What will this New Year hold for you?
Will it bring you greater wealth, better relationships, a healthier body with less fat, and a reduction in your blood pressure…
Or will it be more of the “same old same old”. It all begins with a choice. Make the decision that this year will be better than last year.
Right now, at this moment, you may not know how it will be better or how to make it better… But that’s OK. What does matter is deciding it WILL be better – in fact that it will be the best year, ever, for you.
Success is not an accident. It begins with a well-conceived plan…
If you HOPE to increase your income this year. Or HOPE to pay off debts. Or HOPE to lose weight and get in shape or to find the love of your life…
…then stop right now, you might as well forget about it. It’s not going to happen. Why?
Because HOPE is not a plan.
Maybe your problems or goals involve your business, or your job, or your relationships, or your health, or how you spend your time… or ANY number of the things that make up YOUR life.
The fact is, every successful person I know finally hits the breaking point… where you either overcome your obstacles or be a slave to them forever.
If you want to start a business, increase your income, get out of debt, stop working so much, lose weight, get in shape, quit smoking, pick up a hobby… or whatever it may be… it’s time to take action.
Don’t fall victim to procrastination. Fear. Loss of motivation or whatever else keeps you in check.
If there’s something, or someone, out there you really want. If you want 2008 to be your best year yet… then you must reach out there and grab a stranglehold on your goals.
This is an excerpt from and incredibly gifted and talented man, Gary Ryan Blair. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He is The GoalsGuy and he has created a fool proof way that you can create your Personal Strategic Plan for 2008.
You’ll definitely want to read the following article by Gary!
Create a Personal Strategic Plan!
by Gary Ryan Blair
Success is not an accident. It begins with a well-conceived plan. You can and will achieve more in the next year than you have in the past ten with a disciplined Personal Strategic Plan.
Personal strategic planning is a disciplined thought process, which produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide who you are, where you are going, what you do, and how, when and why you do it. All of this is done with a focus on the future.
The purpose of personal strategic planning is to help you:
- Provide direction, meaning, and purpose for your life.
- Make decisions that positively affect your future.
- Focus your energies on what’s most important.
- Achieve the greatest results in the shortest period of time.
- Significantly increase your level of performance.
- Enjoy more time, money, balance and freedom.
- Eliminate uncertainty, anxiety, doubt and fear.
- Leverage your skills more effectively.
- Enhance your quality of life, and overall peace of mind
- Be more, do more and ultimately to have more from life.
Personal strategic planning is based on the premise that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan.
A successful plan must include the following…
Personal Philosophy: Every person has a personal philosophy, consisting of some rules adopted from one’s parents, culture, religion, acquaintance and so on.
Generally speaking, these rules, as a body are not well thought out and contain a wealth of inconsistencies and contradictions.
Legacy Statement: Your legacy serves as your life’s defining statement. It serves a two-fold purpose. First it provides an overarching framework for all mission statements and goals to follow.
Second it answers the question, “What do I want to be remembered for?”
Mission Statement: A mission statement is a declaration of who you are, why you exist, and what you intend to accomplish.
In business, the organizational mission answers the big question: “What is our business?” In personal planning, the question is “What is my life’s business?” In both cases, the answer must define the reason for being.
Core Values: Our values act as our compass, guiding us through life’s terrain.
One certain way of knowing that you are living in accordance with your values is by defining guidelines and measurements for value centered living.
Code of Ethics: Words quietly influence our attitudes and opinions.
Codes of conduct, personal creeds, and pledges all reflect an effort to make sense of things, to organize behavior, and to better understand ourselves.
Lifetime Objectives: Your objectives should be written within the framework of your Legacy & Mission Statements.
The key to any Personal Strategic Plan is to visualize your desired outcomes in advance. Be sure to write and rewrite your Lifetime Objectives as affirmations of the future you are working to realize.
Goals: The key in writing your goals is to make them measurable, specific, and time-bound.
Goals need to be written for each of the ten critical areas of life to include: Personal, Health, Recreation, Family, Friends, Community, Career, Financial, Household and Spiritual.
Personal Board of Directors: A personal board will accelerate your progress by providing both wisdom and support for the attainment of a specific purpose.
Maintenance & Performance Check-Ups: On a monthly basis, you should pause to evaluate your performance. What progress have you made? Where have your been challenged? What do you need to do differently or more of?
It is also important to step back and consider whether any of your goals are unachievable.
Personal Reason Why: You won’t become successful until and unless you identify, support and empower your reasons why. Your why’s provide fuel for achievement, and are the reasons behind all action and inaction.
The hallmark of all high achievers is a burning why. They know what they want, how and when they will achieve it, but most importantly they know WHY they want to become successful at achieving their goals.
You can significantly increase the odds of success, if you know who you are, what you want, where you are going, how you will get there, and what you will do once you arrive.
The best way to predict your future is to create it. Therefore, a well-defined personal strategic plan, properly executed, is your meal ticket to success.
In order to best prepare yourself for success, I am delighted to introduce you to My Goals – Personal Strategic Planning program.
This exciting program is like having an insurance policy on success. It will focus your thinking and challenge you to reach for new heights.
Happy holidays to you and your family, and my very best wishes for a prosperous, joy-filled New Year!
Gary Ryan Blair
About the Author: Gary Ryan Blair is a visionary and gifted conceptual thinker. As President of The GoalsGuy he has created a world-class library of products and services which are designed to inspire people to realize their full potential while making the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar. Visit The GoalsGuy Shop for all of your goal setting and life planning needs.
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J. Stephen Lanning, Executive Director – National Association of Business Coaches
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