get in shape.  Whatever it is you want to be up to in 2012, you need a road map to get there.  Would you drive across country without directions and a map to get there?  Of course you wouldn’t.  It’s time to start mapping things out for your drive right now!

If you’re ready, to create your master plan, this quick check list will guide you through the steps to get moving:

  • Start by crystallizing and creating solid values-based, S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Determine the resources you need to get from Point A to Point B
  • Create a road map for each of the goals you create that includes milestones/points of accomplishments along the way.
  • Decide how you’re going to make or celebrate each milestone
  • Once your plan is complete, break the process down into the smaller tasks it will take to accomplish each goal
  • Place the smaller tasks into your calendar to get the steps done
  • Create check points along the way to stop to evaluate and measure your progress and make adjustments to the plan if necessary

These steps will get you off to a great start.  Once you get it done, be sure to stick to the plan to keep it going.  If you’re challenged when it comes to planning, visit our website and take a look at P3: Power Planning Package to see if it’s a fit for you.  It’s available at a special discount through the month of September.


For some people “plan” is a 4-letter word.  I’ve heard some say that planning takes too much time, or even that it’s a waste of time.  Granted it does, but it’s actually an investment of time, rather than a waste of your time.

The majority of people don’t plan for the things they want to accomplish.  Some will keep ideas or an unwritten plan in the most dangerous place in the world—their heads.  NOT a good place for things to be.  There is a difference between how things play out when it’s in your head and when it’s written out in detail.  Writing it down makes it real; it comes to life and take on form.

So, what do you think of when you hear the word “plan”?  Does it make you cringe?  It’s not as bad as it may sound.  My description of a plan is “A process that includes setting goals then developing the strategies, tasks, schedules and systems to accomplish objectives of related goals.”  Planning will actually save you time, guide your actions and help you accomplish what you set out to do.  It will also help you avoid pitfalls.  There is power in the process.

If you do work from a plan, do you just work from an outline or from a detailed plan?  Your plan is your road map, so you need the details.  To create it think about what the goal or end result is; the objectives; who’s involved; other resources needed; your timeline and any constraints.  Create tasks for each objective and break them down into smaller pieces, assign a start and completion time to each.  Think about how you’re going to measure your progress and know how things are getting done if there are other people involved in the process. Plan your work and then work your plan!

Did you know that for every 1 minute of planning that you do you save yourself 4 precious minutes of your time?  It’s true!  Think about that for a minute then ask yourself how much time are you losing each day because of a lack of planning.  Daily planning helps you to focus on what is important and weed out the not so important things so that your day can be more productive.

Have you planned your way through this year or have you just been winging it; flying by the seat of your pants.  We’ve all heard the saying, “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”, and it’s true.  If you’re not consciously planning what you’re doing, how do you know that you’re going to get where you want to?  Of course, you can’t get where you want to go without a clear picture and the plans followed by the action to make it all happen.   If you didn’t plan your way through this year, it’s time to take some action and start planning for next year.

Before you begin to look at what you’d like to do next year, take inventory to see what you’ve accomplished this year and if you’re where you planned to be at this point of the year.  Look at the list of things you wanted to accomplish during the course of this year and in these final months.  What’s left to do?  Do you have time to get those things done before year’s end?  If not, choose one that’s most important to you and get it done during the home stretch.  Move the other items to your January calendar.  If you’ve been winging it, there’s probably quite a few things that you haven’t finished and might not be able to before the end of the year.  Be reasonable about what you can finish before the end of the year.  Don’t rush this process; take your time.  Once that’s done you can begin to think about what’s on the agenda for next year.  I’ll share more in my next post.

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