A goal without a plan is just a wish

Every business (and individual) needs to set a goal or two every so often and then accompany it with a plan that includes a way to publicly measure progress. It is not hard if you break the goal down into little FIRST steps. It is time to stop fighting fires, step back and take action for the “long term” of the business or yourself. This includes all businesses…even you doctors, lawyers, consultants, salesmen and programmers! 

Here are just a few ideas for a 2008 goal:

  • Write down what keeps you up at night
  • Make a plan for last year’s goal that includes a progress graph
  • Think of a small and easy first step towards last year’s goal
  • Increase your company or organization sales/customer base
  • Become more efficient in what you make or do
  • Find another larger account
  • Explore a foreign market
  • Expand your local service area
  • Develop a new product
  • Communicate better with your staff
  • Learn a new skill
  • Acquire deeper knowledge in a business area
  • Upgrade your staff with training
  • Replace weak links in personnel
  • Find more personal time
  • Share your knowledge
  • Start an exit or succession plan

It is most healthy to start this process with a personal plan:

  • Write down what keeps you up at night
  • Make a plan for last year’s goal that includes a progress graph
  • Think of a small and easy first step towards last year’s goal
  • Become more financially secure
  • Spend more time with family
  • Help a friend
  • Become an expert in something
  • Read more
  • Exercise more
  • Lose weight
  • Find more personal time
  • Get a hobby or learn an instrament
  • Go for more walks with your family/partner

Doctors say half the battle for recovery is identifying (or admitting) you have a problem…taking action and measuring progress is the only way to reach that goal.

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admin on February 11th 2008 in Coaching

2 Responses to “A goal without a plan is just a wish”

  1. Jim Davis responded on 11 Feb 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    Tom,

    Great post. It also helps to look backward. What worked last year, what didn’t? Drop the things that don’t work and you’ll be lighter moving forward.

    Jim

  2. Zahid Qureshi responded on 06 Aug 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Tom,

    “A goal without a plan is just a wish”, Who is the quote from?

    Zahid

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